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2 Days in Cusco, most likely on foot.

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2 Days in Cusco, most likely on foot.

4 of us will be heading to Peru in May to tour around. We have 2 full days in Cusco before we head to Machu Picchu. We would like to explore in and around the city.

We are staying at Tierra Viva Hotel - Calle Saphi 766

Other then the obvious Plaza de Armas and a visit to the Cusco cathedral can anyone recommend some sites that are easily accessible by cab or even better, by foot? Any must see Museums, churches, hidden gems worth checking out?

Thanks!

k

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1. Re: 2 Days in Cusco, most likely on foot.

We stayed at that hotel and thought it was a great spot for seeing the city on foot. Don't forget the sun temple Quirikancha and walking through the San Blas neighborhood. Neither of those are exactly hidden, but are walkable from the hotel. The only thing we did not walk to was the ruins outside the city. There's a nice Inca museum just off the Plaza de Armas.

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2. Re: 2 Days in Cusco, most likely on foot.

Best to take a colectivo to the ruins of Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay, the walk is uphill and can take a bit.. colectivo did not charge more than 2 soles

I walked to the Mercado Central, a wonderful experience as always to see Latin American markets. It's called San Pedro.

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3. Re: 2 Days in Cusco, most likely on foot.

Where do the colectivos to Sacsaywaman leave from, and how often?

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4. Re: 2 Days in Cusco, most likely on foot.

the street of Qoricancha temple, ask which one goes to Cristo Blanco and that stops on Sacsayhuaman

not sure, I took it around 8am

it comes around several times a day

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5. Re: 2 Days in Cusco, most likely on foot.

Cusco is very walkable (other than dealing with hilly climbs at altitude). Quie a few museums, i like MAP museum at Nazarenas. I also second San Pedro market and if you have the energy walking around hilly San Blas is also a nice way to see the city. Yes, do go out to the Ruins (Sacsayhuaman etc), nice introduction to Inca history before you go to MP.

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6. Re: 2 Days in Cusco, most likely on foot.

One of the most enjoyable days we had during our several visits to Cusco was to get a collectivo to Tambo Machay to explore teh ruins and then walk back along the old inca paths down to Puka Pukkara, another interesting site before heading on to Sacasayhuaman to explore those amazing ruins and for superb view of Cusco city from above. It is then a relatively short walk back into San Blas. Have a wander around the narrow cobbled strreet of that area before making your way down the plaza de Armas 15 mins. ( take a picnic,) .

If you are short on time and feel like a really long day, you could always visit. Pisac in the morning and as the driver to drop yup off at. Tambo Machay on the way back as it is just off the main road and then do the walk back into the town.

There are some more details on our blog to get her with a lot of photos this walk

…travelpod.com/travel-blog/…tpod.html. Entrie# 19 covers this walk

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7. Re: 2 Days in Cusco, most likely on foot.

Thanks everyone!

I will review over all this and draw up an itinerary.

Cheers,

k

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