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Cusco, Peru: Home to all.

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A June 1999 trip to Cusco by Catherine

Quote: Cusco is a second home to every backpacker in Peru. The city will greet you with pouding high-altitude sun, and capture you with sights, smiles, and an overwhelming sense of "bien-etre".

Cusco, Peru: Home to all.

Overview

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200 words is a sore limit to describe the highlights of Cusco-- and i've already wasted 17. So read on, why don't you? To lure you in, a list: the daylight sun, as it roasts you to the bone, and compensates amply for the night-time freeze; the 5am walks, as the city awakes, and slowly comes to life; the gratuitous and interested conversations with just about any passer-by, be it tourist (gringo) or local; the stunning sight of 3pm evening light casting a red glow over the 500year old stones of Sacsayhuaman; ...Quick Tips: Hostal Resbalosa, on Calle Resballosa offers the terrace view of a house which you might find high above the city. In fact, it's a short 2 minute walk...Read More

Hostal Resbalosa

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Hotel

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Hostal Resbalosa is located on a narrow street, all in stairs (as many are in Cusco). The name means 'slippery', and was well chosen, as the steps have been polished by hundreds of years of use. The first time you go to Hostal Resbalosa, laden down with bags or backpacks, I recommend hiring a taxi, and asking them to take you to the top side of the street. This way, you'll only have to walk down some 15 steps, as opposed to stuggle up 25. This may scare you away, but it is well worth it. Calle Resbalosa is tiny, charming, and very quiet. The hostel is hidden away behing two massive wooden doors, which break the continuous stone walls lining the staircase. Once inside the courtyard, yo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 21, 2000

Hostal Resbalosa
Calle Resbalosa
Cusco, Peru

Gringo Alley Restaurants

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Restaurant | "Gringo Alley"

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Gringo Alley is not it's real name, but reflects the clientele. This street comes off of one of the corners of the Plaza de Armas, to the left of the cathedral. It is flanked with bars and restaurants of all sorts, and crawls with gringos (tourists), and gringo-loving locals. If you are looking for local color, this is not, repeat not, the place to go. My first impression of Gringo Alley was that it most resembled a street in an alpine ski village by night. Bar and restaurant owners will hasle you left and right and try to convince you that you must dine and drink with them. Despite it all, the one advantage to gringo alley is that your chances of finding the travelling companion ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 21, 2000

Gringo Alley Restaurants
Gringo Alley
Cusco, Peru

The Inca Trail

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Story/Tip

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It's not in vain that they call it 'the sacred valley'. The scenery is stunning, the hights magnificient, the ruins as numerous as they are amazing, the vegetation varies from semi-tropical to virtually non-existant. The Inca Trail is in fact one of many Inca trails. These paved highways criss-cross Peru and some of Ecuador as well, and used to carry messengers from one corner of the Inca's Kingdom to the other. THE Inca Trail, the one that everyone marvels about, leaves from a tiny village some 3 hour bus-ride from Cusco, and zigzags through the Urubamba Valley (alias the Sacred Valley), up and down, all the way to the citadel of Machu Pichu. It is the most popular way of getting to ...Read More

Morning walks

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I can only recommend taking advantage of your jetlag, if you arrive in Cusco from the west. I remember waking at 5am my first morning (I came from London), and thinking that I would try and get a few more hours of sleep. And then, the thought crossed my head that I was in such a marvelous place, it would be a pity to miss the morning light. After that, every morning I woke between 5 and 6am, and walked about for an hour. These morning walks remain some of my best memories of Peru. Cusco is at its best in the early morning light, before it is handed over to Europeans and Americans in hiking boots. As the city awakes, isolated sounds fill the stillness, each distinctly. Cusquenians wal...Read More