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Daily Life in a Developing Country - The Reasons We Love Cusco

We really love Cusco. Here's are some of the reasons:


  • The incredible and inspiring community of expats and volunteers here.
  • The 3 newborn guinea pigs at SAE - which Eleanor got to name: Chicha Morada, Peanut Butter, and Iniesta.
  • The proximity to so many amazing places: Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, the Peruvian Amazon.
  • The city lights at night, climbing up the mountains in every direction.
  • Tamales and coffee for breakfast
  • The sky - every moment of every day and night.
  • The markets - full of smells and foods and piles of things that you have no idea what they are - and then you realize that they're hundreds of frog legs.
  • Buying lunch for 3 bucks for the four of us. Of course we were afraid for our intestines when we left - and we're never going back there again!
  • The gazilion layers of skirts that all the traditional ladies wear.
  • The cobblestone streets that cars can't get through.
  • The best avocados and tomatoes (almost) we've ever tasted.
  • The taxis that are decorated with fringe in the windshields, and hanging with pastel madonnas.
  • Cusqueña Malta beer. We watch them make it from our bedroom window. It's Gooooood. 
  • The caipirinhas at the place down the street, after the kids are in bed.
  • Lomo Saltado - the most successful clash of Chinese and Peruvian cultures ever!



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Reader Comments (4)

i realize you guys don't want to but when does the journey come back to the states? I'd heard some rumblings it was soon but lookin at Eleanor, i'd stay forever too. missin ya!

Jul 30, 2010 at 8:42 AM | Unregistered Commentertravis

Of all the places you've traveled to, this is the one that I am most interested in visiting. The descriptions are far too good to miss out on. Thanks (as ever) for sharing with us.

Jul 30, 2010 at 9:58 AM | Unregistered CommenterTodd Grace

Lama, too, is impressed to beauty of this place. However, the above poster sounds like WEENIE to me.


Jul 30, 2010 at 9:59 AM | Unregistered CommenterYo Lama

Hey Guys, so pleased you are enjoying Cuzco as much as we did- another recommendation that worked. Wish we'd done the Amazon the Redpath way though.

For our amusement we went back to our Familytrippers website(link below if you are so minded) to re-visit our own Cuzco experience last year. It, and your own version, bring back so many happy memories- it's a great place. We could be back there at the drop of a poncho. Enjoy what's left

Our own blog take on it still lives at

Ian, Anne, Rory and Roonagh xx

Jul 30, 2010 at 10:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterIan

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