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Machu Picchu - Cusco and Environs

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A July 2004 trip to Cusco by travellingdave

Inca Wasi Hotel  Photo, Cusco, Peru More Photos
Quote: Three days in this brilliantly historic part of Peru, including the requisite visit to Machu Picchu.

Inca Wasi Hotel

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Hotel | "Hostal Incawasi"

Inca Wasi Hotel  Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Hostal Inkawasi was recommended to me by my trusted Lonely Planet guide, which seems to have a different idea about what is “good” than I do. This small hostal (budget hotel, not a youth hostel) sits at a prime location opposite the Plaza de Armas in central Cusco. It is convenient to all of Cusco’s major sights and there are dozens of great shops and restaurants nearby. I arrived to be greeted by a young teenager, perhaps 14, who checked me in and told me I could pay later on, as he wasn’t allowed to handle money. I was charged $15 per night for a private room on the second floor of this small hotel. The hotel is in decent shape, but its use is visible through some significant we...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 11, 2007

Inca Wasi Hotel
Portal De Panes Nº 147
Cusco
+51 84 22-3992

Hotel Cusco Plaza II

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Hotel

Hotel Cusco Plaza II Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Hotel Cusco Plaza II is one of Cusco’s best deals. This little-known hotel is located a couple blocks down the road from the Plaza de Armas, easily accessible by foot. I originally found it through a hotel tout, who probably did overcharge me – but I did not mind, as the $30 I paid for the room was well worth it. The tout led me over to the hotel and negotiated the $30 with the hotel, which provided me with a large room with two double beds, a toasty warm space heater for the cold July evening, a powerful shower with hot water, cable television to catch up with news back home, very comfortable, modern bedding, and free Internet use in the lobby. The check-in staff were speedy a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 11, 2007

Hotel Cusco Plaza II
Calle Saphy 486
Cusco
+51 84 263-000

Mama Amerika

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Restaurant

Mama Amerika Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Mama Amerika is a great little restaurant overlooking the beautiful Plaza de Armas in central Cusco. I was skeptical upon walking into this modest restaurant that the food would be any good, and that it would not be some Americanized rip-off-the-tourist waste of time. I was totally wrong on both counts! The food is wonderful and the service is even better.The waiters here don’t patronize you like in some other restaurants, where they will literally be milking for a tip the entire evening. Instead, they offer some great smiles, suggestions on food, and don’t even attempt to rip anyone off. The food is very inexpensive, very high quality, and the chefs and waiters pride themselves on serving you...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 11, 2007

Mama Amerika
Portal Belén 115
Cusco

Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant

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Restaurant

Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant Photo, Cusco, Peru
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The Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is both a blessing and a curse. For weary travelers who have not packed a lunch, waking up at the deathly hour of 4am to catch the train to the ruins, it’s the most feasible (and only) option for food while atop the mountain. One could run down to Aguas Calientes, but this would only add to your expense and time – time devoted to sightseeing at this amazing wonder of the modern world. The downside is the price – at around $23 for the lunch buffet, it’s hardly worth the plate it’s served on for budget travelers who just want a quick meal with no frills. The buffet features elegant, gourmet dishes that highlight the incredib...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 11, 2007

Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge - Machu Picchu
Cusco
+51 84 984 816 956

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site

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Attraction | "Machu Picchu"

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru
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What words could even begin to describe such an amazing, awe-inspiring sight as Machu Picchu is? I could mention the cool, crisp, rainforest-like air that mists between low clouds, perched precariously over the mountaintop ruins – but that doesn’t even begin to describe it. I could mention the dizzying experience of being high above the Sacred Valley of the Incas, straddling a mountaintop with your feet with sheer cliffs at every turn, while you try your best not to succumb to vertigo while still wondering if the beautiful sight before you is even real. I could also mention the ruins themselves, a beautiful creation a mere 500 years old but seemingly eternal, with no beginning or end. Bein...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 12, 2007

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