Cuzco, here we are

Day one of our vacation: wow!!!

But first things first…our travel day started with a flight cancellation. Quickly, we got rebooked…just to then find the airport in Cartagena closed due to thunderstorms. Slight panic when the flight we were on was scheduled to depart too late for our connection in Bogotá, but thanks to the lovely Avianca ladies, we got onto the first flight departing for Bogotá. After dinner in BOG, we boarded our 10pm flight to Lima, comfortably upgraded thanks to Anthony’s status with Avianca, I slept the entire flight.
Immigration in Lima proofed to be simple, not too many incoming flights at 1230am, however, the airport was packed! Lima is a hub for many other South American destinations, and lots of travelers spend the night there — as did we. If you know us, you know we didn’t camp out or sleep…we wandered the airport and boarded, roughly 4 hours later, our last flight to Cuzco.
Landing in Cuzco is spectacular, the plane flies in an turns into the airport flanked by mountains, breathtaking views!
I’m still trying to figure out how the transportation and luggage situation works at the airport…somehow a porter knew our names, I’m not going to worry if the manifest is being released or if the hotels share this information…regardless, we arrived safely at our hotel: JW Marriott. What a gem, what a gorgeous hotel, amazing staff and history.
After a quick breakfast, we slept the morning away to catch up on a few hours of sleep.
We spent the afternoon exploring, mainly aimlessly walking thru the centro historico. First stop: El Meson for lunch. Great little place, overlooking Plaza de Armas. We continued our walking tour to the Choco Museo, what a cute little museum with tasting opportunities!! After a few samples, we made our way back to the hotel, since we wanted to join the tour of the hotel.
This blogpost gives a little information about the history of the hotel and the amazing renovation/restoration Marriott did over the course of six years.
http://www.blogs.marriott.com/marriott-on-the-move/2012/10/unearthing-incan-relics-in-cosco-peru.html

My favorite: Swarovski crystals representing the sun, which had been so important and instrumental to the Inca culture.

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We ventured out to dinner and enjoyed a lovely, low-key dinner at El Méson de Don Tomás trying some local dishes, including Alpaca and Papa Rellena.

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