Unlike Lake Titticaca we had heard plenty about Cuzco- great food, great shopping, pretty town, people staying there for weeks. I must admit it is a gorgeous little spot. It has beautiful squares (with pristine grass that police patrol on segeways to ensure no one lays a toe on it), a good combination of western and authentic food, ok markets and a decent nightlife from what we could tell. We caught up with our Amrican friend from volunteering in Boliva, Chelsea, and after a good feed went to a local little smokey bar with live music. We met a stupidly cool dude from New York who taught us to play dominoes which I couldn't quite get the hang of. Who knew they served a purpose beyond lining them up and knocking them down!!?
We also went to a club after our jungle trek with the crew in our group. Our guide took us to a funky little rooftop type deal for happy hour, then we went to a club but I must admit I don´t remember a great deal about it apart from that it had some fabulosly tacky music and that we started on the rums- big downfall and sore heads the next day for travelling.We spent four days in Cuzco and another two when we returned after our Jungle trek and it is so built for tourists that it easy to see how people can keep themselves entertained for weeks. The only problem is that it is a little pricey for Peru and the driving, like most other Peruvian towns, is scary (especially when you are dumped in the middle of some backstreets in the dark pouring rain when your taxi driver doesn't know where your bus terminal is!). Cuzco is a fantastic spot and gateway for beautiful valleys, sheer mountains, cloud forests and of course the centre of the Inca world- Machu Pichu.
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