This week I am in Peru. More precisely, Cuzco, the centre of the Incan world. The city is rich in history and Peruvian culture. You will get the most out of youtr stay by getting out and immersing yourself with the locals. Even if you only have a basic level of Spanish, you will get by.
In central Cuzco, the historic centre. It is quite easy to walk around. But take it slow, especially if you have just arrived or are not used to high altitudes.
A good place to start is at Plaza del Armas, the main square. Here you will find the Cuzco cathedral, a beautiful building not only on the exterior but also inside. There is a small admission fee, but it is worth while as you may catch a service in progress.
Relax on one of the many benches on the plaza and take a break amongst the locals. It is popular for the parents to bring their children. Don’t worry about the dogs who roam freely, they won’t hurt you and are quite friendly.
There are a variety of shops around the plaza to satisfy your shopping habit. From Peruvian handcrafts to tens made from Alpaca wool.
Once you have finished browsing the stores and tasted some of the culinary delights from the many cafes, continue along until you come to Plaza San Francisco. This plaza is also a meeting point for locals. You will also find the San Francisco church here, again it’s facade is great to admire from the outside before venturing inside.
Cuzco is quite safe to get around on your own. But for those who want the security of a group, there are many day tours which can be booked through your hotel reception.