March 6, 2019
Cusco, was it amazing or was I oxygen deprived and delirious? Why not both! Damn Cusco! you take my breath away (I will never stop making that joke). After living at the 3400m I feel I have the right to joke about the lack of oxygen i dealt with. Thankfully, neither John or I had any major altitude sickness, just some gasping for air in the middle of the night and inability to climb hills faster than a slug.
We stayed in central Cusco near Plaza de Armas for 5 nights over Christmas. Cusco is such a beautiful city nestled in the mountains. I’d love to spend more time there someday.
Cusco was the capital of the Incan empire from the 13th century until the Spanish violently overtook it in the 16th century.
As always we were able to find some amazing foods in Cusco. HIGHLY recommend the broaster chickens! Stuff dreams are made of.
We experienced Christmas in Cusco. At midnight EVRYBDY sets off fireworks! It was pretty crazy and also just pretty! I also loved the Christmas markets full of anything you could want and more.
We went to Saqsaywaman, the incredible Incan ruins. Bonus llamas all over the ruins!
We hit up a bunch of museums and went to a traditional Andean/Peruvian dance performance. The costumes are amazing.
I’m so glad we got to spend time in this crazy little city.