After Lima, we headed to Cusco. You cannot talk about Cusco without talking about food. Now, food almost everywhere in Peru is delicious. I am not sure what it is, perhaps it is all the potatoes, but the food is just great.
In Cusco, we stayed at two different places. For the first part of the trip, we were at El Mariscal, Cusco. I would definitely recommend this hotel. It is walkable to most areas of the city, feels safe, and great price. We had already booked our tour for Macchu Picchu (which I will discuss in my next post), so we spent our time looking at other tours around Macchu Picchu and exploring Cusco.
We were in Cusco for around 8 days which was a good amount considering Macchu Picchu takes up a minimum of two days. Our first day in Cusco was spent adjusting. We then signed up for a local tour around to some of the sites in the area surrounding Cusco. If you think Macchu Picchu is all there is to do near Cusco, you are sorely mistaken.
We went on a tour of Sacsayhuaman with a local tour company. They also took us to a few other ruins around the area. It is amazing to see what people built thousands of years ago. This was a tour of an Inca fortress that is situated above Cusco. It is very large and you can spend some time walking around.
The other part of the day was spent touring some museums in the area and even seeing some buildings that date back to the Incas within the city. The buildings themselves are engineering marvels considering the amount of earthquakes they withstood. Some are built better than modern day buildings.
Now for my favorite part of Cusco, the food! We made stops at quite a few restaurants as we are self-proclaimed foodies. The top 3 are as follows:
- Green Point – Go. Now. Do not think about it. Cheap Vegan eats that you cannot beat. Go for lunch and you will not be disappointed. Stop after a meal for dinner. You will not regret it!
- Le Soliel- We splurged on this one while we were in Cusco. This is one of the top rated French restaurants in not only Cusco, but all of Peru. You will not be disappointed but it will cost you. We started with Escargo and then I went with the Duck l’Orange and my boyfriend had the rack of Lamb as main courses. All was delicious and prepared very well. We washed it down with a wonderful bottle of Malbec that the owner recommended. World-class experience.
- Papachos – Right out side of Plaza de Armas is this burger/wings/ sporty restaurant that you take the stairs straight up. You can sit on the balcony and watch the people in Plaza de Armas. The view comes with a price and two burgers and drinks ran us around $40 USD. Try the Alpaca burger or stop in for drinks when your favorite team is playing. You won’t be disappointed. Great, solid food, when you are missing some more typical American style food.