Getting High in Cuscó

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📍Your Quick Guide to Cuscó

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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.

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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.

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Where to Stay

The JW Marriott is such a charming property in Cusco with major Game of Thrones Vibe.

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Location

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.

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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

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The Food

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.’

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Airport

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!

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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 travelatory@gmail.com.

 

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