How to travel Peru in 12 days. Day 8: Cusco the greatest.

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Day 8.  Arriving in the greatest city of Peru Cusco, going sightseeing and enjoying its unique atmosphere…

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From Cusco to its founders

 

After the boat trip to the islands of Titicaca, we’ve returned to Puno to spend several more hours there and have dinner. We asked the owners of our hotel to save our bags till night, so we won’t care it with us or pay for an extra night. The bus to Cusco leaves Puno at 10 pm. and arrives in the city at 4.30 am.

To tell you the truth, the bus ride wasn’t enough to sleep enough even with enough comfort provided by Cruz del Sur company. From the bus terminal, we took a taxi with a quite affordable price that dropped us next to our pre-booked hostel.

I’ve chosen one of the cheapest central hostels with the highest rate on Booking and it was great! Literally one of the best hostels I’ve stayed in and the best during my whole Peru trip. It’s located 10 minutes walking from the central square of the city and is very convenient. Hence, totally recommended: Ukukus hostel.

Even if the check-in time at the hostel starts at 12 pm, we were kindly invited to arrive later and chill in the common space. During this time I took a hot (thank God!) shower, cooked breakfast, studied Spanish (remember,  had an exam after the trip?)… Did everything I wanted actually and even petted a cat. What could be better?

The staff was super lovely and explained to us how to orient in the city, recommended excursions, restaurants. The laundry service wasn’t quick enough so I wasn’t able to use it. Ukukus hostel is really (and I mean it) popular among tourists, so make sure to reserve it in advance, as I couldn’t book the second night there, when I spontaneously decided to stay in Cusco for one more day.

The first place to visit was the market close to the centre, where I bought local fruits for breakfast. After I saw this gorgeousness:

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The main square of Cusco

 

It made me fall in love with Cusco. Such a calm and unique atmosphere! Something really special is simply in the air of this city. It’s pretty touristic, of course. But you don’t feel the rush, you see local people, you get a positive attitude (because you’re a tourist that most likely to spend your money there, but still)… Well, yes. The last point about money just hits the mark. There are tens if not hundreds of tourist agencies that offer, sometimes quite busily, their services and excursions. At some point, it becomes very annoying.

Well, yes. The last point about money just hits the mark. There are tens if not hundreds of tourist agencies that offer, sometimes quite busily, their services and excursions. At some point, it becomes very annoying.

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Feeding and playing with llama during the city tour

 

Traditionally, we took a free walking tour to get the whole picture of the city. We were actually late to the start point in the middle of the central square, so we have to look for a group of tourists. A lot of history was included in the tour, the information I didn’t know and would be hard to find. And the most priceless (for me) that besides was expressed a personal attitude towards the history, some events and their influence.

All in all, after 1.5 hours of walking around the city we reached the highest point of our route. The view of the city, its red roofs and endless streets conquered my heart. It looks so complete and united. It looks better than any other city of Peru from above.

 

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Cusco from above

 

I was definitely satisfied with the tour and the quality of it: very informative, entertaining and helpful. Totally recommendable: Freewalkingperu.

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The final point of the excursion was the restaurant Manka, where we tried pisco and got discount cards for dinner. Later that day we walked around the centre of Cusco, had an enjoyable seviche at the restaurant and went back to the wonderful hostel…

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All of Peru in 12 days. Day 6: Amazing Lagunillas

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Day 6. That day felt like the one from a very unreal dream that actually somehow happened in real life…

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All of Peru in 12 days. Day 3: Ocean and Desert (+YouTube video)

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Day 3. At night we had to take a bus to our next destination — Paracas.

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All of Peru in 12 days. Day 2: Miraflores & Barranco (+YouTube video)

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Day two. No pisco, I promise! We started it as usual in Miraflores district because where else does it have to start in Lima?

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All of Peru in 12 days. Day 1: Pisco in Lima (+YouTube video)

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Day 1. Cats, beer, Peruvian soldiers, pisco again, bus tickets done and delicious dinner next to the ocean…

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Parque Kennedy

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All of Peru in 12 days: THE MOST detailed plan. Day 0

Last year I had two weeks of summer vacations and a big desire to visit Peru. As usual, my goal was to see the most of what I could, as I never know if I have a chance to go back one day. This is how one of the most memorable journeys started! (You’re welcome to see a video about the beginning of the trip on my YouTube channel. SUBSCRIBE! <3)
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Llama land

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My YouTube video: Colombia through the eyes of a Russian girl // Colombia para una chica rusa

For two years spent in Colombia I fell in love with this country! I’m pretty sure if you visit it, you’ll have the same impression. For all this time I’m having the recording of my interview for a university project in Colombia that finally I’m posting it for a big audience:


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Long story short: What travelling has taught me

I was away from home for about two years, was not only travelling, but living abroad. It was time full of wonderful discoveries, great moments and priceless experience. I still feel blessed it happened to me.

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New 7 Wonders of Nature – Iguazu Falls

This story starts exactly half a year ago, the end of January 2016… To open Argentina for myself I decided not from its capital. Читать далее «New 7 Wonders of Nature – Iguazu Falls»

How it feels to be back to your country

I continue my “coming back to your country” series of posts. Earlier you could have already read my “How it feels to go back to your country”, and got an idea how the process of moving goes.

UPD: Half a year later. How does it still feel?

And with this, I’m opening a new section of my Rush Away Blog about Russia. Currently, I’m here and on my Instagram gallery, you can see photos of Russia and some tips, historical facts, Russian nature.

Time passes and I’m finally here, in Russia, already for a week. It was a really shocking week, full of a great time with friends, exploring again my own culture and noticing tones of differences between Russia and Latin America, mainly Colombia. I have a lot to say but will try to be short and specific. Читать далее «How it feels to be back to your country»