June 2018 my Peru experience begins in Cusco, the Capital of the Inka empire, 3400 metres above sea level, just over an hour flight from Perus Lima capital. Cusco is a great base to travel around southern Peru. From here I made I ventured to the Sacred Valley & Ollanytayambo and Puerto Maldonado to see the Amazon Basin. Some of favourite must sees, do and eats in Cusco:
Sees and Do’s:
Walking around Cusco is safe and easy and the best way to see the sites. Albiet a very slow walk while adjusting to the altitude. The rich blend of Inka and Spanish colonial times is splashed across the city centre, evident in the architecture that blends both cultures. Visit La Cathedral in Plaza de Armas is fascinating the gold alter and interior layout is impressive. Qorikancha literally opposite both the hotels, Plaza de Armas. The steep walk to San Blas allows you to look down into Cusco from the Inglesia de San Blas. Neighbouring Sacsaywayman and further out Ollantaytambo ruins in the sacred valley, was great preparation for Machu Picchu. The amazing Machu Picchu and if wayan picchu will not disappoint.
- Abittare: Based in the historical centre of Cusco most sites were in walking distance. More of a boutique style B&B . Great location basic services
- Palecio del Inka – Sheer Luxury in a former colonial style palace. Great restaurant and excellent all round facilities
Food & Drink:
Food is always my priority . The general quality in Peru was so far some of the best I’ve tasted in south America. All of these spots are walking distance from both hotels
- Chicha – Great Peruvian food & view over plaza de Aramas
- La Bodego – Not really traditional Peruvian but make a good pizza had a lovely lunch here
- Limo – Fusion Sushi and Japenese
- Palecio Del Inka hotel restaurant – for special occasions this will not disappoint
- Republic del Cuscos – Came here for pre dinner drink Fabulous range of Picso cocktails
- You can buy a single tourist pass that allows you to see a number of the museums in one hit. You will normally be asked what type of ticket you want.
- Some trains have a luggage limit. They offer locker both of these Hotels are great at storing luggage for a few days whilst you travel around. Palacio del Inka will have it ready in your room on your return.