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Cusco After The Sacred Valley – Not Before

December 31st, 2016 · No Comments

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The Plaza de Armas, Cusco.

Patrick and I had headed straight to the Sacred Valley before attempting to visit Machu Picchu or spending any time in Cusco. Slow and steady was our motto and it’s the best way to adapt to the altitude. By the time we arrived in Cusco a week later, we had no problems with altitude sickness.

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The Statue of Pachacuti.

After a morning visiting the ruins in Salineras de Maras, Moray, and Pisac, Patrick and I finally arrived at our Airbnb in Cusco in the afternoon. We were centrally located not far from the Plaza de Armas in the old historical center. We took a quick look around the apartment and then went out to explore the town.

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The Cusco Cathedral in the distance.

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Patrick resting with the locals.

The sun was shining when we stepped back outside and the temperature was mild. A perfect day for a parade with children dressed up in different costumes, each group representing a different dance school.

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Children dressed in a carnival atmosphere.

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This cute little guy was falling behind.

We only had a few days to spend in Cusco, but we could’ve stayed for a month or longer. There was so much to see and do. There were plazas tucked away on side streets, barrios like San Blas to discover, restaurants to try, bars and cafés to sit and enjoy a Pisco sour, museums to visit, and the list goes on.

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The parade route took the children in front of the old Palacio de Justicia.

The city is everything one reads about and more, but you have to be there to feel the energy, it’s electric. People are everywhere, talking, eating, drinking, children playing, dogs wandering around freely (more about that in another post) traffic moving every which way, tourists snapping photos, and all under the watchful eye of the Cristo Blanco.

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The San Blas barrio on the hill.

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I think I’m lost…no, no, I take that back, I’m thirsty.

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Going back down.

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A restaurant and an art museum.

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We worked up an appetite and I needed more than one Pisco sour.

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What did I tell you, those Incas were tall.

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Courtyard inside the museum.

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View from inside the Inca museum.

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Hmm, where is that 12-Angled Stone?

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I’m not leaving until I find it.

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Aha! A new day and here’s the famous 12-Angle Stone.

The next morning, we contemplated visiting another ruin, but Saksaywaman was walking distance from the center of town. Saksaywaman, by the way, is pronounced almost like Sexy Woman and it was the only ruin Patrick had no problem remembering how to say. (Hmm.) We hopped a cab and it’s a good thing we did because although it’s near the town, it’s all uphill and further than what most people say.

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Are we climbing ruins again or is this déjà vu?

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Okay, more stone.

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Wow, these stones are enormous.

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I told you it was worth coming.

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And what a view.

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Boy, that stone over there on my right is humongous.

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Welcome to my abode.

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This must be the kid’s entrance or the doggie door.

After Saksaywaman, we went to see the Cristo Blanco on the hill. At night it’s a beautiful sight to behold from the main square. It reminded me of the Cristo Redentor in Rio and Mount Cristo Rey in El Paso, Texas.

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The sign says it all.

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The Cristo Blanco.

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Great view.

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Making friends with a local gentleman.

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The Cristo Blanco lit up at night.

Maya Muses: Our time in Cusco was much too short. Like the Sacred Valley, it’s a place Patrick and I would love to return to one day and really get to know. We had a small taste of what the people were like and the beautiful surroundings and we definitely want more!

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Inside view of the Cusco Cathedral.

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Photo Credits: Personal Photos

Tags: Special Moments · Travel

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