What to Do in Cusco, Peru. Recommendations of what to see and how much time you should plan to spend in Cusco during your next trip.
to Do in Cusco, Peru
Cost: Free to walk around and get acquainted and see the town. If you want to tour the cathedrals buy a pass that will get you into to all of them at any location. Individual cathedrals cost about $4 per person to enter.
Time: Plan at least 1 hour per cathedral- any time of day is great to visit except Sunday when they closed for worship.
How Much Time to Spend in Cusco Peru
I mean The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu are amazing. The idea of leaving the Incan ruins for a city that have Spanish buildings, namely cathedrals, built on top of the Incan ruins sounded like such a turnoff. I honestly felt like I didn’t care to learn the history of how Spain conquered one of the greatest civilizations, and that I’d feel really sad seeing modified ruins.
Cusco Peru Culture
And oh boy did we fall in love with Cusco!
Even with the tourist traps and the fact that most people stopped to ask me to take their picture, I still love Cusco. Jacob couldn’t resist taking at least one picture of me offering my services. I guess a DSLR around your neck lets people know you’re likely capable.
We loved touring the Cathedral of Santo Domingo. It’s definitely worth the price, and if you don’t have a local who knows all the happenings, be sure to get a tour guide.
As much as I hated the idea of Incan ruins being converted to modern buildings, when I saw it in practice I was in awe, so beautiful!
Architecture in Cusco, Peru
My other favorite thing was the fact that every single building has a cool door. They are either beat up and what most Americans pay big money for in the shabby chic scene, or completely ornate and elaborate. I started taking pictures of us just in front of the doors.
We also got excited to find the famous 12-point stone in the historic part of town.
Seriously, one day of touring three Cathedrals, walking through town, and talking to the locals, and Cusco had a big piece of my heart.
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