Cusco Journals

Six Weeks in Cusco

A July 2004 trip to Cusco by Felicidad

Quote: This journal will describe the six weeks I spent in Cusco, Peru, the gringo capital of South America! I studied Spanish and volunteered with children, and did additional traveling and touring in the area on the weekends.

Six Weeks in Cusco

Overview

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- Take a hike up to Sacsayhuaman, see the beautiful Incan ruins (and a great view of the city of Cusco), and go on the rock slides while you are there! - Experience the nightlife at Mythology, Extrem, and Mama Africa!Quick Tips: Cusco has a lot of great, inexpensive language schools - this is a great opportunity to learn some Spanish even if you are only there for a week. I learned a lot and was able to talk to the locals, learn a lot more about the local culture and social situation there, and also negotiate better prices. Best Way To Get Around: I'd say walking, the main parts of the city that you will want to visit are all very close together. Also check out the taxis, wh...Read More

Molino

Attraction

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Molino is Cusco's largest black market (tolerated by the authorities - you won't see many tourists, but you shouldn't have a problem -- just hang on to your wallet, as you would anywhere). Don't try to walk here, as it's pretty far from the Plaza and main tourist areas of the city. Just get in a cab and ask for "Molino". Here, you can find imported and imitation backpacks, electronics, toys, games, CDs, DVDs, clothing, shoes, household items, jewelry...all at incredibly low prices. I went to get supplies before I hiked the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu and found a flashlight for $1, a backpack for $8, and a fleece jacket for $4. CDs and DVDs are $2-$3 usually. Wow! A word of caution --...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 25, 2004

Molino
On the edge of the city
Cusco, Peru

Sunset Movie Cafe

Attraction

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To get to this movie cafe, walk up Procuradores from the Plaza de Armas, and then hang a left at the top -- you'll see it. They list the movies they are showing every day (usually American flicks). The theater is really cute and small (get there on time to make sure you get a seat!), and the movie quality, though not perfect, is MUCH better than most of the other movie places in the area. Another perk -- it's cheap (about $1)! You can order food and drinks too, so it makes for a fun evening out. :)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 25, 2004

Sunset Movie Cafe

Cusco, Peru

Market At Urkos

Attraction

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Urkos is a 1-2 hour bus ride from Cusco - just go to one of the bus stations in the morning and you can get a ride out to Urkos for less than $1. When you get there you will see a huge outdoor market selling mostly food but also handcrafts, household supplies, and many other items. What makes this market special is that, unlike many in Cusco, it is not aimed at tourists. It's a great cultural experience, allowing you to see a bit into the culture of the Peruvian people. Another special thing to do in this area is go to the lake, maybe a 5 minute walk from the market. It's really pretty (buy food in the market and have a picnic!). And for a fun and relaxing end to the afternoon, they a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2004

Market At Urkos
Outside of Cusco
Cusco, Peru

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I spent five weeks studying at the Academia Latinoamericana in Cusco. It's on Avenida Sol, across from the Qoricancha. Classes are 4 hours a day. It's intense, but incredibly helpful! With few exceptions, the teachers are great and make the subject interesting, and it's also possible to arrange classes on Peruvian history and culture as well as Spanish language. The small class sizes (two to four people) ensure lots of time for conversational practice, as well as meeting fellow travelers-I ended up living with and doing a lot of traveling with the other students in my classes! The school will also connect you with volunteer opportunities, and they have their own guide w...Read More

Boleto Turistico

Story/Tip

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Here's a very helpful hint for the visitor to Cusco: get the Boleto Turistico! This costs $20, or $10 with an ISIC card (International Student Card), and will get you into many of the museums in Cusco, a native dance performance, and all of the ruins in the surrounding Sacred Valley (Pisac, Sacsayhuaman, Tipan, and Ollantaytambo). The ticket lasts for 10 days. You should be able to get this ticket at any of the museums, though occasionally you may be directed to the main office, which is near the Plaza de Armas. It may not be worth the cost if you are only going to a few museums in the city, but if you plan to go to the Sacred Valley ruins, it's definitely a worthwhile inve...Read More