It’s been a few months since I visited Cusco. I loved this city in Peru. Sitting here in Sydney and writing about it, makes we want to go back. I cannot explain what it is but Cusco felt very special to me.
Walking around the beautiful city, trying Peruvian cuisine and dancing to Salsa and Bachata made my days in Cusco.
If you have missed my part 1 of my Cusco series, it is not too late. Click here to read and see the photos:
Cusco has a lot of nice restaurants where you should try the local food.
The photo below is from the restaurant ‘Nuna Raymi’ which means ‘festival of the soul’. What is real and what is a painting? It’s both in one – go and check out this restaurant; it looks very cute and the food is amazing. Try the Al Paca. Here the link to their website: http://www.nunaraymicusco.com
Having travelled from Lima to Arequipa via Nazca was already amazing. Is there a location which can top that? Oh yes, there are a few more to mention: Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca will impress you even more.
For now let’s concentrate on beautiful Cusco. I cannot explain what it is but Cusco felt very special to me. There is so much to say about this city that I have decided to write a few posts.
So why is Cusco so special and what should you visit?
1. Now let’s start with the Plaza de Armas, the main square in Cusco at sunset which makes this city shine in its glory.
2. Cusco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire, the navel of the Incan world, from the 13th century to 1532 until the Spanish conquest. You still can see some of the Incan architecture in Cusco, however, most of the walls of Inca masonry have been incorporated into spanish colonial buildings.
Suedamerika ist auf Ihrer Liste der ultimativen Reiseziele, aber Sie haben sich noch nicht entschieden, wohin es gehen soll? Nun, Peru sollte definitiv auf ihrer Reisetraumliste stehen und hier ist warum: Peru ist ein wunderschoenes, atemberaubendes Land. Sie sagen jetzt wahrscheinlich, nun, so sind ein paar andere Laender aber was ist es, was Peru so speziell macht?
1. Es ist die Kultur und die Peruvaner
Die Peruvaner sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit solange man sie mit entsprechendem Respekt behandelt. Laecheln Sie und lernen Sie ein paar Worte in spanisch.
My friend and I visited the Falls of Iguazu last year in November; we decided to stay on the Brasilian side. First visit of the Brazilian side of the Falls were simply breathtaking. I have never seen so many rainbows on one day.
One of the major attractions in Arequipa is the monastery Santa Catalina taking up an entire block of the city with 20,000 sqm. The monastery Santa Catalina was founded in 1580 by Dona Maria de Guzman, a rich widow who became a nun. Its architecture is a fusion of indigenous and spanish using sillar, the local volcanic stone. Enjoy some of my photographs from the colourful Santa Catalina:
When I woke up this morning it was still dark. As photographer I always observe the sky and so I did this morning. The light started changing and the sky turned red. Unfortunately I had to go to work and had to catch my train. I got itchy and just had to get my camera out; I knew there was no time for me to go down to Gunnamatta Bay for a shooting. So I said to myself: “Alex you just need to be creative and get the shot”. These are the results of it; taken from my balcony. Not the photos I had expected to take but this makes it interesting and different.
Have you been to Arequipa or are you planning your next holiday to Peru and are still debating if going to Arequipa or just directly to Cusco? Well you really should consider a visit to the white city and here I tell you why:
It helps your body to adjust to the altitude slowly
Arequipa is sitting at 2,325m (7,26ft) above sea level and is surrounded by the Andes mountains. The sea level is not as high as Cuzco but already high enough than your body is used to. You will adjust slowly to the altitude and help you coping with potential altitude sickness problems.
From my own experience when I got off the bus, I felt nothing at all. So, I thought that’s cool. However, we headed to the city and had some dinner. At night it was a bit chilly, so we were walking back to the hotel a bit faster. Believe me, I am used to do exercising and had personal training before, so it was definitely not my fitness level but I could feel that my breathing was a bit strange. My chest was telling me I need to slow down and unfortunately your brain is going crazy and you think you can’t breath anymore. I had to stop and concentrate on breathing. Back in the hotel, all I wanted was to sleep. Strange feeling but you know it is just the altitude and you will be fine.
Sometimes you just need to trust your gut feeling. Today was one of those days. The weather here in Cronulla, Sydney, Australia, was pretty all over the place, from nice and warm to unbelievable hard core showers. However it cleared up and it was nice and warm again. Something told me to get out; go to the beach and play with my camera. So I did. It didn’t take long for a crazy rain shower to come down but then I also could see the sun still trying to be brave and fight against the rain. In my mind I was saying: well, no beach and playing with my camera but then I stopped and thought ‘ hang on a sec.’ rain and sun equals rainbows, right? So, I decided to keep walking and when finally arrived at the beach there was the beautiful rainbow. I loved the clouds formation and the rainbow pushing through.
Now, it started raining again but I knew it will stop soon anyways. Then I was able to capture that beautiful scene.
I couldn’t get enough of these beautiful rainbows. More and more would follow and then this massive cloud coming in…oh oh…first I had to get the photo. I worry about me getting drenched later.
…and now, guess what…yes, i got drenched…unbelievable this heavy rain. I was literally running to a shelter in Shelly beach in Cronulla; absolutely soaked but excited.
…and here there was another rainbow again….what a great afternoon.
I had to wait for quite a while; went then home, totally wet but with a big happy smile.
What did I learn today: Get out and trust your instincts and you will see amazing things when you just open your eyes. Mother nature can be amazing.