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by travelller1

My trip spends 2 nts in the SV, then 2 nts in Cusco, then 2 nts in Puno. Should I be concerned about altitude? also, is it a big adjustment from Cusco to Puno?

RE: altitude

by cacosta

I think Altitude Sickness is always a possibility. As I understand it, your itinerary works to your advantage because SV is lower than Cusco. You will start to acclimitize in SV so the altudue in Cusco may not affect you as much (versus flying from Lima into Cusco). I'm not sure about high is it? Take it easy the first day and let yourself get used to the altitude. If you are really concerned you could take Diamox. Have a great trip. I'm heading to Cusco in April for the first time!

RE: RE: altitude

by cacosta

I hope that SV is The Sacred Valley otherwise my reply may have been completely inappropriate!

RE: altitude

by thom123

I had almost the same itinerary, two nights in the Sacred Valley, one night at Machu Picchu, two nights in Cuzco and then two nights in Puno on Lake Titicaca. No matter what you do, you are going to feel the altitude unless you already live 8,000 feet above sea level. I took Diamox (started two days beforehand) and that definitely helped. But as we increased altitude, I could still feel the difference. Puno was definitely the highest and had the greatest effect. Just take it careful going up stairs, drink plenty of fluids (including coca tea) and enjoy the trip. Peru is a wonderous adventure and dealing with the altitude is just part of the journey.

RE: RE: altitude

by kzapanta

coca tea instead of beer for the first day for sure. I actually had 3 days of drinking the tea before our romp around Cusco and Puno and was not an issue. I believe Puno is a little higher than Cusco but if you adujusted in Cusco you should be fine. I was more ill prepared by the biting cold.

Travel Tips for Cusco

Coca leaves as gifts

by raraavis

Coca leaves is very popular among the locals. We gave our Inca Trail porters bags of coca leaves as gifts. Also, you can buy these things that look like a chocolate balls. I don't know what they are called. But locals chew it with coca leaves because it helps release the alkaloids in coca leaves. The porters really appreciated the gifts. You can buy them for 2-5 sols per bag. They can be picked up in Ollantaytambo from street vendors before you start the Inca Trail.

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by richiecdisc

I had done some night shots the previous night so my camera was still loaded with the remainder of a 800ASA roll of film. This is hardly a good thing in a city like Cusco, where the sun is glaring and 100ASA is more appropriate. I didn't want to wait till nightfall to shoot photos so I put on the telephoto lens and looked for a spot to shoot some sneaky zoom shots, without people knowing it. I found a little park and immediately noticed this cute little kid playing in a fountain and then madly kicking a liter plastic bottle around. It was better than any football match and everyone in the park was mesmerized by him, as was I. Living proof that you don't need a lot of fancy equipment, a plastic bottle will do just fine.

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by willy_wonka

the small village of chinchero is a must stop on any sacred valley tour due to its amazing location, cultural heritage, and more importantly, its resistance to modernity and sticking with old traditions.

chinchero is a beautiful town located high at 3762 metres, and approximately 28km north east from cusco. from the town beautiful views of the vilcabamba ranges, and mighty salkantay mountain can be seen. the townspeople still live like their ancestors - they wear traditional clothing, speak quechua only, farm and work in traditional methods, and even live in incan constructions that are almost untouched from those times.

the ruins of chinchero, while not as grandiose as say pisac, are still excellent to see. the agricultural terraces that the incans created are still used today by locals. it is said these ruins were built by inca tupac yupanqui, and might have been used as a kind of resting place, or 'country house' so to speak.

entry to chinchero is by boleto turistico only.

Short Distance Buses

by darthmilmo

There are plenty of small buses and micro-buses that ply the roads within the Sacred Valley. This are usually short rides (couple of hours tops). Although it may not be the most comfortable experiece, it sure beats hiring a cab or a tour. The cost per hour travelled is usually under $1 USD.

Chincheros (under one hour by local bus)

Ollantaytambo (two hours by local buses, two buses, one from Cusco to Urubamba, another from Urubamba to Ollantaytambo)

Pisac (one hour by local bus)

Tambomachay (under one hour by local bus)

Puca Pucara (under one hour by local bus)

Q'engo (under one hour by local bus)

Saqsayhuaman (a.k.a. Sexy Women; about 20 minutes from Cusco by bus/taxi)

Andahuaylillas (about one hour by local bus)

Touristy but fun Cont....

by nattybabe

The second restaurant I want to mention had wonderful food (at a great price) and was quite busy (even though it was 10pm). What stays in my mind was the atmosphere and the staff. Although this is again catering to the tourists, the restaurant had a flag from every country and they would put it on your table. It is a bit cheesy but it's fun trying to recognise all the different flags from around the room!!


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