At 3,399 m above sea level, Cusco is a magical epicentre & fusion of cultures. It mixes colonial architecture with archeological remains of Incan stonework & an international community of travellers, hikers & explorers.
An old city with endless charm, you can spend a full day exploring, sitting atop carved wooden balconies & wandering the main square, Plaza de Armas.
It’s the perfect base to do multiple day tours like we did, including hiking Machu Picchu (we did the 2 day trek), visiting the Moras Salt Mines, exploring the Sacred Valley (including the really beautiful mountain village of Pisac) & climbing Rainbow Mountain (opt for the lesser known Palccoyo).
BEST EATS IN CUSCO
Green Point Vegan – awesome food & really nice people! Shout out to the boys for looking after Chesh with Coca tea when he was feeling really unwell. Must eat here!
Qura Bowls – really good acai bowls as well as your daily hit of greens! Opposite Green Point Vegan
L’atelier- this place felt like such a hidden gem. It was so cute with its gorgeous blue balcony looking over San Blas + they have nut milks, masala chai & gluten free desert options! We went twice!
Organica – This place is in a prime spot & has really good food! We opted for breakfast but the entire menu looked great. They have a little balcony that you can sip coffee & people-watch across from Plaza de Aramas
San Blas Market – really tasty & fresh seasonal produce. Definitely go here to pick up fruit & veg for cooking at home.