Cusco has been amazing. We spent a total of 19 days on and off Cusco, from our day trips, Salkantay/ Machu Picchu and the Jungle adventures. When we are in town, Hostel Estrellita has been a great place to stay. Francisco, the owner is always warm, even though we have left our bicycles and a huge bolsa full of our stuff sitting in the storage of the hostel for 2.5 weeks. They’re always warm and welcoming with absolutely no fuss.
Cusco was in full blast party/ fiesta/ feria mode throughout our stay. From the real Corpus Christi on June 4th, to the follow up festival a week after (June 11th) when the Saints are being paraded back to their own respective churches, to the relentless preparation for Inti Raymi, scheduled for June 24th– which is the biggest festival in Cusco. It was a full blast party mode the entire time we spent time in the City. According to the locals, this is normal for June.
One of the days, where there was festival of little kids (5-10 years) parading in all sorts of costumes. This one is a little weird- with a straw hat and creepy mask. But the little kids were so cute!
We are also very grateful for the Poepping padres visit. They did Lares trek as we were doing Salkantay Trek. We got to hang out for 3 days in Cusco and Sagrada Valle afterwards. It was really cool seeing them the very first time at the Plaza at Aguas Calientes.
Because they were cool and fun, they agreed to doing a mountain bike tour to Moray, Maras and Salinas—It was a pretty long day – around 4-5 hours on bikes.
Moray- some sort of agricultural lab for the Inkas– they acclimatized a lot of different floras by using terracing. Supposedly there is a 15C temperature difference between the top and the bottom of the terrace.
Did you notice? Brady got a new shirt, courtesy of Poepping padre.
Salineras, where they have been producing salts since the Inkan time– this is 3500m above sea level. They have a very salty spring that they diverted into these pools that eventually dry up for the salt to be harvested.
Brady and I got to live the high life—meaning pretty luxurious life where we have our own bathroom, scorching hot limitless hot water, toilet seats and heaters in the room! Gasps! What a high life—it’s nice to realize that those little things that we usually take for granted in the US have now become very welcomed commodities! Thank you so much, Poepping padres!
We have had almost all of the street food available, from the Chiriuchu, cremolada, chicharon (Brady’s favorite), quail eggs, huge popped corns, monk bread and everything in between. We even had our ‘favorite restaurants’, frequenting a few of them 3-4 times during our stay in Cusco. Shout out to La Bodega 138, Cholo’s Bar, Green Point and Encuentro vegetarian food. It is really nice knowing a part of the city inside out and being able to walk around everywhere without a map.