Looking forward to the month ahead

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Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru

For as long as I can remember Cusco has been at the top of my wish list of places to visit.  Once the foremost city of the Inca empire, today Cusco is the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas and the oldest continually inhabited city on the continent.  Surrounded by numerous archaeological sites and indigenous villages, Cusco attracts thousands of vacationers and travelers each year.  But the biggest draw of all is the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, just a short train ride away. 

Given the city’s interesting mix of attractions, it’s distinctively South American feel and modern traveler comforts it’s the perfect place to take a short break from the constant moving around.  We’ve decided to stay for a month to get a feel for the city and see all that there is to see.  During that time I’ll be taking Spanish classes at Proyecto Peru with the hope that I can finally pull together everything I’ve learned over these past 10 months and become a more confident Spanish speaker. 

We succeeded in finding an apartment we liked almost immediately.   A small, completely furnished, 3rd floor studio located about a 10 minute uphill walk outside of the city center, it has walls that are half windows and extend around the entire apartment offering panoramic views overlooking the city.  Set back from the street our nights are quiet.  In fact, it’s the first time in a while that we’ve had a clean, comfortable and quiet place to sleep.  Normally we’re lucky to get even two out of the three!  

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After settling in to our new place and registering for my classes we were ready to start exploring the city and surrounding area.  As tourists, one of the first things we needed to do was to buy our boleto turístico, or tourist ticket.  A whopping 130 Nuevos Soles, or around $43, buys a single ticket that grants access to 16 popular tourist attractions located  in and around the city (not including Macchu Picchu).  Since the ticket is only valid for 10 days from the date of purchase we’re looking forward to a very busy week of sightseeing.

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