Before I go into what we did after landing I just want to explain a little bit what there is to do in the Cuzco region. Cuzco is in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, and the scenery is really pretty. That comes with a price. The altitude in Cuzco is really high, and therefore a lot of people choose not to stay there. There is an area called the sacred valley, which is around an hour out of Cuzco. The sacred Valley has a lot of really nice hotels, and is therefore a great place to be based out of. The sacred valley is in a lower elevation than Cuzco and that helps you get used to the altitude. The theory is that if you go to a lower elevation to sleep than you will have an easier time. We stayed in the Sacred Valley and had no issues whatsover.
Cuzco is this huge city, although different than any city I have ever seen. A large percent of the local population goes around wearing colorfull robes and hats. The women carry their kids in sacks on their backs. They all wear these really interesting long braids, and are a lot of fun to watch. The sacred valley has a lot of these people as well and in the valley there are different ruins and other tourist attractions. When you drive down the road you will see sheperds on donkeys, etc. There are many different locals markets and they are not to be missed. The cream of the pie though, is Machu Picchu of course. Machu Picchu is located in the Sacred Valley as well. Machu Pichhu is an Inka fortress built in the clouds. Nothing can prepare you for seeing it in real life, it is just very cool.
Now I will go into what we did while in the area.