Day Two: Cusco, Peru
We were up early to catch a 9:25 am flight to Cusco. (A side note here is that we were able to get cheaper flights by going through the Spanish version of the airline’s website.) This flight was only an hour and our little traveler did well – even made a friend. Our taxi was waiting when we arrived and we were off to our the Picoaga Hotel (now the Hotel Costa Del Sol Ramada Cusco).
The Picoaga was previously a colonial house complete with a beautiful courtyard and a central fountain. We were greeted with Coca Tea which is supposed to help with the altitude sickness. Cusco is 11,000 feet above sea level and you can definitely feel it.
The location of the Picoaga is ideal. It is just off a small plaza and only a block past that is the large main square – the Plaza de Armas (or Mayor del Cusco). We rested for a bit and then our driver and guide came to pick us up (we used David Mayhuire Ramos).
They drove us around to get a nice “lay of the land.” Cusco is a very charming colonial city. The cobblestone streets reminded us very heavily of its European influencers. It is a large city with over 300,000 people but still feels very intimate.
David took us to see four Incan ruins. The first was Saqsaywaman. It is located on a hill overlooking Cusco. The view is truly expansive and worth taking many pictures. It is beyond a great photo op.
Here we discovered that we made a rookie American tourist mistake by not bringing enough local currency. It’s true we get a bit spoiled in Houston being so close to Mexico. They are kind enough to take US dollars everywhere. Here, not so much. Don’t forget your Soles!
The second was Q’enco. Not gonna’ lie. I didn’t even get a picture. This was one of those times that my baby was being a baby. We moved on to Tambomachay. This one is really just a very old fountain. It was set back off the road down a paved path about a quarter of a mile.
The fourth was Puka Pukara. The guidebooks were not overly kind to these ruins but we quite enjoyed them. It was very close to the road (yay, no more lugging the kid) and had a lot of cool chambers to explore.
We definitely packed a lot into this day. We were tired but swung by the Inca Museum before we headed back to the hotel. It was a great local museum and worth the stop. Should we have skipped it? Probably, but who knows when we’ll get back!
We chose a restaurant on the square for dinner. I don’t even know which one. We sort of played Russian Roulette and just picked one. I don’t think we ate guinea pig, but I suppose it’s possible. After that we called it a night.
Our little guy had a rough night and vomited a few times due to the altitude. He was okay the next morning we were all just really tired.
Day Three: Macchu Pichu!
back to Day One: Lima