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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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Gruyeres: Cheese, Fondue & Chocolate!

On our way to Gruyeres, we stopped at Cailler’s Chocolate Factory for a quick tour and chocolate tasting experience. Cailler is my ultimate favorite chocolate brand, so naturally I was really excited to go try all the different kinds of chocolate samples they have.   Prior to this day, I never knew the history of Chocolate. A fascinating story worth knowing. I learned so many facts about chocolate. Such as: Did you know that people called chocolate the drink of the devil because it was so good and addicted that they actually thought the devil sent this to tempt humans to become evil.   Crazy right? Oh well.   The most interesting part for me was the cacao varieties they exist around the world. They are so many kinds of cacaos. We got to try different cacao bens from all over the world! Many of them are sweet, others not so much. Load More… Finally, they walk you thru the “right” way to taste the quality of a chocolate bar. Factors like: smell, taste, texture …

Swiss Treasures: Geneva & Montreux

Geneva Switzerland will always have a special place in my heart. This country brings me so much memories and anecdotes until this day. It was my friends’ first time in Switzerland and I don’t know why, but made me so happy to share my knowledge with them 10 years has passed since boarding school, and yet everything was nothing quite like I remembered it. I remember back in 2007, we visited all major cities. I knew that I’d been to Geneva multiple times before, yet upon my arrival Geneva was a complete stranger. This made me happy because: 1. It’s like exploring a new city.  2. Because this time I could get to know the city with my friends. Jackie and Kristine are excellent travel buddies. Every day was another anecdote to laugh at or one of those “happenings” while traveling that the only thing to be said is : “I can’t believe the bus left us!” and laugh out loud.  This are the kind of travel buddies I look for when planning a trip. If …

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 …

Visiting Machu Picchu: My Experience

It was still dark outside when I woke up to get ready for my Machu Picchu adventure. I took my backpack and gear I had planned the previous night, and head over to the hotel’s main lobby for breakfast. The tour guide was waiting for me at the hotel lobby at 4:30 AM sharp. The night before, the tour guide explained the importance of being on time the day of your Machu Picchu visit. Remember: everyone wants to get in line as early as possible to ride the bus to the main site. If you miss your time slot to ride the bus, you are screwed. Words are not enough how excited I was to finally see Machu Picchu. The sun rays were starting to lighten up the sky when I arrived to the top. After a pleasant bus ride, the guide gathered the group and start the archeological site visit of the lost city of the Incas.   I first entered Machu Picchu archeological site at around 7:30 AM. At this time, the fog …

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