The streets of Cusco, Peru

I spent my spring break hiking the Inca trail in Peru. Before beginning the hike, we spent two days in the lovely city of Cusco. Situated at an altitude of 3400 mts (11,200 ft), Cusco is a good place to acclimatise before beginning the hike that keeps you above 10,000 ft for the most part.

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Cusco is a great place to spend a few days. A tiny city, the best way to explore Cusco is on foot. I spent most of my time walking along its cobblestone streets, enjoying the quaint charm of the city. Cusco was also the historic capital of the Inca empire, you will therefore find a lot of history and culture permeating through the city.

Ceviche (a seafood dish) and Pisco Sours (a local cocktail) are must-haves while in Cusco, not to mention experiencing the night life that the city is famous for. I personally liked the nightclubs Mama Africa and Inca Team the most, both located in Plaza de Armas.

Here are some of my photographs from my stay in Cusco. Hopefully they will inspire you enough to pay the city a visit yourself! πŸ™‚

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  1. Arely · May 30, 2012

    Juice Ladies: A row of them can be found in any Peruvian market, stnaidng on raised platforms in front of giant mountains of produce. As you pass by they will try to flag you down, eager to liquify anything your heart desires for a few soles. While all of these juice ladies are the same: identical blenders, identical fruits and vegetables, identical glasses and matching lab-coats, people seem to develop a very strong loyalty to their juice lady. Our favourite blend was the combinado, a mix of orange, carrot, banana, melon, papaya, mango and (sometimes) aloe vera. To read more about juice ladies check out Jill’s post on Vegan Backpacker.

    • Sonali · June 1, 2012

      Hi Arely – you’re right! I loved Cusco, it was just an amazing city to walk around in πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your visit, I hope you drop by again!

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