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Many travelers to Cusco use the city as a launching pad to hike the Inca trail, visit Machu Picchu and/or explore the Sacred Valley. With so many travel options just outside of the city it is easy to forget that Cuzco has a lot to offer in and of itself. The following Cusco travel guide is our attempt to showcase what the city has to offer in terms of attractions, things to do, shopping, dining, museums and nightlife. In our opinion, you'll want to budget several days to take it all in and acclimatize to the higher altitude if you're thinking of going on hiking excursions afterwards. Our visit Cusco travel guide covers some of the top attractions including the best in arts, entertainment, museums, nightlife and restaurants. We also cover off-the-beaten-path activities that you won't find in your typical tourism brochure or Cusco city guide. 1) Cusco Cathedral (Viracocha) - Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin (Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus) 2) Inca Wall 3) Traditional Peruvian Folk Dance at Centro Qosqo 4) Barrio de San Blas Neighborhood 5) Artisan Market on Ave del Sol 6) Cusco Food (Alpaca meat skewers - alpaca a la parrilla 7) Pisco Museum (Museo del Pisco) 8) Plaza de Armas (Square of the warrior) 9) Inca Museum (Museo Inka) 10) Chocolate Museum (ChocoMuseo) 11) Temple of the Sun (Qurikancha) 12) Templo de la Compañía de Jesús (Jesuit Church) 13) Cuy - eating Guinea pig for dinner 14) El Templo de la Merced del Cusco 15) Nightlife in Cusco - drinking a pisco sour Alternate Cuzco/Cusco spelling: (Quechua: Qusqu or Qosqo) 15 Things to do in Cusco, Peru | Top Attractions Travel Guide: If you're planning to walk the Inca Trail or visit Machu Picchu, you'll likely end up spending at least a few days in Cuzco. With it's lively square, quirky museums, artisans markets and traditional performances, this is exactly the type of destination you'll want to linger in...plus let's not forget, it's also a good place to adjust to the altitude! The following video will showcase 15 things to do in Cuzco: Cuzco Cathedral is a place you shouldn't miss. The cathedral sits on the site of Viracocha Inca’s palace, and it was also built using blocks from the nearby Inca site of Sacsaywamán. Inside you'll find impressive works of art done in the cuzqueña style. In the evenings, you can go watch a traditional dance performance at Centro Qosqo. San Blas San Blas is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Cuzco and it is a great area to explore on foot. The neighbourhood is known for its bright blue doors and window shutters, and it has a nice little square with a church and a water fountain. The neighbourhood has some really cool lookout points with great panoramic views of Cuzco, so you'll want to bring your camera. Plaza de Armas is the beating heart of Cuzco. The square is flanked by a Jesuit church and cathedral, and there are also plenty of bars, restaurants, and tour agencies around the perimeter. During the day you'll find locals and tourists hanging out in the square, and if you get lucky, you might just encounter a performance followed by a demonstration like we did. The Inca Museum is one of the main museums in town and it has rooms dedicated to different periods of Inca and Spanish history. You can also see women weaving rugs and tapestries by hand in the central courtyard. Qurikancha was an Inca temple built to the Sun God, Inti, and it is believed that the walls of this temple were once covered in sheets of gold. If the temple looks like it has various layers of construction, that's because when the Spaniards arrived, they demolished the original temple and used the foundations to build the Church of Santo Domingo on the site. The Church of the Society of Jesus is a historic Jesuit church. It's worth a quick visit if you're in the area. Templo de la Merced is another church located one block from Plaza de Armas, and it contains the tomb of two famous conquistadors. And that's a wrap for Cuzco! We hope you enjoyed this video and that it showed you a few of the places you can visit while you're in the city. We recommend spending at least 3 days here, or perhaps a few more if you also want to tour the Sacred Valley. As always, if you have any other suggestions of things to do in Cuzco, feel free to share those in the comments below. This is part of our Travel in Peru series. We're making a series of videos showcasing Peruvian culture, Peruvian arts, Peruvian foods, Peruvian religion, Peruvian cuisine and Peruvian people. All things Peruano. The best of Comida Peruana and Cocina Peruana. Proudly presented by: http://nomadicsamuel.com & http://thatbackpacker.com All photos and video taken by Samuel Jeffery (Nomadic Samuel) and Audrey Bergner (That Backpacker). Music in this video courtesy of Audio Network
Situated in the Peruvian Andes is the mountainous town of Cusco. Can't catch your breath? The high elevation causes altitude sickness for most. Cusco is full of life and rich with culture, for many it serves as a gateway to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu but it also has a lot to explore. Subscribe Here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYhEVKxsW43GljoNYdyN_Dg?sub_confirmation=1 Go To: 2:07 - Explore the beautiful city 3:13 - San Pedro market 3:44 - Night adventures and breathing at high altitude 4:24 - Altitude Sickness Episode 27 Tired and exhausted, we dragged ourselves to airport and flew to Cusco. Once we arrived and started carrying our bags the first signs of altitude sickness were showing and we had to watch those signs closely, not over exerting ourselves. Cusco is a stunning city is surrounded by the Andes Mountain Range and the size of the mountains makes the city of 500,000 feel more like a mountain village. With over 500 years of culture there are plenty of things to peak ones interest including markets, churches and ancient ruins nearby. We set out to see the city at night and it started with Fil joining a dance with locals in a city square. We quickly found out that the Historical Center of town we were staying in is built on side of a mountain there is no flat ground, it is always stairs and that is a big factor as we were all experiencing altitude sickness. After huffing and puffing our way back to the hostel we found the computer charger was fried no longer worked. This was a huge blow because it is needed everyday to transfer camera footage from multiple cameras. We went to sleep wondering if our Earth Unraveled Season 1 would end short. Cusco, often spelled Cuzco ( Spanish ), is the capital of the Cusco Region and Cusco Province, located in southeastern Peru near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It is a fascinating city that was once the capital of the entire Inca Empire. For many tourists, it is the gateway if you are traveling to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley or any other Inca sites in the region. Layers of history can be seen from the spanish colonial buildings to the ruins surrounding Cusco such as Saksaywaman and Sacsayhuaman, the site of ancient battle involving the Inca. At 3,400m / 11,200 ft Cusco presents altitude sickness for the majority of people who live at a much lower elevation and it played a major role in our exploration. Title: They Dwell on Other Planes Composer: Breuss Arrizabalaga Quintet Source: Free Music Archive Title: Bicycle Source: incompetech.com Title: Not in a Cloud in the Sky Composer: Brad Prevedoros, Neil Golden & Greg Joy Source: audioblocks.com Title: Chillin Out Composer: Neil Cross Source: audioblocks.com Earth unraveled is an adventure travel vlog that follows a group of lifelong friends as they poke fun at each other and joke their way around the world.
7 Things To Do in Peru Besides Machu Picchu by TourRadar gives you all the information you need to explore Peru while answering the all-important questions before you travel. Are you ready to learn more about where to go, what to do and more when in Peru? --------------------------------------------- We know you’ve been dreaming about Machu Picchu for a while now, and that’s great! But before we go any further, we need to talk about this ancient city. Sure, it’s great and it’s beauty is undeniable, however we get the feeling that there’s more to Peru than just Machu Picchu. Shall we take a look at what else there is to explore? These are the top experiences you need to add to your itinerary. Let’s start at number seven, as we work our way to the top experiences found on this side of the world. 7. Sandboarding and racing dune buggies in Huacachina This hidden oasis provides ample opportunity for adrenaline-junkies and thrill seekers to explore. Just four hours south of Lima, travellers can begin their day by boarding down sand dunes or racing across the desert in dune buggies for a truly exhilarating experience. 6. Explore the Peruvian Amazon Considered to be less popular than its Brazilian counterpart, the Peruvian Amazon is home to a diverse wildlife population and winding rivers that you need to visit while in Peru. To access the diverse jungle terrain, you can take a flight from the city of Puerto Maldonado with flights leaving daily from Cusco and Lima. And the good news? Tours through the Amazon on the Peru side are significantly cheaper – meaning you can save your dollars for a bonus round of pisco sours. 5. Go deep into Colca Canyon When in Peru, make time to visit one of the deepest and most spectacular canyons in the world, the Colca Canyon. Accessible from Peru’s second largest city, Arequipa, the Colca Canyon is Peru’s third most-visited attraction yet many hikers seem to skip this impressive site. Don’t make the same mistake as those hikers and add a trip to the Colca Canyon to your itinerary. Also, if you’re still yet to be impressed, the Colca Canyon is actually twice as deep as the United States’ Grand Canyon. See for yourself how it compares. 4. Embrace the serenity of Lake Sandoval Lake Sandoval is part of the Madre de Dios region of Peru, which is part of the Amazon basin. To reach this majestic site, you can start your hike near Mare de Dios River and marvel at the impressive wildlife including parrots, macaws and other exciting creatures. Once you arrive, you will be greeted by an unforgettable sunset. 3. Taste the mineral-rich salts of Maras Just outside of Cusco you will find the town of Maras which is held in high esteem across the world for its impressive collection of salt mines that date back to the Inca times. Here, you will find thousands of salt pools that make up the hillside that build an intricate network of channels that feed spring water into the ponds. For a small fee, you can taste the warm water and sample some of the finest salt in the world. The mineral rich salt is great for cooking and is believed to help reduce stress. 2. Walk the streets of Arequipa You’ve heard all about Cusco and Lima, but what do you really know about Arequipa? This city is filled with charming baroque architecture built from white volcanic stone. Surrounded by breathtaking volcanoes, Arequipa has well and truly earned its place as a UNESCO World Heritage destination. 1. Do as the Peruvians do in Huilloc There’s a reason why we saved the best until the very end. To wrap up your time in Peru, there’s no better way to experience Peru than by immersing yourself in local culture. Make time for a visit to the Quechua village of Hilloc and learn more about the fine art weaving from the female villagers who have been perfecting the craft since a young age. Then, sit down for a pachamanca lunch where stones and grass are used to cook cuy (guinea pig), fava beans and potatoes using traditional cooking methods. The hospitality and generosity of the Quehchea villagers will leave you feeling humbled and grateful for the experience. Special thanks to our friends at World Expeditions (https://www.tourradar.com/o/world-expeditions) and Free & Easy Traveller (https://www.tourradar.com/o/free-easy-traveler) who contributed the stunning footage that made this video possible. Check out their action-packed adventures to exhilarating destinations around the world on TourRadar. #gotouring with TourRadar: http://www.tourradar.com ----------------------------------------------- Let’s get social! Follow us on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TourRadar/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TourRadar Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tourradar/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/tourradar/
In Part 3 of my Peru Travel Guide, I vlog about all the things we did, where we stayed, what we ate, and how much things cost in Cusco City. Link to post: http://www.travellushes.com/peru-travel-guide-part-3-cusco-city/ Pisco Sour recipe: http://www.travellushes.com/pisco-sour/ Part 1: Sneak Peek with Itinerary Highlights: https://youtu.be/e5wQG4Ed1_s Part 2: Essential Tips to Know Before you Go: https://youtu.be/BFcwwFLtRZ0 Part 3: Cusco City: https://youtu.be/682vPk919Ng Part 4: Sacred Valley: https://youtu.be/7HUbzLZSCcI Part 5: Machu Picchu: https://youtu.be/dvGqcPp_Bc4 Part 6: Lima: https://youtu.be/XXJ-uk2fYE4 👇 LET'S CONNECT! 👇 → Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/travellushes → Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/travellushes → Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/travellushes → YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/travellushes → Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/travellushes → Blog: http://www.travellushes.com 👻: Snapchat: travellushes PLEASE THUMBS UP + SUBSCRIBE! 💛 xoxo , Renne 💋
I show you some of the best things to do in Cusco and the Cusco region with its many Inca sites and beautiful multi day treks in this episode from Peru in partnership with G Adventures. ➸ My Peru Guide: https://www.back-packer.org/backpacking-peru/ ➸ Lares Trek with G Adventures: https://www.back-packer.org/lares_g MY CAMERA EQUIPMENT ▸ Cam1:Sony RX 100 V http://amzn.to/2qGeZSK ▸ Cam2:Sony A7 II http://amzn.to/1Gfj8MU ▸ Joby Gorillapod http://amzn.to/1CMyE0b ▸ Audio Recorder: Zoom H2n http://amzn.to/1FFVSt4 ▸ SDHC Memory Card http://amzn.to/1ygZzWD ▸ Waterproof Memory Card Case http://amzn.to/1FFWLCb ▸ Backpack Osprey Farpoint 40 http://amzn.to/1ceMOlo To produce this video I spent almost 2 weeks in the Cusco region in order to provide a wide selection of activities I recommend doing on your trip to Peru. Because it was my second time after my first visit in 2012 I chose to introduce an alternative Machu Picchu experience with the Lares Trek - for this part I worked together with G Adventures and decided to extend my stay to do all the other things independently. Cusco and the area around is full of history and beautiful landscape which makes it worth it to spend about 1-2 weeks in the region. For your time you should definitely take on some day hikes or go for one of the multi day hikes which end up taking you to Machu Picchu. What many don’t know: a multi day hike to go to Machu Picchu is the most budget friendly option if you look at the price-value ratio! The things to do in Cusco I covered here is a selection of my personal favorites and offers a good mix of historic sites, hikes (partially in very high altitude), food experiences and panoramic views which will leave you speechless. Moreover I also focussed on some community projects which are connected to G Adventures and their NGO Planeterra. Things to do in Cusco featured in this episode: - Old town of Cusco / Cuzco - Saksaywaman / Sacsayhuaman - La Cusquenita (restaurant) - Barrio San Blas - Barrio Ceviche (restaurant) - San Pedro market - Jack’s Cafe (restaurant) - Rainbow mountain / Vinicunca - Sacred Valley (part of G Adventures Lares Trek tour) - Pisaq - Ollantaytambo - Parwa restaurant - Lares trek - train to Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Humantay lake (first day of Salkantay trek) About my Cooperation with G Adventures For many years I was searching for a suitable partner who offers tours in South America which align with my style of traveling as well as my values. After many meetings I’m glad I found this partner with G Adventures who offer many adventurous tour packages for travelers like me…but who also care about the environment and local communities in order to execute sustainable tourism. I forced this cooperation because I like the products and the philosophy of the company. Nevertheless all opinions, recommendations and views are my own. — MY TRAVEL EQUIPMENT ▸ insurance http://www.back-packer.org/worldnomads_versicherung ▸ packing list http://www.back-packer.org/patagonia-packing-list-trekking/ ▸ Online Language Course http://www.back-packer.org/babbel_eng MY HOTEL & HOSTEL RECOMMENDATIONS ➸ http://www.back-packer.org/best-hostels-and-hotels/ DISCLAIMER: All Links provided marked with „▸“ are Affiliate Links for products, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission (but the price for you stays the same). This helps support the channel and allows me to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support! === Music: „Solar“ by Daniel Kadawatha (from Epidemic Sound) Follow me: http://www.back-packer.org http://www.twitter.com/BackPackerSteve http://www.facebook.com/BackPackerBlog
Cusco was long an important center of indigenous people. It was the capital of the Inca Empire (13th century-1532). Many believe that the city was planned as an effigy in the shape of a puma, a sacred animal.
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