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10 Things You Have To Do In Cusco, Peru

15 Oct 10 Things You Have To Do In Cusco, Peru

  1. 10 Things You Have To Do In Cusco, Peru
      The old capital of the Inca empire is a must visit Peru. This historical city gained UNESCO heritage in 1983 and it is easy to understand why. Here is a list of 10 things you have to do in Cusco, Peru.
  2. 1.Do the Free Walking Tour

    Every morning around 10 AM you can get a free walking tour from the middle of Plaza de Armas. It is free, but it is of course expected to tip them at the end. The green ones are supposed to be good. I took the blue one and loved it. Our guide Marco was really passionate about showing Cusco and had a great knowledge and a sense of humour. The free walking tour will explain you the history of Cusco, Callejón de Loreto, Twelve angled stone, San Blas, Plaza de Armas etc. I strongly recommend this tour because you get an insight of the history behind and not just looking at stuff you don’t even know what means. Doing this as soon as possible is ideal. 

    2.Do the City Tour in the afternoon

    To do the afternoon tour, you need the Tourist ticket to visit the places like Sacsayhuamán, Tipón, Tambomachay, Q’enqo and Puka Pukara. You will also visit the Cusco cathedral and a bunch of other sites. Bring some extra cash to the Cathedral and a few other sites. The city tour can be booked just by approaching the sellers near Plaza de Armas or talk to your hostel or Airbnb. No need to book this before getting to Cusco.

     3.Watch the sunsets from Limbos Resto-bar

    LimbosA perfect place to end a day in Cusco, have an early dinner at Limbos with a Pisco sour, locals say that it is best during sunset because you will see the view during daylight and nighttime and both are amazing. Read more about Limbos Resto Bar here.

    4.Hang out in Plaza de Armas

    I visited Cusco for 4 days and everyday something happened in Plaza de Armas, demonstrations, shows, dancing, military parade etc. Pretty cold there at night, make sure you wear proper clothes like beanie, scarf and a warm jacket you will need it! If you don’t have it don’t worry, the street sellers will offer you a good price for their handmade products. The Plaza is also a centre of one of the best restaurants in Cusco like Barrio Ceviche. 


    1. 5.Travel to Machu Picchu

      Well duh, I think that would be the most important sight in Peru for most of us. Even though it is not in Cusco, it will be there you usually travel from, either by train, day trips or treks. For more information about Machu Picchu, check out this link. 

      6.Visit the museums and sights in the Boleto Turistico (Tourist ticket)

      After doing the city tour you would have some more places to visit on the tourist ticket. Like Moroy (it is best to do a half-day tour because it is hard to get there.) The museums are within a walking distance in Cusco and can be done in a day. You will see opening hours at the back of the ticket.

      7.Check out the San Blas area

      It is incredible to just walk up the cute streets of San Blas. It is perfect for taking photos, very safe and lots of restaurants and cafe to choose from. I love Jacks cafe and Pachapapa! If you are up for the challenge you can walk up to the Christ looking over Cusco by walking through San Blas. 

      8.Have a Pisco Sour at Republica del Pisco

      An awesome place for a Saturday night with a live band and great drinks made by professional bartenders. They make the drinks pretty strong too, so it is worth every Sole xD. If you are travelling with a big group I recommend ground level at  Museo del Pisco where you can have your own big table, great drinks and food, ideal if you want to chat instead of listening to music. Read more about Republica del Pisco and Museo del Pisco here. 

      9.Eat Ceviche at Barrio Ceviche

      Barrio CevicheFor real though, you cant leave Peru without eating Ceviche. Barrio Ceviche is definitely the best place to eat it with a great view of Plaza de Armas. Perfect to eat lunch here after the free walking tour or before the afternoon tour. 

      10.Do a day trip to Sacred Valley

      You can visit some places in the Sacred Valley individually and easily. You can start by taking the bus towards Pisac around 8 am and ask the bus driver to stop at the entrance of Awanacancha textile museum. It is free to visit and you can see how they tint the yarn and do the weaving. Photos are allowed but you are expected to tip them a little. Then you can take the bus from there to Pisac to check out the handcraft market which is not only open on Sundays but every day, later you can have a delicious empanada and then take the bus to Urubamba where you can have lunch at Restaurante Hawa and take a taxi to the terminal terreste and the bus to Ollantaytambo.

    2. The ruins of Ollantaytambo is on the tourist ticket and it is open until 5 pm. You can then get a bus back all the way to Cusco for 10 Soles. You get it from the main plaza in Ollantaytambo. Moray and Maras should be done with a tour because it is quite hard to get there by yourself. Maras is not on the tourist ticket. 

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  • Cat Smith
    Posted at 06:16h, 31 January Reply

    That place in number 6 looks amazing! Where is it? So many good tips of what to do in Cusco, I thought it was just the gateway to Macchu Picchu, but it looks like a destination in its own right!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 21:03h, 31 January Reply

      It is Moroy, just outside of Cusco. A really cool sight. It is best to visit that palce with a tour because it is hard to get there. Cusco has so many inca sites and around Cusco as well 🙂

  • Mary
    Posted at 08:31h, 31 January Reply

    Peru is near the top of my bucket list and I think that Cusco is one of those places that I feel every traveller needs to get to – especially since it’s the gateway to Macchu Picchu. I’m bookmarking this list for when I finally get to check it off my list. I’m curious, you say you spent 4 days – did you feel this was enough time or would you recommend more days? Thanks!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 21:01h, 31 January Reply

      It is a must-see. Especially some days before visiting Machu Picchu. I think 4 days in Cusco is enough, many people actually just stay a day or two. With 4 days you get to properly see Cusco and the sacred valley. Machu Picchu is good for 1-2 days (staying in Aguas Calientes. ) Thank you 🙂

  • umiko
    Posted at 13:26h, 31 January Reply

    Apparently, there’s more than Machu Picchu to reach or do in and around Cusco. You nailed them one by one. This is really a great tips before making a plan to go there.

  • Paige W
    Posted at 21:17h, 31 January Reply

    I did most of these things when I was in Cusco! The one that bums me out the most about missing, though, is the San Blas area. I looks so beautiful, and I love an area with good restaurants.

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 11:52h, 02 February Reply

      That is so cool. San Blas area is not the most important thing to do I think, just great for eating and coffee 😀

  • Cat
    Posted at 00:01h, 01 February Reply

    Visiting Machu Picchu has been on my bucket list for a while! I didn’t know that there are so many other things you can do in Cusco. Watching sunset at Limbos would be a treat!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 17:24h, 11 February Reply

      There are so much to do in Cusco 😀 Hope you get to go there 🙂

  • Babeesh
    Posted at 09:47h, 21 April Reply

    Ohhhh I love Pisco Sours…though they are pretty dangerous!!! Thanks for sharing these tips. I’ve been thinking of going to Peru and so this post gives me a big dose of wanderlust. I also love the traditional way the women dress in your pictures. The colors are so beautiful!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 09:39h, 23 April Reply

      pisco sour is soo good 🙂 no it is not dangerous, as long as you go to a proper bar to get it 😀 Hope you get to visit Peru, thank you for stopping by.

  • Inka Time
    Posted at 12:54h, 15 September Reply

    Hello, excellent information, I would like to add a trip to the list, it is a tourist destination that is in the city of Cusco, it is the Rainbow Mountain or called Vinicunca, if you still do not know it I invite you to discover it, Greetings.

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 07:47h, 16 September Reply

      Yes, I was considering going there but didn’t have time. It looks awesome.

  • faress nexuss
    Posted at 01:47h, 24 October Reply

    I have read like number of articles on this Machu Picchu and one thing i wanna say is that this place is on my bucket list now. The beauty of this place is just fascinating me in these pictures. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article with us!!

    • thevikingabroad
      Posted at 14:07h, 24 October Reply

      That is awesome, thank you for stopping by 🙂

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