We must start with the spelling since Cuzco is the Spanishized version of Cusco, the latter being the most common way in which the city is named in Peru. In any case, both meanings are well used. Cuzco or Cusco, the Imperial City full of magic.


Thus, in front of the Plaza de Armas stands the Society of Jesus, a place to sit for a full day and see how the different lights of the day make the panorama change. There is a Starbucks with a lovely balcony to watch the sunset.

Walk to the stone of the twelve angles and walk along the street of San Blas. Entering the alleys where all kinds of handicrafts are sold, some real and others made in China, with a good eye you can find very beautiful things. While it can be haggled over, the concept of "fair trade" is what drives it. A true spectacle of colors and textures.

The famous Cuzqueños are also found in that area, the variety is endless.

To the other side is the Mercado San Pedro, where you can see a variety of potatoes, corn, and dressings, with wonderful colors. There are some dining rooms, unattractive, but where the locals regularly go to lunch and it is interesting to see since there are not so many tourists in that place.

The cloister of La Merced is nice to visit. The main cloister is beautiful and the paintings that decorate it are an interesting example of religious syncretism.

For its part, the Museum of the Inca, although it does not have a very impressive collection, is nice to see if you have not been to other more important museums. In front, there is a shop with more selected handicrafts.

Inca Museum

A beautiful place is the Coricancha, where a Catholic church was built on a temple dedicated to the sun. There are very impressive remains of the original temple.


The food is rich practically in all places, there are establishments such as pizzerias and others of typical foods of the area, no possibility of eating Lima sigh.

In the Plaza Regocijo is the Chicha, a great restaurant by Gastón Acurio. The cooking, the stuffed chili peppers, and the burgers are highly recommended, although everything is rich there.

To go for an aperitif at the monastery bar is worth it. The hotel is a gem and the atmosphere is perfect.

Crossing the Plaza de las Nazarenas is the Fallen Angel, a restaurant with great decoration. Some tubs with fish, sofas, and paintings with a lot of waves. And, of course, the food is very good.

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