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Traveling solo to Cusco? Here’s how to take advantage of your time spent in the capital of the Incas.
Some say that traveling solo is a good opportunity to connect with ourselves and new people who may cross our paths along the way. Here are some tips to make your solitary stay in Cusco an amazing and rewarding one.
Take a traditional walk
A solitary walk through the traditional San Blas neighborhood can become a memorable experience if you allow for time to observe the typical local architecture and stop by the San Blas’ church with its majestic golden altar. You can even go up the bell tower and get some nice views of the city.
Admire ancient Peruvian art
By visiting local museums one can truly dive deep into a new culture, especially when traveling solo and not depending on other people’s time. The Museo de Arte Precolombino (Museum of Pre-Columbian art) offers a fabulous collection divided into ten carefully curated rooms, providing a complete view of Peru’s ancient cultural heritage.
Before heading to Machu Picchu
Make room in your Sacred Valley itinerary to spend some time in Ollantaytambo. After visiting the town’s massive Inca fortress (Ollantaytambo ruins), have a look at the local arts and crafts market for a souvenir or two. For a pick-me-up, get a coffee or an awesome lunch at El Albergue, a lodge and restaurant located inside Ollantaytambo’s train station. Make sure you get a seat on one of the tables overlooking the railway. The view is a must!
Discover Cusco’s main market place
If traveling solo in Cusco go ahead and dedicate a couple of hours to explore the colorful and lively Mercado de San Pedro. Indulge in its local food products and assorted range of handcrafts. Even if you are not of the shopping kind, your five senses will be grateful for the adventure.
A nice drink for the way
When traveling alone, it is always a good idea to stop by a cozy bar and get a grasp of the local drinks the city offers. On Santa Catalina Ancha street you will find El Museo del Pisco (Museum of Pisco). Try interesting varieties of Peru’s fine grape spirit and learn about its fermentation process. We think this is a great starting point for initiating a friendly conversation.
Trek and learn
If you’re looking to do some nearby trekking, El Balcón del diablo (Devil’s balcony) is a mere 20-minute walk from Cusco city’s most popular archeological site: Sacsayhuamán. A striking blend of Inca architecture and nature, this trek has somehow remained off the beaten path. For further information about the Inca empire worldview, we suggest you get a day tour for this site.
If traveling by yourself, Cusco offers a wide range of activities once you find the right spots and timing. All you need is an explorer’s attitude, loads of energy and cultural curiosity.