While adjusting to life back on land, the last thing we wanted to do was to take a long bus ride so after some debate, we purchased a first class flight (cheaper than economic seats) from Guayaquil, Ecuador to Cuzco, Peru. It was both our first time sitting in first class and after being wined, dined, and wined again in our electronic beds, we didn’t want to get off the plane!
We took the local bus from the airport to the center ($0.60 soles each compared to a $15 taxi) and received the VIP gringo treatment from the locals onboard, who generously gave us the front seats while they were all tightly squeezed in the back of the van.
From our landing into Cuzco to our arrival into Plaza de Armas, we were completely wowed. The mountainous landscape and the city’s charm appealed to us to us right away.
We had heard from many travelers that Cuzco was a lot more expensive than other cities but we kept to our same routine of eating lunch specials and negotiating everything, so we didn’t see much of a difference. However, when it came to splurging, we ate enough for 4 people. At Two Nations restaurant, run by an Australian and Peruvian couple, the burgers are huge and delicious, but our favorites by far was the Alpaca tenderloin and quinoa risotto.
From the high-end boutique shops to the local marketplace, it is a great city to roam around in and do some shopping. We both picked up cozy Alpaca sweaters and stocked up on a few things we needed for the cold climate.
Since we were enjoying ourselves so much, we left the details of getting to Machu Picchu for the last minute. We ended up at the train ticket office late one evening (next to McDonald’s). By chance or fate, we met Ash, from Canada, while in line. He was trying to get to the same place as us and after a few minutes of talking, we all clicked so well that the three of us hung out for the rest of our time in Cuzco and Machu Picchu.
|What We Paid:||Peruvian
|USD eRate||Euro eRate|
|– Local Bus From Airport to Center||0.60||0.20||0.15|
|– Private Double Room at Hostel:
private bathroom, wifi, free breakfast
|– Dinner At Two Nations||30||11||7.50|