Honestly, Cuzco was probably our favourite city visited in Peru. Nice restaurants with good food, lots to see, a good apartment and a long stay. A perfect ending of our Peruvian adventure.
After a long bus trip from Puno to Cuzco by Inka Express we arrived by the end of the day in Cuzco. As agreed, we there met with Katherine, who would take us to her apartment, which we rented from her via AirBNB. She checked us in and told us a lot about Cuzco, the possibilities and the partment, and then left. Wow, we were very very happy with this place. Spacious and a great view of Plaza de Armas of Cuzco. We did some laundry, enjoyed the huge bed afther our long bus trip from Puno, and then went outside to have diner.
One day, we agreed to meet with a local couchsurfer, Josue, who offered us to show us around a bit. And he did a great job! We met in a juice bar centrally located in Cusco and then he took us for a walk out of the center. Somewhere there, he neogociated with a taxe driver to rent us a taxi with driver for the rust of the day, to visit two interesting places in the Sacred Valley, just outside of Cusco.
Our first stop was the salt mines of Maras. We took a long dusty road to find the beautiful scenery of these salt ponds. Since pre-Inca times, salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream. The highly salty water emerges at a spring, a natural outlet of the underground stream. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds.
After having spent some time there, we took our taxi again and headed to an other amazing Inca structure: Moray. This site contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several enormous terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is approximately 30 m deep. As with many other Inca sites, it also has a sophisticated irrigation system.
Soon it became dark and cold so we started our trip back to Cusco. AT night we had diner with Josue in restaurant which he picked, and afterwards some (many?) Pisco Sours in a bar called Museo del Pisco.
It was a lovely day during which we once more realised how valuable Couchsurfing can be!