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Cusco Things to Do

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  • Sacsayhuaman

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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 the city of Cusco in the valley below.

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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 later, Túpac Amaru's execution for having led the rebellion against the Spanish conquerers. Today, Cusco's main square is a lively urban park surrounded...

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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 religion and culture.

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Cusco Restaurants

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  • Pacha Papa

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The evening after going to Machu Pichu, I went to this restaurant Pachapapa on the recommendation of the hotel I was staying at. The hotel provided the transportation so, it was an easy choice. i didn't want to explain directions to a taxi driver. I decided on the Lomo Saltado (I've never had it). The wait was not long (as expected on a rainy...

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  • Kusikuy

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Another restaurant has taken it's place but didn't seem to offer Cuy on the menu. 2 doors down ( toward Plaza de Armes) was a nice little restaurant that offered Cuy, Alpaca, Trout etc. Price for Cuy about 2/3 of going rate on the menu's of big tourist restaurants on the Plaza. All three main dishes were excellent. The "Crow with Cheese" turned out...

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  • Tunupa

    4 out of 5 stars

    I'll have to rely on Sylvain's opinion for this one because going back to Cusco after visiting Machu Picchu triggered my mountain sickness yet again so I missed what should have been our celebratory dinner on the last evening of our trip :o( For the occasion, our agency had booked us a table at Tunupa, a buffet-style restaurant that is especially...

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Cusco Nightlife

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  • Mama Africa Disco

    When you get to Cusco, you definitely hear about this place first. I've never had to pay a cover because there are always people walking around the center giving out wristbands or promotional "free drink" cards. It's a good mix of locals and travelers, and the music was a nice change from the typical gringo music. Pay in small bills or coins. It...

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  • Los Perros

    Here you'll find one more picture of the more than acceptable pisco sour. Made with a shaker, not with a blender which really makes a big difference. David Espejo is the friend on the picture, a very experienced guide.

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  • The Cross Keys Pub

    The Cross Keys Pub was my favourite of Cusco's many drinking establishments. It basically looks like any other English publike place you might find across the globe that catters to travelers however I found the Cross Keys to be very laid back. The premises are also large enough that even if it is nearly full, you still find a nice quite corner....

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Cusco Transportation

  • Around Cusco by Taxi

    Taxis: Pay no more than s/. 3 for a taxi ride in the city. s/. 2.5o is the actual rate. Newer, larger cars may try to charge more. It’s difficult to pay the actual rate from the airport. You should walk outside the gate at the airport, away from the “tourist taxis” and pay s/. 4-5. ALWAYS agree to the price BEFORE you get in. They say not to get...

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  • To Cusco by Air

    For some, only driving or taking a 21-hr. bus ride from Lima to Cusco will satisfy their wish for the experience of seeing the magnificent sights and changing geography that such a drive will bring --- especially if time is not an issue. However, those on a shortened timetable will most surely appreciate the advantage of flying to Cusco in only 1...

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  • To Cusco by Bus

    From Lima to Cuzco or from Cuzco to Lima [[De Lima a Cusco o viceversa]] 1) check out the map of Peru in my Peru VT page [[ mirar el mapa en mi pagina de VT]] http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/6a2f1/8f2/ 2) there are various buses that go the different segments and different prices depending on the type of service. Here is a sample itinerary for...

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Cusco Shopping

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  • Pisac Market

    Pisac market is close to the Scared Valley and Sacsaywaman. Many tour buses which go to the Sacred Valley may make stops here as well. Remember that the markets are only open Sunday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 9 AM-5 PM. The best day to visit is on Sunday. It is on Sundays that the locals set up a mercado de treque (trade market). This market...

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  • Alpaca and Baby Alpaca Products

    Cusco is a great, extensive place to go shopping. It became our night time entertainment . Here you can find here a great variety of handcrafted articles the trouble is limiting yourself. We were travelling with backpacks so we could onlt buy so many of those wonderful hats and sweaters. Forget the blankets...just wasn't room!! The beautiful...

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  • Artisan Market

    By far the best place for souvenir shopping is the artisans market in the southeast part of town. It is off away from the main tourist sites but prices are much cheaper. it by the bus depot in a local neighborhood.

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Cusco Local Customs

  • Local Traditions

    There are little ceramic bulls on all the rooftops in the Sacred Valley. They are supposed to bring good luck, and fertility, to the household. Many roofs had a cross between the bulls. Some roofs also have flowers. The flowers go up the day you put the roof on (even if the doors and windows aren't in yet) and there is a celebration.

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  • Local Drinks

    In 1908, a small brewery was established in the city of Cusco and started brewing what would become one of the best and most popular beers in the country: Cerveza Cusqueña. The brand was recently bought by the company Backus, the biggest brewery in Peru, which increased Cerveza Cusqueña's visibility on the international market without changing the...

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  • Local Festivities: Others

    Okay maybe, "PRE-Independence Day Celebrations" would be a better title. Despite their very traditional culture and lifestyle, like ALL Latinos, Peruvians LOVE to party. I read that festivals often start a few days early and end a few days late. Independence Day was a little different. First, a little background. Locally known as the "Fiestas...

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Cusco Warnings and Dangers

  • Altitude Sickness - Soroche

    We flew from Lima at sea level to Puno at 4000 m and were taking Diamox and drinking lots of coca tea. We're both very fit - this is irrelevant with altitude sickness. Don't make the mistake of thinking you're super fit and healthy and you won't be affected. Your body must maintain adequate blood oxygen levels and that's not within your control. We...

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  • Altitude advice

    We flew from Lima at sea level to Puno at 4000 m and were taking Diamox and drinking lots of coca tea. We're both very fit - this is irrelevant with altitude sickness. Don't make the mistake of thinking you're super fit and healthy and you won't be affected. Your body must maintain adequate blood oxygen levels and that's not within your control.We...

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  • Altitude Sickness can be avoided ....

    Yes, it can be avoided ... we´re living proof. I´m sitting in Cuzco as I write ... hoping to benefit others planning to do a fast Machu Picchu trip like we are doing.Planning a quick visit: Unlike many stronger-younger visitors, we´re 60. And, we only have 3 days. So we decided to fly into Cuzco (from Vancouver) and go directly to Aguas Caliente...

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Cusco Tourist Traps

  • Street Sellers

    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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  • Boleto Turistico

    This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen. Unfortunately, this Boleto is required if you want to visit the archaeological sites as well as some of the museums in and around Cusco. The Boleto works great for the archaeological sites, but is completely useless for everything else. What frustrated me the most is I read so much conflicting...

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  • Guided Tours

    As you probably know by now, this isn't my preferred method of travel, so it's probably no surprise that I am posting this. But we were so concerned about our safety, we thought this would be the best way to see everything. We ended up regretting it. When traveling to Machu Picchu or the Inca Trail, you kind of "have" to book a tour, as visiting...

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Cusco What to Pack

  • Must bring

    With the high altitude, expect cold temperatures in the mornings. But with the high altitude and closeness to the equator, sunscreen is also a must. It's amazing how quickly you begin to burn when the sun comes up.

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  • Different types of clothes

    If you're going to spend a few days in Cusco and around the area I strongly recomment to take with you many different types of clothes that you can layer. During the day it's very likely that it will be sunny and warm-ish, you can walk around in a T-shirt, though if it's cloudy it might get somewhat fresh or plain cold. At night it can get VERY...

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  • Inca Trail reserve in advance

    If you want to do the Inca Trail, you have to book in advance, at least 2 months before, as the entrance to the Park is restricted, and you have to do it in a group.The best way is to look at several Cuzco agencies in internet. Here are the most famous:- http://www.andeanlife.com/- http://www.sastravelperu.com/- http://www.unitedmice.com/-...

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Cusco Off The Beaten Path

  • Las Salinas de Maras

    This was definitely one of the more bizarre sights we saw on our trip to the Sacred Valley! A huge salt mine carved out of the hillside, with terrace after terrace of mini salt-pans spread out in front of us. Although it was a Sunday a few people were working in the pans, dredging up the piles of salt and leaving them to dry out (I was going to...

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  • Sacred Valley

    Our horseback ride from Urubamba up past the salt terraces to Maras and Moray was the best adventure of our entire visit to Peru, For a mere $US60 a person, Rancho Casa Hospedaje supplied a non-English-speaking guide (Juan Carlos) to take for a nine-hour ride along the Urubamba River, then up a canyon into the high country, wher a whole new world...

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  • San Blas

    Well San Blas isnt too off the beaten path but its somewhat of a walk if you want to get there from the Plaza de Armas. Of course we did do a bunch of stops by the time we got here. But I think San Blas was one of the places in Cusco that I really really liked. Adrianna and I took a hike up on of the streets and it was a pretty steep walk with very...

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Cusco Sports & Outdoors

  • Inca Trail

    Hello everybody!! I would like to share some of my experience on the Inca Trail. I just did it for the first time two months ago and I totally recommend it. The Inca Trail has a a mix of everything. It starts in the dry highlands and finishes in the cloud forest where Machu Picchu is located. During the four days hike you experience the vegetation...

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  • Mountain Biking

    Even if you are not an experienced cyclist, I would highly recommend taking a mountain biking trip with one of the tour companies (I went with Eric Adventures - $35.) The views are truly amazing and it is so peaceful to ride in the fields and see the Andes in the background. We rode to two places, Moray (Picture) and the Moras salt mines. I didn't...

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  • Classical Inca Trail To Machu Picchu

    Hello everybody!! I would like to share some of my experience on the Inca Trail. I just did it for the first time two months ago and I totally recommend it. The Inca Trail has a a mix of everything. It starts in the dry highlands and finishes in the cloud forest where Machu Picchu is located. During the four days hike you experience the vegetation...

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Cusco General

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  • Main Square

    When exiting the bus station doors you will immediately be bombarded with taxistas, local taxi drivers, offering you the “best” rates to the center of town. Whether you are at an airport or bus station, they are the ones that pay a fee to enter the area so they will always charge you more. After all, “eres el rico”, you’re the rich one, being that...

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  • Touristic Ticket

    One of the best deals in Cusco is a tourist ticket that gets you into 16 of the most important places of interest in and around Cusco, including some of the major draws in the Sacred Valley of the Incas! In fact, you cannot get into many churches and museums without it. The full ticket costs $22 for adults and $5 for students and children, is...

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  • Sacred Valley

    All around the Sacred Valley of Peru, you can still see terraces built during Inca times. Since these terraces continued to be useful after the fall of the Inca Empire in that they allowed cultivation of the steep Andean hillsides and prevented erosion, they have been maintained by the locals for centuries.

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