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Location: Cusco

Day 1 - 13 Nov 2021

Okidoki Cusco Hostal

Cusco, Okidoki Cusco Hostal
Cusco, Okidoki Cusco Hostal

Content: The cheapest hostel in Cusco. You’ll want to acclimate here because the city is at 11,000 feet. Lots of Coca tea helps.

Indian Restaurant Garhwal

Cusco, Indian Restaurant Garhwal

Content: Great Indian food and makes for a perfect lunch.

Plaza De Armas

Cusco, Plaza De Armas
Cusco, Plaza De Armas

Content: Take it easy as you explore the city the first few days getting used to altitude before trekking. The main square is a good place to start.

Plazoleta de San Blas

Cusco, Plazoleta de San Blas
Cusco, Plazoleta de San Blas

Content: This is the prettiest neighborhood in Cusco if you’re feeling up for a wander.

Morena Peruvian Kitchen

Cusco, Morena Peruvian Kitchen
Cusco, Morena Peruvian Kitchen
Cusco, Morena Peruvian Kitchen
Cusco, Morena Peruvian Kitchen

Content: Treat yourself to a gourmet authentic Peruvian meal tonight. Get the chicha Morada sour!

Location: Cusco

Day 2 - 14 Nov 2021

Plaza De Armas

Cusco, Plaza De Armas

Content: The hostel provides breakfast and again…because of altitude and all the exploring the next few days you’ll probably want to sleep in. Then spend one more day exploring Cuscos pretty streets.

Jack's Café

Cusco, Jack's Café
Cusco, Jack's Café
Cusco, Jack's Café

Content: Grab a hot cocoa and alpaca sandwich for lunch/dinner and turn in early to be ready to go tomorrow.

Location: Cusco

Day 3 - 15 Nov 2021

Tambomachay

Cusco, Tambomachay
Cusco, Tambomachay

Content: Today is your first full day. Buy the tourist boleto for the city ruins at Tambomachay and take a taxi to the ruin itself. From there you’ll walk back to town through all the next sites.

Saqsaywaman

Cusco, Saqsaywaman
Cusco, Saqsaywaman

Content: You’ll see more of the alpaca women on the walk. Be sure to leave a tip.

Saqsaywaman

Cusco, Saqsaywaman
Cusco, Saqsaywaman

Content: This Incan ruin has the best views of the city. Use maps.me or this app to walk to it.

Saqsaywaman

Cusco, Saqsaywaman
Cusco, Saqsaywaman

Content: You’ll also come across the temple of the monkey and moon along the way.

ViewHouse Resto bar

Cusco, ViewHouse Resto bar

Content: Freshen up at this bar with happy hour cocktails and maybe some salchipapa for lunch. It’s known for its city views.

San Blas San Marcos

Cusco, San Blas San Marcos

Content: As you re-enter the city you’ll pass through the pretty neighborhood again. Savor it.

Green Point Restaurants

Cusco, Green Point Restaurants

Content: Dinner tonight is important because you’ll start the Inca Trail tomorrow. Eat something safe like this vegan cafe. We got sandwiches khao Soi soup and this Passionfruit pie.

Location: Cusco

Day 4 - 16 Nov 2021

Alpaca Expeditions

Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions
Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions

Content: The Inca Trail begins today. You’ll join your group early- I recommend booking with alpaca expeditions. They have female porters And are an ethical locally owned company.

Alpaca Expeditions

Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions
Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions
Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions
Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions
Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions

Content: For the next 3 days you’ll be walking with alpaca Expeditions taking care of everything else. You’ll pass through various Peruvian ecosystems and lovely little towns. This was our favorite experience in Peru.

Alpaca Expeditions

Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions
Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions
Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions
Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions
Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions
Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions

Content: This is an example of the meals with alpaca expeditions for the 3 days.

Alpaca Expeditions

Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions
Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions
Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions

Content: Each night you’ll also camp in a new location. Today was here. Alpaca Expeditions sets up the camp for you. You just have to walk 10 miles to reach it.

Location: Cusco

Day 5 - 17 Nov 2021

Alpaca Expeditions

Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions
Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions
Cusco, Alpaca Expeditions

Content: Another day of Incan sites and hiking! This is the difficult day as you reach 14,000 feet of elevation.

Inca Trail Machu Picchu

Cusco, Inca Trail Machu Picchu
Cusco, Inca Trail Machu Picchu
Cusco, Inca Trail Machu Picchu
Cusco, Inca Trail Machu Picchu

Content: More scenes from the trek.

Winay Wayna

Cusco, Winay Wayna
Cusco, Winay Wayna
Cusco, Winay Wayna

Content: This was my favorite Incan site and where you will camp for the evening.

Location: Urubamba Province

Day 6 - 18 Nov 2021

Machu Picchu

Urubamba Province, Machu Picchu
Urubamba Province, Machu Picchu
Urubamba Province, Machu Picchu

Content: This is the morning of arrival at Machu Picchu. & the end of the Incan trail.

Location: Ollantaytambo

Day 6 - 18 Nov 2021

INKA KHAWARINA TAMBO LODGE

Ollantaytambo, INKA KHAWARINA TAMBO LODGE

Content: You’ll then take the scenic train with your group to Ollantaytambo. Here you can stay at this lovely guesthouse for the next 2 days.

Apu Veronica Restaurant

Ollantaytambo, Apu Veronica Restaurant
Ollantaytambo, Apu Veronica Restaurant

Content: You’ll likely spend all day sleeping and recovering and wake famished. This is the most satisfying meal in town. Get the fajitas. & celebratory pisco sours.

Location: Ollantaytambo

Day 7 - 19 Nov 2021

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo, Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo, Ollantaytambo

Content: Now you’ll actually get to explore town. This is one of the prettiest villages in the world.

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo, Ollantaytambo

Content: The main square has a handful of unnamed restaurants. If you want to switch it up- eat here for lunch/dinner once or twice.

Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna

Ollantaytambo, Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna
Ollantaytambo, Sitio arqueológico Pinkuylluna

Content: You can see these ruins from the town or hike up for free in 1 hour.

Ruinas ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo, Ruinas ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo, Ruinas ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo, Ruinas ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo, Ruinas ollantaytambo

Content: These however are the most popular ruins and included in your tourist boleto you’ll purchase today. About $17 per person but you’ll need it for the next 2 days as well.

Location: Cusco

Day 8 - 20 Nov 2021

Skylodge Adventure Suites

Cusco, Skylodge Adventure Suites
Cusco, Skylodge Adventure Suites

Content: Today is the big splurge at $500 for a night but it’s a truly unique experience to be had in the Sacred Valley.

Skylodge Adventure Suites

Cusco, Skylodge Adventure Suites
Cusco, Skylodge Adventure Suites
Cusco, Skylodge Adventure Suites

Content: You’ll rock climb to the summit.

Skylodge Adventure Suites

Cusco, Skylodge Adventure Suites
Cusco, Skylodge Adventure Suites
Cusco, Skylodge Adventure Suites

Content: And sleep in a hanging pod 1000 feet above the Valley floor. In the morning you’ll zip line down. Well worth the money and they feed you a 3-course dinner and breakfast at the top.

Location: Maras

Day 9 - 21 Nov 2021

Moray

Maras, Moray
Maras, Moray

Content: Today you’ll go back to Inka Khawarina Lodge and visit the archeological sites of Moray above.

Location: Urubamba

Day 9 - 21 Nov 2021

Salineras de Maras

Urubamba, Salineras de Maras
Urubamba, Salineras de Maras
Urubamba, Salineras de Maras
Urubamba, Salineras de Maras

Content: And Maras. You can hire a taxi to take you to both for about $15. It’s a full day and he will stop for snacks along the way if you’re hungry after breakfast.

Location: Písac

Day 10 - 22 Nov 2021

Intihuatana Hostel

Písac, Intihuatana Hostel
Písac, Intihuatana Hostel

Content: After grabbing a Collectivo to Pisac for $1 you’ll stay here. The cheapest hostel in Pisac. $7 for two dorm beds. Don’t expect luxury and it is a walk from town but not bad at all.

Location: Pisac

Day 10 - 22 Nov 2021

Pisac

Pisac, Pisac

Content: Pisac has great street food options for breakfast. Like this thick oat milk and quinoa porridge and cheese sandwiches.

Parque Arqueológico Pisac

Pisac, Parque Arqueológico Pisac
Pisac, Parque Arqueológico Pisac

Content: This is the archeological site where you’ll use your tourist boleto again. I recommend getting at a taxi from town to the summit and walking back.

Parque Arqueológico Pisac

Pisac, Parque Arqueológico Pisac
Pisac, Parque Arqueológico Pisac

Content: The walk back reveals some really lovely ruins you would have missed. Get some more street food in the small town for dinner. Like the Caldo (soup) places.

Location: Calca

Day 11 - 23 Nov 2021

Ulrike's Cafe

Calca, Ulrike's Cafe

Content: As a last meal hit Ulriks which is a little pricy by has western style breakfast if you’re craving it and want to skip the street food today.

Location: Cusco

Day 11 - 23 Nov 2021

la BoM

Cusco, la BoM
Cusco, la BoM
Cusco, la BoM

Content: Grab an early morning Collectivo back to Cusco and stay at La Bom my favorite hostel in town. You get crepes for breakfast and they have amazing pisco sours for dinner.

Location: Cusco

Day 12 - 24 Nov 2021

Plaza De Armas

Cusco, Plaza De Armas

Content: Back in Cusco grab some flan for a mid-morning snack after your crepe breakfast.

San Pedro Market

Cusco, San Pedro Market
Cusco, San Pedro Market
Cusco, San Pedro Market

Content: Explore the local market for fruit and to marvel at the chaos of it.

San Pedro Market

Cusco, San Pedro Market

Content: Then when you get hungry grab a cheap meal at one of the indoor vendors.

Plaza De Armas

Cusco, Plaza De Armas

Content: And enjoy a coffee overlooking the plaza. It’s a lovely environment.

San Pedro Market

Cusco, San Pedro Market

Content: And maybe go back to the market for some cake. Just be warned they put it in a bag to-go

la BoM

Cusco, la BoM
Cusco, la BoM
Cusco, la BoM

Content: Exhausted from all our walking we ate dinner at our own hostel (savory crepes & pisco)

Location: Cusco

Day 13 - 25 Nov 2021

Jack's Café

Cusco, Jack's Café

Content: Jacks has some of the best pancakes and breakfast in Cusco. Since you’re hiking you’ll need to eat early.

Location: Calca Province

Day 13 - 25 Nov 2021

Juchuy Coscco

Calca Province, Juchuy Coscco
Calca Province, Juchuy Coscco
Calca Province, Juchuy Coscco
Calca Province, Juchuy Coscco

Content: This Incan site is reachable on your own. These are the views from the summit. Hike down and ride the Collectivo back to Cusco for $2.

Juchuy Coscco

Calca Province, Juchuy Coscco
Calca Province, Juchuy Coscco

Content: Grab a taxi to the trailhead about 30-min away for this 10 mile hike. It’s easy to navigate on your own and stunning when it’s not cloudy.

Location: Cusco

Day 13 - 25 Nov 2021

Green Point Restaurants

Cusco, Green Point Restaurants

Content: After our days hike we got some vegan burgers to replenish our energy.

Location: Quispicanchi Province

Day 14 - 26 Nov 2021

Vinicunca

Quispicanchi Province, Vinicunca
Quispicanchi Province, Vinicunca
Quispicanchi Province, Vinicunca

Content: On your last day do the rainbow mountain tour. + red valley. It costs $30 per person and starts at 5AM. Again they will feed you so you don’t have to worry about food. The hike is only about an hour but you’re at 5000 meters or 17,000 feet which is why you should do it last.

Location: Canchis

Day 14 - 26 Nov 2021

Red Valley

Canchis, Red Valley
Canchis, Red Valley

Content: This is some shots of Red Valley. Far fewer people on this path.

Location: Cusco

Day 14 - 26 Nov 2021

Chakruna Native Burgers

Cusco, Chakruna Native Burgers

Content: You’ll get back at 5pm or so. Go get some dinner around the corner from your hostel at this phenomenal burger spot. You can even get alpaca burger.