"The "special" shine in Cusco" Top 5 Page for this destination Cusco by richiecdisc

Cusco Travel Guide: 1,095 reviews and 2,384 photos

Cusco has a lineage unlike few cities in the world. Considered the most beautiful city in South America, it not only is the central travel hub of the continent but also is the oldest continuously inhabited city. Add to this, it’s near mythic associations with the Inca culture, close proximity to the continents number one attraction, Machu Picchu, and trek, the Inca Trail, and you have all the makings of a cannot miss attraction. But, all this fame and fortune has come at a price. The tourist infrastructure is beyond complete and anything you want, you can find here. All that but the simple ability to sit in the admittedly gorgeous Plaza de Armas without being nearly accosted by people trying to sell you something. And I mean, sit. They literally come up to you and not only make an attempt to sell you something, but never give up. Even after securing a hard to find bench in the park, it is the strong willed that could remain and listen to their shameless banter. Cusco does have one saving grace however. You can escape this madness by simply walking out of the main square and into the narrow cobbled paths that lead to the hilly areas surrounding the city center. It is here that one can sense just why Cusco became so popular in the first place. It is a timeless gem and it can only be hoped that those in control of the city’s destiny realize that tourists come not only to see an ancient civilization’s roots, but also to relax as anyone would on what is essentially their holiday. Everyone going to Peru is bound to come to Cusco, but if it remains as it is, the advice is to see it and go on your way quickly and experience more authentic and less aggressively minded Peruvian cities.

  • Last visit to Cusco: Oct 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2006 at 3:43 PM

    I really enjoyed your page on Cusco--you gave great tips! Those shoe shine boys sure made your trip interesting!!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2005 at 5:38 AM

    amazing page as well ! Cuzco must be a nice spot to visit, and with all the food possibilities - heaven :-) One day I need to try this Lomo Saltado - sounds gorgeous !

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2004 at 12:49 AM

    It was not my last supper but I did have the guinea pig! Did u? ;-) I bet u didn't! :p We were given free coca tea at the hotel & no one is trying to sell us anything! U must have looked like some rich mafia, lol...

  • Arizonarat's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2004 at 1:08 AM

    thanks for the nice description on the restaurants. I printed them off and I will look for them while I am there. I am headed to the ice cream store too!

  • syllybabe's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2003 at 10:53 PM

    Warning: Too much yummy ice cream can be dangerous to your health? ;-)

  • cbeaujean's Profile Photo
    May 18, 2003 at 1:01 PM

    even if you have been lucky visiting under the sun in october...our pages look complementary!

  • besbel's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2003 at 2:23 PM

    Awesome pics and very personal insights of unique Cusco. And thanks for promoting Cusqueña beer to the world!

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2003 at 10:00 AM

    full of good info and observations - U sure get around ;-)))

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2003 at 9:29 AM

    mmhh, i could go for the quinta, or our icecream place, or...

  • Maggies's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2003 at 1:33 PM

    I wouldn't mind somebody cleaning my shoes these days. Ayy, what a banana split... Excellent pic pf that kid Richie!


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