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South of the Equator to Peru

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A March 2009 trip to Peru by britgirl7

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru More Photos
Quote: Why Paddington left this magical country I will never know? Join my adventures through small Inka villages and big Peruvian cities towards the treasure that is Machu Picchu !

Cusco

Fallen Angel

Restaurant | "Kitsch and Cocktails"

Fallen Angel Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Just by looking at the website you will realize this is not a typical Peruvian eateryhttp://www.fallenangelincusco.comIn fact this restaurant/lounge would be far better suited to South beach than Cusco but it was fantastic food and a fun little place to check out so I included it here for you to seeThe Fallen Angel did not look much from outside but as soon as we ventured through the doors it was quite a surprise.Colours and Kitsch were abound. I barely had time to adjust to the visual assault when we were greeted by a beautiful Peruvian waitor and escorted to our table in the "red light district room" We were seated at a small corner table nearby ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 6, 2009

Fallen Angel
Plazoleta Nazarenas 221
Cusco, Peru
+51 (84) 258184

La Chomba

Restaurant | "Eating with the Locals"

Chicha Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Good luck finding La Chomba is you don’t like asking for directions !Ask around…All the locals know La Chomba yet its hidden away in a courtyard so even if you were looking in the right place (as we were) its still likely you will miss it (as we did)As you walk down the street its just a doorway in a wall. The doorway leads to a courtyard that has normal Peruvian courtyard activities like chickens fighting and kids playing (or is it the other way round) And there is the entrance to La ChombaWooden benches (just seat yourself and don’t worry if its next to others. It will mostly be locals here and there is no Menu just foods written on the walls. Picks something that...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2009

Pacha Papa

Restaurant | "Guinea Pig Anyone?"

Pacha Papa Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Whenever we take a trip we try and make it the case that we never eat at the same place twice but we made the exception here because we stopped by for lunch and was told the Coy (guinea pig) had to be ordered fresh and we couldn’t get it until the following day…so we ate Lunch and returned the next day for dinnerThis restaurant was recommended by the Lonely Planet which is always my bible. I did happen to have one dish (Aji Gallini) which I had also eaten else where so I was able to say whilst the taste was equal between the two restaurants the Aji gallina at the previous place (Yaku mama) had been significantly cheaper (15 soles at first place…24 soles here)However the a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 6, 2009

Pacha Papa
Plaza San Blas 120
Cusco, Peru
+51 (84) 241318

Yaku Mama Grill

Restaurant | "Cheap Eats"

Yaku Mama Grill Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Yaku Mamas grill was one of those restaurants that we found by accident. As we were walking through the main square in Cusco (Plaza De Armes) we were accosted by various menu touts trying to get us into their restaurant for lunch.Whats can I say …We were hungry and easily led which is how come we ended up sitting on a balcony with a wonderful view of the square and all the people down below.We were the only ones eating here so I was doubtful of the food, but it was lovely and cheaper than some of the other places we had eaten of late. The Décor was basic, but our table faced the balcony our scenery was the locals and tourists.I tried a local dish called Aji al Gallina whi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2009

Yaku Mama Grill
Plaza de Armas
Cusco, Peru

Hostal Rumi Punku

Hotel | "Rumi Punku-Stone Entrance"

Hostal Rumi Punku Photo, Cusco, Peru
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The Rumi Punku Hotel is a fabulous little gem just up (everywhere in Cusco is up !!) the street from the Plaza de Armes. From here you can walk all around the old town and museums with ease. There are plenty of shops and restaurants within the old town to keep you busy for days.Prices vary depending on the time of year. Overall this hotel is a little pricey by Peru standards but it’s a beautiful building with awesome locationCheck out the seasons prices and more about the hotel at www.rumipunku.comWe paid $90 for a lovely room (with a TV even !) on the second floor with a radiator and private bathroom (hot water iffy)The floor above us had a privat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2009

Hostal Rumi Punku
Choquechaca No.339
Cusco, Peru
+51 (84) 221102

Aguas Caliente/Machu Picchu

Inka Wasi

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Restaurant | "Peruvian Food"

Inka Wasi Photo, Machu Picchu, Peru
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Aguas caliente has no shortage of restaurants to satiate the weary tourist. You won’t find cheap prices but despite the ramshackle nature of this town there are so good restaurant choices. Inka Wasi was located just off the main square.www.inkawasirestaurant.com/It’s a big restaurant and yet managed to maintain a cozy fee with a huge pizza oven and fire pit in the center, local decorations on the walls and live music Inka Wasi was pretty quiet when we went in (we were off season) but later a couple of big tour groups arrived…. Our service never wavered and remained attentive and friendly.On arrival they brought out free garlic bread which was a nice tou...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 6, 2009

Inka Wasi
Av. Imperio de los Inkas
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site

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Attraction | "Pure Inca Gold"

Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site Photo, Cusco, Peru
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For most people seeing Machu Picchu is the cherry on their Peruvian cake. Indeed the ancient Inca site is perhaps one of the most stunning in the world.I had read the blogs, scoured photos and memorized the history of Machu Picchu before I even set foot in Peru and yet on arrival to Machu Picchu I was still blown away. You cannot help but be impressedHere is a site which will help you with practicalitieshttp://www.machu-picchu.info/There a re a couple of ways to see M.PThe most adventurous way is to take one of the many treks. The assortment on offer can be confusing but one name that kept coming up in my reading was www.lla...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 6, 2009

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

Gringo Bill's Hotel

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Hotel | "Gringo's Are Us"

Gringo Bill's Hotel Photo, Cusco, Peru
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You can find more information and booking on their website at www.gringobills.comDespite the address being Machu Picchu realize that this hotel is not in (or particularly near Machu Picchu) However its about as near as you get unless you are willing to shell out thousands for a night at the one hotel that is up at M.PGringo bills is in the tourist town of Aquas Caliente-which is for most the last stop before Machu Picchu.We arrived via train (there are NO roads into town) and were met at the train station and followed the bloke through the tourist markets, across the square and up the dingy ally to Gringo Bills.They seemed a little confused at our reservations...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2009

Gringo Bill's Hotel
Colla Raymi 104
Cusco, Peru
00 51 84 211046

Ollentaytambo

Ollantaytambo Ruins

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Attraction | "Inca Pride"

Going up Photo, Ollantaytambo, Peru
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You cannot miss the Ruins here in Ollenta. They dominate the town with their impressive terraces.Here was where the Incas ran after the Spanish made them retreat from Cusco and it was from the Ollantaytambo Fortress that the Inca met the Spanish troops for battle. After the initial defensive strike it was the incas who used the aqueducts to flood the valley below, making it hard for the Spanish to attackThe Spanish did indeed retreat, and Ollantaytambo became the (only) place where the Inca were able to resist attacks from the Spanish. Its a tough climb (especially with the high altitude) up the 200 steps to the top of the Ollantaytambo Fortress to see the inca architeture as w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2009

Ollantaytambo

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Attraction | "Strange Name. Wonderful Town"

Ollantaytambo Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Ollantaytambo was our first stop on arriving in Peru. It’s a small traditional town nestled in the Sacred Valley with the Andres mountains looming all around. Ollanta was built on the foundations of the original Inca ruins and so you can easily look back in time and see evidence of Inca town planning. Plenty of tourist see Ollanta as part of a whistle stop day trip of the Sacred valley so by day there are people arriving on tour buses to see the ruins and walk the cobbled streets but as dusk arrives and the thundering buses depart it can feel like you have the little gem to yourselves and I highly recommend staying at least one nightFrom a more practical standpoint...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 2, 2009

Ollantaytambo
93 kilómetros al NE
Cusco, Peru
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MayuPata

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Hotel | "Gormet Peruvian Style"

MayaPuta restaurant Photo, Ollantaytambo, Peru
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I have to be honest and say we had a few hit and miss meals this trip. I wish MayaPuta had not been our first meal as it set the bar so high for the rest of our time in Peru.The Restaurant was in view of our hotel (Hostel Sauce) which isn’t saying much as Ollantaytmbo is small. Its actually just across the river as if you were walking from the town square towards the ruins. Mayaputa is big and spacious but in low season it was alarmingly empty. I try not to eat in sparsely populated restaurants for numerous reasons (atmosphere as well as food freshness) but in low season in town that most people visit by day than stay overnight it was hard to find people in any re...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 2, 2009

Hostel Sauce

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Hotel | "Room with a View"

Hostel Sauce Photo, Ollantaytambo, Peru
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It had been a very long day of travels (wait… Two days) before we landed in Cusco to begin the first leg of our Peruvian adventure. I was more nervous that usual starting this trip. My online research and subsequent booking of hotels had proven sporadic and confusing and whilst I thought I had reservations in order it was going to be a lovely surprise that the hotels actually knew about them alsoI had communicated plenty with Hostel Sauce in the way that only two people struggling with another’s native tongue can.Therefore it was a relief on arrival to Cusco airport that there was a taxi waiting for us to drive the couple of hours through the Sacred Valley to the hotel.Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 2, 2009

Hostel Sauce
Calle Ventiderio 248
Ollantaytambo
+51 084-204044