Cusco is Good Times & Grass Isn’t Always Greener

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Greetings,

I’m writing this from a smoke filled common room in Cusco, Peru. I had found a really nice hotel at a decent rate which was a bit more than I usually pay but well worth it. I was happy there but these South Korean girls I met tipped me off to this other spot which was 33% of the price and seemed to have 67%+ of the the amenities I needed so figured why not just switch?

I switched today and it was a big mistake. I throw my bags down and hit the road as I had things to do like book a tour to Machu Picchu which I’m taking tomorrow at the unholy hour of 4am for $210US. I’m taking the train which is what costs the most and saves you from a 7 hour bus and 3-5 hour hike to the base camp where the train drops you off.

I digress.

So I do my thing and get back to the hotel, I can’t get in to my room. Turns out the key won’t turn and this gent comes and spends 30 minutes jimmying the door. This is awesome as tomorrow is the day I get up early and have no sleep. Usually I don’t care when I have all the time in the world but come the 17th I’m on a 24+ transit to Australia so a little rest goes a long way.

He finally gets it open and I notice this private room is the only place in the building with no internet. So I’m sitting there with no lock on the door and no internet which is basically my worst nightmare as I need internet like a diabetic needs insulin and I’m a paranoia when it comes to safety; you have to be or you’ll be someone who has stuff stolen if you stay out here long enough.

All that said, Cusco is a gem of a town. I haven’t heard one person say anything bad about it and I understand why. This is a cosmopolitan city with old world charm. It’s also fantastically cheap and has something for everyone from run down guest-houses aka “hostals” to high end hotels fit for a king. It’s also got dining options for days and for every budget.

This is the type of town I’d like to spend a bit of time each year. Ideally I’ll spend a few months each year on a tropical island like Little Corn, a big city like Buenos Aires, some mountains like here and some other type of spot I haven’t thought of yet.

The moral to the story is that hotels are like parties, you don’t leave a good one to go to another as the outcome is usually not what you’re looking for. I’m wasting time sitting here inhaling second hand smoke when I could be resting up in comfort.

You live and you learn, yes? Next stop, Machu Picchu.

Tips hat,

10 Comments

  1. 4yoursuccess

    January 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    What? No hike? Then we’ll have to do it together sometime.

    • Rob

      January 14, 2014 at 7:55 am

      You’ll need to get there one of these days, it’s insane. I hiked down but took the bus up as lots of walking in Machu Picchu as well. It’s a mission but believe you’re up for it!

      • 4yoursuccess

        January 14, 2014 at 10:03 am

        I believe the hype for sure. Great job.

        • Rob

          January 14, 2014 at 10:41 am

          Cheers!

  2. Ross

    January 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I have done that before and had the exact same experience. Thought I was moving up a star for the same price but actually moved down a star (or two)! Cuzco though is great. I was there for Christmas a few years ago as my first time away from home. It was really good.

    • Rob

      January 14, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Great spot to hit on your first time away from home. I’ve been to lots of spots and this is a big time favorite of mine. Lessons learned, don’t leave a good party or hotel to find a better one!

  3. David DiGregorio

    January 14, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Did you enjoy Aguas Calientes as much as I predicted?

    • Rob

      January 15, 2014 at 4:36 am

      I had to do a day trip and skip it; getting my house in order before Australia. I’ve heard good things though!

      • tom

        January 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm

        How many finger puppets did you buy?

        • Rob

          January 15, 2014 at 7:13 pm

          None but saw lots.

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