My 5 Favorites from Peru…
1. Llama Path
Llama Path is the guide service that we used to guide us along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. They were amazing from start to finish. Our email communication ahead of time was great and we were prepared with everything that we needed prior to getting to Peru. Our guide Marco and his assistant guide Wilbur were both SO SO knowledgeable, fun to talk to and kept us happy, healthy and safe. Llama Path also had the most amazing porters and cooking staff. Our porters carried our gear, set up our campsite and made sure we were well fed. Llama Path also takes really good care of their porters. They live in special housing constructed just for them in Cusco. They also created a school and make sure that their gear, clothes and shoes are top notch. This is definitely NOT the case with other trekking companies on the trail. I would choose Llama Path for this reason alone. Read more about our Inca Trail experience here.
2. Palacio Del Inka
Nate and I stayed at the Palacio Del Inka Hotel in Cusco. I’ve told you of my love of Starwood Hotels’ Luxury Collection and this property was no exception. The hotel is five centuries old and sits in the historic center of Cusco. It is beautiful. It has a distinctly Inca feel and you know that you are in the middle of the Andes. As an added bonus, it is reasonably priced both in points or cash for a 5 Star hotel. We would stay here again and again. It is the perfect home base for all of your adventures in the Andes.
*They also will store your luggage while you are trekking, so you don’t need to make other arrangements for your stuff.
3. JW Marriott El Convento Cusco
My brother and sister in law stayed at the JW Marriott in Cusco. If we didn’t stay at the Palacio Del Inka, we would definitely stay here. It is beautiful and has both an old world and modern feel at the same time. My sister in law said that the spa and rooms were amazing. It really is such a beautiful property.
Cicciolina is an AMAZING restaurant. We stumbled in here on our first night and had a bunch of tapas. Then we came back with our entire group the night before we started hiking and then again a week later for our last night in Cusco. The food was that good. It is located just a few blocks off of Plaza de Aramas in the historic center of Cusco. We have recommended this restaurant to several of our friends and everyone who has gone loves it. It is as good as any restaurant that you would find in a big city. Some of our favorite dishes are; The handmade squid ink pasta with shrimp and coconut milk. ( I’m allergic to shellfish so I got it without shrimp.) The flavors are amazing. The steak sandwich, fava bean appetizer and goat cheese croquets are a few of our other favorites. Cicciolina also serves breakfast and has an in house bakery. You really cannot go wrong here.
5. Creperia La Bo’M
You guys!!! Creperia La Bo’M is amazing!!! It is located on the bottom floor of a hostel in a little ally up a hill in Cusco. The neighborhood is super cute, but I was not expecting to find what we found. The sweetest little French lady making the most amazing crepe’s. Better than any crepes I’ve had anywhere in France. They have both sweet and savory crepes. My fave’s were the Chocolate Coconut Crepe ( dark chocolate with coconut creme and fresh coconut), we also loved the 4 Cheese, Ham and cheese, the tomato basil and the Nutella and Banana. Honestly, I don’t think you can go wrong, no matter what you choose.
Just a few more…
Here are some of the other things that we loved:
- Center Historico De Cusco; We really liked this tour. Its in the center of Cusco and really explains the history of both the Inca’s and the Spaniards.
- ChocoMuseo; This place was super fun. You get to learn about, sample, make and eat chocolate. It was so fun. Definitely something different.
- Center for Traditional Arts of Cusco; Here we learned all about the traditional weaving and were able to see the Alpaca rugs. We ended up buying one for my mom while we were there. She loved it. It literally is a piece of art.