I think I want to move here.
Cusco Travel Blog› entry 17 of 20 › view all entries
Things are really looking good here in Cuzco. Cuzco look like they took a city from Spain in the 1500's and plopped in down in the Andes of Peru. But instead of having to use the Euro against which the dollar has taken a beating the last few years, you get to use the Peru Neuvo Sole.
Things are not quite as cheap here as in Bolivia, but the services are much more developed and numerous. I was still able to find a lunch today for $10/NS (about $3.25) with a great cream of veggie soup, thin marinated beef steak with fries, and a glass of chicha morada. But still, in Bolivia the delicious lake trout meal cost about the same.
By the way, regular chicha is ground and moistened in the chicha maker's mouth. It is then formed into small balls which are then flattened and laid out to dry.
What I had was the industrially made, non-alcoholic knock off. It was purple in color, and was prepared from maiz morado (purple corn). It can be consumed cold like a softdrink. They even have some available and sold in bottles and cans.
I booked my trip to Machu Picchu today. It was very tough to find one. There are usually two methods to get to MP, the train, and hiking the Inca Trail. The Inca Trail takes about three days, and is one of the classic treks in the world. I also did not want to take any more cash out, so my price was very limited.
I managed to swing a 3 Day/2 Night trip for $105. So I leave tomorrow, and stay two nights in Aguas Calientes. I think it's going to be a crappy hostal, and no after two nights in the great Hostal Amaru II in Cuzco I am very spoiled. This place has style, a nice private bath, and a tv, all for $20/night. Only beaten by the place in Salta, which was in an iffy neighborhood for $5 less.
Some good pics today. But, now I just need to match up the religious buildings with the pictures.