The Historic Center of Cuzco City

Hello readers, today I wrote about the historic center of Cusco, what to see and visit like, churches and museums, where to eat and much more. If you have more time to be in Cusco, be sure to visit the museums, churches of this this beautiful city, many of them are included in the tourist ticket, read more on our blog.

1.What to see in Cusco?

1.1 Churches of Cusco

cathedral of cuzco

The remarkable cathedral occupies the palace space that belonged to Inca Viracocha and are accompanied by two chapels. On the left, the so-called Temple of Triumph, and on the opposite side to the Sagrada Familia (sacred family). Cuzco was one of the first American dioceses. It is a church with three naves with a ribbed vault. Because of the work of different masters of the work, in the cathedral there is an influence from the final Gothic to the Baroque. Sumptuous altars, remarkable jewelry and paintings from the famous Cuzqueña School. Also in the cathedral is the famous Christ of the Tremors, a 17th century work, much loved in the place for protecting the city from earthquakes. The chapel of Triunfo is from the 16th century and receives the name of victory; it is three naves, while the Sagrada Família corresponds to the 18th century.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm
Cost: Entrance with the Religious Circuit Ticket or just for this monument with the following values. Partial adult: S /. 25.00 Partial student: S /. 12.50 – Address is Plaza de armas.

1.2 Koricancha (Santo Domingo Church)

temple of koricancha
temple of koricancha

Coricancha was the temple dedicated to the god Sun (Inti). The magnificent building, from the beginning of the 15th century, corresponded after the Spanish conquest. The convent has several artistic elements ranging from the Renaissance to the Baroque style, as well as several decorative elements, which include Andalusian tiles and paintings from Cuzco. The Coricancha temple, in which the structures of the Santo Domingo convent. The place was the most sacred of the Incas, because it also adored other deities of the Inca pantheon. Today you can visit both the koricancha and the santo domingo church.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 08:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Ticket price: The Coricancha temple is NOT included in the tourist ticket. Adults: 10 soles. – Students: 5 soles. – Children under 10: Free admission.

1.3 The Society of Jesus

church society of jesus
church society of jesus

One of the two large churches overlooking the Plaza de Armas, that you can also go to the second floor, the balcony to enjoy a beautiful view of the square. It was built, where a large Inca palace, after the Spanish, was belonged to Francisco Pizarro himself. With a Latin cross plan and a dome on the cruise, the temple stands out for its excellent facade of great ornamental wealth. The magnificent cover is composed of three bodies, with a beautiful Baroque decoration. On both sides, the two towers make an excellent game of shapes. There are five baroque bodies, except the first, topped by squatting pinnacles. Altarpieces, canvases, statues give a great spectacle to this extremely rich interior, which at the time discovered the suspicions of the cathedral council, because it paled the course of the cathedral. The viceroy, who gave his support to the company, resolved the process.

Hours: Monday to Saturday: from 08:00 to 11:00 and from 13:00 to 17:00 – Cost: Entrance with the Religious Circuit Ticket or just for this monument with the following values: Partial adult: S / 10.00 – Partial Student: S / 5.00

1.4 La Merced Convent Church

Church of la merced
Church of la merced

In 1535, the mercedaries founded the La Merced convent in Cuzco, in a space provided by Francisco Pizarro, very close to the Plaza de Armas. The bell tower of La Merced has a strong Baroque style. The simple-looking church has the title of minor basilica. The first mercedary structure fell with the earthquake of 1650. In addition, in it the current temple was rebuilt, with three ships. In the church there are burials of some of the first leaders of the Iberian Peninsula, such as Gonzalo Pizarro (brother of Francisco Pizarro) and Diego de Almagro. The roof and the tower stand out from the façade, crowned by a robust and beautiful baroque bell tower. The interior has baroque and neoclassical altars, good tents and paintings from the colonial period. The convent has a magnificent cloister of Renaissance airs of gold and precious stones, one of the most beautiful in America, is particularly famous.

Museum opening hours: Morning: 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Afternoon: 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Museum cost: S /. 6.00 – Opening hours of the church: Mass schedules: From Monday to Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Sundays from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

1.5 Church of San Blas:

church san-blas
church san-blas

The highlight here was the carved wooden pulpit (carved from a single piece of cedar), the unexplained bones scattered in a basement room (perhaps a crypt?) In addition, you can climb to the bell tower, with have a beautiful view of Cusco. When you leave, notice near the pulpit that there are paintings that must have been added later, since they cover part of the pulpit entrance, the nearby arch and some murals painted on the arch. To save money in several places, go to the Archbishop’s Palace first and buy the combined ticket that includes The Cathedral, The Company, the Archbishop’s Palace and the San Blas Temple.

Hours: Monday to Sunday from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. – Cost.- Entrance with the Religious Circuit Ticket, or only to this monument with the following amounts – Partial adult: S / 10.00 – Partial Student: S / 7.00.

2. Cusco Museums

2.1 The Museum Inka


It was a colonial mansion built with Inca stones by the lieutenant Francisco Aldrete Maldonado around the 17th century, also called an admiral. The admiral inhabited the Inka Museum until 1643, the year he died. The museum has the coat of arms of the Maldonado de Anaya family and the Aldrete Maldonado family, its first owners, who at the same time added their attractive Plateresque cape that today, looks like. Its architecture shows the luxury of colonial art as its arcade courtyard and coffered ceilings. The Inka Museum has a total of approximately 10,000 pieces cataloged, among which stands out a collection of 40 turquoise green idols, a wide variety of gold and silver objects, ceramics, Inca fabrics and a bales room from the Inca period, among others.

Operating hours: second to sixth-feira: from 08:00 to 18:00 – Saturdays and holidays: from 09:00 to 16:00 – Custo: Adults S / 10.00

2.2 Museum of pre-Columbian art

Museum of pre-Columbian art
Museum of pre-Columbian art

This museum offers a tour of the pre-Hispanic cultures of Peru, but from an artistic point of view. We will not find concrete explanations about the origin of cultures or their most important characteristics, there are no criteria for interpretation, only beauty, feelings and emotions expressed in ceramics, sculptures, paintings, jewelery and textiles from 10,000 years ago. This museum is located in Plaza Nazarenas, in Casa Cabrera, a few blocks from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 9: 00-22: 00 hrs. – Costs: General admission S / 20.00 – Students S / 10.00

2.3 Santo Domingo Convent Museum – Qorikancha


This site features remains of the Qorikancha, the largest temple of the Inca Empire, incorporated into the architectural complex of the Dominican convent of the 15th and 16th centuries, combined with elements of modern architecture. The Museum has collections of vice-legal art, the most famous canvas: “Encounter of Pizarro and Atahuallpa in Cajamarca”, late 16th century), you will also see, liturgical clothes and objects and contemporary art. The Convent has an extensive cultural projection: it organizes art competitions, temporary artistic exhibitions, lectures, concerts, book presentations and theatrical functions.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 08:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Ticket price: Adults: 10 soles. – Students: 5 soles. – Children under 10: Free admission.

2.4 Traditional tourist restaurants

2.5 Inka Grill

Inka Grill

It was one of the first restaurants in Cusco and has one of the best locations, just around the corner from the majestic Plaza de Armas. Its specialty is Newand food and international cuisine, offering delicious creations with fresh ingredients, such as trout, alpaca, quinoa and Andean cheese. Its menu reinvents international dishes, giving rise to creations such as the highly recommended quinoa risotto. Inka Grill covers 15 years of gastronomic experience in an excellent location in the heart of the city, with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Address: Portal de Panes 115, Cusco plaza de armas – Hours: Monday to Monday from 10:00 am to 23:00 pm

2.6 Limo restaurant


A restaurant with an unbeatable view of Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, located on the second floor of a typical colonial house. A chic and contemporary place, with an excellent variety of piscos. Have you taken Pisco before? It is the main liquor in Peru! It is a type of grape brandy that offers intriguing flavors when mixed with exotic fruits from Latin America. A good place to relax and admire the view. What about the food? The cuisine specializes in Asian Peruvian dishes from marine dishes, such as fantastic dishes like sushi (which you will only experience in Peru) and tiraditos (a kind of sashimi with electrifying flavor). The limousine is a mandatory stop for food lovers and lovers of Peruvian food.
Hours: Monday to Monday from 10:30 am to 23:00 pm – Address: Portal de Carnes 236, Plaza de Armas, Cusco.

2.7 Cheap and traditional restaurants

2.8 Munay Resto

Cheap tradicional restaurant in Cusco

A super traditional restaurant in la plaza san Francisco, lunch is 10 soles. For those who want to eat cheap and cheap food and godstoza, then munayresto is your best option.
Hours: It is open from 11.00 until 9.30 – Address: Praca San Francisco, Cusco.

2.9 San Pedro Market

San Pedro Market

You will find all the fresh products typical of the region: figs, bananas, pineapple, mango and passion fruit arranged in piles; corn (all colors), cassava, sweet potatoes, Andean potatoes (there are more than two thousand varieties), peanuts, quino, etc … There are also meat stalls, cheeses, breads and typical tortillas, herbs, dried fruits, flowers and crafts. In the food stall area, you can try typical Peruvian dishes and freshly prepared fruit and vegetable juices.

3. How to explore the historic center of Cusco and other cities in Peru?

The easiest way to do this is by taking a free tour with Free Walking Tour in Cuzco, with the most famous company: Inkan Milky Way, the champions on walking tours in peru.