Cusco, once the center of the Incan Empire, located high in the Peruvian Andes was the most important city in South America, today is the capital of Cusco Region and Province and one of the most fantastic city in the world. This city is the tourist center of Peru, mainly because it is the gateway to the Machu Picchu´s ancient ruins.
As you can see, Cusco is an ancient and intriguing city, it is high above the sea level, at 3.350 meters, and has a lot of history, culture and beauties. There you can find uncountable tourist attractions, such as archaeological sites, squares, mueseums, mountains, lakes, restaurants,… it´s a place for all kind of travelers.
So, if you´re planning a trip to Peru, Cusco is a mandatory city to visit, no matter how many days you have in the city, there is a lot to do, that´s why we separate some tips for you enjoy the most of this place, as you can see:
PLAZA DE ARMAS
This is the cultural center and central square of the city. A top tourist attraction in the heart of Cusco, with a lot historical importance, surrounded by the impressiv Cathedral Basilica and the Church La Compañía de Jesús. Lining the plaza there are several bars, restaurants and coffee shops, where you can spend some good time eating and drinking with a great view to the city.
San Blas is known as an artisan neighborhood, is located a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas, it’s pretty and less busy. A perfect place to find some boutique shops and galleries, and buy authentic peruvian gifts or souvenirs. In addition to it, here you can find the twelve angled stone, a interesting museum, and of course some good restaurants and coffee shops.
SAN PEDRO MARKET
If you are looking for some authentic experience, we highly recommend that you go to this market and the streets surrounding it, it´s not just a touristic spot, it´s where the cusquenhos go shopping. San Pedro Market is a spectacle to be experienced, a lot of tents with fresh typical vegetable, fruits and meats, a lot of aromas and colors. An incredible variety of juices and delicious Peruvian foods at a very reasonable price. You´ll be surprised with the amount of things that you´ll see for the first time. The peruvian fruits and vegetables are something special.
QORICANCHA, TEMPLE OF THE SUN
Qoricancha was the main temple of the Sun God during the Inca Empire, one of the holiest site for them, where the civilization deposited its religious, political and geograpich power. This historical place will help you to understand a lot of things about the Incas. Nowadays, the contrast of the Incan temple and the church foundations impress visitors. This visit will offer you one of most interesting experiences in Cusco.
The Museum of Pre-Columbian Art is another great thing to know in Cusco. Fucosed on art and pieces from the period prior to the Spanish invasion, encompasses a time period of 1250 a.c. to 1532 d.c., artifacts used by the civilizations that flourished in Peru. It´s a visit that will transport you to the past and in one day you´ll have enough time to explore it´s many exhibits on display.
With a short bus ride or a 50-minute walk from the city center, you can get to this amazing ancient archeaological site. It was an important religious place for the Inca civilization. You´ll be surprised by the impressive and huge blocks of stone, some of them with 9 meters in height, taking more than 50 years to be built. There is no doubt it´s an unmissable tour in Cusco.
As it´s known, astronomy played an important role in the Inca´s daily life, influencing the planting, harvesting, religious cerimonies and architecture. Their accurate calendar was developed with this rich knowledge. At the planetarium you´ll have the chance to learn more about the influence of astronomy in this Empire, and have na incredible view of the stars thanks to Cusco´s high elevation.
These were just a few ideas of what you can do in Cusco, certainly there are a lot more options, such as the tour to Maras Moray and Salineiras, tour to Tambomachay, the trails to Rainbown Mountain, Laguna Humantay, Machu Picchu, enjoy the Peruvian delicious foods and drinks, and much more. For all those options we have a good package for you, just access our website and check what you like the most.