Cusco: Traditional Parades, Machu Picchu & the Rainbow Mountain

4. – 10. June 2019

Traditions are still alive in Cusco

When we arrived in Cusco, we felt veeery tired – not only due to the long night ride in the bus but also due to the altitude… Thus, we only checked out the San Pedro market, did a (not very recommendable) free walking tour, and ran around town checking out and comparing the offered tours to Machu Picchu.

Nice view over the city

The next morning, it was already time to leave for our Inka Jungle Trek to Machu Picchu which we had just booked the night before with one of the many tour operators (the price was about 150 USD). It was a great 4-days-tour including 54 km downhill mountain biking, a 2-hour rafting trip, a ziplining experience, hiking along a part of the Inca Trail, awesome jungle lodges, and delicious meals.  On the last day, we started very early in the morning in Aguas Calientes to go up the hill to Machu Picchu (the entrance was also included in the package) – an amazing place and a UNESCO World Heritage Site (one of the Seven Great Wonders of the World) totally worth a visit.

Back in Cusco, we chilled for a day, just visiting the market, some ruins, and enjoying parades at the main square. Oh, and not to forget changing the hostel to Blacky Hostel (very nice atmosphere) because Koko’s House was way too loud keeping you from sleeping and the staff was not very nice.

On our last day, we got up very early in order to visit the famous Rainbow Mountain (“Vinicunca”) which shines in seven different colors. Although crowded with tourists, it was still a breathtaking sight inmidst incredible landscapes such as the Red Valley. And the lunch buffet was delicious! 🙂

At night, we took a bus to Puno at Lake Titicaca where we enjoyed the sunrise at the lake during a stopover before crossing the border to Bolivia…

Puno @ Lake Titicaca

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