The Mysteries of Machu Picchu
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Cusco is one of those places where there are so many things to do and see that you have to make some priorities; select the ones you like the most and leave the rest for your next visit. An example of this are the museums: there are so many in Cusco that it is difficult to decide which one to visit. Today we want to tell you which are the more original ones of imperial city that you surely did not know they even existed.
Yes, you are reading right! Cusco, in addition to having one of the 7 Wonders of the World, has a space dedicated exclusively to chocolate (the dream of so many!).
When you enter to the museum, they receive you with a chocolate tea that we are sure you will want to take home. Once you are there, you can make a free tour in which they tell you all about the history of Peruvian cocoa and, especially, the one from Cusco.
In addition, you can make different courses of how to make chocolate, go to a farm where they grow cocoa or even celebrate your birthday in the museum itself.
Before finishing, do not forget to take a souvenir from the store: there are so many things! From handmade products and cocoa-based foods to chocolate-flavored lipsticks! Can you imagine being all day with the taste of cocoa in your mouth?
Address: 210 Garcilaso Street, Cusco.
Schedule: Monday to Sunday, from 9 a. m. to 7 p. m.
Price: free tour, consult courses.
There is something that surprises all the tourists that visit Peru: coca. Coca is a plant that the people from Cusco have been using from pre-Columbian times and that has infinite medicinal benefits.
Currently, one of the main uses of coca is to avoid soroche, the typical headache suffered by those who visit Cusco and are not used to the height of the city. However, this plant has many benefits that have been passed from generation to generation and that you can get to know throughout the museum.
Also, if you want to live a mystical experience, we recommend you to go to a coca leaf reading, where a specialist will tell you what the leaves of this plant say about your past, your present and your future. Dare to do it?
Address: Cuesta San Blas 618, Cusco.
Schedule: Monday to Sunday, from 8 a. m. to 8 p. m.
Although it is not a museum itself, the neighborhood of San Blas is one of the busiest and best known in Cusco for its streets, narrow and colorful, which are like an open-air museum. In them you can find the works of the famous artisans of this neighborhood, who open their workshops to show all the details of Peruvian crafts and, of course, to put on sale items that are made by themselves. Undoubtedly, San Blas is the perfect place to take a souvenir of the imperial city.
If you want to know more about the art of our country, we recommend you to go to the Tawa Galleries, where contemporary Peruvian art and design merge with Andean customs to create unique works in the region.
Here, artisans sell their own pieces, ranging from paintings to clothing or jewelry items.
Address: Limacpampa Chico 400, Cusco.
Schedule: Monday to Saturday, from 12 p. m. to 8 p. m.
Price: free entrance.
Going to Peru and not trying pisco is like going there and not seeing Machu Picchu. The most famous drink in our country can be found in any city and the great variety of cocktails is endless.
To close your Museum day, we recommend you to go to the Pisco Museum, a place where you can make a tasting of various types of this delicious drink as well as enjoy live music and exquisite food.
Address: Santa Catalina Ancha 398, Cusco.
Schedule: Monday to Sunday, from 11 a. m. at 1 a. m.
Price: free admission, tasting S/ 60 for two people.
As you can see, the city of Cusco has plenty of places to explore and where to learn all the details of what the Incas called “The navel of the world”. Captivate yourself with the magic of the history and traditions of Peru!