Cusco Journals

Cusco, Peru and surrounding area.

An April 2002 trip to Cusco by astrid_travel

Quote: I lived in Peru's Sacred Valley for 3 months as a volunteer teacher, staying with a local family. I often visited Cusco at weekends and on one of my holidays, i trekked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with friends.

Cusco, Peru and surrounding area.

Overview

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Teaching and living with the family.

Quick Tips:

Try to avoid Cusco in high season (June) when accomodation is often booked up and it is too touristy to be enjoyable. Most people i spoke to said that they wished they had longer in the area as there is so much to see, and it is likely that you will like it so much you'll want to stay longer than planned- allow more time than you think you'll need!

Best Way To Get Around:

Cusco is quite compact and so you should only need to walk. However, if you do take a taxi to anywhere in the city, do not pay more than 3 sols (approx ).

Greens

Restaurant | "Greens."

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As volunteers we came here to celebrate special occasions, such as someone's last night. Good food-approx. $5 for a main dish. I would recommend the cheesecake, or banoffi pie, although the menu often changes. The atmosphere is quite relaxed and there is a book exchange and lending section, as well as a small selection of board games. Closer to the centre is "The Blueberry Lounge" (Plaza de Armas), which is run by the same people and is slightly more laid back.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2002

Greens
Tandapata 700
Cusco, Peru 243820
+51 84 24 3820

Los Perros Couch Bar

Restaurant | "Los Perros Couch Bar."

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Very popular with gringos-as volunteers we went there whenever we were in Cusco. The atmosphere is laid back-it is good for chilling out, chatting and reading/catching up on journal entries.

Although the food is snack food, it is filling. Especially good are the soups, or the potato skins. The baguettes are good to take away for a picnic (they also do special picnic food). For drinks, the iced-chocolate is good, or a special smoothie (great for hangovers!). Alcoholic drinks are quite pricey. Average cost of a meal is $3. There is a good net cafe a few doors away.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2002

Los Perros Couch Bar
Tecsecocha 436
Cusco, Peru

Yaku Mama

Restaurant | "Yaku Mama,"

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Come here for the most fantasic breakfast you have ever tasted!

My "usual" was the special breakfast which cost approx $3 and included as much bread (white and wholemeal), butter and jam, tea/coffee and fresh fruit juice as I wanted. You can get 2 eggs, cooked to your liking, muesli with fruit and yoghurt, and a sandwich, too. The pancakes are also worth trying.

There is a very clean toilet upstairs.

Service is quite slow.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 7, 2002

Yaku Mama
Gringo Alley
Cusco, Peru

Yaku Mama Grill

Restaurant | "Yaku Mama."

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I went here for lunch with a friend and i ordered a pizza and a salad. I found the food to be of average quality, although there was quite a wide selection, and overpriced.

The best thing about this place is the view over the square from the balcony.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 7, 2002

Yaku Mama Grill
Plaza de Armas
Cusco, Peru

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site

Attraction | "Inca Trail (Trial) and Machu Picchu."

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I trekked the Inca Trail in May with some friends. We went with "X-treme Tour Buencia", one of the many tour operators in Cusco. (They are located along Calle Plateros.) As ISIC card holders, we paid $145 each and this included 2 English speaking guides, porters, food, accomodation (2 people in 4 man tents set up by the porters), entry to Machu Picchu and the train back to Cusco at the end.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 13, 2002

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site
Above The Urubamba Valley
Cusco Region, Peru

Norton Rat's Tavern

Attraction | "Norton Rats."

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It is described as a biker bar, but the only fact that might give this away is the decoration: flags and t-shirts covering the walls. Staff seem very friendly and there is a social atmosphere. There are pool tables, balconies with views over the plaza and they also serve fast food.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 14, 2002

Norton Rat's Tavern
Loreto 115, 2do. piso
Cusco, Peru
+51 84 246204

Cross Keys Pub

Attraction | "Cross Keys Pub."

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Typical British pub, full of gringos. The interior is decorated with football memorabilia and there are pool tables. Food is served, which isn't bad but maybe a little overpriced.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2002

Cross Keys Pub
Plaza De Armas
Cusco, Peru

Peliclub

Attraction | "Peliclub."

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Cinema showing both new releases and arty, old movies at a good price (ISIC card holders get a discount). The screen gives a good picture, and is layout is like a proper cinema (although small). 3 movies are shown a day, and these are listed on a blackboard outside, which also states which language (Spanish or English) that they will be shown in.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2002

Peliclub
Tecsecocha 458
Cusco, Peru

Mama Africa

Attraction | "Mama Africa."

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Mama Africas is a popular disco at night, which shows recent release movies in the day. Drinks are reasonably priced, and food is also served although it is not recommended.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2002

Mama Africa
Portal de Harinas 191 - Plaza de Armas
Cusco, Peru
+51 (84) 246544

Xcess

Attraction | "Xcess."

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Very popular with locals and gringos alike, this is a disco by night and it shows new release movies in the day. Food is served and the staff are friendly.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2002

Xcess
Plaza De Armas
Cusco, Peru

Eko

Attraction | "eko."

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Popular disco/club. Music wasn't great but i loved the chill-out area which had candles and sofas for when it got too hot on the dance floor. If you have a ticket, you get a free drink.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 7, 2002

Eko
Calle Plateros (close to Plaza)
Cusco, Peru

Quote:
I began my South American adventure in Peru's Sacred Valley, where i lived and taught for 3 months. I went with the Uk- based organisation "Teaching and Projects Abroad" because i wanted to do volunteer work, but i wanted to go with a company that would be flexible about dates. They organised my teaching placement (I chose this from a variey of projects which also included rainforest conservation and archeology) and my homestay. This was probably the part of my trip which i enjoyed the most, despite the fact that i wasn't actually travelling. It gave me the opportunity to find out about and become a part of the community. Working with the children (aged 12-19) was rewarding and fun, and...Read More

Sacred Valley of the Incas.

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Story/Tip

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The Sacred Valley is a beautiful area near Cusco, with interesting rural villages at intervals which it is worth taking time to explore. There are tours of the Sacred Valley offered in Cusco; however, i don't believe that it is necessary to join one of these groups as the trip is easy and it works out much cheaper to go alone. I would recommend starting in the town of Ollantaytambo-if you take the train from Machu Picchu it stops here on the way to Cusco. Alternatively, take a bus to either Ollantaytambo, or Pisac (the town at the other end of the valley) from Cusco. The journey takes approx 2 hours, and costs $1. The scenery is breathtaking. Ollantaytambo is a charming town with cobble...Read More

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