Cusco Day 1
Cusco is an AWESOME city! I woke up in Lima and caught a plane to Cusco. Peruvian planes and airports are great. I didn´t have to take off my shoes to go through security, they let me bring outside coffee onto the plane with me too! The airport seats were really comfy and the plane was really spacious. Much better than american planes that pack you in like sardines. Two thumbs up Taca Air!
We cabbed it to the hostel, The Samay Wasi Youth Hostel, and it is AMAZING! Our view is incredible. We could see the whole city beneath us from our window!
We drank coca tea.. no high.. not illegal, but its said to combat altitude sickness, because Cusco is so high up.
We got warmed up to our new surroundings, we actually liked his hostel so much we cancelled our reservations in the other hostels we were supposed to stay in Cusco.
We set out to explore Cusco and all it had to offer.. which turned out to be a lot! It is a walkable city although you are either going up or down hills the whole time. Good training for the Machu Piccu hike to come. The streets are so small it reminds me of what I´ve seen of Venice.
Cars race up and down the streets honking their horns to let you know to move ... and you better move fast! No joke, I was one step away from being road kill and the driver was unphased.
That´s another thing- Peruvian drivers drive so freakin close to each other, I mean within inches. I am constantly thinking that were about to get in an accident, but they seem to have it down.
For lunch we stopped in on a tiny little place on the outskirts of town where we saw only Peruvians eating inside. We sat down and were immediately greeted with two huge bowls of soup that we didnt order but readily enjoyed. We chose one of the three menu items- Lomo de Saltado (beef,peppers, onions, and rice) good, not great. Cost about two bucks. Not bad.
We went to the center of town, known as the Plaza de Armas. A beautiful park, architecture, and fountains.
Surrounding the fountain in the middle is the beautiful Santo Domingo Church, shops, restaurants, etc. The town is really neat with shops, bars and restaurants all over. The shops sell everything from Alpaca items, silver, rugs, and lots of cool art.
The city is really secure too, not so much the residental area, but where we are is pretty safe. A lot of places have barbed wire over their fences, but as we were walking, we also saw the tops of walls lined with cacti and broken glass bottles... pretty ingenious i say.
For dinner we went to this really cool small restaurant with only about six tables inside and you could see them roasting the food on the fire.
For six bucks each we got a 5 course meal with red wine. I tried Alpaca meat for the first time and it was really good. A little over salted for my taste but the meat was yummy.