Cuzco, The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu
Trip Start Jan 19, 2008
30Trip End May 01, 2008
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Where I stayed
Hotel Los Ninos
This pretty bizarre transport system worked itself out ok in the end though and after a further 10 hours on the bus we rocked up into Cuzco. By this time it was dark and so we just checked ourselves into our hotel (Hotel Los Ninos) which donates all it's profits to helping homeless children (it was looking after more than 500 at the last count) and got an early night.
Despite being the former capital of the Incan world, there arent any Incan buildings as such in central Cuzco. However, many of the significant buildings have been built on Incan foundations and this is evident from the huge polished rocks (they're too big to call bricks) fitting snugly together without mortar and which form the base of many buildings.
We spent four days in Cuzco (including our day trip to Maccu Picchu)
The second day we were clearly feeling that the end of our holiday was in view as we spent a couple of hours in the morning on the web looking at jobs for Matt, cars for Kathryn, and both rental and purchasable properties! Weīve also spotted some nice styles of paintings that we hope will also be for sale in Lima as we didnt have time to pick them up here. In the afternoon Matt took off on his own to visit some of the Incan ruins within walking distance of Cusco. This mini adventure required him to successfully navigate his way through the murky world of local buses to get to the furthest and highest of the ruins, and then he enjoyed a pleasant afternoon of wandering back down to Cuzco visiting the 4 major ruins on the way
It turned out to be really tricky to organise our trip to MP. You have to take the train but the cheap trains book out days in advance. So in the end we had to take a cheap train from Cuzco to MP and then return in the evening on a more expensive train (food and drink supposedly included - although they didnt mention the provided "entertainment") which only returned half way and then finally share a taxi all the way back into Cuzco. Maccu Picchu was definitely worth seeing and it does feel a bit otherworldly but itīs very expensive to boot. It cost us around 150GBP for the two of us to take a day trip there from Cuzco... The "entertainment" mentioned above involved a surreal peformance by a ballaclava'd man fondling a stuffed toy llama and dancing around for a few minutes. This was followed up by a fashion parade involving two of the train steward and stewardesses who had to don and parade in all manner of clothes (The common factor being the "grandad" level of styling - Michael, bet you cant wait to see your present...). All in all we felt a bit annoyed that we were paying extra for this!
Finally in the shared taxi back to Cuzco we shared with a chap who worked for Microsoft out in Reading - so Matt was able to get his much needed fix of teccy chat - but did manage to stop short of handing out his business card.
Our final day in Cuzco wasnt - in the sense that we took an organised tour of the Sacred Valley. The valley in question is the one that the Rio Urubamba flows through on itīs way from Pisaq (an hour north of Cuzco) all the way to Maccu Picchu (and presumably beyond) about 50km west of Pisaq
That final evening we headed for Arequipa on a night bus, where we intend to spend a couple of lazy days before heading onto Nazca and then finally to Lima.