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5 things to do in Cusco

1.- PLAZA DE ARMAS CUSCO

There is a main square in almost every city and town in South America. But the Plaza de Armas in Cusco is different. Besides being vibrant, beautiful and photogenic, it has a significant history. It served as the exact centre of the powerful Inca empire that stretched from Colombia to Argentina and Chile.

Ceremonies, festivals and even executions were held here. The most famous is the execution of the last Inca Tupac Amaru in this very square. Today, it serves as a meeting place for locals and tourists alike. If you have nothing to do, come here and enjoy the view!

2.- THE TWELVE CORNER STONE

The Incas were well known for their architectural and architectural skills. Their structures often feature perfectly cut and shaped stone that fits closely without mortar. The best known example is the twelve-angled stone located on Hatun Rumiyoc Street and is considered a national heritage object. Encouraged by its perfect assembly, it is said that not even a sheet of paper can fit between the stones!

It is a very popular place in the city.

3.- SAN BLAS DISTRICT

A few steps from the Plaza de Armas is the charming and picturesque neighbourhood of San Blas, which is becoming increasingly popular with tourists. It is full of street vendors selling colourful trinkets; artists’ and craftsmen’s workshops; cafes, bars and restaurants; and other colourful places that tourists love. On weekends, the Plaza de San Blas comes alive with stalls selling unique souvenirs. An interesting one is the Inca vs. Spanish chess game.

There is also a viewpoint that offers a spectacular panoramic view of the city, especially beautiful at night.

4.- SAN PEDRO MARKET

A great way to experience local food is to eat at the local market. Cheaper than restaurants, San Pedro’s market attracts locals and tourists alike. In fact, it has become so popular with tourists that the signs/menus include English (although the vendors cannot speak it).

The San Pedro market not only serves as a place to eat, it is also a market that sells everything from fruits and vegetables, to meat and dry goods. In addition, it is triph3ca as a craft market, selling colourful souvenirs, bags and Andean-style clothing.

5.- JOIN THE PARADES AND FESTIVALS

Stay in Cusco for a while and you will definitely see a parade and street parties.

The children wear colourful costumes and the adults dance in cohesion while the music plays in the background. Rain or shine, they continue. The locals, no matter how many they have seen, are sympathetic and enthusiastic, usually creating a human traffic jam in the streets.

If you are lucky, there might even be fireworks!

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