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Pisac & Sacred Valley: Photo Diary

The first stop is Pisac ruins overlooking the valley. It takes approx. 1 hour to explore this magnificent site. The views are unbelievable! It’s a great place to meditate.   Visiting Pisac artisan market is a must! Specially if you want to buy souvenirs in this trip. Here you can find the same items but at a very reduced price in comparison to other markets around Peru. Besides, they offer a great variety of artisan artifacts.       Bargain for some Andean goodies at the traditional artisan market of Pisac. By all means, avoid buying anything in Machu Picchu town. Everything is 3X more expensive! The Sacred Valley of the Incas is the second most visited attraction in Cusco after Machu Picchu! « ‹ 1 of 14 › » The next stop is Ollantaytambo town. The main attraction here is the archeological site which hang high on the valley walls overlooking the town. Ollantaytambo is the gateway to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes). Head over to the train station to board the train towards …

Top Things To Do In Cusco, Peru


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1) Mercado San Pedro 1 2 3 You can find anything in Mercado san Pedro. From dry meat to a great variety of cheese and Chuta bread to any kind of fruit you can imagine. 2) Plaza de Armas Lively urban gathering place offering colonial arcades, a cathedral, gardens & a central fountain.  Did you know: In Inca times, the plaza, called Huacaypata or Aucaypata, was the heart of the capital. lonelyplanet.com 3) Mirador de San Blas 1 2 4) Cusco Cathedral The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin, also known as Cusco Cathedral, is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cusco. The cathedral is located on the Plaza de Armas.(Via Wikipedia ) Built during the 16th & 17th centuries, this grand cathedral is filled with colonial paintings. 5) Museo Inka 1 2 3 Folksy collection of Inca art, artifacts & architecture in a modest, old-fashioned environment.   Address: Ataud 154, Cusco 08000, Peru Hours:   Phone: +51 84 237380 6) Dinner at Limo The Limo Restaurant offers wonderful Peruvian fusion and …

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Southern Valley, Cusco Highlights

On my last day, I had some time to spare between check out from my hotel in Cusco and the time I had to be at the airport and start heading back home to the states. For this reason, I called the travel agency (Chaska Tours) so they can recommend an activity for me to do in those 4 hours I had to spare. Their recommendation was the Southern Valley of Cusco! Located at the South of Cusco, the first stop is Tipon with many water canals a sacred place for the Incas.     On our way to the next archeological site, we stopped in a little town where the Chuta Bread comes from. The bread’s taste is very peculiar! It’s a mix of sweet with a hint of a salty afterwards taste. Sounds wierd, but its extraordinary! They produce they bread every morning. Out of the over directly to your mouth, YUM!     Pikillaqta a major pre-Inca site built by the Wari civilization.   Finally, our last stop was the lovely town …

Learning How To Cook Traditional Peruvian Cuisine

          There’s no denying it. Peru has the best cuisine in all of South America! With this in mind, I decided to take a traditional peruvian cuisine class and learn how to cook some delicious dishes.           Cooking is not my forte. It’s never been, not because I can’t prepare anything but because I am too lazy to cook or to actually go to the supermarket to acquire all the ingredients. That’s why delivery Apps are my best friend! Haha Why would I do without Uber Eats or Postmates? Who knows.           Anyways, I was looking forward to actually learn how to prepare my own dishes. “You’re the only one if this tour this afternoon!” the chef said after he introduced himself at my hotel’s lobby. “Great! It’s like a private class.” I thought.           Chef Christian was by far one of the coolest people I met in this trip. Our first stop was el Mercado San Pedro, Cusco’s …

What To Pack For Machu Picchu

Simplicity is the answer. To successfully pack for your Machu Picchu adventure you only need one thing: activewear. Hiking, hiking and more hiking! That’s all you’ll be doing through the length of your trip. Here’s a quick guide of the things you need to take to Machu Picchu:   CLOTHES Day Clothing – Activewear outfits throughout the length of the trip. Footwear – Athletic shoes and hiking boots. Pajamas Accessories: Hats, Gloves, Scarves etc. Raincoat Sweaters BASICS Toiletries – Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, perfume, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap etc. Brush Lip Balm Make up & make-up remover Hair accessories – bobby pins and hair ties. Laundry Kit Hand Wipes   MUST HAVE NEEDS Refillable Water Bottle – Keep your hydration levels up! Sunglasses Backpack – Choose a backpack, not big but not too small, to carry all your belongings throughout the day. Sunscreen and Insect Repellent First Aid Medication Kit   ELECTRONICS + ENTERTAINMENT IPad Camera + Tripod – Don’t forget your SD card! Kindle Headphones PS – don’t forget to pack the device’s chargers! via GIPHY …