Day 12: Exploring the city of Cusco by feet and in a different way
After breakfast, we will start our tour of the city of Cusco.
From the Plaza de Armas we will continue in the middle street to Plaza del Regocijo or Cusipata. Inside a courtyard, we will see the building of the municipality of Cusco as well as the Municipal Museum and the art gallery.
The tour will continue along Heladeros Street. Then we will turn off towards Garcilaso Street. These two streets shape the corner of the house of the Inca writer Garcilaso de la Vega, the place where the Regional Historical Museum is located.
We will walk up Garcilaso Street to Plaza San Francisco. There are the church and convent of San Francisco, next to the National School of Sciences, founded by Simon Bolivar. We will also enjoy Santa Clara’s Arch, in memory of the Peru-Bolivia Confederation.
We will continue our visit by feet, taking Santa Clara street, which will allow us to appreciate the church and the monastery of the same name.
Arrival at the market of San Pedro, a market where the population of Cusco regularly comes to shop. Visiting it is an interesting cultural experience that allows to get closer to the population and to better know its customs, its history, its products, its aromas and its mode of exchange.
This place is an authentic expression of the living Quechua culture. We will appreciate the colors, the smells and even taste some products. This market is one of the oldest in Cusco as it was founded in 1925.
Our itinerary will then take us to the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha or Koricancha), which walls were covered with golden leaves during the Inca Empire. Subsequently, this place became an important convent, during the Spanish colonization.
We will continue our walking tour with the discovery of the Cathedral of the Plaza de Armas, home to some of the most important examples of the famous Cusco School of Painting.
Our visit will finally take us to San Blas, the bohemian quarter of the city, where Cusco’s most renowned artisans and workshops are located, including Mendivil and Merida.
Meals included: breakfast and lunch.