What was once known as the ancient capital of the Incas is now bursting with so much culture, tradition and a legacy that dates back to the 15th Century, you won’t wan’t to miss out on a visit! Don’t let the 3,399m eleveation put you off as this iconic city is bursting with plenty to see and do.
1. Market shopping
One of the greatest things about Cusco is its rustic charm that reflects the city’s history and tradition. Unlike Peru’s larger cities such as Lima, Cusco ‘s narrow cobbled streets lead you to a variety of colourful artesan markets selling everything from hand-crafted souvenirs to Alpaca clothing. Notable markets to visit include the Baratillo Market which runs on Saturdays and a tourist and local favourite – San Pedro Market which sells fresh produce and groceries. Happy haggling!
2. Grab an empanada at the Plaza de Armas
Take a stroll down to Cusco’s main square – Plaza de Armas where you’ll find an abundance of colonial buildings housing a variety of local restaurants, souvenir shops and cafes that encircle the square and it’s vibrant well-kept gardens. Why not people watch on a bench with a coffee and an empanada from the balcony of a local cafe? There’s also almost always an activity or presentation taking place on the square, so you’re also bound to come across something exciting going on amomg the locals.
3. Explore the Cathedral
Probably one of the most noticeable images associated with Cusco is it’s extraordinary 15th Century cathedral. The full name given to the Catherdral is “The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin.” and was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1983.
4. Go to a chocolate making class
No trip to Cusco (or Peru infact) is complete without paying a visit to the exciting ChocoMuseo. This South American chain of chocolate shop/cafes run its very own chocolate-making workshops where you can learn the history of cacao farming in Peru whilst trying and making tasty chocolate delights all from the finest organic Peruvian chocolate. Did you know we offer this as an optional excurison on our Peru tours that visit Cusco?