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A Weekend In Cusco

Destination(s): Cusco

There's a reason that Cusco and the Sacred Valley draw thousands upon thousands of visitors over the course of a year: it is jam packed with some of the most compelling historical sites, stunning landscapes and dreamy city scenes to be found anywhere in the world. Visitors with time to spare spend weeks, even months here while some people never leave. Everywhere you turn there is something new to absorb your imagination and captivate your senses. However not everyone has time to spare, and for that reason, this guide offers the best of Cusco's best, assuming that you plan to visit the unmissable Machu Picchu afterward. The one major drawback to spending just three days in town is the boleto turistico, the ticket that covers most of Cusco's attractions is valid for ten days. If you don't intend to come back to Cusco within ten days, consider buying a partial ticket which is valid for just one day and cram as much as you can into 24 hours! Welcome to Cusco, now get exploring! read more about A Weekend In Cusco

Plaza de Armas

Plaza de Armas

San Blas District

San Blas District

  • 5 blocks north of Plaza de Armas
  • Begins roughly at Calle Choquechaca, as the neighborhood climbs into the hills
  • Cusco

A winded uphill walk from the Plaza de Armas, the Plazoleta San Blas is a picturesque neighborhood adorned by white washed walls, bright blue balconies and plenty of fine and original handicraft stores. The center of the art district in Cusco, the Plazoleta San Blas and surrounding side streets showcase the works of local artisans as well as of bohemian backpackers trying to make a buck during their endless travels. A hangout for artsy vagabonds, the afternoon scene often includes drum circles, didgeridoos and groups of young travelers hanging about and swapping stories. On Saturdays, however, the entire plaza turns into a market boasting fine jewelry, textiles and religious figurines. The plazoleta also houses a variety of coffee shops and restaurants with stellar views of the city, and in the evenings the contemporary fountain comes alive with an array of colors. The Iglesia de San Blas, also located in the plaza, houses a beautiful cedar pulpit, intricately carved from one single piece of wood.

Sacred Valley of the Incas (The)

Sacred Valley of the Incas (The)

  • Sacred Valley of the Incas
  • tel:51 8426 3176 (Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Urubamba
Inka Grill

Inka Grill

  • Portal de Panes 115
  • Plaza de Armas
  • tel:51 84 262992
  • Visit website
  • Cusco
Valle del Bajo Huatanay

Valle del Bajo Huatanay

  • 35 from Cusco
  • Cusco
Saylla

Saylla

  • 17 km SE of Cusco
  • Cusco
Tipon y Pucará Pucutupampa

Tipon y Pucará Pucutupampa

  • 21 km SE of Cusco
  • tel:51 84 23 5329
  • Cusco
Cicciolina

Cicciolina

  • Calle Triunfo 393 2nd floor
  • 2nd floor
  • tel:84 239 510
  • Visit website
  • Cusco

Cusco's most romantic restaurant, Cicciolina is an elegant and innovative bodega, restaurant and tapas bar offering a synthesis of Italian, Mediterranean and Peruvian cuisine. Their rustic yet chic bar features bunches of dried garlic and chilies hanging from the ceiling, balconies overlooking picturesque side streets and an open kitchen where the chefs toil away incessantly to perfect every single dish. Be sure to call in advance to guarantee a table in their candlelit dining room, stylized with massive mirrors and paintings hanging from the dramatic red walls. With one of the best wine lists in town, this is the place to bring a first date, celebrate an anniversary or sidle up to the bar and enjoy some tapas and wine while chatting with the charming bartenders. Open for lunch at 12pm and for dinner at 6pm.

Hostal "Pensión Alemana"

Hostal "Pensión Alemana"

  • Calle Tandapata 260
  • San Blas
  • tel:51 84 226861
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  • Cuzco
Los Perros

Los Perros

  • Tecsecocha # 436
  • Cusco
Catedral (La)

Catedral (La)

  • Triunfo
  • Plaza de Armas (north side)
  • tel:51 84222781
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  • Cusco
San Blas Church

San Blas Church

Compañía de Jesús

Compañía de Jesús

Moni Cafe Restaurant

Moni Cafe Restaurant

  • San Agustin 311
  • tel:51 84 23 1029
  • Cusco
Plus Café

Plus Café

  • Portal de Panes 151
  • (2 do. piso)
  • tel:51 84 23 2632
  • Cusco
Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman

  • 2 kms North of Cusco
  • Cusco

Providing impressive birds-eye views of the city and surrounding valley, the Incan archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman is a to-do not to be missed while in Cusco. Popularly believed to have been a fortress, more recent interpretations suggest that it may have been used for religious rituals and activities. The site itself is comprised of an enormous plaza bordered on one side by three parallel Inca walls reaching lengths of 400 meters. The rocks themselves are fitted with impressive accuracy and can reach heights of six meters and outlandish weights of up to 200 tons. The site is thought to have included other stone structures and temples which were later demolished by the Spanish so as to construct new buildings within the city of Cusco. Towards the back of the archaeological site, stone slides and serpent-like caves make for great recreation for younger travelers and adults as well. Visiting the massive Inca stonework of Sacsayhuaman is a must when traveling to Cusco and makes for a quiet half-day excursion outside of the lively city of Cusco. Accessible by taxi, public bus or by foot, entrance is included on the Boleto Turistico de Cusco and tour guides are available at the entrance.

Baco

Baco

  • Ruinas 465
  • tel:51 84 242808
  • Cusco
Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina

  • Santa Catalina Angosta 190
  • tel:51 8422 6032
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  • Cusco
Huacoto

Huacoto

  • 35 from Cusco
  • Cusco
Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo

  • Avenida El Sol
  • (Plazoleta de Santo Domingo)
  • tel:51 84222071
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  • Cusco
Phuyupatamarca

Phuyupatamarca

  • Camino Inca
  • Cusco
Baco

Baco

Cafe Varayoc

Cafe Varayoc

  • Espaderos 142
  • tel:51 84 232404
  • Cusco
Royal Inka I

Royal Inka I

El Muki

El Muki

  • Santa Catalina Angosta 114
  • tel:51 84 253498
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  • Cusco