About the city of Cusco we show the best information for you. In both our supplement and our website you will read the routes we traveled and the advice we will gladly give you, but for now, while you are planning your next trip, we present you a list of what NOT to do.
Take note. Cusco waits for you.
1. You should not sleep early
You have come to the capital of the country’s nightlife, so be prepared to enjoy until dawn. There are options for all tastes. If you prefer bars, the Pisco Museum, the Republic of Pisco, the Cholos Craft Beers or the Norton Rat’s Tavern are for you (especially for your previous ones). Then we suggest you go to Ukukus to see a local music show (hopefully there will be huaynos for zapatees) or Fallen Angel if you like electronic music.
2. Do not miss a charge
Peru has more than three thousand religious festivals and Cusco is home to many of them. During most of the year there are some festivals, although the most visited are those of Corpus Christi (June) and the Virgen del Carmen de Paucartambo (in July). In them the popular positions are realized: celebrations by devotion, with much food and beer, that have butler like host. Music never fails because the orchestras (so-called ‘caperos’) play all the time.
3. Do not avoid the local food
Although the local gastronomy is not as abundant as, for example, Arequipeña, there are flavors very typical of the city. First: the corn tamale that has been selling the family of Mrs. Josefina Ramírez for 80 years in the Portal de Brees de la Plaza de Armas. Or the bread kicks (some people call it pizza because of its huge size) that you can buy at the San Pedro Market. In the picanterías you will find the cuy to the oven, the fried ribs, the qapchi of mushrooms and, of course, the frutillada and chicha de jora.
4. Do not put aside new flavors
It also takes to give your palate a round the world. In Cusco there is food (like people) from everywhere. From South Korea, Turkey, Italy (the wood-fired pizzas are great) and much more. You will also see restaurants with modern gastronomic proposals, such as Kion, a recently opened chifa, or Baco or the chain Cusco Restaurants.
5. Do not stay alone in the city
That your trip is not only weekend or a few days. Make long routes and, preferably, a trekking. The routes to Machu Picchu (the Inca Trail), to Choquequirao and to Salkantay are the most surprising and challenging. Not only will you learn from history and you will challenge yourself, but you will also connect profoundly with nature.
6. Do not carry much luggage
Although the climate changes are constant (there is sunshine and then rain, especially at this time), it is not necessary for you to wear so many garments. With a thick coat and a raincoat is enough. Going light will give you the freedom to take new directions when you are there. For example, from the city you can go in one day to the Sacred Valley (from Písac to Ollantaytambo) or to the South Valley (from Tipón to Andahuaylillas).
7. Do not come back without a craft
You have to go home with something that shows the local culture. Písac’s fabrics or clothes are very colorful, although there are also markets in the same city (the largest one is located on Tullumayu street). And you also have as an option the teachers of the neighborhood of San Blas. The Mendívil and Mérida families keep their art in the area. Another alternative is the Tater Vera shop-shop.
8. Do not always stay in hotels
Cusco hostels are not just places to sleep. They always have activities and the best thing is that you can meet people from different parts of the world.
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