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> where to go after Cuzco & machu Picchu?
jocelynsarah
post Nov 26 2007, 08:38 PM
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My husband & I are wondering where to head for 2 days after our 3 day stint in Cuzco. Can anyone suggest an off the beaten town/village where the highlight is NOT an archeological sight?! I'd like to just explore the people & streets of a town & soak up the culture, rather than seeing another site. Should we venture North of Cuzco to Ollantaytambo or any other town of the Sacred valley? We will be in Cuzco Jan. 2008; is it cold(meaning you can't wear shorts & a t-shirt) in all the towns north of Cuzco?
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post Dec 19 2007, 03:44 PM
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Did you see this wiki?

http://wikitravel.org/en/Cuzco

They recommend Ollantaytambo if you don't want to go to Machu Picchu


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post Dec 19 2007, 05:29 PM
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My husband & I are wondering where to head for 2 days after our 3 day stint in Cuzco. Can anyone suggest an off the beaten town/village where the highlight is NOT an archaeological sight?!


Hard not to stumble upon archaeological sites in that neck of the woods!!

What are you planning on doing in Cuzco? Are you just not into archaeological sites, or are you planning your travels around the city to include so many you don't want to see more?

The Sacred Valley is really amazing and beautiful and there are tons of archaeological sites all around as Inca ruins run from Pisac to Ollantaytambo and well beyond. But just because their are lots of sites, does not mean you won't be able to soak up plenty of culture just touring around, walking throughout the small towns and villages, checking out the markets and much more. You can't miss it. There are still many Quecha speaking residents everywhere and local life goes on as usual.The towns are still very traditional even though tourism has kicked up many notches. Consider visiting the market town of Chinchero as well. The best way to explore is just to immerse yourself into a place and try and get underneath the surfacey tourist stuff, talk to locals, barter a bit in the markets etc.

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post Mar 6 2008, 12:23 AM
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you can go to the sacred valley, it's really lovely there.I've been there and i really enjoyed the scenery.
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take a look to my travelogue:

http://www.msereno1970.com/peru/en/nasca.html

you'll possibly find some good indication for your trip! angel1.gif

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