A guide for planning your trip to Cusco Machu Picchu.

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.

Day one

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.

A guide for planning your trip to Cusco Machu Picchu.

Our hotel in Urubamba, Inti-ñan Hotel.

Day two

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.

A guide for planning your trip to Cusco Machu Picchu.

Young girl reading while waiting to sell her textiles in Chincheros market.

After visiting Chincheros we went to Moray.

A guide for planning your trip to Cusco Machu Picchu.

Moray, Cusco.

 

A guide for planning your trip to Cusco Machu Picchu.

Dancers celebrating a religious date. Maras town, Cusco

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.

Photo: Salt Pans of Maras, Cusco.

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.

Third day

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.

A guide for planning your trip to Cusco Machu Picchu.

A guide for planning your trip to Cusco Machu Picchu.

A guide for planning your trip to Cusco Machu Picchu.

Cusco Machu Picchu

Day four, five and six

 

We spent the last 3 days in Cusco city, visited some local museums, to eat I recommend, La Valeriana for lunch or coffee with delicious pastries. And for the evening Cafe Morena.

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.

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Museo del Inca

A guide for planning your trip to Cusco Machu Picchu.

A guide for planning your trip to Cusco Machu Picchu: Plaza de armas.

Cusco; our ancestors called it ‘el ombligo del mundo’ which means, bellybutton of the world.

 

 

angela

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