I packed two nights before our departure and was feeling completely ready to travel to Cusco Peru -but maybe Cusco was not ready for us. Shortly before heading to the airport I received an email (in Spanish – thanks Google translate!) that our flight from Los Angeles to Lima had been delayed until the next day. After checking the flight itinerary, which of course did not match the flight changes, I started to worry if we would have enough time to acclimate once we finally arrived in Cusco. I was even debating if we should bother taking our first flight down to Los Angeles. Deciding that we wanted to feel one step closer to getting to Peru, we boarded our flight from San Francisco International Airport to LAX and promptly went to the LAN airline counter to find out what was really going on and to get our hotel/meal vouchers for the evening.
Fast forward to 8pm the next evening and we were on our flight to Lima! This put us in Cusco at around 11am on Sunday. Our original arrival was supposed to be Saturday at 3pm. Upon arriving at our hostel located next to Plaza San Francisco, only a 5-7 minute walk to the Plaza de Armas, we spent the first hour relaxing on giant bean bags in the courtyard. It was so beautiful and warm out that people were sunbathing! We were ready to explore and for some lunch, so we made our way to Plaza de Armas. First strolling through Plaza San Francisco seeing the market with handmade souvenirs, then Plaza Regocijo and finally stopping in Templo de la Compañía de Jesús (no photos allowed). Located where the palace of Huayna Cápac (the last Inca to rule an undivided/unconquered empire) used to be, the church was originally built in 1571. Beneath there is an underground chapel and above you can climb to the tower and get a nice view of Plaza de Armas.
Plaza de Armas, Cusco
After exploring more of the area, we settled in at Limo for lunch where we enjoyed ceviche and a view of the plaza. Upon returning to our hostel, Mike slept for the remainder of the day and evening, while I took a nap and went to the hostel courtyard for a barbecue dinner which was quite a bargain. The party kept going, but I retired early for the night.
View from Limo Restaurant