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Calle Carmen Alto 227, Cusco 08000, Peru
This store is just a little ways off the main street of the San Blas arts district in Cusco, but definitely worth the diversion. Inside, funky, modern jewelry and handbags are mixed with neatly hung vintage dresses, shirts, and jackets. The walls...
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Calle Chiwanpata 278, Cusco 08000, Peru
STAY During our stay in Cusco, Peru, we picked our hotel in the San Blas district of the city. I had read that this is where you could find great galleries, restaurants, and historical sites. They all proved to be true. Our hotel was the Casa...
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La Catedral is actually three churches in one, each of which are exquisite. It is decorated in the Baroque style, with more gilt and gold trimming than you can imagine. In order to convert the Incan people to Catholicism, the Spanish used symbols...
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Santa Catalina Ancha 398, Cusco 08000, Peru
I've never seen so many varieties of pisco in my life. Bottles of the Peruvian liquor line the wall behind the bar, while colorful murals detailing the history of pisco cover the remaining walls. El Museo del Pisco is the perfect place to taste...
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Portal Espinar 115, Cusco 08000, Peru
The coca plant has experienced some controversy in the past years, to the point that many visitors may forget the real, traditional value of the coca leaf. Since the pre-Inca period, locals have used coca leaves as a powerful stimulant that fights...
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Choqechaka 384, Cusco 08000, Peru
If you are in Cusco, you can't miss the regional food. Head to the traditional "Quinta Eulalia," located inside a 19th-century house at the entrance of the San Blas neighborhood. The chefs here take full advantage of the local biodiversity, and...
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Cuesta de San Blas, Cusco 08000, Peru
There are many markets in the city of Cusco, but none with a more magnificent backdrop than the open air market at Plaza San Blas. Here you will find both contemporary & traditional art, jewelry, wool, and other small gifts. With the mountains and...
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PLAZA MAYOR, CENTRO DE, Cusco 08000, Peru
Five minutes after settling into my hostel in Cusco and meeting up with an international contingent of newly found friends from the prior week in Lima, we made our way toward the Plaza de Armas, center of the gone but not forgotten Inca Empire. As...
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Santo Domingo s/n, Cusco 08000, Peru
At that moment, everything was in darkness. Only I stood in the light.
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Unión 184, Cusco 08000, Peru
A love of fresh and local food should bring any traveler to the San Pedro Market. Although close to the main square, it is not a common tourist stop. It is, however, a sensory lovers heaven, with rows of brightly colored root vegetables, fruits...
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Carmen Bajo 120, Cusco 08000, Peru
In the San Blas district of Peru, was the restaurant Pachapapa. This was by far the best meal we had in Peru. It was nestled in a courtyard and all the dishes were prepared in an oven next to us. Quite spectacular. DELICIOUS!
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Sta Catalina Angosta 149, Cusco 08000, Peru
The Cusco School Of Art is a series of religious paintings. The Spaniards taught the Inca artists how to paint their icons in the style of Flemish and Gothic masters. There are no names on the paintings and though the subject is Christianity, the...
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Triunfo 393, Cusco 08000, Peru
I just returned from an exploration of Peru. While the Sacred Valley, Cusco and Machu Picchu were very inspiring and captivating, my favorite experience was a local cooking class at A Mi Manera Restaurant in Cusco. We met our local guide, Marcos,...
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Cusco, Peru
I really felt the high altitude here and had to stop few feet and catch my breath but you'll get the best view of Cusco if you climb up and over the actual ruins. The ruins themselves date to the 1400's and are called "Sexy Woman Ruins" by most...
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PLAZA MAYOR, CENTRO DE, Cusco 08000, Peru
Plaza De Armas lies in the heart of the old city of Cusco, Peru. The architecture here is a wonderful mixture of Inca and Spanish Colonial. Most buildings have large stone bases, and stucco walls above. Everywhere, there is a reminder of Peru's...
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Calle Garcilaso 210, Cusco 08000, Peru
"Making chocolate where cacao grows," is the tagline of ChocoMuseo, which has locations in cacao-producing countries like Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Located two blocks from the central square, the Cusco outpost is more...
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In the summer, the Lachay Hills are desert-like and unpopulated. Winter is when the magic happens. Between the months of July and October, the humidity of the mist generates a unique ecosystem of wild flora and fauna, including eagles, foxes,...