Cusco, magical city
Cusco Travel Blog› entry 3 of 8 › view all entries
April 13th, 2010 – by: tirsomaldonado
The airport is just fantastic, very similar to any European airports. Actually they even have free Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet, something most of airports in Europe lack.
Once you get to Cusco you can feel the altitude right away. Actually Jimmy had a problem last time he visited the city and fainted big time! ☺ It is funny how the plane lands as the airport is situated in a valley. It is quite impressive the maneuvers the plane has to do! Once you get your luggage, you will find tons of taxi drivers at the exit, but instead of getting it there, leave the airport area and get it in the street! A taxi from the airport to the center (15 minutes) cost us 5 soles (1,32€)! By the way, people from the information center at the airport explained everything we had to do and gave us a very warm welcome!
Right now we are already in the hotel.
We were supposed to wait for a couple of hours but we were eager to discover and visit the place! Our first stop was the market, although we did not spend much time as it was quite sunny and we could not loose a minute of light. Then we walked along the “Avenida del Sol” towards “Plaza de Armas”… Damn! That was fantastic; I still don’t know what it was, the smell, and the air, something different in the sky….
Right on Avenida del Sol you find the market, Museo de Sitio de Qoricancha, la Iglesia y Convento de Santo Domingo, all sorts of museums, until you get to the “Plaza de Armas”.
Avenida del Sol is full of stores, restaurants, coffee places; it is a very lively street.
After lunch we visited many stores at Plaza de Armas looking for a bracelet similar to the one we saw before, but none of them were as nice! I found some cheaper, but I liked the first one I saw! Jimmy got a little bit dizzy, so we went back to the hotel. On the way we stopped at the first store and I talked to the owner again! “Listen, you were right! I looked around and I didn’t see anything better than the piece you showed me, but, being honest with you, I found it cheaper… “
Ok, how much would you pay me - he replied
We closed the deal at 250 soles (65,81€)! Which is awesome considering it is beautiful! Check out the photos in the review!
Around 7pm the travel agency left our tickets to Machu Picchu at our reception.
For dinner we went to Plaza de Armas and we had dinner at a typical restaurant named Tunupa. I am attaching a review.
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