A-Z April Challenge – C For Cusco In Peru

Cusco, Peru

Cusco is the gateway to the Inca Trail, the number one magnet for visitors to Peru.

High up in the Andes, Cusco is a staging post before the Trail as hikers get used to the altitude ahead of the strenuous activity that lies ahead.

I visited way back in 2001 at the tail end of a three-week trip to the fabulous country, as well as a side trip to La Paz in Bolivia.

I actually very nearly never made it to Machu Picchu, at least on foot, due to poor planning. Read that particular story by clicking INCAS.

Cusco is a beautiful Spanish colonial city that is well worth a linger for a few days, as I hope these photographs testify.

Cusco, Peru
Cusco, Peru
Cusco, Peru
Cusco Peru
The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin, Cusco
The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin, Cusco

Puno to Cusco Train

We arrived from Puno on Lake Titicaca by train, with the final descent into the city amongst the most spectacular in the world at the time as the train engaged a number of switchbacks to lessen the strains noof the steep descent.

The Train Winds Its Way Towards Cusco From Puno, Peru
The Train Winds Its Way Towards Cusco


  1. Looks delightful. I wasn’t clear if you made it to Machu Picchu or not?

    1. Yes I just noticed the omission of the word ‘never’, suitably added. I did make it but on a pass in the name of a 23yo Israeli woman! Click the link in the post fir details.

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