we can say that Cuzco is one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America! It was considered the center of the world in the inca empire. Located in the region of the Urubamba Valley, it receives its visitors through the Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport. The tradition of the people is preserved over the years, as well as the incredible mix of Inca and Spanish colonial architecture.
In addition to tradition, colors and architecture, Cusco stands out for its air. The city is located at an altitude of 3,300 meters, which makes it very difficult to breathe.
We arrived in Cusco and have already felt the effects of the altitude on our skin. O soroche, as altitude sickness is called, can be relieved with honey cola candy, coca leaves that can be chewed or brewed for tea and even with water. Or even the Sorojchi pills, a popular remedy in the country to combat altitude sickness. And that’s what we did, give him coca tea at the hotel and sweets during the walk, which by the way are delicious.
The main symptoms of soroche these are shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea and headaches. Our breathing quickens and our heart rate increases as our body tries to get used to the new weather conditions. In other words, the best thing to do when you arrive in Cusco is to give your body time to get used to it. the first day of Trip, it was time to walk calmly and discover the surroundings. We stayed in a hotel in Plaza de Armas, which was very well located, but very noisy. If I had to choose again, I would stay on one of the neighboring streets in the area.
The next day we also stayed in Cuzco and it was raining a lot. We visited the San Pedro market, the churches and the chocolate museum. Due to the weather we decided to look for an alternative program for the afternoon and this is how we came across Cusco Culinary, a 5 hour class where we learned Peruvian cuisine and even cooked a dinner complete! It was super fun and I recommend it to those who have free time in the area. Do you want me to post the recipes here?
The San Pedro market is a must visit. There we learned more about Peruvian cuisine and there is also a lot of craftsmanship.
The following days would be a lot of walking and we were already preparing for it. Even with the huge amount of agencies offering tours, we have decided to close tours for the Sacred Valley with the taxi driver we picked up at the airport. Moreover, it is an important point of the trip to Peru! Taxis are not fixed and you set the price before the trip. It’s a problem to deduce how much the trip is at the start but soon you get used to it. To give you an idea, I had researched before that the drive from the airport to downtown Cusco was around 15-20 soles. And there, they asked for up to 40! In the street of the airport there are several taxi drivers who offer a taxi and that’s where we negotiated with Uriel, who would be our driver for the next few days.
For those who have doubts about what money to take to Peru, we take dollars and trade what we need there. But what we used was the ATM machine which was very easy and had everywhere.
We were lucky enough to attend the Festividad de la Virgen de la Natividad, which is one of the most beautiful festivals in the region. It represents the birth of Nossa Senhora and the population goes out into the streets in costumes and presents themselves dancing. I took a lot of pictures and even made a video for you!
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Cusco has a lot of crafts to buy and a lot of alpaca and llama wool products. If you like it, read this POST I already told you all about my shopping in Peru!
People! The trip was amazing and there is still a lot to show! There are tours through Valle Sagrado, the capital Lima and the top of the trip: Machu Picchu! Stay tuned, a new post will be published soon!
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