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CUSCO DOWNTOWN

WALKING THROUGH THE INCA STREETS & COLONIAL TEMPLES

THE BEST ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES IN CUSCO

EXPERIENCE THE GRANDEUR OF THE PLAZA DE ARMAS

Equally important is visiting Cusco’s most famous plaza located in the heart of the city. The Plaza de Armas boasts spectacular architecture and views of the surrounding mountains. Once the main center for both the Spanish conquistadors and Inca empire, the plaza is now the main hub for tourists where you can find shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Grab lunch at one of the many restaurants with balconies overlooking the plaza. After that, take a stroll through the iconic Cusco Cathedral where you can see a painting of the Last Supper with a guinea pig – the Andean interpretation for the main centerpiece of the meal. The plaza is a perfect place to people-watch and take in the surrounding history while enjoying your Cusco activities.

PET A FRIENDLY ALPACA

We’re kicking off this list with one of Peru’s most beloved animals: the alpaca. Known for its expensive wool, alpacas are treasured among Peruvians. These fluffy four-legged animals can be seen on the streets of Cusco dressed in colorful accessories and led by local ladies offering photos for a small price of 5-10 soles. Be sure to set your price before you get a photo to avoid any haggling.

TAKE A PICTURE WITH THE FAMOUS TWELVE-ANGLED STONE

Hidden in the narrow alleyways of the historical district is the Twelve-Angled stone. This architectural mystery has 12 perfectly-crafted angles that fit seamlessly into the Inca wall located in the alleyway of Hatunrumiyoc. The stone itself is relatively large and is part of the wall of the Palace of the Archbishop. You’ll be able to spot it by the large crowd usually surrounding the area. Be sure not to touch it as it is prohibited, but feel free to snap a selfie or take a family photo next to it.

CUSCO DOWNTOWN

STEP INTO THE PAST WITH A VISIT TO QORICANCHA AND CONVENT OF SANTO DOMINGO

Another addition to your list is Qoricancha, the famous Inca Sun Temple located on Cusco’s main Avenida el Sol. This architectural marvel was originally built by the Inca to worship their sun god, Inti. In fact, this famous temple used to be lined with gold before the Spanish invaded. Today you can take a tour through the ancient halls that have both Inca and Spanish-built architecture.

CLIMB TO ONE OF THE MANY VIEWPOINTS

Another exciting addition to your Cusco itinerary is taking in one of the city’s breathtaking vistas. Just a 15 minute walk up from the main plaza are the Mirador de San Cristobal, Plaza Santa de Santa Ana and the Mirador de San Blas where you can find sweeping panoramic views of the towering Andes and the city below. These are the most accessible viewpoints, but if you’re wanting to go even higher, take a picnic up to Qenko or visit Sacsayhuaman for even more views.

STROLL THROUGH THE QUAINT STREETS OF THE SAN BLAS NEIGHBORHOOD

Known for its extremely narrow and colorful streets, San Blas is the oldest neighborhood in Cusco and arguably the most beautiful. Each of the houses and businesses lining the streets feature painted blue doors and colorful adornments, which gives this bustling neighborhood its bohemian charm. Local artists live and sell their work here, and you can find hidden cafes of all types of cuisine including French, Italian, American and of course, Andean. Don’t forget to bring your camera – this is one of the most photogenic places in the city.

TASTE THE DELIGHTS OF ANDEAN CUISINE AT CUSCO’S RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Peru is known as one of the top gastronomical destinations in the world, so it’s no surprise that Cusco is home to a plethora of enticing restaurants and bars. Order fresh trout ceviche made with local fish, try a succulent alpaca steak, or step out of your comfort zone and order one of the local favorites: cuy al horno or oven-baked guinea pig. More than 3,000 types of potatoes grow in Peru, so be sure to try them fried, baked and boiled. Lounge on the many balconies in the main plaza and enjoy the sights while sipping on Peru’s national drink, the Pisco Sour

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