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What you cannot lose in a Walking Tour in Cusco
What you have to see in a walking tour in Cusco

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Here we will learn the best list of places you have to see while you are having a walking tour in Cusco

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 Total Duration of the Tour: 3-4 hours

Itinerary of the Walinkg tour in Cusco:

Walking Tour in Cusco: Plaza de Armas

Walking Time: This would be the Starting Point.

The Plaza de Armas is the heart of Cusco, also called Aucaypata, which means "Plaza of the Warrior" in Quechua. These names reflect its historical and cultural significance as the heart of the ancient Inca Empire. It was the center of the Inca empire and remains the nucleus of social and cultural life. Surrounded by stunning colonial buildings. Including the Cathedral of Cusco and the Church of the Society of Jesus. The square is an ideal place to start your tour.

Walking Tour in Cusco: Cathedral of Cusco

Walking Time: 5 minutes from Plaza de Armas.

Built between 1560 and 1664, the Cathedral is one of the city's most important monuments. Its architecture is a blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles, and it houses significant works of art from the Cusco School.

The builders constructed this building using stones from the huacas (sacred temples).

 And other Inca buildings that existed around the Plaza de Armas. The Spaniards reused stones from sites like Sacsayhuaman.

Walking Tour in Cusco: Church of the Society of Jesus

Walking Time: 2 minutes from the Cathedral.

This Jesuit church, completed in 1668, is known for its baroque facade and main altarpiece made of gold. It was built on the site of the former palace of Inca Huayna Capac. An interesting fact about this Church is that its construction was the subject of intense rivalry with the Cusco Cathedral. The Jesuit church, with its impressive baroque facade, was designed to be grander than the cathedral. In fact, the Jesuits originally planned a tower taller than that of the cathedral, leading the local Bishop to take the matter to the Pope. Eventually, the verdict favored the cathedral, leading to rivalry and competition between religious orders in colonial times.

Walking Tour in Cusco: Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun)

Walking Time: 10 minutes from Plaza de Armas.

Originally the most important temple of the Inca Empire, dedicated to the sun god Inti, also called Intikancha or Intiwasi (house of the sun). Built during the reign of Inca Pachacuti, it was the spiritual and political center of the empire, where the mummies of ancient emperors were kept. Qorikancha was covered in gold leaf before being looted by the Spanish conquistadors. Currently, the Convent of Santo Domingo is located on the site, combining Inca and colonial architecture, a testimony to the power, resistance, and cultural adaptation in the history of Peru.

San Blas Neighborhood

Walking Time: 15 minutes from Qorikancha, uphill.

San Blas is known as the artisans' neighborhood. Its narrow cobblestone streets are filled with craft shops, galleries, and artists' workshops. The main square of the neighborhood offers a beautiful panoramic view of Cusco. Also, known for housing one of the oldest churches in the city, the Church of San Blas, which was built in the 16th century and features a pulpit carved in wood considered a masterpiece of Cusco's colonial art.

Twelve-Angle Stone

Walking Time: 5 minutes from San Blas.

This famous stone is one of the most fascinating and emblematic elements of Inca architecture in Cusco. Everyone admires and wonders about its history, shrouded in mystery due to the precision and perfection with which it was carved and fitted into a corner of an ancient building, with a meaning related to the Inca solar calendar. It is located on Hatun Rumiyoc Street. It is a perfect example of Inca architectural skill, with its twelve angles perfectly fitted into the wall.

San Pedro Market

Walking Time: 20 minutes from the Twelve-Angle Stone.

San Pedro Market is one of the oldest and most traditional markets dating back to colonial times. Is an ideal place to experience the daily life of Cusqueños, learn about their everyday life, as well as the typical ingredients and products of the region. It offers a wide variety of gastronomic delights as well as a variety of fresh products, handicrafts, textiles, ceramics, jewelry. It is an excellent place to taste typical dishes and buy souvenirs.

Sacsayhuaman

Walking Time: 30-40 minutes from San Pedro Market (considerable ascent).

The Sacsayhuaman archaeological complex near Cusco stands as a testament to the advanced architecture and engineering of the Incas. It features huge megalithic stones meticulously assembled, renowned for their precision and seamless fitting without mortar. Some interpretations suggest its name, "Satisfied Falcon," ties to the symbolic importance of the falcon in Inca mythology. Constructed during Inca Pachacutec's reign in the 15th century, it served both ceremonial and defensive purposes, functioning as a strategic fortress protecting Cusco. Offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city, Sacsayhuaman showcases the Inca's engineering prowess and authority.

Tips for a great Walking Tour in Cusco

Climate and Altitude: 

Cusco is at an altitude of 3,400 meters above sea level. It's important to take things slowly and stay well-hydrated. Wear comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing, as well as sunscreen and a hat.

Local Guides: 

Consider hiring a local guide for a deeper understanding of the history and culture of the places you visit.

This walking tour of Cusco will allow you to discover the best of the city, from its ancient Inca temples to its vibrant markets and historic neighborhoods.

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