After weeks of traveling, crazy work schedules, and holiday shopping/parties, I’ve finally been able to carve out some time to share with you all some pictures from my trip to Peru this past November. I’ve definitely been bit by a travel bug this year! From Thailand to Bali to Peru – I just want to explore, go on adventures, meet different types of people, and learn about other cultures. To be honest, Peru was kind of a spur of the moment trip for me. Luckily I have crazy girlfriends just like me that are down to travel and globe trot the world with me. Thus, with the thought of experiencing Machu Picchu, within a matter of two months, here I was in Peru! There are just too many adventures that we partook in Peru that I decided to break up my posts to focus on the four cities we explored. First up – CUSCO also known as CUZCO.
Cusco is such a cute and beautiful town, full of culture and amazing architecture. We stayed at Hostal Into Wasi which was perfectly located down the street to Plaza De Armas, which is the place to be if you are visiting Cusco. It’s in close proximity to everything. Plaza De Armas is a plaza where you can go shopping, wine and dine, and bar hop.
I absolutely loved the boutique vibe of this hotel. It was affordable, decent, and very accommodating.I didn’t think I’d be a victim to altitude sickness, but boy was I wrong! Altitude sickness is no joke! If you ever do venture into Cusco, be prepared for the high altitude. I would suggest that you take it slow the first day in order to acclimate yourself. All the hotels most likely will offer you coca tea as well. Above, is the coca tea my friends and I consumed every morning, in between our excursions, and right before we went to bed. The raw coca leaves helps alleviate the tingly, light headed feeling you get in places of high altitude. Plaza De Armas was breath-taking. From the pebbled stone floors, to the detailed architecture of the buildings, I saw beauty everywhere and in everything. Cusco during a vibrant pastel sunset is even better. It was love at first sight.Textiles I do adore! Who wouldn’t fall in love with a city this beautiful? The vibrant blue door was a great pop of color for this streets of Cusco. It was the perfect backdrop to sneak in a picture. I really had to restrain myself from buying all these frazadas and rugs. I would go back to Cusco just for all the beautiful, handmade, and authentic fabrics. Last but not least, if you are visiting Cusco and have a major love for chocolate, you must visit the Choco Museum. For those of you that don’t already know, I have the biggest sweet tooth ever. Chocolate is my weakness. At the Choco Museum you get to learn the history of cocoa and its origins. You can also take a class and make your own chocolate. I can rightfully say, by the end of our visit to the museum, I was chocolate wasted.
Stay tuned for more of my Peru adventure diaries! Happy Monday!