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Centro Historico De Cusco
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 10 December 2013

We joined a free walking tour @ Cusco. Guide was well prepared and gave us a good time for reasonable tip. One thing I missed: peruvian restaurant instead of japanese recommended by him.

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Reviewed 5 December 2013

For someone in a wheelchair or handicapped i can not recommend that town at all.. In churches museums you have to pay the full price, noone will help you going up the stairs... and you will find out soon that you can not see even 50 % of the assured wheelchair accessibility of the place from the person which sold you the tickets.

Excuses like it s historical and nothing can be changed ...makes me laugh..Cusco People don't respect handicapped people at all ...on the road or on the pedestrian way....might be they are ignorant... Interesting to tell you that Arequipa is much better in this regard...people respect you more...and are helpful and you don't get ripped off at cathedrals to pay soles....you have nice broad pedestrian ways....and nice squares..

thats the experience of someone in a wheelchair which traveled across south america...

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

My husband Peter and I spent 3 days and nights in Cusco and easily could have spent a few more days with so much to see and do unchecked on our to do list. With the exception of catching a ride from the airport to our accommodations, we walked everywhere. The stone work on the buildings and the streets alone were spectacular sights, and architectural beauty could be found everywhere in the Spanish Colonial part of the city. (Outside central Cusco was the typical developing nation city.) The Plaza de Armas and the other plazas were always teeming with activity, so, when we needed a break from walking, we simply sat on a bench to people watch for a while. The traffic may seem absolutely crazy to some people, but drivers did one thing they rarely do in Austin, TX: use their turn signals so pedestrians at least know what's going on.

We trekked up and down hills to see all the plazas, San Blas and most of the rest of the colonial section. Our trekking included worthwhile visits to Qorikancha (Quechua for “Golden Courtyard”), Museo de Arte Precolombino, Museo de Plantas Sagradas, and Sacsaywaman, all of which I plan to review separately. The guide books list Sacsaywaman as outside of town, but we made the steep uphill walk in less than half an hour. Plus, the views along the way were amazing, and we saw a section of town we would not otherwise have traversed. Our favorite places to dine were Victor Victoria (breakfast one morning), Aroma (in Plantas Sagradas), and Café Punchay, all of which offered casual and fairly inexpensive healthy food that was vegetarian friendly.

The travel guides were not exaggerating, however, in describing the incessant push from those selling tourist trinkets; however, with only one exception, a simple, “No, gracias,” repeated a few times if necessary, generally stopped the sales pitch that was immediately followed by another and another and another. The one exception was a teenage girl who hurled at our backs what I’m sure were expletives in Spanish, but we laughed it off and went on our way.

One travel guide suggestion with which I highly disagree, specifically with regard to Cusco, is the recommendation that travelers merely use their ATM cards to get cash. Instead, I recommend bringing some cash and changing it to soles at one of a multitude of kiosks set up to do so at a reasonable rate. We never found an ATM that allowed us to take out more than 400 – 450 soles (about $145.00), and each transaction cost us $10.00 ($5.00 at each end). In addition to this problem, our bank, Chase Bank, flags Peru as a high fraud risk country, so we would make a withdrawal then the second or third would place a flag on our card that required us to call the bank to tell them that the transactions were ours. Finally, one ATM ate my card, and the bank stalled us about calling the subcontractor to retrieve it. We never had any of these problems outside Cusco, though.

Many travelers use Cusco as a pit stop on their way to and/or from Machu Picchu, and, by doing so, miss a lovely and friendly, albeit, frenetic, city.

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Reviewed 27 November 2013

We stayed in total 6 nights in Cusco and don't regret a single day of it. The city has number of interesting monuments and museums to see, has good shopping possibilities and a number of fine restaurants. Above all it is easy to get around, most of it you can do on foot. We only used taxis a few times and they are very cheap to any European standard.
I have say we were lucky with the weather, nice and sunny and not too warm.
It is also easy to visit the Sacred Valley on daytrips from Cusco (avoids switching hotels, we don't like the packing/unpacking if we can avoid it).

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Reviewed 22 November 2013

I have travelled a lot, and I think cusco beauty wise, is high up on my list. It is so beautiful, and at night there are a million lights shining down on you from the barrios around the town. Amazing.

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