The sights, tastes and sounds of Cusco are enough to make you want to come back for more. We only had a few short days to savour the amusements, sights, culture and history of the Inca capital, which to me was just not quite long enough. I could meander through the narrow colonial streets of Cusco for days on end; forever visit the arts and crafts markets, bargaining for alpaca blankets and hand-woven rugs; going to Mercado Central for hot chicken noodle soup (one bowl for only three soles! And it’s amazingly delicious!) or ordering a nutrient rich, freshly blended fruit juice or soothe (for the six soles you pay, you struggle to drink the entire one litre they give you, but it’s a great detox and energy boost after long days of trekking & sight seeing).
The historical centre isn’t too small nor too large, and it’s easy to get around by foot, or by taxi (there are literary thousands of taxis in Cusco which circle the city both day and night). It feels safe, even at night as the streets are very well lit and there are always people about. For a panoramic view of the city, head to El Christo Blano (just jump in a cab and tell the driver where you want to go – it’s about 1km up the hill to the north of the centre and well-worth the visit). All in all, Cusco is an extraordinarily amazing city – in no aspect did it fail to live up to my expectations. Cusco is everything I expected it to be and more. The photographs below do not do it the justice it deserves.