Cusco is one of the most magical and historical cities of Peru and knowing it in depth can get you cheaper than you imagine. Here we share a guide of different activities that you can do for its historic center without spending a sun.
Free walking tour Cusco includes colonial streets and squares, as well as churches, which can be visited for free until a certain time of day. If you dare to get up close and personal with the work of artisans, you can visit some of the museums that open their doors without charging entrance fees.
Know the free safety pins in Cusco and go ahead and visit them on your next trip. What other activity would you add to our list?
- Walk the Plaza de Armas. Your walking tour through the historic center of Cusco should start here. It is surrounded by beautiful temples, colonial buildings and restaurants, among others.
- Visit its beautiful churches. All the temples open their doors to any visitor from 5:30 am. Until 9:00 am the entrance is free. You cannot miss the most important churches inside, such as the Cathedral, the Church of the Company of Jesus, Church of La Merced or Church and Convent of Santo Domingo.
- In addition, if you like to walk in free tour Cusco, you will be able to know without interruption their churches full of Baroque art. San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Pedro, La Merced, Santa Catalina and Santa Teresa are about 3 or 4 blocks from the Plaza de Armas.
- Take a photograph in the Stone of 12 Angles. It is considered one of the most important and visited Inca walls of the city of Cusco. The stone is part of the archiepiscopal palace of Cusco on Hatun Rumiyoc Street, one block from the Plaza de Armas. It is composed of a diorite formation and a polygonal architecture.
- Know the Arco de Santa Clara. It is located in Plaza de San Francisco and its design is inspired by Roman arches of three lights. Its origin dates from 1835 on the occasion of the union of Peru and Bolivia. It is considered a Cultural Heritage of the Nation since 1972.
- Enter to its most important market. The Mercado de San Pedro, also known as Mercado Central, is one of the oldest in Cusco, so it cannot be missing from the itinerary of your visit. It is located in front of San Pedro train station and stands out for its beautiful crafts and local cuisine.
- Visit your most artistic neighborhood. San Blas is located a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas and there you can breathe art with every step you take. Walk its narrow and cobbled streets, also enjoy a privileged view in its viewpoint. If you allow yourself to spend, there are some of the most popular restaurants and bars in the city.
- Let yourself be carried away by its historical streets and murals. Colonial houses, narrow streets and historic buildings are some of the things that you can appreciate walking around the city. In the El Sol Avenue in Cusco, you will appreciate different murals and paintings. One of them is the one that shows Cusco in 1650, which was painted on a concrete block and rises to a height of two meters.
- You cannot stop walking and resting in places like: Plaza Mayor, Plaza del Recocijo, Plaza San Francisco, Plazoleta de las Nazarenas or Plazoleta de San Blas. They have gardens and magical landscapes.
- Learn how Peruvian artisans work. In the Hilario Mendívil Workshop Museum you will be able to appreciate how the most incredible sculptural works are made. This activity is carried out by the Mendívil family, considered the most important artisans of Cusco. The museum is located in front of the Plazoleta de San Blas.
- Discover your Choco Museum. It is located on 210 Garcilaso Street, two blocks from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. Here you can learn about the process of growing and harvesting Peruvian cocoa. The service is from Monday to Sunday, from 9 am to 7 pm Admission is free.
- Visit its gastronomic fairs. Every Sunday in the Plaza San Francisco, located near the Plaza de Armas in Cusco, a gastronomic fair is held in which the income has no cost. Here they offer dishes such as guinea pig, trout or pork rinds or tasty desserts of quinoa, elderberry, aguaymanto and other natural fruits of the region. The service is from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
- Enjoy a show of typical dances. During the raising of the flag, which takes place every Sunday in the Plaza de Armas, parades of typical dances are organized by schools and colleges. It starts at 9.m and can be extended for 3 hours or more.