I will be in Cusco August 9th, touring the Sacred Valley on the 10th, then the Inca trail August 11th-14th. After that we will have 3 days before we have to head back to Lima.
Any ideas on what best to do/see in this limited time?
Any one else going to be there at the same time?
If you're doing the Sacred Valley and the Inca Trail, youre going to be really glad of those 3 days to just chill out and explore Cuzco. It's a really pretty town and theres plenty to do and see there.
A walking tour of the city is quite a nice way to spend an afternoon.
Check out the artists area of San Blas - lots of weird funky artisan shops and galleries
Go to "Los Perros" and "Jacks" for lunch.
Be a gringo and go shopping on Gringo Alley
If clubbing is your thing, "Mama Africas" is where a lot of tourists end up.
Life moves at a pretty slow pace in Peru. You'll be glad of a few days to lounge around.
Have a great time.
I just couldn't agree more with Samsara2. Cusco is a great place to hang out, try local food, etc. I enjoyed just sitting in the square and chatting with the kids selling finger puppets. If museums are your thing, you'll be able to fill your days with them. The "tourist card" with something like 13 attractions for one price is a great deal if they interest you.
And if you want to visit some ruins just outside Cusco, take a city bus up to Tambomachay and get off. Then visit ruins and walk back to Cusco. It's a 5-mile hike on roads, you'll visit lots of ruins and it's mostly downhill The "hike" ends at famous Sacsayhuaman, so if you decide to do this day hike, save Sacsayhuaman for this day. Bring food and water, and you'll find a few vendors along the way to supplement.
Something to consider: You are arriving in Cusco, the next day touring the Sacred Valley, and the next day heading out on the trail. Where is your day or two of rest and relaxation to adjust to the altitude? Unless you are coming from a place of a similar altitude then it's advisable to spend your first day in Cusco just taking it easy rather than spending the sightseeing. There will be less chance of you getting sick that way. Since you have three days when you return from the Inca Trail, you would be better off using one of them to do your Sacred Valley tour.
Thanks to all for the replys.
Degolasse, great idea. I think I might leave the sacred valley & Pisac market for after the trail.
findemundo, will definitely check out "Sexy Woman" Any time I mention it, that is what people hear.
samsara2, thanks for the recommendations on lunch spots. I have started a list of places to check out.
I am in Cusco right now. Fantastic city.
San Blas is beautiful, as is most of the city.
Doing the City Tour tomorrow myself so may report back. 75 Soles for a 10 day pass to all the main sites. 18 soles for the Tour if you shop around.
On Thursday I am heading for 3 or 4 hours on a quad bike around the hills. That is 120 Soles if you shop around. Possible to do rafting for 40 US dollars. Also available is paragluiding over the valley which would be beautiful. Cant recall price but 60 dollars ish.
Loads and loads of very nice restaurants.
Doing the Inca Trail on Saturday so need some easy time too. The shopping looks good. Lots of arts and crafts etc etc.
Thanks Tricky, cant wait!
Where are you staying? Still need to figure that out too. Would like to be close to the main square, and under $50/night.
I am in the Samay Wasi hostel. It is 18$ US per night for my double en suite room. There are loads and loads of very nice places around here though and 50 bucks is enough to get you almost anything I imagine.
The hostel I wanted was the Amaru which looks great, and location is A1.
Did the City Tour today. Was ok but have done better. Most of it was ruins etc just outside the city to the north. However, had more first class food in San Blas.
Went to Jacks last night too. Great to have nice wine again!! Cheers for that tip Samarsa!! Would defo say north of centre is the place to be. West of the plaza has lots of people hassling you to go to their restaurant or, as per tonight, sell you drugs. Quite annoyed by that.