Cusco is a lovely little city. Here’s a travel tip — taxis are extremely cheap in Cusco, so if you want to save some money and you have a little Spanish, there is no need to stay in the historic district. We spent these two days looking around the old city near the Plaza de Armas, checking out ruins and museums. True confessions: McDonalds ice cream and Kentucky Fried Chicken were both consumed during this part of our trip. We had made our kids eat a lot of new foods already and they were ready for something familiar! (Interesting — both of those restaurants are in the background of my top picture, but they keep the signage under control so that it doesn’t ruin the look of the historic square. Well played, zoning board.)
One last note — I didn’t take a picture of this (pictured out by now) but we got sucked in by a “free chocolate museum” which was really mostly a retail store. Sam did read all of their placards about the history of chocolate, though! And we made a fun discovery — cacao husk tea. Did you know that’s a thing? Here’s a link to an expensive option — it was cheaper in the “museum.” It’s just like herbal tea but with a chocolate flavor. Why doesn’t this catch on? Delicious and much healthier than hot chocolate if you have a craving for something warm and chocolatey.
We feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to take this trip! It was not easy with the kids, but we made amazing memories. Worth the effort.