WHERE TO STAY:
We spend two days at the Best Western Los Andes de America hotel and it was great. It was in the perfect location, close to food, the main square, and shops. We had a huge room with three beds and a giant bathtub, perfect for soaking in before a 4 day hike! Best part–its only cost approx. $50 USD a night which is a great deal compared to hotels in America. The people are also super friendly; we were greeted with coco tea when we first arrived… you just don’t get that at the average hotel.
WHAT TO EAT:
Peru is famous for llamas and alpacas, so of course you have to try it! In my personal opinion, it didn’t taste that great, but the price isn’t bad and you can say that you ate llama! Another meal you have to try is guinea pig! The traditional way is to have it whole, with the face staring at you, and you staring at its cute little paws. It was hard to swallow, but it’s all about the experience. One more tip- careful about where you drink your water, I recommended sticking to bottled water just in case! Better safe than sorry and stuck on the toilet, right? And FYI “con gas” means carbonated water and “sin gas” means normal water!
Theres plenty to do in Cusco just by walking around. You can take a historical tour or explore the city (which is surprisingly large). It’s a beautiful town, I love the cobble stone roads and mixture of new and old buildings.
ONE QUICK THING I WANT TO MENTION….
If you have an early flight and plan on sleeping in the airport… well to my surprise, the airport closes! They open up at 3am, but there are a few hostels right across the street!