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Cusco ChocoMuseo: From Bean to Bar Chocolate Workshop
"Learn how to make your very own chocolate during this interactive tour of the museum and the chocolate workshop. A professional guidewill explain to you how to make chocolate from the bean to the bar. Understand the history behind the famous cocoa beans you will learn the different steps of the chocolate making process and participate to 4 of them: roasting the cocoa beans removing cocoa husk grinding the cocoa nibs on a metate with a mano and refining the cocoa paste in a melangeur.Finally you will prepare and savor delicious hot chocolates as well as creating your own chocolates with your choice of ingredients. You will be able to leave with all of your handmade chocolates unless of course
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Machu Picchu Full Day Tour by Train
"At 3:55am in the morning you will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Cusco and driven to the train station at Ollantaytambo. Here you will catch the train that will take you to Machu Picchu. You will take the train at 6:40am to Aguas Calientes arriving around 8am. Your guide will meet you at the train station in Aguas Calientes to take you to the bus up to Machu Picchu. The bus ride is about 30 minutes. You should arrive at Machu Picchu around 8:45am and enter the site.During a guided your bilingual guide will explain all about the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu and visit all the major sites within the lost city. The guided tour will take around 2:30-3 hours. You can climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu (tickets need to be purcha which is a 1.5 to 2 hours round trip hike. The entrance time is 10am to 11am so if you choose to take this tour your guided tour will be faster in order to finish in time to enter Huayna Picchu.After the Machu Picchu guided tour
From $410.00
 
Half-Day Cusco City Tour
"Cusco is a city that mixes the mysterious indigenous culture of the Incan civilization with modernity. Cusco is considered as the archaeological capital of not only Peru but of all the Americas. It is a city that has to be shown to the entire world with its ruins preserved in their traditional structure. The city was the capital and the heart of the Incan empire during the 14th and 15th centuries and today serves as the most visited tourist city in the country of Peru.The Passengers will be the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun Korikancha where the Incas used to worship the Sun God. The tour continues outside the city to go through the old constructions Incas of Kenko Tambomachay Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco. Famous for its large external walls
From $32.00

Street Sellers Tips (5)

They are everywhere

Everywhere you turn you'll see street venders plying their wares. You can't blame them they are trying to make a dollar.
Alpacha sweaters are big on the list of merchandie. It's good to know when you're bargaining that these colourful sweaters are generally made from sheep wool, although there are some of alpaca, but these are a lot more expensive.

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easterntrekker
Oct 15, 2006

No I dont want another postcard

Lots of kids try to sell you postcards and little woolen dolls,they`re very persistant,but NOT rude.
These 3 girls were selling postcards,and as I had just written 50 I didnt want anymore !!!
So they let me take a picture of them.
The tourist police usually get rid of them,but they do come back 10 minutes later,the kids not the police.

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neilward
Oct 23, 2004

¡COMPRAME!

Postales, postales, postaleeeeees!, Chompas senorita? Sweaters? Tourist Information? Good food, you like! Come eat here!

You will be plagued by people trying to sell you all kinds of things in Cusco, especially around the Plaza de Armas.

Unique Suggestions One trick -- bring some balloons to give to the kids that wont leave you alone. It works! Either it confuses them, and they go away, or they are unbelievably happy, and they go away.

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Alisonchilla
May 16, 2003

the best can become the worst

The Plaza de Armas of Cusco is the prettiest square I have ever seen in South America but it is unfortunate that you cannot really enjoy it. It is difficult to just sit in what should be a tranquil relaxing place without being besieged with people trying to sell you things.
We were there in October, I can't imagine it in the height of the season.

Unique Suggestions It's best to go early morning, say six or earlier as the sun rises early or evenings.

Fun Alternatives There are many other fine squares in town so enjoy them as well.

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richiecdisc
Feb 03, 2003
 
 
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Part of authentic experience...

Most people find all street sellers annoying. I really felt sympathy for all the locals selling stuff especially in Plaza de Armas. As you can see on the photo, this is typical scene in Cusco. Here I was raking some pictures of the town, but that didn't stop all of them from trying to sell me prints, postcards, souvernirs and offering a shoe shine...

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Oct 12, 2002
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Things to Do Near Cusco

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Sacsayhuaman

The ruins are still pretty much in a natural state although preservation work has begun. The fortress was built by the Inkas in the 1300's on the site of earlier occupations. it commands a view over...
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Qoriqancha - Santo Domingo Convent

This church and convent are built on top of the Inca temple of Coricancha although much of the original temple was preserved inside the church. This was done as a means of stamping out the local...
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Main Square

Plaza de Armas is the historic center of the city and, as such, it has witnessed many important events, including Francisco Pizarro's declaration that Spain had conquered Peru and, almost 250 years...
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Hatun Rumiyoc - Twelve-Angle Stone

As they walk up Hatun Rumiyoc Street, visitors might not realize that they are walking on one of the original Inca roads of Cusco. The narrow street is now lined with attractive shops one one side,...
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Streets of Cusco

Cusco is a fascinating city and great and easy to explore as all roads lead to (or away from ) the Plaza de Armas. Taxis are cheap - you must negotiate the price beforehand - and plentiful. For a...
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San Blas

A much simpler Adobe Church set in a beautiful plaza. what it lacks for ornateness on the outside is made up for in the wonderful wood carved alter on the inside. The church sits in a little local...
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