Arriving in Cusco

Cusco Travel Blog

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So we arrived early in the morning in Cusco with about three days to acclimatize prior to our five day trek to Machu Picchu.  The airport is pretty small with the typical assortment of travel agents, tour operators and taxi drivers all vying for your attention.  We got our bags (lucky for me, often mine seem to go MIA) and managed to find a taxi driver who didn’t look to intimidating and who actually spoke English somewhat and headed into Cusco, only about a 10-15 minute drive.  On the way into Cusco, there are these hilarious, masked men directing traffic (see the Masked Man picture in this entry) which only feeds the rumors about people getting abducted and robbed by itinerant taxi drivers - we had no troubles at all and actually got a mini city tour from our very friendly driver.

Cusco and Sacred Valley from the Airplane

Eventually we made it to the Hotel Garcilazo which is just a couple blocks of the main square and was spartan but fine (other than lack of heat…) They were really nice and, after the obligatory discussion with the on-site tour operator and of course coca tea (which the locals claim helps with altitude sickness), we managed to nap for a few hours and then head out to wander the streets and grab some food (ceviche and beer, seemed like the logical first lunch…) We spent the remainder of Friday and Saturday wandering around Cusco, going to the SAE Clubhouse and booking a number of trips for after Machu Picchu with a really nice woman named Milagro at SAS Travel (whom we would definitely highly recommend • not the cheapest but very professional and excellent service).

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Almost there
Almost there
Cusco and Sacred Valley from the A…
Cusco and Sacred Valley from the …
The plaza dArmas square in centra…
The plaza d'Armas square in centr…
Masked Man in Cusco
Masked Man in Cusco
Laundry in Cusco Alleys
Laundry in Cusco Alleys
Cusco
photo by: Vlindeke