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Places to go around to Pariwana Cusco

From Pariwana Cusco hostel, you’re close to everything in Cusco. It’s really redundant to point that out, because once you get there, you’ll see for yourself that Pariwana’s Meson de las Estrellas is a quaint street connecting to Plaza San Francisco. Since there’s so much to do and see, this post seeks to give backpackers a concise view of a select few of Cusco’s marvels.

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Finding your way around should be easy considering the small size of the city, but with the old colonial alleyways and winding streets, you might get lost! Make sure to pick up a map from the hostel before heading out. Once you’re ready, the museum will be your first stop.

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ChocoMuseo is newer, and offers a stark contrast to the traditional theme of local museums, many of which are housed in ancient sites and give information about ancient inhabitants. So, why not change it up a bit with a visit to the ChocoMuseo? The view from the museum balconies looks down on Plaza Regocijo. From there, you might enjoy the view with a cup of hot chocolate in your hands. The museum shows the entire history of chocolate and cacao. You can opt for a cacao farm tour, or just enjoy a chocolate workshop on-site. Global recipes are displayed as well. Also, entrance is free!

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THE ruin to see is Sacsayhuaman. Find your way up there via the small pedestrian alley-ramp (Plateros street) just to the left of the main cathedral. The road will eventually curve around to a small kiosk where you might be asked to show your boletoturistico. If you don’t have it, feign ignorance and walk in. You can’t get into the main site without the ticket, but you can walk up on the hill where the white statue of Jesus sits, and get a perfect view of the ruin. The walls are an incredible feat; how the hell did they get those giant stones up there? Pizarro’s men charged the Incanas here, and it was one of many battles that would see the fall of the empire.

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If you’re in Cusco for several days, you’ll have many chances to eat local food. You can get the cheap of the cheap at the local markets, or opt for a “menu,” which includes soup, main course and a drink. The restaurant you should visit, though, is Ajjla Wasi. Located near the Plaza de Armas on Santa Catalina, the place is an easy find. The traditional Peruvian food comes in three courses with that lovely drink “chicha,” made from purple corn. Locals and tourists visit alike. Try the lomo or tallarin saltado. If you can stomach the cuties, try the guinea pig, “cuy”.

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Since you’ll be so close, your Plaza of choice might very well be Plaza San Francisco. The Plaza de Armas is a short jaunt to the south, but Plaza San Francisco’s elevated space is quite pleasant. Coffee shops ring the place, and the principal market is right there. Everything you need is there.

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So, now that you’ve seen 4 places, perhaps its time to come up with your own list of top priorities!