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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

We visited Machu Picchu close to halfway through our trip, after having a few days to acclimate to higher altitudes in Cusco. It was amazing! We were fairly lucky, as the days before and after were rainy and heavily cloudy but on the day we went it was clear and only mildly cloudy. We chose … Continue reading

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo

We spent a few nights in Ollantaytambo around our visit to Machu Picchu. Since we’d been hiking quite a bit, we ended up using some of this time to rest before more hikes. We were lucky enough to stumble upon a fun New Year’s Day tradition on our first day. We also discovered that because … Continue reading

New Year’s in Peru

New Year’s in Peru

While we didn’t originally set out to visit Peru over New Year’s, it worked out well that our trip was timed that way. Apparently Cusco is one of the best cities in South America to celebrate New Year’s Eve in. Locals and tourists gather in the Plaza de Armas, watching free live music and dancing … Continue reading

Pisac

Pisac

Back to Peru trip posts! We also took a day trip from Cusco to visit Pisac and hiked the ruins north of Pisac. After catching a local colectivo from Cusco to Pisac (which I wouldn’t recommend: see my transportation tips in the Peru post), we briefly wandered the open-air market and tried some empanadas de … Continue reading

Inca Ruins North of Cusco

Inca Ruins North of Cusco

We took a day trip from Cusco to explore the ruins north of Cusco one morning, catching a taxi to Tambomachay and hiking mostly downhill back to Cusco. The ruins became progressively more impressive as we approached Cusco, and we saw some nice views of Cusco and the countryside on the walk, as well. Tambomachay … Continue reading