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Best things to do in Cusco

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Point of Interest
“Very impressive archeological site. It is a citadel on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco. ”
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Plaza
“Historical main square with the cathedral built on top of an old Inca palace.”
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Historic Site
“Koricancha is the most impressive example of how Inca and Hispanic cultures fused together. The remains of the ancient Peruvians' Sun Temple were used as foundations on which the Santo Domingo church and convent was built. The temple is a symbol of Western dominance. The site is a living example of the co-existence of Peru's past with European architecture. The temple was built with finely carved stones. Inside the temple, the walls in the many chambers are covered by gold and silver leaf. The incredible size of the stones in the Inca walls, three of which have over 30 angles, are sure to capture all the attention. Also outstanding is a block that has 24 angles and 6 sides. The great Inca turret dominates the site and highlights one of the ceremonial niches with holes in low relief, which was related to the winter solstice. In the lower part of the temple, there are fountains and gardens where conquered tribes arrived to deliver their offerings. The inner sanctum of the temple was reserved for the highest authorities of the epoch, and attracted people from communities all over the Empire who wanted to worship and pay tribute to the Tahuantinsuyo gods.”
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Gastropub
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“Best pisco sour in town (You should try Pisco Sour) All their cocktail and drinks in general are sooooo good!”
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Shopping Centre
“If you are for longer in Cusco and need to buy something more detailed or just go to the cinema or you are missing the fast food you can visit Real Plaza, it has many stores of international and local chains.”
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Historic Site
“It is one of the most famous Inca archeological site, because it is part of the 7 new wonders of the world, which is a 15th-century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region, above the Sacred Valley, which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows.”
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Farmers Market
“a traditional market, with more than 100 years of existence, a typical place where you will find vegetables, cold meat, lunch, flowers and traditional clothing ”
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Beer Garden
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“Excellent place, super comfortable with the best view of Cusco. INFALTABLE go through here in your visit to Cusco! Excellent food and drinks in a super atmosphere”
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Restaurant
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“Traditional cusquenian food. Live shows. Share a dish, they are huge. (you can get a good guinean pig there) ”
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Night Club
“Dance? this is a traditional cusquenian disco. Many kinds of music and people from all over the worl. Live music everyday. ”
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Point of Interest
“Moray is an archaeological site in Peru approximately 50 km (31 mi) northwest of Cuzco on a high plateau at about 3,500 metres (11,500 ft) and just west of the village of Maras. The site contains unusual Inca ruins, mostly consisting of several terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is approximately 30 m (98 ft) deep. As with many other Inca sites, it also has an irrigation system. The purpose of these depressions is uncertain, but their depth, design, and orientation with respect to wind and sun creates a temperature difference of as much as 15 °C (27 °F) between the top and the bottom.”
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Museum
“ The museum has a collection of keros, textiles, mummies, tools, weapons and goldsmiths. It chronologically covers the history of Cusco from its beginnings to the twentieth century. The property of the museum is in charge of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco”
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Performing Arts Venue
“Lo mejor de las danzas de la ciudad, disfrutara de la cultura y tradicion del folklore peruano cusqueño y regional.”
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Restaurant
“For Vegans or those that are looking for some vegetables! A good selection of plates and a reasonable price.”
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Pizza Place
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“Normally pizza in Peru is something you avoid. But at La Bodega, they have their own pizza interpretation that is so dang good. Good for couples to split a pizza. Also comes with a variety of sauces on the side. A good list of wine and beer too!”
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Restaurant
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“This restaurant has a good selection of peruvian food and drinks, it has a nice decor, go there for lunch, at night the food might be a little heavy for your stomach !”
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