On the trip from Arequipa to Cusco we went all out and paid for the luxury 1st class section on the night bus (still only £20 each!). 'Lazy boy' type leather seats, only 9 on the whole bottom deck, dinner brought out and served and working air con and lights! It wasn't much different from 1st class in a plane with the nearly full reclining seats as well!
The plan was to arrive in Cusco by around 7.30, at that point we hit a traffic jam into town and were still there over 2 hours later! Turns out the locals created a road block on the only route into town, protesting about transport issues in the city. We were told it could continue until midnight so we decided to take a hike, potentially 12km into town with full backpacks. The road was a bit hairy, rocks blocking the paths, vans, cars and lorries stacked up along the sides and riot police everywhere!! Luckily after about 35 minutes of walking a local bus pulled up and was offering lifts into town; we jumped on and made it into the city around midday.
Stayed in Wild Rover again, Gemma's mate arrived who will be travelling with us for a few months and we had 3 funny Irish lads in our dorm so a good few days. After moving so fast from La Paz all the way to Cusco, it was good just chilling out for a few days and pottering about.
The city was nice as well, not quite as nice as Arequipa but very colonial with really nice squares and buildings.
Did another walking tour learning about the city and booked our 4 day trip to Machu Picchu. Mountain biking, trekking, zip lining and obviously the tour around the ancient Machu Picchu town were all included!!
After Machu Picchu we're back in Cusco for a few days to see the rest of the city, visit a few museums and get ready to leave altitude and head further north...