Peru Part II – Sacred Valley

Sacred Vally Cusco RLRBI’ve finally got around to post Part II of my Peru adventure this past November!  If you missed Part I, check it out here.  This time I’ll be sharing my SACRED VALLEY adventures.  Work has been super crazy busy for me these past two weeks, that I’ve been left to feel nothing but nostalgic over all my travels. I really reallllly miss Peru. It was so peaceful, relaxing, and a reminder for me that there is so much beauty in a simple life.

Pisac Ruins Peru DSC_0554You know, just frolicking around the ruins.Pisac ruins cusco peruPart of my tour of the Sacred Valley was a stop at the Pisac Ruins. If you are ever in the Cusco region, I definitely suggest you check these ruins out. They were breathtaking and our guide enriched us with so many facts and history about this area. The inca civilizations were so self-sufficient and brilliant engineers.  I fell in love with the stone walls – the colors, shapes, everything!  The placement of each stone had a symbolic meaning.

Peruvian cornI’m drooling over the Peruvian corn.  The oversized kernels are described as chewier, starchier and less sweet than other types of sweet corn.  Peru harvest numerous types of corn.  They are distinct from all the others because of their huge kernels.

RLRBRuins Peru Travel RLRNMy cubicle for the day wasn’t too shabby.

Ollantaytambo Ruins Peru RLRN Ollantaytambo ruins RLRBWe then explored the Ollantaytambo Ruins. To get to these ruins were about 30 minutes from Pisac.  Prepare to walk up a ton of stairs to get to the top.  However, it was all worth it.  Again, the architecture and construction of all these ruins never ceases to amaze me.  It was love at first sight.

DSC_0563 Pisac Ruins RLRB cusco IMG_4593 Pisac market rlrb Last stop of our Sacred Valley tour was the Pisac Market.  Pisac is a pretty village and has plenty of small handicraft shops and is worth a visit on any day of the week. There are local buses departing from Cusco every 15 minutes for the one hour ride to Pisac village.  One thing I am OBSESSED with are all the Peruvian textiles.  I meaaaaaan, if I could buy this whole market, I probably would.  I appreciate and adore all the efforts that go into making handmade products.  There is so much more history and meaning towards them.  The style and they way they mix colors are amazing.  I love the bright funky colors and designs.  You know I did some damage at this market. 🙂

Stay tuned for more of my Peru adventures…..!!!

 

Peru Part I – Cusco

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.

Hostal Into wasi Cusco Hostal Into Wasi Cusco peruI absolutely loved the boutique vibe of this hotel.  It was affordable, decent, and very accommodating.Coca Tea Leaves Travel Peru CuscoI 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 Cusco Cuzco Peru travel Cusco Peru Travel RLRB Plaza De Armas Cuso Peru TravelPlaza 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 Sunset Plaza De Armas Peru RLRB Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Peru Sunset Cusco Plaza De Armas RLRB blogCusco during a vibrant pastel sunset is even better.  It was love at first sight.Cusco Peru Textile RLRBTextiles I do adore! Cusco Plaza De Armas streetstyle Travel Streetstyle Travelstyle PeruWho 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.  Peru Rugs Textile RLRB designI 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.  Cocoa Cacao Museum Cusco Cuzco Peru Cocoa Museum Cusco Peru Travel RLRBLast 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!