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Peru: Cusco
27 Jan 2014

At an elevation of about 3500m, Cusco kicks a pretty solid punch to your stamina. The days we spent bussing through the Andes did help, but we often still found ourselves pretty winded doing menial tasks like walking up stairs and breathing.

When we landed in Cusco we had no idea what our plans were for doing Machu Picchu. The night we arrived we checked in to Pisko & Soul, a quiet little hostel with an amazingly friendly staff. When we woke up the next morning we explored the city a bit and did some laundry before spending the rest of the evening relaxing at Pisko & Soul.

The next day we decided to move to a different hostel. Loki was our choice and holy shit is it insane. It’s about the closest thing I think you can find to a frat house in South America, with a massive bar and people playing beer pong at all hours of the day. Because we were still acclimatizing we ended up avoiding the partying and spending most of our time wandering the city collecting things for our trek.

The day we moved to Loki we hit up all of the major trekking companies that had been recommended to us, SAS being one of the biggest ones. We wanted to do either the Lares or the Salkantay Treks but they were doing neither because it was the rainy season. They were doing the Inca trail, but we weren’t really convinced that that was the trail we wanted to do. SAS ended up recommending another company, Alpaca Expeditions, which we then went to see.

Alpaca Expeditions is on the second floor of a tiny hole in the wall off of one of the plazas and we’d have never found it were it not for SAS’s directions. When we met with the staff there they were incredibly friendly and gave us a complete breakdown of what to expect for the Lares trek. Based on that experience and the fact that everybody else was just offering the Inca trail in the next few days, we decided to put down the deposit and commit!


Jan 27, 2014

from Abancay, Peru


Feb 01, 2014

to Lares Trek, Peru

Weather (Celcius)

Elevation (m)

Travel Planning: Cusco, Peru

Friday, December 06, 2013 17:33


Ancient capital of the Inca empire. Must visit mountainous city that you must stop at prior to visiting Machu Picchu.


Piso Market

About an hour and a half from Cusco.


Kokopelli Hostel

  • 87% (#14) on tripadvisor
  • 89% on hostelworld
  • Calle San Andres 260 | Centro de Cusco, Cusco, Peru
  • cusco@hostelkokopelli.com
  • website
  • 24 soles/dorm

Intro Hostels Cusco

Hostel Kilombo

Bussing from Abancay to Cusco

Monday, January 27, 2014 17:41
5:25PMBought tickets to Cusco. Reserved a hostel in Cusco at an internet cafe nearby.
5:40PMOn our way to Cusco!
10:33PMIn a cab to Pisko & Soul.
10:45PMAnd we’re here! Holy shit long day.
Total bus time4:43

Don Marcelo

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 00:22

Really expensive not very tasty food. The vegetables in the salad didn’t have any flavor - possibly it’s hard to get good vegetables in Cusco but it’s more likely this place isn’t the best. I had a pizza here that was decent but pretty expensive at 30 soles.

Pisko & Soul

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 00:23

We stayed here for two nights. The first night was spent in a private room. It was incredibly comfortable and included a very necessary heater, but was really expensive. The second night we spent in the dorm, which was a dorm.

Breakfast was great with breads, eggs, yogurt, cereal, juice, and teas. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful the entire time and the people we met there were friendly and chill.

Framed Food

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 00:23

Pizzeria Cafe Dinos

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 14:08

Getting an alpaca burger!

El Mordisco Cena

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 18:01

Really good typical plates.

Loki Hostel

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 14:36

We moved here for a few nights. This place is crazy.

Prep Shopping For The Lares Trek

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 18:42

Spent the evening collecting gear for our trek!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014 21:04

Really good 8 soles dinner plates (chicken with mango!).

The View From Loki

Thursday, January 30, 2014 14:36


Thursday, January 30, 2014 15:27



Thursday, January 30, 2014 17:02

The cars in South America seem to float on clouds of smog.

Marcelo Batata

Thursday, January 30, 2014 20:45

Ahhhhh good food!

El Tabuco

Friday, January 31, 2014 21:05

This little hole in the wall only opens at night time and has a wonderful home kitchen feel. It’s tiny (fits about 15 people) and serves stone-baked pizzas.


Jan 27, 2014

from Abancay, Peru


Feb 01, 2014

to Lares Trek, Peru