Cafe Ayllu a classic coffee shop in Cusco

The cafe Ayllu has been serving the hungry of Cusco for 38 years now. I have been going there for over 20 of them and it hasn’t changed. It still is the best cafe in Cusco. It’s location smack bang on the plaza with it’s huge windows allow for a fine view where you can sit and enjoy what is happening outside, while partaking in fine drinks and food. It is famous for it’s baked custard and hot chocolate, but all of it’s pastries are good and the pancakes with fruit and honey absolutely delicious.

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The Ayllu still with it’s original furniture, service and food.

It’s prices are local prices so you are not paying the tourist premium you do in many other places on the plaza. The Ayllu is where all the intellectual and arty set in Cusco go to hangout. Often jam packed even at 10pm at night it is definitely a must visit place if you are heading to Cusco. Just order a coffee and my favorite treat an alfajor ( a large shortbread biscuit with caramelised condensed milk inside)… Kick back and watch the world go by.

Trust me I’m your guide!

When we invited my folks to come to Peru this year with us…  Luckily for them I have 23 years of experience travelling and living there. Things started real well we hadn’t even boarded our plane and Dad had lost his passport and tickets somewhere in the airport… But they were found and we all arrived safe and sound. Actually to my surprise everything pretty well went like clockwork.

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Just a short climb up there and we will get a great view!

Mum and Dad did real well and kept up almost all of the time considering we were at 3000 plus meters altitude or higher during the trip. Though every time I pointed up and said Hey just up there are the most fantastic unknown Inca ruins they would kindly reply it’s ok… You go we will wait here!

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Ok I didn’t mention the lots of stairs… but hey they look happy.

We spent 2 days at Machu Picchu doing one half one day and the other the next. It was cloudy and rainy the first which gave it a really mysterious feeling. Then on the second the hot andean sun put in an appearance and it was like 7000 degrees. If you have been to the big MP then you know what it’s like, but just getting there is an adventure in itself. You first fly to Lima then fly onto Cusco, then you have to wake up at like 5 am to catch the train for a 4hr trip through the Urubamba valley and last but not least a scary 20min bus trip up the mountain side… Whew! and then you are finally there. But it is worth every second of the long trip once you are in the Inca Citadel itself.

It is a photographers dream.

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Mysterious Machu Picchu.

Back from Peru and back at work….

Finally after arriving home a few weeks ago I have managed to catch up on everything and am now able to pay more attention to the neglected things like my blog.

I had a great time travelling and photographing many places in Cusco.

Local camera shop “closed for siesta” Cusco 09

 

The beautiful town of Chincheros Peru 09

So expect more posts about our trip and some exiting new products from Voigtlander!