Before going anywhere else, we made our way to Cusco
Our aim was to travel through Peru in just a few short weeks in order to make it to Ecuador by Christmas time, and we were running out of time. So, having already traveled Peru a couple of times, we decided to make our way directly to Cuzco, instead of making stops along the way. Home and base to the infamous Inca Trail and Machu Picchu, yes it’s touristy, but it never disappoints.
We got in nice and early, as ridiculously early. We dumped our stuff in a cheap and cheerful hostel and then made our way to Saksayhuaman(known as Sexy Woman on the gringo tourist trail). A
Saqsayhuaman was eerily peaceful and tranquil so early in the morning, and although we were tired, it seemed to recharge our batteries. I have always maintained that the energy around Cuzco is simply amazing. Despite its monstrous size, today’s visitor still sees only about 20% of the original structure. Our friends, the Spaniards, tore down the walls soon after the conquest and used the blocks to build their own houses in Cuzco. Despite this, the town of Cuzco is simply delightful. It’s aesthetically gorgeous!
We decided to skip all of the paid and touristy stuff on this trip but still delighted in walking around the town and doing a few other things close to town. We found a brilliant vegan restaurant called Green Point, close to where we were staying, where the food was so good and well-priced that we went back several times. Let me repeat,
A hub of cultural activity, one night we went to a free concert presented in one of the halls in the central plaza of Cuzco. Put together by the Faculty of Geological Engineering and organised by the Cultural Group of Folkloric Dances the event was called “Dances of my country”. It was a great night!
Do you want to hear more about our whirlwind journey through Peru? Stay tuned tomorrow for part 2, when we make a magical visit to the Sacred Valley.
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