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Peru - Miles High and a World Away

An April 2003 trip to Cusco by drumzspace

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru More Photos
Quote: I spent 2 and a half weeks in the Sacred Valley and Andes with friends.

Peru - Miles High and a World Away


Valle Sagrado Photo, Cusco, Peru
The main highlight was driving through the Sacred Valley, visiting the market at Pisaq, and seeking the out-of-the-way sights at Ollaytantambo with our guide Americo, his son Gayle, and our friend Christian. The market at Pisaq is a bit touristy since the major market day is only once a week, but it's worth the trip.Quick Tips: Don't rush through and see only Sacsayhuaman on your way to Macchu Pichu. Places like Pisaq, Ollaytantambo, Chinchero, and Moray all have something to offer the traveler--especially the latter two, since they're lesser-known. No crowds! Bring some loose change to the market day at Pisaq. Kids will allow you to take pictures of them all dressed up in "...Read More

Exploring Cusco


Exploring Cusco Photo, Cusco, Peru
Cusco is the touristic hub of Peru. If you are off to see anything related to the Incas, you're going to have to eventually step foot in Cusco. The good news is that it's not a terrible city. There are some good restaurants once you make a little effort to walk off the beaten tourist path, and some good deals are to be had in the handicraft markets away from the crowds. The bad news is that there *is* the element of "hustling" there. Once in the Plaza del Armas, you are inundated with people trying to get you into their restaurants, kids selling postcards or trinkets, guides offering services, etc. It's a bit much to handle if you've been travelling all day, but walk a block or two...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2005

Exploring Cusco
Cusco, Peru
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Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru
Everyone knows about it. Everyone has heard about it. Everyone has seen pictures of it. The once-hidden core of the Incan empire is now a hub of commerce and activity, prompting the government to take an active role in regulating the number of visitors to it and the Inca Trail leading to this historic site. Macchu Picchu is the most popular tourist destination in South America for a reason: the views are spectacular, it's a manageable size, and there are plenty of services for tourists in the nearby staging town, Aguas Calientes. Cheap lodging, good restaurants, Internet connections, and shops cram the small hamlet perched on the edge of the Urubamba River. When departing the train...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2005

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