THINGS TO DO IN CUSCO
What things to do in Cusco?
In Cusco there are many things to do, so it is a favorite destination for many people, but not everyone takes advantage of all that Cusco has to do. We can do in Cusco?
Don’t go to bed early
Cusco is the nightlife capital of Peru so enjoy the nighlife until dawn. There are options for all tastes. If you are someone who prefer the bars, the Museum of Pisco, the Republic of Pisco, the Cholos Craft Beers or Norton Rat’s Tavern are for you! Take salsa lessons in a fun atmosphere.
Never miss a Festival
Peru has more than three thousand religious festivals and Cusco is home to many of them. For most of the year there is a festival, but the most popular are those of Corpus Christi (June) and the Virgen del Carmen de Paucartambo (in July). They are made popular positions: devotion celebrations, with lots of food and always beer. The music never stops. Street bands play non-stop.
Do not avoid the local food
Shun the fast food places and dive into the local delicacies. Corn tamales, lomo saltado, rocotto relleno, pollo a la brasso, cuy, lamb dishes, wood fired pizza, anitcuchos, and plenty of rice and papas fritas with everything. Fresh fruits and vegetables are ubiquitous in Cusco’s markets.
Do not stay too long in the city
If your trip is just a weekend, a few days or longer venture outside the city to the South Valley, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and maybe even the Amazon Rainforest. Take a trek along the Inca Trail, Salkantay, Choquequirao, Lares or just do day hikes. Meet the locals, practice your Spanish with your drivers, visit local markets, eat, drink and enjoy it all. Cusco is the center of an entire country rich in history, culture and archeology.
While climate changes are constant everyday with hot sun and cold nights you don’t need to take many clothes. Down jacket, lightweight rain shell and hiking pants are enough. Traveling lightly gives you the freedom to take new directions when you get there. All hotels will allow you to store your bags so you can take a light backpack for day trips to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Tipon, Andahuaylillas, Pisaq, Urubamba, Quillabamba, Ollantaytambo and Pitumarca.
Do not leave with a homemade souvenir
Bring home a locally made handicraft to support the locals and share the local heritage with your friends and family back home. Fabrics, garments, woodcrafts, an instrument, chullo, chalina, chaleco are all made locally.
Do not always stay in hotels
Cusco hostels are not just places to sleep. Continuously fun and alive they always have activities and opportunities to meet other travelers from around the world.
Take a Spanish Class
Cusco has many affordable Spanish schools. For just a few hours every morning you can learn from local Spanish speakers how to speak like a native. Visit markets, the cemetaries and ride the local buses with your class on field trips.