We reached our final destination Cuzco – the old Inca capital. We are staying here for four days and it’s much easier from here to reach Machu Picchu, since there is a direct train to Aguas Calientes. The wonder of the world is located just above it.
We have enough landmarks and squares to explore here. The whole city is full of remainings of the Inca’s. There are also a lot of nice restaurants to visit.
Lunch at the Plaza Mayor
The main square is literally surrounded of historical buildings. On the second floor of each there is a restaurant with a view to the plaza. This day we had lunch at the Los balcones Grill, which overlooks the big Jesuit church. The view is great, no doubt about it!
The high altitude really messes with your system, so we started with delicious chicken soup. You know that chicken soup is the best medicine and I think they are right. The drink was of course the famous chicha morada.
The main course was also very delicious. It was a quinoa risotto with vegetables and grilled chicken. The other main course was Cilantro rice with chicken. You can tell that they love to eat a lot. The portions were massive. So there was no place for dessert after that.
Dinner at The point, Cuzco
I was searching for a good traditional restaurant to have dinner and I found this small nice restaurant close to the Plaza Mayor. The food was tasty and the staff was really friendly. We were with a group of eleven people, but the food arrived fast.
We got the menu of the day, which was a three course meal with a drink for just 25 sol (under 10 euro!!!). One might think that the food would be bad for such a price, but it was actually really good. And because we were a big group, we got free pisco sour for everyone. Of course, the was a la cart option with much bigger portions.
I chose for corn soup with cheese and bread. It was creamy and full of flavor. The main course was Aji de gallina, which is very tender chicken pieces, covered with slightly spicy sauce. Aji is actually the sauce that is usually made of tomatoes, aji chili peppers, cilantro and onions.
For dessert they had a fresh fruit salad, chocolate ice cream or chocolate crepe with banana’s. It was a good meal for every taste.