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Traditional Cusco Walking Tour

The most traditional, and still the most popular walking tour of central Cusco
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.2 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  The traditional walking tour of Cusco takes visitors past some of the most famous areas of Cusco, including the barrio of San Blas,... more »

Tips:  Cusco is located at 3,400m above sea level. This means that the air is noticeably thinner, and you may find yourself out of breath,... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Plaza San Blas, Cusco

The Church of San Blas is found in the barrio of the same name. Inside you can find the famous and symbolic pulpit, made from a single piece of wood nearly 400 years ago. Close to the Church workshops and shops have been developed by artisans and artists. The most famous artisans from Cusco are the Mendívils, creators of the multicolored... More

2. Hatunrumiyoq


Hatunrumiyoq is familiar to many because it is here that you encounter the palace of Inka Roca, built with stones of green diorite in a polygonal style that covers much of Hatunrumiyoc Street. It also has a colonial-style overlay, which is now part of the Archbishop's Palace (Museum of Art), with a perimeter of 190 meters surrounding the platform... More

3. Piedra de los 12 angulos

Calle con mayor visitantes en la ciudad

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The stone of the 12 angles is a must see for every tourist who visits Cusco. The stone provides an impressive example of the high quality of Incan stonework.

Historians differ over how the Incas were able to create such high quality stonework, and where their inspiration came... More

Balcon colonial de esquisito tallado

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An exquisitely carved colonial balcony overlooks the corner where the streets Hatunrumiyoc and Palacio meet.

5. Calle Triunfo

Calle de acceso a la Plaza de Armas del Cusco

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Following on from Hatunrumiyoq and pasisng the Museum of Relgious Art, you enter Calle Triunfo which leads to the main Plaza de Armas

The Hostal El Triunfo provides a great place to stay, located close to the Plaza and in a perfect location for you to explore the city.

You can read reviews about the hostal and book a room through TripAdvisor.

7. Catedral del Cusco

Iglesia principal de la Plaza de Armas del Cusco

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The Iglesia del Triunfo dates to 1539 and is now part of the cathedral which is one of the impressive focal points of the Plaza. It was built on the foundations of the Palace of Inca Viracocha.

Church and Convent of Santa Catalina – Acllahuasi

The convent was reconstructed in 1653 and the church itself dates from 1669. Both was constructed over the Acllahuasi. The Chapel exhibits beautiful Baroque architecture and has a museum of religious and colonial art located on the corner of St. Catherine Angosta and Loreto. The Acllahuasi ... More

9. Scotiabank, Calle Maruri

Continuing down Arequipa, you turn left onto Calle Maruri. Here you find a branch of Scotiabank which has a small but interesting museum showing both contemporary art and archaeological pieces from the region.

The Cusicancha or Old Palace of Pachacútec is also located in this street. The recovery of the enclosure is particularly important... More

10. Calle Romeritos

Antigua vía peatonal que comunicaba con el Koricancha llamada Huillkacunac Kijllu, últimamente restaurada dándole el toque tal cual describen los cronistas del siglo XVI.

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Turning right down Romeritos you pass the offices of the "Dirección Regional de Cultura"- Romeritos is an old... More

11. Iglesia de Santo Domingo

La Iglesia esta en la esquina de la calle Ahuacpinta y en su interior se visita tanto el Convento de Santo Domingo como el Palacio del Qorikancha.

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The Church of Santo Domingo is located on the corner of Ahuacpinta. It was built by the Spanish in the renaissance style on top of the foundations of the Inca temple... More

The Qorikancha was the most important Inca temple, the Temple of Inti (the supreme Sungod). It was the jewel of Inca architecture, built on granite blocks carved with molten gold in the joints of the blocks. Inside the temple there was a garden in which the trees, birds and animals, were all represented in gold. The temple was surrounded by a... More

13. Palacio de Justicia

En la Av. Sol, se dobla a la derecha a la altura del Palacio de Justicia, edificio donde actualmente funciona el poder judicial de Cusco, ubicado en plena Av. Sol colindante en su parte posterior con la Calle Loreto

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Passing the Qorikancha, you turn to the right up Avenida Sol. The first building that you pass is... More

Calle Loretto is also called the Intikijllu or Sun alley and is a narrow street leading to the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.

The route corresponds to the outer passage of what was the walled enclosure of Amaru Kancha and Acllawasi. The Inca architects needed considerable skill to cut and adjust the blocks which make up the walls with a certain... More

15. Plaza de Armas

Today the Plaza de Armas occupies the same place as the Plaza Huacaypata (Quechua for “groan” or “sorry”) that was created by Manco Capac whilst founding the city of Cusco in the twelfth century. Later, the royal palaces of the Inca kings Pachacutec, Sinchiroca, Viracocha , Tupac Yupanqui, Huayna Capac and the Acllahuasi (Temple of the Virgins)... More