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Machu Picchu - Heaven on Earth?

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A July 2006 trip to Machu Picchu by Shady Ady

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru More Photos
Quote: A brief summary of my trip to Machu Picchu during my time travelling through Peru. Words cannot describe its beauty, though!

Hospedaje Turistico Recoleta

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To say this hostel is good, is a big understatement, and I can say fully that it deserves its position of third-best Latin American hostel as awarded by Hostelworld.com. Hospedaje Turistico Recoleta is a charming family-owned hostel and, after 8 years, is well established in Cusco. Found in the old and safe neighborhood of Tahuantinsuyo, it is a 10-minute walk to the Plaza de Armas, the main square of Cusco, and all amenities, including restaurants, banks, museums, and shops. As soon as you walk in, you can feel the quiet, comfortable, and relaxed atmosphere and are made to feel extremely welcome by the friendly staff, who are more interested in giving you a cup of coca leaf tea to help with altitude ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 16, 2006

Hospedaje Turistico Recoleta
Jiron Pumacahua 160
Cusco, Peru
+51 (84) 231323

La Mama Pizzeria

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Restaurant

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This restaurant was a 2-minute walk from my hotel, located on Calle Recoleta between Retiro and Jr. Pumacahua, virtually opposite the beer company in Tahuantinsuyo. Although this doesn’t serve your typical Peruvian food, it does give you a cheap alternative if you are craving some more familiar food.I found prices here very affordable, especially in comparison to similar eateries located more centrally around the Plaza de Armas, which is less than a 10-minute walk away. When you consider these restaurants, the prices offered by La Mama Pizzeria are virtually half. Plus, there is the added bonus of being able to see your pizza made in front of you. There are approximately 15 pizzas to choose fr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

La Mama Pizzeria
Calle Recoleta, Between Retiro And Jr. Pumacahua
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Inka Food

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Restaurant

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Located just outside the main tourist area of Cusco is this delightful restaurant serving a full range of dishes, from your typical American hamburger and Italian pizza to traditional Andean dishes, including guinea pig and, of course, the national staple, potato. There is also a wide selection of sandwiches and an array of breakfasts. As this is not in the more frequented parts of tourist Cusco, the prices are very reasonable.Inka Food is located two streets behind Catedral del Cusco and the main square of Plaza de Armas on Calle Choquechaca. Unfortunately, the restaurant isn’t as easy to find as others on the same street, as you have to walk through a small alleyway to a courtyard and then u...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

Inka Food
Calle Choquechaca 152, San Blas
Cusco, Peru

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site

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Attraction | "Machu Picchu"

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru
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The legendary "lost city of the Incas," Machu Picchu, is without doubt the most important tourist attraction in Peru, attracting over 500,000 visitors annually and one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. It is hard to believe that the enigmatic Incas knew neither the wheel nor any written language, but forged an empire stretching 3,680km along the mighty Andean heights. Machu Picchu looks awe-inspiring in photos, but these are nothing to seeing it in person. It is truly an amazing spectacle. Unfortunately, 500 words doesn’t really do Machu Picchu justice.Built over 500 years ago, Machu Picchu was constructed on the summit of Machu Picchu Mountain, overlooking the deep canyon o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2006

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

A Train Journey to Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Travelling to Machu Picchu, you aren’t really given that many choices. The Inca Trail is obviously the favourite of choices, but as only 200 people, including the guides and porters, are allowed on the trail each day, places can be booked up almost a year in advance. This leaves only the options of bus and train, and given the choice, I would choose a train ride to Machu Picchu any day of the week. This decision would not only be made on the current safety issues of many public buses in Peru, but for me, the train ride, starting in Cusco, has to be one of the most scenic in the whole of Latin America.You are given three classes of train to choose from, with more or less all tour operators offe...Read More