Changing hostels and Walking down side streets

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Me and Liz with some locals

So far Cuzco has been amazing, the city is just gorgeous, the sites are just amazing and the buildings and side streets lovely.  Its one of the nicest places we have travelled to, tho getting here is a bloody horror show, and next time i come to Cuzco (which i will again, maybe with my mum) i will fly here!! honestly the bus was bloody horrible. 

So we have for the past three days been walking up and down the streets, taking pictures of many interesting things, hanging out in the pubs (mostly the irish pub) and just experiencing the whole wonderful area. 

There are so many good quality places to go eat, tho we have yet to manage much food, its one of those places where you feel full up.  Prices for dinner and lunch range from 7/13soles for a filling meal, we found the best places to find good cheap food is West of the plaza de armas on calle Procuradores.

Gorgeous allyways with inka walls
  honestly you wont go hungry, there is everything to choose from, including Peruvian, Italian, French, Swiss, English and irish.  And they are all tiny little places all in old colonial inka homes. 

Well we nearly had a proper heart attack yesterday night, we went to pick up the tickets for the inka trail, and well the guy didnt know us or anything about us, told us to leave the voucher with them and come back on bloody Thursday night, the night before the bloody trek.  Well we didnt know what to make of this, i mean the night before!! we hadnt got a equipment list or intinery of the trek.  We wasnt sure if they had sleeping bags or knew that Liz was a veggie.  so we was bloody worried sick, esp liz who seems to worry about everything from how many credit cards she has to where the loo roll is.

Cuzco at night
 

We went for a walk around the plaza and ended up in Cross Keys, reason being, we had already been in Paddys and thought it would look mad going in again and again, we arent drunks!! lol.  Well it was absolutly dead in there, i mean we were the only customers and it wasnt early, it was 7pm.  We had seats outside the balcony and watched the world go by, the view was so gorgeous, blues of all colours just painted the sky, luckly i had my little camera so i got some good shots, which i am very happy with.  We then ended up going for a snack at Nortons Pub, which had more ppl in there than the night before, our dinner consisted of Chunky Jacket chips, but since we have been here, we have only really eaten lunches, so a good snack was enough.  The whole plaza by this time had been taken over by spits of rain and plenty of new tourists, as the trail is yet to re open til the 1st of March, our guess is that they are here for the Train up to Machu Picchu, which is cheaper to do here in Cusco, honestly you can turn up here and just grab on a tour, its much cheaper too, if your doing it over the  net, then you should know, that the same companys are doing your tour but cheaper!! we met a Irish guy from Dublin called Colm and he was offered a trek for 5days to Machu Picchu for only $200 and he thought that was expensive, he had met a guy from Sydney and he is booked on a trail for only $170.

plaza de armas
  Thats a hundred dollars less than what we are paying, and ours is considered cheap by the internet and guide book standards.

Well we went back to the hotel, knowing we are to spend one more night there, then find a cheaper place, we went looking today, and have some places in mind, Hostel Roja, close to the plaza and has room tomorrow for $25 a double.  They also keep luggage.  Another option is Koyllur Hostel which looks nice on the internet but we have yet to go out and find it, something for later. 

Liz bagged herself a bloody gorgeous alpaca jumper thing, which is something i also want, but wont get til after the trek, as i have no space yet, i am gonna chuck lots of things away, including my bloody boots.  We did buy some things yesterday, and talk about value, we got a Alpaca hat, and its real alpaca not wool, which was only 10soles so under 2quid, and a pair of alpaca socks from a little lady we met on the street, for 7soles.

Paddys irish pub, in background SPURS are on the tv!!!!
  I am well pleased with that, and i am glad i left all the buying things til Peru, as in Costa rica they were selling the same bags but at mad prices like 5,000c which is 5quid and yet here they are going for something like a quid...

We have yet to find a post box, as i need to send bloody loads of postcards, i have got some decent ones, i promised to send my best friend ros one from each destination, yet that was impossible as finding the post office was a trek in itself, i only managed to send the ones from Costa rica and Nicaragua, Panama city didnt seem to have postcards let alone a office, and Lima had postcards but no visable office.  So i am determind to send them from here.

We are gonna spend the rest of the day looking at shops and having lunch, maybe not visit the fabulous irish pub!! we have gone there everyday since arriving and soon the bar staff will know our drinks off by heart.

me having a drink at Cross Keys with the catherdal in background, bloody freezing!!!!!!!!!1

I will say something about the type of tourist that comes here, they are more richer than we are, i think they are mostly on those holiday tours, like see Peru and its wonders in only 14days.  Because they all look the same and dress the same, wear the same hats, all got those cut off trousers from Millets, but these are the sort of ppl that has Berghus and Low Alpine, not Millets, there are some backpacking looking types, and they all seem to have those gorgeous fleeces with llamas on them, and have the token peru hat which you can buy down in Candem for loads of money.  And everyone including the posh tourists and the backpackers all carry backpacks with them, and show off there dig cameras, which i think sometimes is madness, being that Cuzco is considered more dangerous than Lima.

View from paddys balcony
  What with all the gun crime.  But nobody seems to mind, and in fact enjoy walking around this great city with everything on show.

 

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Me and Liz with some locals
Me and Liz with some locals
Gorgeous allyways with inka walls
Gorgeous allyways with inka walls
Cuzco at night
Cuzco at night
plaza de armas
plaza de armas
Paddys irish pub, in background SP…
Paddys irish pub, in background S…
me having a drink at Cross Keys wi…
me having a drink at Cross Keys w…
View from paddys balcony
View from paddys balcony
plaza
plaza
plaza
plaza
Inka Kola
Inka Kola
Cusco
photo by: Vlindeke