Cusco’s main square is where it’s at. It is gorgeous, especially on a day like when these photos were taken. This is a short one. Because to be honest, we just went to Cusco to acclimate for Machu Pacchu, do a tour or two, and move on to Aguas Calients for our Machu Picchu adventure.
Luckily for us, the weather was amazing, the food was delicious, our aribnb was awesome, and we had a grand time in our four days there.
If you happen to be going, or plan to go, I think the best way to experience Cusco is to just walk around. You’ll find little markets, charming stairways, nice humans, great food, and plenty of beer with a view of the square.
You can pretty much start walking up any set of stairs of you see in cusco and get to the top, or the edge of the city.
However we were on a mission to get the their Statue of Christ. I don’t remember the name of the “hike,” but it’s really just walking up a million stairs until you reach the main road at the top. Follow the road until you see the statue. If you google the statue, you can just follow directions walk there. I suppose you could also just hire an uber. Whatever suits your fancy.
From the top you get quite the view of Cusco, the main square, the stadium and some of the ruins. We visited Christ and kept on down the other side of the hill to the ruins…
Upon arriving there, it was $35 usd per person to get in, and quite frankly, we didn’t think they were worth $70 usd when we had my 300mm zoom lens with us. SO, here are some pictures as though we are IN the ruins, when were back up on the Statue of Christ hill. Enjoy.
After all those stairs at almost 12,000ft we needed FOOD. And let me tell you, Cusco has UH-MAZING food. You will not be disappointed. From Peruvian food to sushi to healthy smoothies and vegan cafes, Cusco really has it all.
I made a point to take pictures of our airbnb because it was amazing for the price. And the host was THE BEST. She set up all our tours, and was so informative it felt like we had a private travel agent in addition to the place itself.
Cusco was great. It is a place to stay for a short time. It is more expensive than other areas of Peru, the outskirts are the polar opposite of the main square, and you really go there to do tours like Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Humantay Lake, and the Sacred Valley.
We like to say Cusco was cool to see, but we’d much rather live in Arequipa.
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