Hi, it’s me Marimonda. Continuing my previous post <Machu Picchu>, today I’d like to introduce you Cusco where used to be the capital city of the Inca Empire.
If you like to see the whole journey of this trip, click here.
Since the previous day was one of the longest days in this trip, I slept like a baby. I barely met the time for breakfast at hotel. After having breakfast, I chilled out a bit more and got out from the hotel around 12 p.m. The weather wasn’t pretty good, but it wasn’t comparable to that of Machu Picchu. As I expected, the sky cleared up soon so it was good to walk around the town.
Cusco & Altitude
Located in the Andes, Cusco is a city with high altitude(3,399m). Thus, many visitors need for couple of days to adapt themselves to the altitude when they arrive in the city. Altitude sickness happens commonly to tourists. Mayor symptoms include : headache, nausea, dizziness, feeling tired, and vomit. If it gets serious, the symptoms may include difficulties in breathing and tightness in the chest.
In order to prevent altitude sickness, people take a pill named <Soroche>. I also took this before departing from Lima. The pharmacist told me I should take it at least 1 hour prior to visiting areas in high altitude and the effect would last for 8 hours (for adult).
Some tips I would like to share is to avoid drinking alcohol, to drink enough water, and to take it easy. Actually, I rarely saw people running around in Cusco. Everything moved quite slow. Drinking coca tea and eating candies would also help to release or prevent the sickness.
Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas is located in the heart of Cusco. The square is quite small but it’s a picturesque place undoubtably. When I stayed in Cusco I came to this square every day and had a relaxing moment on the bench. You will see and find all the highlights of Cusco here. There are many souvenir shops, museums, churches, hotels, and travel agencies.
I visited two churches in the plaza and one museum nearby. I would say <Cusco Cathedral> is worth to enter because you can see <The Last Supper- Cuy version> there. The entrance ticket costs 25 sol for a foreigner.
Taking pictures inside the cathedral is strictly forbidden, so I couldn’t take any. But you can google inside of the church.
Traditional Dance Performance
In the evening, I saw a traditional dance performance at Centro Qosqo De Arte Nativo. The show lasted a bit more than one hour. The performers danced 5-6 different local dances in Peru with live music. The entrance was 30 sol.
Beautiful night in Cusco
I would say cusco is a city where its night is more gorgeous than its day. The Plaza de Arma is astonishing with its golden light. The harmony of the architects and the light was just astonishing. Since the city is pretty safe at night, I really seized the moment being there.
Do not miss out walking around the square at night. It was the best thing I’ve ever experienced in Cusco.
One of the food that I liked the most in Cusco was chicken soup. Due to its hot and cold weather, I craved something warm at night. My cousin introduced me a small local restaurant where she had chicken soup at her first night in Cusco. The place was small but cozy. The soup was delicious and it warmed me up immediately. You can see many chicken soup restaurant in cusco. It costs about 3-5 sol and it was yummy.
I hope you enjoyed the virtual trip to Cusco with me. Next post will be about <Inca Ruins near Cusco>. Take care everyone and see you soon 🙂