The majority of people know that eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is very important.
Cuzco itself has many attractions but the surrounding are fabulous as well and you really should try to explore them.
First of all you have to be ready, that means you are not overtired and had rested at least one day in Cuzco. The altitude of some places (as the sacred valley) as lower than in Cusco, but you will have to get there you will reach the altitude of 3700 in Chinchero.
Depending from how many day you may spend in this area, your will make your selections.
For simplifying the excursion I would divide this into 3 excursions:
A half day tour with the archeological places of Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), Sacsayhuamán (the closest and largest of these ruins is the amazing Inca), Tambomachay (a water temple conveying Inca principles of duality and displaying their mastery of hydraulics), Puca Pucara, Q’enqo (a temple dedicated to sacrifices).
Try to take a tour that starts early I the morning. You will have the change to see Pisac market and the ruins, after a lunch in Urubamba you will visit the archeological site of Ollantaytambo. (Some people stop here in order to continue their trip to Agua Calientes and Macchu Picchu). Traveling back to Cuzco depending on the time you will stop in Chinchero (archeological site).
Both Moray (agricultural laboratory of the Incas) and Maras (salt mines) are located in the mountains on the way to the Sacred Valley. You want to explore this places without a tour you may take a bus to reach the junction and negotiate a price for the tour of both places. This was our morning and early afternoon program. For the lunch we took a minibus to Urubamba we visited the marked and finally a bus brought us back to Cuzco.
Finally after a few month I’m coming back reviewing my photos and selecting a few of them for a new post.
In Cusco we spent a few days from where we had the possibility to make excursions and discover the surroundings.
I imagined Cusco much smaller with a center more or less similar to nice village. I was surprised to find a beautiful colonial town with a center like jewel, with a golden shine during nighttime especially in the wet season.
As we booked the trip we knew that we would find rain and we were prepared to accept eventually heavy rains. In some way we were more than lucky and we did not hot have lot of rains and the sun appeared every day.
We visited the town mostly walking, we enjoyed our lunches usually in very small restaurants with fixed menus and the dinner in “normal” restaurants. We slept not in the historical center but at walking distance from there, we were really lucky.
http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/ (tickets online, here no students tickets available)
The first day after the long intercontinental flight we headed directly to the center of Lima by bus and stopped at the Santa Rosa de Lima church for our self-guided walking tour.
The preparation of several months, reading books and consulting the internet for the preparation were really worst and I had fun. So we are, the first day, a Sunday morning.
Today’s fun was the slow-down (Gran Bicicleteada) Sunday in occasion of the 480th anniversary of Lima with many bicycles around the Plaza de Armas.
Enjoying this wonderful summer days we walked around the town, saw the “cambio de guardia”, listened to the music during a Catholic celebration and cooled down with an ice cream.
Back home I was surprised how many photos we collected during three weeks of travelling in this wonderful Country and a selecting the photos, looking at the imagines I went back with my mind to South America discovering more and more details.
I made my section “by feeling”, without thinking too much and without pretending to give a specific name to every photo, building, place and so on. It’s something like wondering around again and bringing some of my impressions here to share with my friends.
These posts will not be like a travelling guide, but I will give you a few tip that might help you if you will have the opportunity to travel as we did.