Day 16 - Cusco
This was in first sleep-in for a while. We watch the final MotoGP of the season from Valencia, Spain which was the showdown between Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi for the world title. Rossi started from back of the grid to finish 4th due to a prior race penalty. Rossi's 6 point lead was not enough with Lorenzo winning, the title deservedly went to the Spaniard. My Lorenzo signed Phillip Island 2011 track map becomes even more valuable as he now has 3 titles.
We were some of the last for breakfast then had a lazy day wandering around Cusco, looking at the markets, alpaca clothing shops and people watching.
The Chocolate Museum is a must. It has samples, description of how our chocolate is manufactured, a good coffee shop and very fast internet. We made some purchases as the variety of chocolate available is extensive.
We sat for a while in Plaza Kusipata, as its a lot quieter then Plaza de Armas.
The guide had told us to take a walk in the day time to the area west of San Francisco church. We ended up along Neuva Alta street and it was very small houses and local shops and interesting to explore.
We went back to BCP Bank on main square and found we could withdraw a max of US$200 ea. We need US$ for Salt Flat tour, so that solved that problem.
Still feeling exhausted from Machu Picchu climb, and being back at altitude (approx 3300m), we decided to have an a much needed afternoon rest.
We organise a taxi pickup for 8:00 tomorrow to take us to the airport to fly to La Paz then Uyuni.
We found some good restaurant set meals for dinner, and although they advertised Visa/MasterCard signs we found that this was not the case. We needed to pay on card as we were exhausting our last Peruvian Sole.
Eventually we found a nice restaurant for dinner (Pach Apapa) and although a bit more expensive then normal it still only cost AU$77 and it took a card. Being our last night in Cusco and Peru it was a good way to celebrate including a Pisco Sour.
Peru had been a great holiday. We have packed a lot into two weeks in Peru and Cusco reminds us of those Italian towns you can just keep wandering around. It's easy and enjoyable to stop for a meal/coffee and continue and every narrow street is interesting and each hilly area has a different view.
Tomorrow with fly to Bolivia.