Welcome to Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire, a place filled with magic, history, and unparalleled beauty. If you only have 24 hours to explore this wonderful city, don’t worry. At Saska Hotel Boutique, we’ve prepared a quick guide for travelers like you, who have limited time but want to make the most of their stay. Keep reading to discover how to enjoy Cusco in one day.
Morning: Explore the Heart of Cusco
Plaza de Armas
Start your day in the Plaza de Armas, the vibrant heart of Cusco. Surrounded by colonial churches and with breathtaking views of the city, it’s the perfect starting point to feel the essence of Cusco. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Cusco Cathedral, a masterpiece of colonial art.
Just a few steps from the Plaza de Armas, you will find Qorikancha, or Temple of the Sun. This sacred site was the center of the Incan spiritual universe, and its impressive architecture is a testament to this civilization’s advanced knowledge.
Noon: Savor the Local Cuisine
Cusco is famous for its delicious food. For lunch, we recommend trying typical dishes such as baked guinea pig or pork cracklings at one of the local restaurants. Be sure also to try chicha morada, a traditional drink made from purple corn.
Afternoon: Sacsayhuamán and Local Markets
In the afternoon, head to Sacsayhuamán, an impressive Inca fortress that offers panoramic views of Cusco. Here you can admire the Incas’ skill in constructing with huge stones that fit together perfectly.
After visiting Sacsayhuamán, explore Cusco’s local markets, such as the famous San Pedro Market, where you can buy handicrafts, textiles, and other unique souvenirs of your visit.
Evening: Enjoy Cusco at Night
Dinner in the Historic Center
For dinner, choose one of the many restaurants in the historic center of Cusco. Many of these places not only offer exquisite food but also charming views of the city lit up at night.
After dinner, we recommend taking a walk through the cobblestone streets of Cusco. The city at night has a magical atmosphere, with soft lights illuminating the ancient structures and creating a perfect ambiance to end your day.
Although 24 hours may seem like a short time, with this quick guide for travelers, you can experience the essence of Cusco and take away memories that will last a lifetime. At Saska Hotel Boutique, we are here to make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. We hope this guide has been useful and that you enjoy your adventure in Cusco, even if you have limited time.