Markets of Cusco

Something I find absolutely wonderful about Peru is the availability of fresh food from meat to cheese to fruits and veggies. You can also find art, flowers, fruit juice stands, lunch, and hardware shop stuff in markets at a very good price. I find that most people here do not shop in one fell swoop like they do in the States. [Continue reading…]

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How to Get Around Cusco Using Local Transportation

¿Cuanto cuesta irme a _(fill in the blank)___?” This is what you should always ask before getting into any taxi especially in Peru. Now, it is widely understood that a cab fare around the centro should only cost 3 soles maximum but once you get outside the main neighborhoods, the prices goes up a sol or two. A cab ride, even to the farthest neighborhood should only cost 6 soles maximum. As a resident of Cusco for over a year and half now I feel like I have a good grasp on how to deal with taxi drivers. Here is my advice.. [Continue reading…]

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The Cuzco Circuit: Sacred Valley

While my dad and I unfortunately didn’t have the time or the energy to hike the famed 4-day Inca Trail to get to Machu Picchu, we chose an equally exciting way to get there; the Sacred Valley Tour. Instead going to Aguas Calientes (the town at the base of Machu Picchu) directly from Cuzco via train, we drove for several hours through the mountains to small town of Ollantaytambo where we boarded the train. Along the way, we stopped at three archaeological sites and drove by several more that were nestled away on the hillsides. It is a beautifully scenic and enjoyable way to start the journey to Machu Picchu, and I highly recommend it! . [Continue reading…]

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The Cuzco Circuit: Wonderful Weaving

As mentioned in the previous article, my dad and I had the pleasure of attending a weaving demonstration during one of our tours. Held at a local artisans shop, the demonstration covered the multitude of processes that an artisan goes through when creating a product. Having seen so many beautiful woven items throughout my time in Peru, it was amazing to be able to learn the intricate craftsmanship and processes behind them. [Continue reading…]

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Our Favorite Hostels of 2010

From now until the end of the year we will be having a year end blog-a-thon where we will be putting together our favorite things to see and do in Peru. Being that traveling is our main area of focus on this blog (as well as getting your bucks worth), we thought it best to start by highlighting our favorite hostels from a year of intensive travelling. After the jump is a location specific list of hostels you should have in mind when visiting Peru on a budget. [Continue reading…]

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