What to do in The Ancestral Cusco City?

Cusco is a fantastic city with a thriving culture that demands to be explored. My first few days in the city were spent wandering the streets and I thoroughly enjoyed looking around. It is a very clean, very well kept city and despite its culture and deep pride of its Inca heritage it is very similar to some European cities.


I took a city tour with Free City Tours which started at 11am in San Francisco Plaza. The guide was a friendly guy who spoke good English. The tour began by sampling different local cuisines in restaurants and cafes, all free samples, with a short history of each type of food. The tour was really fun and a great chance to meet people and it was free too which was a bonus!

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The art galleries and museums here are a little harder to explore. The best way to purchase your entry tickets is to get a pass which allows you to up to 4 places, or you can buy a 7 day unlimited pass.


Due to my time restrictions I haven´t been able to explore any yet but a friend of mine went to one just off the plaza which was 15 soles for a single entry. She said it was great though, with Inca clothes and other items to see.

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The nightlife in Cusco is great too. I have been out twice here and enjoyed both times.


We began both nights in the bar in Pariwana hostel where the happy hour is from 7 to 9pm. We got 2 for 1 drinks during this time and played beer pong and drinking games with our new friends whom we met in the hostel. The first time we went to a club called Temple. It is a cool place with one big room and good music. The second time we went to Mama Africa´s which was a bit better because it had more rooms and more variety. Either way, both nights were great fun.