|Cusco’s Plaza de Armas|
After our morning at MP, we picked up our stuff from the hostel, took our train back and then took a split cab (with two Australian dudes) to Cusco. Cusco is a UNESCO world heritage site and was the ancient capital of the Inca civilization – so I was pretty excited to see it. That night, we didn’t get in until dark with just enough time to locate our hostel and eat some dinner in the town square.
The next morning, AF flew in to join us and we spent the day exploring Cusco. In peru, you can get the Boleto Turístico or Tourist Ticket which is around $10 and gets you into many of the sites in and around Cusco. We had purchased one to see the ruins in Ollantaytambo. and wanted to get some more mileage out of it. After seeing a few of the churches in the plaza de armas we had lunch and then took a horse ride to some of the surrounding ruins of Tambomachay and Sacsayhuamán.
After the ruins, we went to a cultural dance show which our tourist ticket gave us entrance too. The dancing was…touristy to say the least but we had checked our of hostel so had to enjoy it for the next several hours while we waited for our bus.
The night was our first experience with the infamous overnight buses as we made our way to Puno on Lake Titicaca.