We had a great time in Arequipa and Colca Canyon but it was time to move on before we ‘lacked the dollars’ to get to Machu Picchu. Get it? Lac Dolar?? By the way, Cuzco is up there at over 11,000 feet (3354 meters) in elevation. And Machu Micchu is only at 8,000 feet (2439 Meters).
We stayed at Hostel Milton in Cuzco. Milton has 2 locations, one in the center of the city and another on the edge of town. We stayed at the one on the edge of town. Although it was a short taxi ride to town, we had a great view of Cuzco from the roof top. Milton did a great job helping us setup the Sacred Valley visit and the Machu Picchu trip.
And this was the view from the other side of the roof top. We liked this location better than the city center location because it was off the beaten path with fewer tourists and more of a local feel.
It seemed as if there were more holidays, fiestas, in Latin America than non-holidays. We’re not sure what this parade was about, although religion was involved. This was viewed from Hostel Milton’s roof top. Notice that there is not a tourist to be seen.
We’re often asked if it is dangerous traveling in South America. Well, as you can see the Policia Nacional were in full force everywhere in Peru ready to protect the easily preyed upon tourist. Pat took it upon himself to photograph as many of the female police officers as he could find.
A typical walking street in the center of Cuzco.
Plaza de Armas, Cuzco. This is the focal point of Cuzco and where everything happens (as you will soon see). The area is surrounded by excellent restaurants and shops.
We told you that The Plaza de Armas was a happening place. These protesters filled the entire Plaza. Not exactly sure what they were protesting, but they were definitely ticked off!
The protesters were loud and passionate, but well mannered and peaceful.
And Patriotic. Peruvians are very patriotic and proud of their country. We were frequently asked what we thought of their country and if we were enjoying our visit.
The architecture in Cuzco was amazing. The Spanish influence obvious.
A young boy working a small food stand near the center of Cuzco.
Another Fiesta???? Man, these Peruvians sure know how to party! Boys will be boys no matter where you are.
What? Another Fiesta!!!! PARTY ON DUDETTES!