704. Peru Trip | Scenes of Cusco + Plaza de Armas

alpacas in Cusco
So we are now back in Toronto. I can't believe I only managed to do 2 blog posts while on the trip! I didn't have any time at all though unfortunately. Now I have a LOT of posts to catch up on but I really enjoy looking back and editing all the photos..and recounting all the memories. We had the best time there! It was one of my favourite trips and definitely one of the most different I've ever been on.

I'll start with general posts from each city. Then more specific ones (ie. posts dedicated to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, restaurant reviews etc) then I will include some informative posts with information on visiting Peru. We did very extensive research before coming so I will document all of that as well.

Picking up where I left off last..after our time in Paracas and Huacachina, we flew to the very colourful city of Cusco. I immediately loved the city. It's full of old narrow stone streets and has a certain charm to it. There were lots of women dressed in traditional Incan clothing, walking around with alpacas. It was exactly how I pictured Peru to be like.

We spent 5 nights in Cusco. It was our base for visiting Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. We also had plans to visit Rainbow Mountain but cancelled when we found out we didn't have the appropriate clothing for it (at all). The weather up there was below 0 so I guess we needed winter clothes.

Quinta San Blas Hotel
This is the entrance/courtyard to our hotel - Quinta San Blas. I really loved the style of it. Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of our room..but it was all white and blue with high vaulted ceilings. It reminded me of the coastal Greek style hotels. As the name implies, it was in the San Blas neighbourhood. From what we explored of the city, it was my favourite area. The streets felt really cozy and there were a lot of unique boutiques. It's only a short ~10min walk to the main square/Plaza de Armas.

San Blas Plaza Cusco
streets of Cusco
coca tea
Cusco is a very high-altitude city and many people get altitude sickness here. Luckily it didn't affect me at all. Though it could be due to the altitude pills I took before coming. Coca tea is supposed to help combat it. It tastes so delicious! I'm not sure how effective it is in helping with the altitude but we loved the taste so much we drank copious amounts of it each day..& I also managed to bring some back home (we were not sure if it was illegal to bring it across the border, since it is an ingredient used to make cocaine!).

Cusco streets
Plaza de Armas Cusco
Plaza de Armas!

Cusco Plaza de Arms
The rainbow flag is not for gay pride. It's the flag of the Incan Empire/Flag of Tawantinsuyo.

Plaza de Armas Cusco
Cusco Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas Cusco
Incan woman Cusco
alpaca in Cusco
Cusco streets
baby alpaca
Ceviche Seafood Kitchen Cusco
Lunch at Ceviche Seafood Kitchen. It's a restaurant right on Plaza de Armas with very fresh seafood. It was really good. We sat at the bar and watched them prepare everything. The food in Peru is overall pretty good - the best is in Lima though.

Ceviche Seafood Kitchen Cusco
Ceviche Seafood Kitchen Cusco
Machu Picchu leftbanked despacito
On our second day we went to Machu Picchu! More on this in a future post..


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