The thing I loved most about this part of the continent is the colors all around you; the Peruvian ladies were bright garment and carry bags (see pics). When climbing up the little town also looked a little like Florence with the terracotta roofs and similar vegetation.
After being ripped off by the taxi driver , who was supposedly from our hostel and then just needed some cash to get out of the parking lot, which would be returned at the hostel(of course as soon as got there he raced off, sly bastard). The adventures of travellingJ. Cusco was bigger than expected, although the center of the little town was quite small. It is the city you come to, from where you can take the train up to Aguas Calientes (or Machu Picchu town). We stayed here a few days to acclimatize, as you are 3500+ meters above lea level and can suffer from Soroche ( altitude sickness) if you don't take it easy. We had some lovely food at Jack’s café (highly recommended) and walked around the markets and little cobble stone streets. It’s a really lovely pretty town, although you wouldn’t need more than two days to see it unless you had a distinct purpose such as study or work.