A pleasant vacation in the city of Cusco
Cusco, one of the best tourist places in Latin America, offers a lot of variety in terms of tours and adventures. In addition, you can enjoy economical and quite safe family trips. Have a nice vacation in the city of Cusco and visit the wonderful Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
To learn more about Cusco and its current traditional life, we recommend going out of the traditional tours and taking some walks that are out of the ordinary, but very rewarding you, try with a local company Andean Soul adventure.
Discover traditional Inca textile techniques.
The former residence of the Inca Tupac Yupanqui, the town of Chinchero is today recognized mainly for the quality and colorful style of its textiles.
It is indeed the ideal place to attend a demonstration of traditional textile making, weaving, natural dyes, techniques, etc. Take advantage, it’s free!
But the Chinchero village itself is also very beautiful. Don’t leave before walking through its small cobbled streets, seeing its main square and taking a walk to the church of Our Lady of Montserrat, built in the 17th century on the ruins of an Inca palace.
On your vacation in the city of Cusco visit Urubamba.
On your trip to Cusco, you will surely at some point hire the tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu. It will be a very beautiful tour. But, there will be places like Urubamba that you will only be able to see from the window of the bus that will take you from Cusco to the Ollantaytambo station. Wouldn’t it be better to take a walk through the well-deserved city of Urubamba before traveling to Machu Picchu?
Urubamba was one of the most important agricultural centers during the Inca Empire. Today there are not really any attractions of historical interest in the area, but it is a must in the Sacred Valley because it is an obligatory pass between the different sites of Cusco. You will surely pass through it, perhaps without realizing it.
It is undoubtedly this transit that has stimulated the growth of good restaurants, comfortable hotels, yoga centers, relaxing massage centers and Ayahuasca retreat centers in the city and its surroundings.
If you have time, I recommend that you travel to Yucay from Urubamba. Only 30 minutes away by foot, it is a small country town where Huayna Capac settled, enchanted by the good climate. There are agricultural terraces and century-old aqueducts that still work, as well as colonial and Inca buildings.
Traditional food – Cuy.
On your vacation in the city of Cusco, it would be a pity not to try at least once the famous guinea pig!
It is true that, due to lack of habit, the idea of eating a rodent can chill more than one, but it is bred here and has been consumed by the local population for 5000 years. It has high protein content, very little fat and its meat is very digestible. There is even a national guinea pig day, we all know that in Peru everything is celebrated “like the famous day of the grilled chicken”.
Family Vacations to Peru, Know that Tipon is known for preparing delicious dishes based on guinea pigs, a place located 50 minutes from the city of Cusco, so if you have the opportunity to go there, do not miss the chance to try it.
Enjoy the thermal baths.
Calca is a town built by the Inca Huiracocha as a resting place in the “Villa de Zamora” which was founded by the conqueror Pedro de Zamora. There are two squares, the beautiful church of San Pedro Apóstol, and some paved streets.
Machu Picchu Vacations: It is better known as the starting point for excursions to Huchuy Qosqo (only 8km away), but there are also other attractions such as
–Minas Moqo Hot Springs: these are hot springs on the banks of the Vilcanota River that have healing properties, located a few minutes walk from the main square.
–Machacancha Thermal Baths: these are thermal baths located at 3050m above sea level, to which many therapeutic properties have been attributed. The water is about 40C, it is clean and odourless.
Do Yoga and relaxation.
It is undeniable that the Sacred Valley contains very particular energy. It is because of its golden and enveloping light and its high mountains.
Also, it is not surprising to see that many spiritual retreats have opened their doors in the area (with yoga, meditation, ancient healing massage centers, etc.) What better place to reconnect with yourself and with nature?
There are also several luxury hotels that offer a privileged place to relax with a spa. All this can be found in the sacred valley, besides being the starting point of the trip to Machu Picchu by train.
The beautiful sacred valley is considered to be the place where you can find more things to do in Cusco that go between adventure, mysticism, relaxation and experiential tourism.