Logistically mandatory stop for travellers, awsome genuine culture, transportation hub.
Poor children begging on the streets. It´s heartbreaking.
It is on that 100 places to see before you die list.....
Ollantaytambo is one of the most spectacular archeological remains of Peru, for its multiplicity of archeological and the singularity of each one of them, they still haven’t come to a conclusion in the techniques that were used for the construction of the enormous walls made out of rock. Each rock is elaborated in an independent form in relation to...more
Sacsayhuaman is an archeological group located to the north of the main square of Cusco, and also north to the neighborhood of Qollqanpata that through a median street that is about one block of longitude, that unites the both. Sacsayhuaman is not that far from the city, is only 1km from the chapel of San Cristobal.Is located only 2km to the north...more
Sacred Valley of the Incas, Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru
Good for: Families
The Sacred Valley's most complete hotel: a mountain chalet-styled retreat with panoramic Andes views...more
Jr. Recoleta s/n, Cuzco, Urubamba, Sacred Valley, Peru
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
This Peruvian/Australian owned and run restaurant is a gem. The kind of place that weary travellers, local guides, foodies, drinkers and wine enthusiasts will return to again and again.It has it's very own ambience with uniformed chefs and staff cooking within the space behind the bar and a varied crowd of the well heeled and traveller alike - part...more
Found the place in the LP book. It's more or less a hip meat shop that has turned a bit upscale. It shares the top floor of the building with a bar which can provide some music for your dining experience. It claims to be the only alpaca specialist in Cuzco. I came here for the cuy of all things. Kim had a stuffed avocado and a salad and she claims...more
My favorite restaurant in Cuzco. All ingredients come from the owners local farm(?). I had an omelette with tomatoes and ricotta. For dessert I had a piece of carrot cake. Both were exceptional.I think my total bill came to about 25 soles....$8. I think they're closed on sunday, my last day I wanted to go back here and they were closed. ;( cakemore
I recently spent 5 weeks in Cusco and enjoyed quite a few places for dancing and drinking. Mythology was my favorite. They offer free salsa lessons from 9-11 every night. On the weekends they have cover charges of 10 soles, but I always got out of it. Maybe because I'm a girl, or maybe because my host sister knows everybody there. I've also been to...more
This is a great place located right inside of the main square of Cusco. At night this square really looks like El Dorado and for all we know, perhaps it is. So as that flavor savors inside of your mouth, might as well get some drinks to wash it down. Mama Africa is a great place for dancing, meeting locals, and other young backpackers and explorers...more
I´ve been to this club for the first time on our second night in Cusco. Italy had just won the World Cup and italians had flags over themselfes and were enthusiastically celebrating the title. The club was crowded, locals and backpackers were dancing to good music... the place was great!!! I´ve had an excellent time there!!!But I´ve been there on...more
Hi all,As an option if you are travelling to or from Cuzco and you want to make some decent time.While there´s a bunch of domestic flights for Cuzco (peruvianairlines seem to easily be the least expensive), there is an option for international travel from Cuzco airport. Aerosur fly on each of a Thursday and Sunday from Bolivia to La Paz. From La...more
3 trains to MP. Only the Backbacker leaves from Cuzco (San Pedro station- Not Huanchac where you bought your ticket. Cost is $48 USD each way. When we took it- left Cuzco at 06:50 (be at the station 30 min prior) and left Aguas at 5pm. The trains don't go to MP but rather AC at least the Backpacker. As for a seat next to the food cart/restroom as...more
Kind of New Age feel to it, very cool proprietor. Jairo the shopkeeper is also an artist, and he's got all kinds of hand made jewelry including silver and gold.What caught my eye here were the local stones - things like lapisuli and that type of thing. He's got set prices, but expect lower than what you'd pay for the same back at home!UPDATE:...more
There is not shortage of shops here. The place is geared towards draining tourist wallets Dont buy anything here outside of food and shoe shine. You can get it cheaper in the loacal markets in the Sacred Valley...they will bargain more. There are mostly shops here and according to Kim it all looks the same after a few days. As little as possiblemore
To buy souvenirs, take Avenida del Sol to the opposite way from Plaza de Armas. You will find a big local market selling some interesting local stuff, from alpacas woollen clothes to small llamas and other souvenirs.I think bargaining prices is acceptable but I didn´t manage to get good discounts to my purchases. Good luck to you!!!more
Aside from the beggars here there are quite a few stray dogs wandering around. This is not Romania where they will take your fingers off. Most of the dogs are scared of people (probably due to beatings from the locals). Kim and some other ladies that we met in town fed a few of them. They were gentle and some would not take the food out of your...more
We had already booked our hotel before leaving Brazil so, when we arrived at Cusco´s airport, the lady of Hotel Prisma´s kyosk walked us to a car that took us to the hotel. As soon as we arrived there, even before taking our luggage to the room, they served us coca tea to avoid the effects of "soroche" (the altitude sickness).To be honest with you,...more
Careful of what you do with your significant other in public. If you are caught Romancing the Stone and making out in public, you could find yourself in jail. This sign of public affection by Cuzquenian law is taboo regardless of the clothes you still have on. It shocked me to find that out and it cost me a nice amount to "buy" my way out of it in...more
So my buddy Patrick wanted to get his haircut. Don't ask me why he didn't do it before or do it when we get back.But here he is getting a haircut in Cuzco. It actually won't be a bad idea if someone really needed to get a haircut. But the problem was he went to a barber who didn't cut hair full time for a living, and the scissors were the...more
It may be obvious, but don't cave in and get a shoeshine from the very numerous and persistant shoeshine boys that patrol the Plaza de Armas. I was in Cusco the second week of February of 2010 and since Machu Picchu was not open (another example of my great luck and planning!) tourism had supposedly dropped by 90%. This made me a pretty obvioius...more
This local travel agency 'organises' trips to Chivay and Maras. In fact what they do is take your money and simply give a cut to a local taxi driver, who can barely speak English. They do not provide proper tours that we could see.The address is Portal Commercio 187. If you speak Spanish, you're better off trying to find a frindly taxi driver...more
Can you believe it? Im peruvian, so I must know it all about this kind of things..but I went to Cuzco with a friend, and a guy offered us to drive all the way to the hotel..was ok, but in the way he started to offer taking us to the sacred valley, then to get us train tickets...completely tricked us, send his daughter..yeah, he called the daughter...more
Travel light here. If you want to stay in San Blas you are going to hate having to lug a heavy pack up the streets on your first day. If up here in the rainy season which is winter in the states bring a poncho or you can by one here. A good pair of walking shoes also works. A jacket is also nice at night when it can get a bit nippy. You can buy...more
Because of the height, and the fact I live at barely above sea level I took the pills that counteract altitude sickness. Start taking them the day before you get there, and until 2 days after.....they worked great. Didn't feel anything bad. Coca tea helps too, but I didn't have any, didn't need it.I went to the doctor who gave me the prescription...more
The only organized tour we took in Peru was a day trip to the valley. The information office in Cusco recomened a cheap tour operator that charged us $10 for a 9 hour trip thru the valley. The highlight of the day was probably Ollantaytambo which they say you should visit if you do not have time for Machu Picchu. The stones had to be brought in...more
This is a monument to the founders of Cusco, located at Avenida del Sol (which connects the train station to Plaza de Armas).The legend says that the city was founded by Manco Capac (the legendary first inca leader) and his wife Mama Ocllo after God Sun has revealed them the site after a long pilgrimage through the Sacred Valley.Historians and...more
Native people of Peru are everywhere in the Colorful Ponchos it may however cost you a soles or two to take there Pictures so just be aware of this also when stopping on the bus trips the will take you to a store to buy things that are much more expensive .Know you prices before buying . i found a lot of same stuff in Lima For Cheaper than in...more
If you want to watch a football match live (a peruvian passion), the local club of Cusco is Cienciano, one of the best peruvian clubs nowadays.
The best matches are for Copa Libertadores, the south american version of the UEFA Champions League. The tournament starts in February and goes until June or July. But Cienciano may not go so far...
"Inca Garcilaso de la Vega" Stadium was recently remodeled for Copa America 2004, which was held in Peru, and looks very beautiful now!!! Check it out!!!
In Lima this is probably a waste of dough. In Cuzco 130 soles gets you a multi day pass to all the relevant sites including the Sacred valley stuff. If you are just doing a one day adventure since MP is not included in this you can buy one for half as much from most of the guides.With this you will get into the museums, folk dance sessions among...more
In Cuzco it seemed like every 10 feet into a hostal or a restaurant. How they all stay in business is beyond me. With so much to choose from step into the Information office on Av El Sol which is a 2 min walk from Plaza de Armas. Tell them your price range and they can will point out a few good places in your range. We wanted to take a day trip and...more
When you will arrive to Cuzco, you will have many places to visit (and to pay for visit them!). The best is to buy the Tourist Ticket (US$ 25 more or less in 2006) which let you enter in many places like museums and visit important places. See the picture # 1 to see the picture of this ticket and also you will see all the tourist places (16 in...more