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Jul 6, 2014 - Last Day in Pisac

Breakfast is included in the room rate and we were the first to order and the food, per the norm, was great. I ordered coffee with milk, fried eggs and pineapple juice, while watching the market being set up. Some of these people walked 2 hours to sell their crafts or fruits/vegetables. The local boys and men come down from the mountain at about 10;45 a.m., dressed in native garb, blowing horns (of course a donation was welcomed). The mass started promptly at 11:00 and although the mass was said in Quechuan, we knew exactly what was going...

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Jul 5, 2014 - Pisac

We had time for one more site, The Inca Museo, before leaving Cusco, 30 minutes (via taxi) to the small town of Pisac. Driving around the mountains, up and down a winding road with incredible views. This bustling colonial village is located at the base of an Inca fortress with the Andes surrounding it. Our hotel, The Pisac Inn, sits right on the busy square overlooking the church and the market. It feels more like a spa than an Inn. We had lunch outside at Horno Colonial San Francisco thats famous for their huge clay oven for baking...

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Jul 4, 2014 - Cusco - Day 4

The day begins at the travel agent where we thought we were going to be outfitted for mountain bikes. We met the cyclist specialist who asked us if we were experienced. He then showed us the map of the route and explained the level of difficulty. No hesitation there, we quickly changed our tour to a minibus with 15 other people. After a 45 minute ride we are in the small town of Maras to tour the Moray Ruins. This amphitheater-like terracing is a fascinating spectacle of different levels of concentric terraces. Carved into a huge earthen...

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Jul 3, 2014 - Cusco - Day 3 The Adventure Day

It' hard to capture all that we have done today. The day starts at the travel agency where we meet our guide, Jorge. We take a taxi to the first ruin....... 1) Q'enqo The name of this small but fascinating ruin means Zigzag. A large limestone rock, its riddled with niches steps and extraordinary symbolic carvings including a puma, a condor and llama. We climbed up to the top to find a surface used for ceremonies and a surface where he ruler would be wrapped by his family upon death. Now the real fun begins....the taxi takes us to the horse...

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Jul 2, 2014 - Cusco - Day 2

After a great night sleep we are up at 7:00 a.m. and meet the other people at breakfast who are currently staying in the house. The breakfast consisted of local bread (chuta) baked in a wood oven with jelly made from a local fruit, the taste was a cross between an orange and tomato. The freshly squeezed pineapple juice with a hint of ginger was fantastic. I had both Peruvian coffee and coca tea. Today is our day to hang out with the locals and hike the Inca Ruins in Tipon, 45 minutes outside of Cusco and the Pre-Inca Ruins in Piquillacta,...

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Jul 1, 2014 - Cusco - Day 1

The flight to Cusco, the ancient Inca Capital, was short, about an hour. Flying over the Andes was incredible. We were flying over the clouds and the mountain peaks all covered in snow were seen peaking through the multi layers of clouds! We spent an easy day in Cusco....walking around, familiarizing ourselves with the city and visiting different neighborhoods. We did take a short tour of the Cathedral, which is incredible with 12 chapels and floor to ceiling paintings. My favorite was the one of the Last Supper where the painter painted a...

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Jul 26, 2013 - Traveling solo

It´s been a few days since I last updated but for once I have pretty much stayed in the same spot. I arrived to Cuzco via tourist bus from Puno late afternoon on Friday. I decided that instead of taking the typical bus and sitting for six straight hours I would take the Inka Express and see some sights along the way. This bus stopped at five different places along the way to see ruins, have lunch, and see some more ruins. Unfortunately, I now feel that I am getting ruined out! I had booked a hostel for the first night I arrived and I am...

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May 21, 2013 - more inca stuff on the return to Cuzco

So we had one last day in Cuzco before moving on. Took a stroll through the big central market.....interesting and colourful place with plenty of gross stuff too. Had our first real go at typical Peruvian street food....chicken Milanese. Pretty tasty but south Americans do not know how to make chips....no matter where you get them they are howlin. Tried some desserts also, pretty good, Lou loved hers, fruit and yoghurt city. Still no joy finding lucuma which disappointed me. After that we went and looked at some old pish, partly cos our...

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May 14, 2013 - Lima to Cuzco

We left Lima yesterday afternoon and flew over the Andes into Cuzco which when we arrived was cold and wet (don't get excited folks, still warmer than at home). Got a taxi to a great old colonial style hotel not far from the town square which we were assured was muy tranquilo. On arriving in Cuzco I was immediately hit with altitude problems, symptoms were as follows: stoned with paranoia, slightly nauseous and the beginnings of a headache which just lingered. Vic was completely unscathed by above illness and we were in bed with lights out...

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May 14, 2013 - Cuzco we're here

Just arrived in Cuzco....its baltic! Although Lou is roasting and also off her face and mildly hysterical with the altitude (over 10k feet above sea level) while I'm ragin that I don't have a similar buzz. We're just chillin in our nice hotel with a bucket load of coca tea for a while before going on a food hunt and checkin out the main square before it gets dark. And we both need a decent shit :D

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Nov 13, 2012 - Shopping, walking, eating

Apparently the altitude in Cusco can effect people in an array of ways. For me, major insomnia, and for Jenn a mild headache, but for her luckily it went away about as fast as it came. We decided that for our first day in Cusco we would do the free walking tour advertised in our hostels reception. We slept in late, caught the tail end of our free breakfast and made our way to the center square to look for a guy wearing a WTF t-shirt as advertised on the flyer. Clearly with a beginning like this we were expecting nothing boring, and...

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Jul 8, 2012 - Walking Cuzco

The first full day in Cuzco was great. Lonely Planet suggested this walking tour that took us past several old churches and through a huge market. We decided to pay the 5 soles to enter the San Francisco Church. It is an old church that dates back to the 17th Century established by the Dominicans. A man with the keys let us in and then gave us a guided tour of the whole facility. Incredible paintings. Very interesting archetecture. He only spoke Spanish, so I picked up about every third word. Fortunately, Basilio filled in the gaps for me....

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