Municipalidad de el Cuzco

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  • Day272

    Cuzco, Peru

    July 16, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    The tourism capital of Peru.

    It's no secret. Cusco (or Cuzco if you're speaking Spanish) is the tourism capital of Peru. And it reeks of it. It's not a bad thing. Tourism makes up 70% of Cusco's industry (I'm quoting Fidel here and I don't think he's qualified to make that statement but I lack a better source) and that provides jobs and dollar for many Peruvians who mightn't have otherwise.

    I'm sure by now you all know my view on confrontational sales people, in particular taxi drivers, but I feel that this time I did very well to suppress my disapproval. Right Cat? From tours to massages, restaurants to jugerias, llama garments to paintings, taxis to buses, tissues to batteries to cakes and icecreams or even photos with a llama - these people are at every turn and will sell you anything. It's chaotic but after a good night's sleep, a cup of coffee and time to kill it's an entertaining scene. It's also part of the reason why we went a bit overboard on the budget in Cusco.

    We felt like we were in recovery much of the time we were here. Recovery from tours and bus rides and lack of sleep. That, combined with our time in South America coming to the end, meant we needed to treat ourselves. So we did. We ate at nice restaurants (sampling the local delicacy guinea pig), drank artesenal (and cold) beer, indulged in delicious juices and an excellent sandwich. We shopped, drank coffee and hot chocolates and lounged around like any decent tourist would. Cat even succumbed to a Peruvian-chinese massage (which was in the company of an enormous grunting Chinaman, much to her disgust). Combine that with endless hours of sun, a cool breeze and some outstanding architecture made for a very relaxing few days. There's always stuff going on in Cusco, so much to enjoy and entertain. I'm glad we splashed out a little here and took some time to enjoy it - it was well worth it.

    I even attempted a run. As much as it pains me to associate this performance with MERC, it was a true MERC performance. My current state of fitness is poor and Cusco is at 3700m asl and as mountainous as the Andes themselves - this was a recipe for disaster from the outset. My body gave up on me twice as my heart rate struggled to new highs and there are some running statistics on Strava that should never see the light of day. I'll never know if it was the fitness or the altitude that caused me so much grief but I'm just happy my lungs are still in my chest and my windpipe still drinks air.

    Our exit strategy from Cusco involved a twenty-something hour bus to Lima. It was a perfect summary of all things bad about busing. First off, we've long since given up paying extra for a nicer bus because at least 50% of the time you don't get what you paid for. So we forked out a lousy $30 each for a bus that was promised to be 20 hours. Of course, the bus left late and was loaded to the gunnels with luggage - Peruvians don't travel light! Our seats were tiny and barely reclined and the man on the seat in front of us boarded with a lamb that would not stop baa-ing. Just before dark, that lamb peed. On the floor. The puddle seeped into our foot space and absolutely stank. It was sickening. This was about the same time the man asked me for my knife so he could open his can of milk and feed the poor critter. I was not impressed. We then stopped at an isolated dinner spot which served nothing but slop. Thankful only to not be in piss, we ate the worst meal of this entire trip - cold rice, cold slop, unidentifiable chewy meat chunks. It's a miracle neither of us were sick. It was probably the only bus ride where nobody came on to sell us empanadas. We got a few hours sleep that night and were awoken by a salesman with a loud speaker who spent two hours on a sales pitch for vitamin supplements. At 6am in the morning! Then Cat made herself some friends, the local kids, who at first were cute but their curiosity turned relentless and actually quite violent until we had to remove them with force that might have been considered criminal in a western country. We arrived in Lima in reasonable time (having skipped breakfast - another revolting food stop) but spent a gruelling two hours in traffic to get to the bus terminal. By that stage we were three hours late, starving, tired and stank of lamb urine. The only joy we took was in the fact that (aside from getting to the airport) that was the last bus we will take in South America. Hallelujah!
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  • Day84

    Getting ready!

    June 12, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We arrived Cuzco in the early morning, I took a cab with Kai to town and checked into my hostel. They were really nice letting me have breakfast today since I will miss it tomorrow. Later on I went to the company I booked the trail with, bought some Coca leaves against the symptoms of altitude sickness and found a solution for my blister. They do not have Compeed or other blister bands here and I ran out of mine. That would be a big business up here I think with all those trails you can do and I am for sure not the only one getting blisters all the time no matter how worn the shoes are.
    There is a lot going on in Cuzco in June, there is a parade with people in traditional costums and dancing to live music, all so colorful. Otherwise I visited the market and strolled around the city, I am already looking forward spending some more time here after my 5 days hike to Macchu Picchu. We had a meeting at 5pm, so I met Adriana and Earl, brothers and sisters from the US and my walking buddies for the next days! So looking forward to that!
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  • Day40

    Cusco city center

    November 8, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    After going through the different tour options with about 10-15 different operators, we managed to book the tour of the Moray-Maras-Salineras and the Sacred Valley but we still couldn't book the Rainbow mountain tour. There were so many combinations of tours on offer that it was hard to decide what route and what price would be appropriate.
    After the bookings, we went to the city center to take some pictures. Then, it was dinner time and then back to the hostel to sleep.
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  • Day198


    November 8, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    It was a long bus ride here from Huacachina, but i splurged on a £14 bus cama, fully reclining seat into bed for the 14hours. I slept well!!
    The city is quite touristic, but really nice and feels really safe. There’s lots of trekking and tours going on, so it’s not a surprise that you get offered tours and massages everywhere you go.
    I picked up the key to the crews air bnb and let myself in, I had some time to kill before they came back so I had a good look around. I really liked the vibe of the place, there’s loads of good places to eat, you can get good coffee and people all see to be happy. Win! A definite recommendation for anyone coming this way, and it’s an almost dead very if you are going to Machu Picchu.
    When everyone got back, I scared the crap out of Kirsty, who was the only one who didn’t know I was joking them and we had a chilled night.
    Over the next week, including be trekking, I bumped into loads of people, ate some good kebabs, cheap menu del Dias (7sols) and a guinea pig. Nice! We also did a lot of trekking.
    There’s loads more to do here and I can see myself coming back at some point.
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  • Day23

    Cusco (Inka-Express)

    February 25, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Mit dem Inka-Express sind wir heute während eines Tages von Puno nach Cusco unterwegs gewesen. Auf den ungefähr 400 Kilometern wurde an sechs verschiedenen Plätzen Halt gemacht. Dabei gab es zu sehen: Musem, Kirche, Ruinen, etc...Read more

  • Day2

    Chocolate-filled Peru

    April 6, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Between jet lag, a 24-hour journey, and the altitude, we had planned a lie in today. Whilst our hotel is lovely, the walls are rather thin and someone clearly had big plans for their day having set their alarm for 5am, waking up the whole floor. Nonetheless, we emerged for breakfast about 8.30am before heading into the historic centre.

    First stop, after a few navigational errors, was the Qorikancha - once the richest temple in the Inca empire. It's 'golden courtyard' was once covered in hundreds of kilos of gold before It was sacked by the Spanish. It was a beautiful enclosed courtyard with examples of Inca architecture and lots of religious art and history, some dating back to the 15th C.

    The Choco Museo made for a distracting two hour detour, taking part in the beans to bars workshop. We learnt about the history of the cacao bean in Peru and the process of making chocolate, both Mayan and European, before getting messy and making our own. Mayan chocolate apparently was made of cacao, honey, chilli and blood, the latter of which Ben unwittingly volunteered to provide. Despite the picture, Ben's contribution was mericfully not actually needed...although I think he was momentarily concerned when our teacher returned with a big knife and a bigger grin! A brilliant class with our own chocolates to take away and a wonderfully knowledgable and engaging teacher. Whilst my chocolates were made of more traditional ingredients, Ben added everything on offer to his including cacao leaves, quinoa, and some powdered potato-type-thing.

    We stayed for "lunch" (chocolate cake and cacao tea) at the museo, sitting on the balcony and watching a strike of construction workers at the Palacio Municipal, for which armed riot police were out in force.

    The chocolates had to set for an hour before collection so we wandered to the Natural History Museum in the interim...which in reality is two rooms filled with an assortment of taxidermied animals of varying quality. It was actually an entertaining diversion for 3 Soles (75p) with weirdly preseved specimens such as a two-headed dog and conjoined baby goats.

    Having collected our chocolate goodies, we returned to the hotel for brief respite, before oue meeting with our G Adventures guide at 3.30pm.
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  • Day82

    Ticketkauf für Macchu Picchu

    May 16, 2018 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Ticketkauf für den Macchu Picchu (152 Soles) neben dem Museo Historico.
    Kauf der Zugtickets bei Inca Rail am Plaza de Armas 130 USD.
    17.5. Spaziergang zum Eimgang zum Park Sacsayhuaman. Eintritt 70 Soles, war mir zu teuer. Nachmittags Massage am Plaza Armas, 35 Soles bezahlt für eine Stunde. Preis auf der Liste: 50 Soles.Read more

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