Lima to Cusco, Day 24

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru

A simple 60-minute flight from Lima to Cusco vs. a tortuous 20-hour bus ride through the mountains?  I’m all for exploring a country by ground transport, but honestly, this is another no-brainer.

Cusco is the hub of all things Inca, as well as adrenaline-rush activities, and the starting point for trips to Peru´s portion of the Amazonian basin.  The people of Cusco know this very well and the locals are organizing tours, providing accommodation, selling souvenirs, offering photo opportunities, or thrusting a menu in your face – and its non-stop.  Venture out of your hostel and you are immediately greeted by any number of hawkers only too willing to separate you from your cash.  Of course you can only say no for so long and true to form Christi and I purchased a few more trinkets than we initially envisaged. (Note a framed water color of Cusco now hangs proudly in our living room).  Having said that, Cusco is another colonial gem and we thoroughly enjoy poking around the shops and churches.  And occasionally losing ourselves in the numerous cobbled streets and alleys that radiate our from the tourist sector.  We do have to resort to the Diamox again, however, because Cusco sits at 10,000 feet, so not only is the town breath-taking, but the elevation definitely takes your breath away.

We also visit our Peruvian travel agency, Llamapath, for information on our upcoming trek along the Inca trail.  And before you ask, no, I don’t choose these agencies based on their amusing names.

Blog post by Roderick Phillips, author of Weary Heart – a gut-wrenching tale of love and test tubes.

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