I visited Cusco in the month of October, the weather was nice we didn’t have much rain and there were plenty of sunny days; the nights can be cold so take some warm sweaters, most of the hotels do not have heating.
This is the third time I visit Cusco, so I decided this time to go directly to the Sacred Valley after arriving in Cusco airport with LAN Airlines from Lima. The Sacred Valley is located at a lower elevation than Cusco city and this helped us to avoid altitude sickness.
We hired a driver that picked us up at Cusco airport and brought us to the different tours in the surroundings of the Sacred Valley. The first stop was Pisac where you can buy textiles, handicrafts and then visit the ruins of Pisac. Afterward, he drove us to our hotel, Hotel Inti ñan in Urubamba. It had very good reviews on Trip advisor and exceeded our expectations. A very nice family runs and own the hotel, we arrived late in the evening and they were so kind to drive us to the town to have dinner.
The next day, our driver picked us up from our hotel after a delicious breakfast with plenty of fruit, bread, avocado and other nice things. We departed to Chincheros, a little town really beautiful, where we visited the ruins and the market.
After visiting Chincheros we went to Moray.
Afterwards, we visited the town of Maras and it’s Salt pans.
When we arrived at Maras it was a big surprise to find religious festivity with traditional and colorful costumes.
The Salt pans are incredible, I bought some salt to take back home.
We came back to our hotel, Itiñan in Urubamba and went to bed early because out train departed the next day to Aguas Clients at 5:00 am.
The trip from Urubamba to Aguas Clients was fast, when we arrived we bought some mosquito repellent, there are many mosquitos in Machu Picchu.
We queued for the bus, after buying our tickets (you can buy them there), the buses drive continuously to the top (Machu Picchu).
It was really worst it, Machu Picchu is even more beautiful than I remember it.
We didn’t have a guide so we hired there one for 150 soles for three people for more less two and a half hour tour.
Day four, five and six
If you go to Sacsayhuaman by bus or taxi it is a very nice idea to walk back to the city center, and stop for dinner at San Blas Neighbourhood, a great alternative to the busy Plaza de Armas with great hidden cafes and restaurants.
Museo del Inca
Cusco; our ancestors called it ‘el ombligo del mundo’ which means, bellybutton of the world.
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