Hi it’s me Marimonda. Today, I’d like to share my trip from Medellin to Cusco.
From Medellin to Lima
There was no direct flight from Medellín to Cusco. Thus, I had to transfer two times: one in Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia, and the other one in Lima, the capital city of Peru.
Also the waiting hours in Bogotá were pretty long (3 hours), I ended up arriving in Lima almost 8 p.m. Therefore, I couldn’t take a flight from Lima to Cusco right away. Instead, I decided to stay one night in Lima and take a high altitude pill so that I don’t have any problems with the altitude of Cusco.
I booked a hotel near the airport. It was only 10 mins away by foot from the airport. However, it was pretty late and I heard it could be dangerous walking around the airport area at night. Thus, I took a cab to the hotel. There is a hotel inside airport <Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport>. Though it was beyond my budget, so I couldn’t stay there.
Lima to Cusco
On the following day, I had a breakfast from the hotel and took a cab to the airport. From Lima to Cusco it took me about one and half hour, so I arrived at Cusco around 12:30 p.m.
I booked a hotel near Plaza De Armas, named Hotel Siete Ventanas. It wasn’t a wow hotel, but pretty good. The room was spacious, and the staffs were very friendly. I stayed there one night, and then travelled to Machu Picchu.
I would say there were a lot of tourists, perhaps more than the locals, in the downtown. You could see people from all around the world. Thus, you can find any kind of restaurant easily.
Cusco is located at the altitude of 3,399m, so many travelers spend few days here to get used to the altitude. If you’re in short of time, it’s better to go to Machu Picchu directly (2,240 m) and Aguas Calientes (2,040 m). Those are relatively lower than Cusco, so they will help you adjust the high altitude. That’s also what I did. I only stayed on night Cusco and on the following day, I moved to Ollantaytambo(2,792m) to go to Machu Picchu.
There are many things you can do in Cusco. Just wondering around the town is also a must thing to do. I met my cousin and we went to a travel agent to book a sacred valley tour on the following day. There are many options also tricks to rip you off, so you should compare and ask the questions very clearly before the payment. I booked a private transport from Cusco to Ollantaytambo for three people.
Peru use their own currency (sol), but they also accept USD in touristic sectors. Most travel agency received dollars (though it was a bit more expensive), so in case you need only few sol, it could be better to pay in dollars instead of withdrawing sol with transaction fee. One dollar values about 3.3 sol, and one bottle of water (500ml) usually costs 1.5 sol.
My experience of Sacred Valley Tour will be continued…
Enjoy your travel with Marmonda. See you soon 🙂