📍Your Quick Guide to Cuscó
Perched amongst the Peruvian Andes and run by the Inca Empire, Cuscó is now best known for its archaeological remains & Spanish colonial architecture. Thanks to our friends at Blue Sky Escapes, we were able to experience all of its magic.
Cuscó is the gateway to one of the wonders of the world: Machu Picchu. Bustling with tourists all year round, it is where you stop over to acclimatise before making the trek to the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Cuscó stands at over 11, 000 meters high, making altitude sickness very real. Diamox (altitude sickness pill). Other than that, lots of agua and Coca tea – its pretty much free everywhere you go.
Where to Stay
The JW Marriott is such a charming property in Cusco with major Game of Thrones Vibe.
Being close by to the city square – Plaza de Armas, helps greatly. Constantly bustling bars & shops are sure to keep you entertained. Roads are narrow and windy, so make sure you are wary of traffic.
What to Do
Relax & get used to the altitude
San Pedro Market – Fresh fruits, veggies and pom pom galore
Chill with the locals and their pom pom adorned llamas. They do expect some change in exchange for a fun shot
Moray – Incan site known for its round terraces
Saksaywaman – Stone walled Incan complex
Corichancha & Other churches
Ugh Peruvian food. How do I even begin to describe how amazing and fresh the Ceviché is. Beware, Guniea Pig is a national dish. Its actually just like a tiny chicken, if I’m honest, but seeing them in a cage about to get roasted – not something I’d recommend. Restaurants I would recommend:
Cicciolina, Fallen Angel, MAP Café & Chicha
That being said, they all do serve Guniea Pig – ‘Quyo.’
Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport is small – but fits thousands of tourists a day. Pay nothing more than 20 Peruvian Soles from your airport to the city centre. You’re going to pass some stunning views from one of the world’s highest airports over 11,000 feet high in the Peruvian Andes, so enjoy!
If you have any other questions about planning your Peruvian adventure, including what outfit, hiking gear we used please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com.