After our trip to Machu Picchu, we headed back to Cusco to spend our last days exploring the cosmopolitan Inca capital. We travelled in style aboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham train and enjoyed a feast: a four-course, Andean-inspired menu and naturally a Pisco Sour or two. We cannot recommend this enough (and they also have a brunch option from Cusco to Machu Picchu).
In Cusco, we stayed at the Belmond Nazarenas which is set in a tranquil plaza behind the main square. It is a former palace and convent with walls of Inca stone but also a modern amenities like an outdoor pool and Senzo their stylish restaurant serves cutting-edge local cuisine – where we all enjoyed a bit of down time after a few busy days. Similarly, the Belmond Hotel Monasterio next door is a former monastery and national monument dating from 1592 and it was here the girls and I enjoyed our final afternoon tea before our departure to Lima, Rio and then home.
For our day tour in Cusco, we were able to take in some of the local sights: the ornate cathedral, the Inca temples, and the Blanco Christo.
And we popped into a local weaving farm where I was finally able to pick up some beautifully crafted goodies for Bailey’s new bedroom: an alpaca throw, a knotted garland and a wooden house handcrafted depicting religious and festival scenes. (Unfortunately this was a bit damaged on the way home, so hopefully I will be able to fix it – I would hate to think how broken it would have been if I had bought one earlier in our travels!).