Cusco & The Sacred Valley

Cusco is the gateway to Machu Picchu; most visitors to Peru will end up in Cusco at some point during their trip. It is a worthwhile stopover, there are so many things to do here while you get used to being 3000-meters above sea level. We enjoyed the city itself, finding many great things to occupy our time.

It’s been a few months since we’ve posted any videos, but we’re finally back with an exciting addition to our collection, this time featuring Cusco and the Sacred Valley. We loved Cusco, finding many amazing places to eat, attractions to visit and views to take in. We spent a few days before and after our 5-day trek along the Salkantay Route en route to Machu Picchu.

It’s a walkable city despite the constant feeling that you’re always somehow going uphill. The central core of the Colonial city are small walking streets, and parts of the city are built up the walls of the valley. It is important training if you’re planning to spend a day walking around (or in our case, several days walking to) Machu Picchu.

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The Plaza de Armas in Cusco. 2017.

Cusco is a cultural center and a unique blend of Inca and Spanish culture. The city was once the capital city of the Inca Empire, and their capital city of Saskaywaman – located just above the city – still remains as a testament to their power. There are several other smaller ruins located close to the city and many of them are easy to visit on a day trip from the Cusco. We enjoyed learning a little bit about the Inca before we departed for Machu Picchu.

Because of its popularity as a tourist destination, there is an abundance of great restaurants, hotels, and bars to spend some time. We treated ourselves to many of these nicer establishments, enjoying some of our best meals in Peru in the city. It is easy to get to Cusco; they have an international airport (and many flights connecting to Lima) as well as many bus connections going in all directions. Whether you head to the Peruvian Amazon or stay in the highlands and travel overland into Bolivia, it is easy to connect to your next destination.

 

Cusco & The Sacred Valley:

Cusco is the gateway to Machu Picchu; most visitors to Peru will end up in Cusco at some point during their trip. It is a worthwhile stopover, there are so many things to do here while you get used to being 3000-meters above sea level. We enjoyed the city itself, finding many great things to occupy our time. It’s a good place to learn about the history of the Inca, including a visit to the Sacred Valley and Saskaywaman, the former capital of the Inca Empire.

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