After spending two nights in Lima, we woke up ready for our flight to Cusco. While Tonya took a walk down to the beach, Tish and I took the opportunity to get some work done while we still had a hotel with “reliable” internet. We walked across the street to the local espresso bar we fell in love with and got coffee and a few last empanadas before our taxi picked us up. The flight to Cusco was quick and painless, when we landed our local Kandoo Adventures contact was there to pick us up and take us to our hotel and recommended Marcelo Batata for dinner. After settling in a bit, and realizing Tonya and I were definitely feeling “weird” from the altitude, we walked down to the Plaza de Armas, the main square in Cusco, and then headed to dinner. The Plaza de Armas has two huge beautiful Spanish cathedrals (Cusco was the royal city of the Incan people, but when the Spaniards invaded they demolished all Incan temples and build Catholic churches in their place).
Marcelo Batata was on the other side of the Plaza, and did not disappoint!! Much to our surprise they had a gorgeous rooftop terrace that overlooked the entire city of Cusco, and we had it all to ourselves! We enjoyed a delicious dinner of causa con pollo, lomo saltado and vegetarian chili; we topped it off with cheese cake and coffee mousse for dessert. When the sun set our server brought out blankets for everyone to keep us warm while we watched the city lights begin to brighten. It was a lovely first night at 11,000ft!