Learn about the options offered by Cusco for sightseeing on a low budget | News
Being the main tourist destination in Peru, Cusco can be expensive for demanding travelers or families, even nationals; However, the Imperial City offers low-priced, comfortable accommodation, restaurants and tourist sites with all the biosafety protocols to enjoy a pleasant stay and live an unforgettable experience.
With this ticket you can visit, in Circuit I, the archaeological parks of Sacsayhuamán, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay; while in Circuit II you can visit the Site Museum of Qoricancha, the Regional Historical Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Monument to Pachacútec, the Museum of Popular Art, the Qosqo Center for Native Art and the archaeological parks of Tipón and Pikillacta.
Meanwhile, Circuit III includes the Sacred Valley and allows you to visit the archaeological parks of Ollantaytambo, Písaq, Chinchero and Moray.
Free or low-cost activities
Touring the Imperial City, rich in history, culture and architecture, and visiting various attractions or activities without paying anything or at low cost is possible if you know where to go. An example of this are the markets, ideal places to observe the local culture, discover a variety of products that are sold there and savor succulent food at low cost.
The most important free entry markets in Cusco are Saint peter, the main one of the city and where it is possible to find from food and native products to handicrafts; San Blas, smaller than the previous one but where it is possible to eat cheaply, even vegetarian options; and Wanchaq, which offers a more typical Cusco atmosphere.
You can also visit the neighborhood of San Blas, considered the most beautiful and bohemian urban corner of the city, where its white painted houses stand out with their blue doors and balconies that give it a unique personality.
In addition to its beautiful square, it is possible to enter the workshop museum of the famous and award-winning Cusco craftsman at no cost. Hilario Mendívil, one of the most important of the twentieth century, recognized for its art in the making of virgins, saints and harquebusiers, distinguished by their serene face and elongated neck.
Another place that can be appreciated for free is Hatun Rumiyoc Street, where the famous twelve angled stone, one of the main attractions of Cusco. This rock perfectly set in the wall that was part of the palace of the Inca Sinchi Roca, on which the Archbishop’s Palace was built, is an essential visit in Cusco.
Nearby is the street of the seven snakes, one of the most beautiful in Cusco, and is located between Plazoleta Nazarenas and the Choquechaka passage. It owes its name to the serpent figures carved in the stones of the walls, of which seven are on the walls of the Nazarene Palace and the same number in the passage, inside which there is a stone arch that in colonial and viceroyalty times it delimited the Spanish zone and the indigenous zone.
Among the emblematic cultural places of the Imperial City that can also be visited free of charge, the Almudena cemetery, the main one of the city and that was declared Cultural Heritage of the Nation in 2011 for bringing together the largest sample of funerary religious art in Cusco and southern Peru.
There lie the mortal remains of famous people from Cusco and Peru such as the photographer Martín Chambi, the archaeologist Manuel Chávez Ballón, María Trinidad Enríquez, the first female lawyer in Peru, and the writer Clorinda Matto de Turner, both belonged to the first generation of Illustrated women of Peru.
You can also visit for free the Coffee Museum, located on Calle Espaderos 136, a few steps from the Plaza de Armas. The permanent exhibition presents the history and cultural importance of coffee, the varieties, the manufacturing process, among other fundamental aspects of this crop that has in the Cusco province of Quillabamba one of the main production areas of Peru.
Cusco also offers several viewpoints that can be accessed at no cost and have magnificent panoramic views of the Imperial City. The most prominent and visited is the White Christ, located on the hill of Pukamuqu. The image is similar to the Christ the Redeemer in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, although smaller in size since it is around eight meters high. Although it is protected by a metal fence, the effigy of Jesus with open arms welcomes visitors and seems to protect the city of Cusco.
In addition to the White Christ there is the viewpoint of San Cristóbal, with its small square and its church; the Mirador de San Blas, located just a five-minute walk from the Plaza de Armas; the viewpoint of the Plaza Santa Ana and the Huaca Sapantiana.
Low cost lodging and food
In the Imperial City you can get good accommodation from 75 soles according to the main accommodation search engines. There are also shared rooms for backpackers with a common bathroom from 30 soles and are located in the center of the city.
Likewise, you can enjoy the delicious typical gastronomy in the traditional markets of San Pedro, San Blas and Wanchaq, with inexpensive menus.
Although the economic reactivation experienced by Cusco since the progressive restart of tourist activities and the advance of the vaccination of its population, is generating an increase in visitors, mainly nationals, it is possible to find interesting travel offers to enjoy a very pleasant stay and unforgettable.
(END) LZD / MAO
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