My first travel to Perú
South AmericaPeru20 days / January - February 2019
Highs & Lows
Loved the churros en Cusco
Cold weather but take care when the sun comes out.
I'm in love with Cuzco.. This was my first stop in this travel, arriving at 3300 m can be quite heavy for some people so my friendly reminder is to drink a lot of Coca tea but anyway it's absolutly worth it to arrive with the plane beacuse you will see hole Cuzco from above. As I arrived I took a taxi to the Plaza de Armas were I started watching for a hostel and I noticed that walking can be quite difficult so walk sloooooow. As I found a nice hostel I asked were I should go first and they told me that I have to know the Markets, best advice ever. I first went to the San Pedro Market which is huge and where you can find everything, it's separated in areas like the meat area, eating area, medicine shops, etc but my favorite is the juice area, South American juices and fruits are the best. There are a lot of different markets in Cuzco but there is one where only the peruvians go which opens once a week on sunday and it's called Baratillo and everything is really cheap (Don't eat there, and look on your pockets). There are more reasons I've loved Cuzco one of those is that you can find ruins everywhere with or without paying, you will recognize which buildings are from the Inkas and which are from the Spanish beacuse the Inkas were only building perfect things where not even a needle will pass between one rock and another. In the Sacred Valley you can find ruins everywhere for free and an amazing vibe included.
From Cuzco I went to Aguas Calientes to see the most turisty attraction of all Machu Picchu. Normally the tour guides (or you alone) leave you in Hidroelectrica, from there you walk on the train tracks like 2-3 hours untill you arrive to Aguas Calientes. I've spend 1 night there (the village is really expensive and created for the tourist) and the next day I woke up at 4 a.m to get the first bus up to the ruins (you can chose to walk). You can get in by two tours one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. I've done the morning tour because you can see the hole ruin-town without nobody in it, wonderful even tough it's really too full of people at some point and you don't have enough time to visit the bridge AND the sun door. In the afternoon after visiting the huge ruins I walked back to Hidroelectrica but as an option you can take the train back directly to Cuzco but it's pretty expensive. The lowest price option is a tour for about 300 soles (100$) with the entrace to the ruins, if you choose to go alone it will cost you more or less the same.
The next stop on my adventure was the city of Arequipa. As I arrived to the Terminal I wasn't liking what I was seeing.. everything everywhere was really dirty and you notice that that wasn't a good place to stay at night. I was staying in a random hostal near the Plaza de Armas which is near to the historic center and the shopping street. The historic Center is beautiful with his White marble buildings and lots of parks to hang out and there is also a huge maket. At night I was seeing a color show with Vulcano backround. I reccomend to go if you have time but it's not a must of Perú. But from there you can go and visit the Colca canyon which is a realy nice hicke.
Q & A
What would you have changed?I would have loved to have more time to explore the sacred valley
Restaurant recommendations?Eat and drink something in the markets (there where the peruvians go you will find the best food), it's cheap and good food.
Tips you would give a friend?Take care with the tours always ask for prices in different locations.
Packing tips?Clothes for everything you will find every kind of climate in peru
Transportation Tips?The busses are cheap so you can move easily
Any surprises?I was surprised by the huge ammount of old ruins you literally only have to get a walk trough the citys or the villages you will always find some.
Booking details?There are chains like the Dragonfly hostels who exist in more places in Peru and you often get a better price when you were in 2 of them but in different locations.