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Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Inca's

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A March 2002 trip to Cusco by Kez

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Quote: Cusco is like being presented with a beautiful uncut gem! Lacking a little polish on the outside but fascinating when looking into it's many different and intriguing facets of history and daily life. It is the logical base to explore all the layers of the past that Cusco itself and the Sacred Valley has to offer.

Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Inca's

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Overview

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The town itself breathes history. The Inca walls and temple foundations throughout the town are amazing in their precision and interlocking design. These foundations are then topped off with the beautiful Spanish colonial architecture so it is enough to wander around the town for a full few days whilst being immersed by the splendour of it all. Highlights in Cusco itself beside the Incan walls in evidence all around are the Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral on one side and Koricancha within the Convent of Santo Domingo on the other and San Blas which is known as the artist quarter. Also allow enough time to visit the other fantastic ruins in the Sacred Valley besides Machu Picchu such as ...Read More

Hostal Santa Catalina

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Hotel

Hostal Santa Catalina Photo, Cusco, Peru
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This hotel is really well located: just off the Plaza de Armas on the first floor, in an old converted colonial home. On arrival it is all very civilised; you are shown into the breakfast room and offered a cup of cocoa tea whilst registering. You are then escorted to your room. The staff are helpful but at the same time discreet. Their normal door rate was US$45 and at that time their starting price was $35. However most people, including ourselves, seemed to be paying $28 for a double. The first room we stayed in we really liked; it had balcony in the traditional carved Cusco style that opened on to the street so we could watch all the action, including the endless trail of taxis and hawkers...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2002

Hostal Santa Catalina
Calle Santa Catalina Ancha 366
Cusco, Peru
228471

El Cuarte Mexican Food

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Restaurant

El Cuarte Mexican Food Photo, Cusco, Peru
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The place is located half way along "Gringo Alley," so called for the cheap restaurants, shops and hotels located here. We thought half the fun was just trying to make our way past the many hawkers trying to entice us in to their restaurants on the way! El Cuarte is one of the few restaurants that doesn't have hordes of people trying to drag you in. I think they have a good reputation anyway and don't need to. All the restaurants in the alley have one or two token Mexican dishes on their menu, but this was the only "dedicated" Mexican restaurant. It was also a nice change from the standard dishes on most restaurant menus here. When you do finally arrive what you will find is a cosy restaurant m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2002

El Cuarte Mexican Food
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Cusco, Peru

Exploring Cusco

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Attraction | "City Tour including nearby ruins"

Exploring Cusco Photo, Cusco, Peru
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This is a great tour for an overview of the sights within and near Cusco. It operates from 2-6 p.m. Try to book when Jorge, the tour guide studying to be an archeologist, is working. He is an absolute treasure trove of information. First of all we went to the Cathedral; after some waiting and much knocking on the door using the big old brass knocker the door was finally opened. You enter through the door over which a skull and cross bones is engraved. Jorge explained that this was the last room that held the condemned prisoners before they were taken to their deaths. Continuing into the actual church, he explained how the Spanish religious beliefs and the local beliefs were intertwined...Read More

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Exploring Cusco
Cusco, Peru
Cusco, Peru 00 51
0051 84 273693

Sacred Valley of the Incas

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Attraction | "Sacred Valley of the Inca's"

Sacred Valley of the Incas Photo, Cusco, Peru
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This is a long day but you cover many miles and it is all very interesting. The scenery throughout the Sacred Valley is breathtaking. The tour covers Pisac and its markets, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. In the town of Pisac the markets are a great place to sift through what's on offer: some unusual pieces and great souvenirs. Besides the normal woolly Alpaca things and typical touristy buys, you can find some ancient treasures. We bought an Incan statue made from white granite from near Machu Picchu. There was not only old stone relics but also loads of pottery pieces. Also, from the colonial era, there were old coins, silver pieces and even the old wooden stirrups, enclosed and richly...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2002

Sacred Valley of the Incas
Valley In The Andes Of Peru
Cusco, Peru