In December I went to Cusco with two friends. When we arrived it was freezing cold and raining. That’s not what we expected, since December is summer in South America. In Peru however it’s also rainy season. After the rain stopped we started exploring the city. Cusco is very pretty and if you walk up the hill you have amazing views over the town and the surrounding mountains.
From Cusco we did several tours to surrounding sights. There are a lot of agencies that offer a great variety of tours. We decided to book three tours in our hostel, which offered great value for money and everything went well organisation wise.
- Don’t book your tours online. Often it’s a rip-off. A friend has paid an online agency that didn’t even exist anymore. So he had to book and pay it again when he was there. He didn’t get his money back.
- Ask someone trustworthy (maybe in your hostel or hotel) how to recognise real alpaca wool. Sellers will try to fool you and sell fake. Happened to me as well.
- Don’t pay people to take pictures with alpacas or llamas. If they see that they can make money with it they will keep doing it. The poor animals are not enjoying that for sure.
- Sunset House Hostel is recommendable. Room for less than 10€ including breakfast.
- Don’t go to restaurants on the main square in Cusco. They are way too expensive and touristy.
- Restaurant SUMAQ in the street Siete Angelitos is very recommendable. Delicious three course menu including two drinks for 4€.
- Go to the Mercado Central de San Pedro in Cusco to have a fresh fruit smoothie or to eat – always eat where you see locals eating!
- Plan enough time for day trips from Cusco. We thought that seven days would be enough but there’s so much to do that we would have liked to stay longer.