Days 012 - 015
12.10.2012 - 15.10.2012 20 °C
Our first days in Cusco were quite relaxed, so I’m gonna sum them up in a few sentences. We spent a lot of time on the computers, catching up with editing photos, skyping and writing e-mails. Also, our host Ysmael knows a lot about what to do in the surroundings of Cusco and helped us planning our travel around the Sacred Valley and to Machu Picchu. He is a fabulous host and we really enjoyed the time hanging out with him and his brother! Highlight of these days was definitely the visit to the Saturday-market in ??? (I don't remember the name, I'll update when I found out), a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas, around the corner of San Pedro market – highly recommendable to anyone who’s in Cusco on Saturdays – it’s a typical market where you can get everything from pirate DVDs to spare parts for cars to furniture to electronics to used kitchen equipment to … at quite reasonable prices, and still negotiable. For example, Conny found the exactly same hairband she bought the day before at a souvenir stall for S/.10 for the price of S/.3! The market quite reminded me of the Sunday-market in El Alto (La Paz, Bolivia).
After the fourth day in Cusco we finally got our butts up from the couch and started the touristy/sightseeing trip with a visit to the Museo de Sitio de Qoricancha (not very spectacular, but that’s were we managed to get the Boleto Turistico half price with our expired studentIDs you need the Boleto Turistico to visit most of the ruins in and around Cusco – it’s quite expensive (S/.140 full price), but we used it to the maximum so we got good value for our money. If you don't have the official International StudentID they ask for at the office in Av. El Sol, you can try to use an old one at the first attraction you visit - worked for us!). Afterwards we visited the Centro de Arte Nativo Cosquo, where they have a show of traditional dances from the area (also included in the Boleto).