How to Spend 5 Days in Cusco - A Complete Itinerary for Cusco

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Day 1 | Morning

Plaza de Armas

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

Ticket Price: 10 USD

Recommended Length of Stay: 0.5-0.5 Hours

Location: Cusco, Peru

In South American countries, almost every city has a central square, where the more important churches and some historical buildings in the city are gathered. People like to rest on the benches in the center of the square, chat with strangers, hello Birds, reading books, in a daze. A rainbow flag flies over the square. The rainbow flag here has nothing to do with the flag representing GayPride. This gorgeous rainbow flag is the city flag of Cusco.

Reviews from Real Guests:

Trip.com User: this is a great place to get your bearings before you set off to see all the local historical buildings and cathedrals. you will also find it the tourist information in this area which are very helpful I will prevent you from being tricked into buying tours by unscrupulous dealers. there are many restaurants in this area but they are expensive and you can get cheap meals if you are willing to walk up the sidestreet

Wander_Girl: This place is lively and Beautiful. Its Historic Center of Cusco and people roam around till early Morning. I was there on Halloween Night and Peru celebrates it serioisly. Till Morning 5 everyone was up and celebrating it in Plaza De Armas. All the main Functions/Ceremonies happens here. Like Military walk.

Day 1 | Afternoon

When time permits after visiting Plaza de Armas, don’t forget pay a visit to Cuzco Cathedral.

Cuzco Cathedral

Opening Hours: Open from 10:00am-6:00pm

Ticket Price: 25 PEN

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-1 Hours

Location: Cathedral of Santo Domingo, Cusco

A very eye-catching building in the east of the Plaza de Armas is the Cuzco Cathedral of Cusco. It is a very typical example of colonial rulers promoting the Catholic faith to the local indigenous people. The church has been damaged to varying degrees in four major earthquakes over the past 400 years, but all survived. The Cathedral is a very outstanding colonial building in Cusco, where you can see the high level of European painting style in the 17th century. Not to be missed is "The Last Supper" (The Last Supper) in the northeast corner of the church. The painter Marcos Zapata has made a "localized" modification of this famous work - a guinea pig is placed on a plate in front of Jesus.

Day 1 | Evening

If you want to explore other popular attractions later, Palacio Nazarenas, A Belmond Hotel, Cusco is a suitable place for you to stay and refresh.

Palacio Nazarenas, A Belmond Hotel, Cusco

The heart of the ancient Inca Empire, mythical and vibrant Cusco is a city beyond imagination for even the most seasoned travellers. It stands to reason that Palacio Nazarenas, A Belmond Hotel, Cusco should be equally individual and rich in history. Your ‘Once upon a time…’ journey starts here.

Would the nuns in this converted 17th-century convent have approved of the pisco sour cocktail-making stations? Anything is possible, given the diverse incarnations of this contemporary urban retreat. Our acclaimed hotel was built on Inca foundations and became a palatial private home in the 1500s. It was owned by the conquistador Mancio Serra de Leguizamón—a warrior who is said to have gambled and lost the gold Inca image of the sun from the Coricancha temple. The Jesuits converted the building into a school in 1644, which itself became a convent in 1715.

We’ve preserved all that’s most precious here: you’ll find original Inca stonework, colonial frescos and gold-framed paintings collected by the nuns. At the same time you’ll discover the best of the new world within our walls. From our cutting-edge contemporary Art Lima collection to our suites’ oxygen-enriched air-conditioning, underfloor heating and Bose sound systems. We’ll look after you in the most elegant way possible, whether your idea of relaxing is taking a morning yoga class or an evening salsa lesson.

We believe that the small touches matter. Our guests can enjoy the services of our soap butler, who offers herbal baths, special pillows and soaps made with flowers from our garden. They’ll help you acclimatise to the altitude. Under the careful eye of our chef, our restaurant Senzo uses vegetables grown at an organic farm in the Sacred Valley. Many of our dishes feature indigenous herbs and are decorated with edible flowers grown from our own gardens.

With Hypnôze Spa really does offer an experience like no other. Treatment rooms feature glass floors looking down to the beautifully preserved Inca foundations underneath.

Day 2 | Morning

Museo de Arte Precolombino(MAP)

Opening Hours: Open from 8:00am-10:00pm

Ticket Price: 10 PEN

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Hours

Location: Cuesta del Almirante 340, Cusco

The museum is located on the northwest side of Plazoleta Nazarenas square, built in a Spanish colonial mansion with a courtyard capable of holding Inca ceremonies. The invaluable and staggering number of archaeological collections displayed here were once buried in the huge storage room of the MuseoLarco Museum in Lima.

Day 2 | Afternoon

Having the chance to enjoy the charming Museo de Arte Precolombino(MAP), Museo Inka next to it is another great place that you will never want to miss!

Museo Inka

Opening Hours: Open on Mon-Fri,8:00am-6:00pm;Open on Sat,9:00am-4:00pm

Ticket Price: 10 PEN

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-1 Hours

Location: Coffin, Cuzco, Peru

The Inca Museum is a popular museum in Cusco. In addition to a large number of exhibits about textiles, porcelain, and the history of the Inca Inca, the eight mummies are very eye-catching.

Day 2 | Evening

After visiting the glorious Museo Inka, Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel, Cusco nearby is the best place to stay.

Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel, Cusco

When you open your window on Cusco, you can expect your heart to soar as high as the Andean birds. Viewed from Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel, the sight of this ancient city cradled in the embrace of Peru’s vast mountains is among the world’s most stirring. This hotel allows travellers to immerse themselves in Cusco’s rich history and experience the city in a completely unique way.

A 16th-century monastery built on the foundations of Amaru Qhala’s Inca palace, the building was damaged during an earthquake in 1650. During its restoration, a tiny but splendid Baroque chapel was added, which you can still visit to this day. Monasterio is now recognised as a historical landmark by Peru’s National Institute of Culture.

Part of the magic is that from the outside, the whitewashed stone walls of Monasterio give little hint as to the splendid interiors within. But step inside the hotel’s cool, quiet confines and you’ll see graceful stone arches, cobble-stones and original oil paintings. Stroll a little further and you’ll come to our cloistered courtyard complete with lush, scented gardens and a fountain. It’s here you’ll find a 300-year old cedar tree, a testament to the living history of this special place. Guests have remarked that spending evenings in the courtyard under starry skies makes them feel like they’ve been transported into a lyrical novel.

It’s blissfully tranquil here, and there’s no need to worry about Cusco’s altitude. Besides the muña tea you’ll be welcomed with, you can request our a room with oxygen-enriched air. Our butler will even draw you a bath, for some well-earned relaxation after exploring the city. What’s so heart-warming about Monasterio is its personal touches. Oil paintings adorn the walls of our bedrooms, and the hotel as a whole houses one of Cusco’s finest collections of 18th-century colonial religious art.

Day 3 | Morning

Sacsayhuaman

Opening Hours: Open from 7:00am-5:30pm

Ticket Price: Free

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-1 Hours

Location: Sacsayhuaman

This huge stone circle overlooks the city of Cusco. Like other typical Inca buildings, the Incas did not use any reinforced concrete. They used exquisite stone grinding technology to grind the large stones into specific shapes, and then put them together tightly. The stone circles that tourists see now are only a small part of the original ones. Today Sacsayhuaman is not only a must-see attraction for tourists to Cusco, but the highlight of IntiRaymi, the grand festival of the sun at the end of June every year, is held here.

Day 3 | Afternoon

Now we come to another great highlight in the city: Cusco.

Cusco

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

Ticket Price: Free

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-2 Days

Location: Cusco, Peru

The city of Cusco, located in the province of Cusco in southeastern Peru, is the cradle of the ancient Inca culture, famous for its preservation of a large number of Inca monuments and many Baroque buildings. It was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983. The city of Cusco is located in the upper reaches of the Birganota River in southern Peru, in the plateau basin of the Andes, at an altitude of 3,410 meters. Around 1200 AD, the leaders of the Inca tribes moved their tribes from Lake Titicaca to this place and built the majestic and gorgeous city of Cusco. With this as the center, they established a huge Inca Empire, created the Inca culture, and made it possible to achieve The peak of Indian civilization in the South American continent. In 1532, the Spanish colonists invaded and the city of Cusco was severely damaged, but there are still some streets, palaces, temples and houses from the Inca Empire in the city. Over the centuries, the Spanish have built a large number of buildings here, and the two architectural styles have merged with each other to form a unique architectural style here.

Reviews from Real Guests:

Mike: This is a city that I liked at the first sight. Although the altitude is 3400 meters, it will be a bit high altitude for the first two days, but the overall feeling of the Inca Empire is worth visiting.

Trip.com User: I don't want to see it in the picture of Peru's Machu Picchu, but I want to go and see how I can fill my life and live it.

Day 3 | Evening

For convenient access to more popular attractions, JW Marriott El Convento Cusco is the best places.

JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

An extraordinary travel experience awaits you in Peru at the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco. Built atop ancient Incan ruins and situated around a 16th-century convent, our resort is a veritable museum in the historic city of Cusco. Stylishly decorated, our 153 luxury guest rooms and suites feature amenities like sumptuous marble bathrooms, breathtaking courtyard views, and plush bedding. Guests will find it easy to spend an afternoon wandering our remarkable grounds; our two exhibition halls showcase Peruvian artifacts, and we offer daily tours of our San Agustín Convent. Enjoy a signature pisco sour at our Qespi Bar, or visit our Pirqa Restaurant for one of Cusco's finest dining experiences. Located just steps way from the historic Plaza de Armas, our hotel offers a superb location from which to explore the city and beyond, including the magnificent Macchu Pichu. Modernity and history combine for dazzling results here at the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco - we look forward to your visit.

Day 4 | Morning

Hatunrumiyoc

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

Ticket Price: Free

Recommended Length of Stay: 10-20 Minutes

Location: Hatunrumiyoc, Cusco, Peru

Hatunrumiyoc Street is lined with ancient walls from the Inca era. The entire ancient wall is made of pieces of large stones that are cut flat and stacked like a puzzle. Although the stones on the wall are of different shapes and sizes, the ingenious combination is amazing. The stones are so tightly combined that even a piece of paper cannot be inserted. This is the brilliant masonry technology of the ancient Inca masons. This ancient wall street is more famous for a dodecagonal Inca stone (Piedradelos 12Angulos), which attracts many tourists to take pictures here. As its name suggests, the dodecagonal Inca stone has 12 sides and 12 corners, and is an existing Inca stone with polygonal corners. This seemingly random but meticulously calculated construction method is actually stronger than a neatly cut stone wall, standing upright after several major earthquakes. Go a little further and there is a side street (IncaRoca) on the right hand side with the famous jaguar stone wall. There are more than 20 stones on the top to spell out the image of a jaguar (Puma). Seeing or not seeing a jaguar requires your own imagination.

Day 4 | Afternoon

Now we come to another great highlight in the city: Plaza Ollantaytambo.

Plaza Ollantaytambo

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

Ticket Price: Free

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-1 Hours

Location: Patacalle, Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ouyantai is a town not to be missed in the Sacred Valley. There is the Temple of the Sun at Ouyantai, the larger and more majestic Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley, and because most trains to Machu Picchu depart from here, many tourists choose to stay overnight here. Aside from the Inca ruins and Machu Picchu, Ouyantai itself is still a very flavorful town, even with the rush of tourists. Located in a valley, the layout of the town is similar to that of a city during the Inca period. The streets paved with boulders and the narrow alleys with no access to cars are ideal for wandering aimlessly. Cute animal statues are often seen on the roofs of town residents. Before the Incas built their houses, they prayed to PanchaMama, the mother earth, and these figurines represent the current blessings of the earth.

Reviews from Real Guests:

Trip.com User: Forget the village just below Matchu Picchu as the place is over crowded. Ollantaytambo is the number one place to stay. cute atmosphere, the ancient ruins make for a great day. worth the extra time if you have it.

Day 4 | Evening

If you want to explore other popular attractions later, Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel by Marriott is a suitable place for you to stay and refresh.

Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel by Marriott

Property Location
Located in Cusco (Cusco Historic Center), Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel is minutes from Temple of the Sun and Qorikancha. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Centro de Textiles and Santa Catalina Convent.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 203 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and desks.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.

Dining
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café, and 24-hour room service is provided. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, a computer station, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Planning an event in Cusco? This hotel has 3358 square feet (312 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference space, and a meeting room. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request).

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. An

Day 5 | Morning

Aguas Calientes

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

Ticket Price: Free

Recommended Length of Stay: 0.5-1.0 Days

Location: Aguas Calientes 08681

Water Town is a beautiful mountain town in Cusco. Most of the houses here were built by miners more than 100 years ago, and it has obvious characteristics of a mining town. Now it is a famous scenic spot, allowing tourists to deeply experience the life of the mountain mining area, which is very worth seeing.

Day 5 | Afternoon

Now we come to another great highlight in the city: Pisac.

Pisac

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours

Ticket Price: Free

Recommended Length of Stay: 1-1 Hours

Location: To write

Pisac has a large market in the Sacred Valley, which attracts a large number of tourists. The market is open every day, but the busiest are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Great handicrafts can be found here. In addition to the bazaar, Pisac has one of the most beautiful and spectacular Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley. The site of the Pisac site is almost the highest point of the Sacred Valley, from which you can overlook the Sacred Valley extending westward, with golden terraces and rolling mountains. In addition, in Pisac, you can also see the caves on the hillside that were used to preserve mummies.

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