Cuzco – Day One – City Tour

Everytime I travel, I check for information about the locality on the internet. Lots of people don’t do that, but I consider it quite important. Some friends of mine went to Peru/Cusco around the same time I did, but they didn’t do half the things I did because they weren’t informed. Granted, I’m a bit of a control freak, but I feel more comfortable that way. So when I arrived in Cuzco, I had it all pretty much planned. I arrived at my hotel at 10 a.m., I knew the city tour started at 2 p.m., had all the other days planned as well. Everything flowed perfectly and I had the most amazing time in Peru.

To visit the ruins around cuzco, you have to buy a Turistic Ticket, otherwise you won’t be granted entrance. That’s a bit costly, but not a burden. It costs 130 Soles. When I arrived at the airport I got an official taxi and the two people driving me happened to be part of a turistic agency as well, so they arranged for everything during my stay in Cuzco following what I was interested in. The name of their agency is Peru Andean Explorer and I highly recommend their services. The first day I did the City Tour, the second day I visited the Sacred Valley, the third day I visited Maras Y Moray, the fourth day I visited The Sacred Valley of the South and on the fifth day I did Paragliding on Chincheros. The Paragliding was under the responsibility of a team from the Action Valley Cusco, and they too were amazing and great to spend the day with!

While I waited for the city tour to start, I walked around the Plaza de Armas, had lunch, took some pictures…

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Toda vez que eu viajo, eu procuro informações sobre o local na internet. Muita gente não faz isso, mas eu acho importante. Alguns amigos meus foram para o Peru e não sabiam nem do Vale Sagrado nas imediações de Cusco. Foram pra lá e não visitaram uma das maiores atrações do lugar. Enfim… eu realmente sou controladora nesses aspectos, preciso planejar o que vou fazer. Quando eu cheguei em Cusco já sabia o que queria fazer. Cheguei no hotel às 10 da manhã, o City Tour começaria às 14. Eu já tinha os outros dias todos planejados também. Tudo fluiu perfeitamente bem e eu me diverti muitíssimo no Peru. 

Para visitar as ruínas em Cusco, você tem que comprar o Boleto Turístico, senão não entra. Custa 130 soles. Não é barato mas também não é o fim do mundo. Quando eu cheguei no aeroporto, peguei um taxi oficial e as duas pessoas me levando também eram parte de uma agência turística e já arranjaram tudo pra mim de acordo com o que eu queria fazer em Cuzco. O nome da agência é Peru Andean Explorer e recomendo muito o serviço deles. Primeiro dia então, fiz o City Tour, segundo dia fui ao Vale Sagrado, terceiro dia fui a Maras e Moray, quarto dia fui ao Vale Sagrado do Sul e no quinto dia fiz paragliding em Chincheros. O paragliding ficou sob responsabilidade do pessoal da Action Valley Cusco, e eles também foram sensacionais, adorei passar o dia com eles!  

Então, enquanto eu esperava o City Tour começar, eu dei uma andada pela Plaza de Armas, almocei, tirei fotos… 

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All the people I photographed, I asked for permission and paid them a few soles. They allowed me to, even if they weren’t particularly happy with me disturbing them.

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Todas as pessoas que eu fotografei, eu pedi permissão e paguei a eles alguns soles. Eles geralmente deixavam, mesmo que não estivessem particularmente felizes comigo perturbando a eles. 

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el-cuy-a-cusco-guinea-pig-dish

One of my friends had mentioned that he hadn’t had courage to try the guinea pig dishes in Peru, so just to prove I’m “manlier” I ordered it. Just to my great regret. To my taste, that was awful. But it was the only dish I didn’t like. Everything else in Peru was divine!🙂

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Um dos meus amigos disse que não teve coragem de comer porquinho da índia no Peru e fui fazer graça só para mostrar  que eu sou mais machinho que ele (não que houvesse dúvidas disso) e *meio* que me arrependi. A carne não é tão ruim, mas teve um ou outro pedaço com a pele… misericórdia. Horrível. Detestei… Mas esse foi o único prato que eu não gostei. Tudo o mais no Peru foi divino!🙂

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Vem com a patinha e tudo -.-

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I was staying at El Arqueólogo H0tel. Loved the place and the staff🙂

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Eu fiquei no Hotel Arqueólogo. Adorei o lugar e os funcionários🙂

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So, the first place we visited in the City Tour was the Cathedral… you can’t take pictures inside… but if they don’t see you doing that…

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O primeiro lugar que visitamos no City Tour foi a Catedral… não é permitido fazer fotos no internior… mas se eles não vêem você fazendo isso… 

Cuzco-Cathedral

Qoricancha

Qoricancha

The guide for the day

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Saqsayhuaman / Saqsaywaman

Besame,-guapa!

Besame, guapa!

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This photo’s very turisty. This woman was just standing there, waiting to be photographed. But I like it nonetheless and there are many portraits from people that weren’t expecting to be approached for photos.

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Puka Pukara

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Qenqo

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We didn’t go to Tambomachay, as most people do, because we took too long in the first sites and we ran out of time =/

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Nós não fomos a Tambomachay, como a maioria das pessoas vai, porque demoramos demais nos outros sítios e ficamos sem tempo =/

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For dinner, I went to the restaurant Gourmet La Divina Comédia, just by the hotel and ate like a hogzilla, as usual.

Ceviche

Ceviche, mushrooms…

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Y La oracion de juana de arco. Pastel de pato, gratinado con queso gruyere y pure de papa amarilla, relleno con magret de pato, 3 tipos de salsas, y reduccion de sauco (fruta), hongos y pecanas

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And Pisco Sour, obviously.

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10 Responses to Cuzco – Day One – City Tour

  1. Leandro says:

    be au ti ful

  2. Sartenada says:

    Wonderful set of Photos. To me it was wonderful surprise that You blog in three languages. So have done also, but since one month I post in four languages. I have been learning Portuguese two months and now I try my post in Portuguese also. So, please do not laugh when reading my blog. Some translations took me three / four hours.

    Welcome to visit my blog:

    Sartenada’s photo blog from Finland.

    Abraços!

  3. Michael Bissell says:

    Great set of pictures from day one Anna, I can’t wait to see the rest.
    The Topography is different to what I expected – reminds me very much of the lake district in North West England – buildingd and people VERY different of course (lol)

  4. Beautiful photos Anna. Looks like all of your planning definitely payed off. What a great adventure this must have been!

  5. Rubén GoBo says:

    Thank you for this blog entry, I happen to have casually found your flickr page just after having met a woman from Perú, and I was very curious to learn about the experiences from your trip there as well as to see the travel photo set. I will be quite useful in case of ever planning a trip there, thx!

  6. grecco says:

    nosssaaaaaaaaaaaaaa parabenssssss pelas fotos Annaaa….. sensacional
    bjos
    so nao comia o porquinho la .. eca

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