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Cusco In-A-Day

The Inca’s Capitol

Cusco Plaza de Armas

The Imperial Capitol of Cusco is best done on foot. Especially if you have only one day, you’ll want to stick to the historical center.


Have breakfast at La Valeriana then visit the San Pedro Market. Next, take a taxi (or walk) to the Qorikancha to see Inca and colonial architecture together. If you have time, visit the Traditional Textile Center of Cusco next to the Qorikancha’s gardens.


Visit San Blas for lunch and grab an Alpaca burger at Chakruna Native Burgers, or check out alternative recommendations for San Blas restaurants.


Walk to the Museo de Arte Precolombiano to see the best art and artifacts from Incan and Pre-Inca times. From Chakruna or anywhere on the San Blas plaza, walk up Carmen Alto, down to Choquechaka and through the Instagrammable 7 Culebras.

After the museum, walk up Palacio to equally Instagrammable Ladrillos and up Choquechaka to the colonial aqueduct Sapantiana, next to the Incan Sapantiana site. If you’ve had enough stairs, stay there. If you want more, keep going up Calle 7 Borreguitos, which has coffee shops and an ice cream shop.


Go back to the Plaza de Armas and have a drink on the balcony at Calle del Medio, overlooking the plaza. Watch the sunset and Cusqueñians spending the evening in the plaza.

Calle del Medio

Best plaza view (l,d; $$)

Chakruna Native Burgers

Alpaca to veggie burgers (l,d; $$)

La Valeriana

Cakes & coffee (b,l,d; $$)

Museo de Arte Precolombino

1250 BCE to 1532

San Pedro Market

Eiffel’s gift to Cusco

Text © Heather Jasper

Images by Heather Jasper, OpenStreetMap