Historic Cusco

Cusco is not limited to Plaza de ArmasQorikancha, and the churches. The rest of the UNESCO World Heritage listed historic city is well worth discovering. You’ll find many interesting places along the way.

A street in Cusco, Peru

A street in Cusco

Just to the west of Plaza de Armas is Plaza Regocijo. The Municipalidad de Cusco is located here.

Plaza Regocijo in Cusco, Peru

Plaza Regocijo

Municipalidad de Cusco in Cusco, Peru

Municipalidad de Cusco

This small plaza seems to have events quite often. One day I passed through and there was a military parade. On another day, I was able to watch live music and see the plaza filled with food tents serving cuy (guinea pig), a Peruvian delicacy.

Cuy in Cusco, Peru


To the south of the plaza is Avenida El Sol. This is one of the main arteries of Cusco. It connects Plaza de Armas with Qorikancha, the bus terminal, and airport. One of the most prominent buildings along Avenida El Sol is the Palacio de Justicia (Courthouse). At the southern end of it is the Centro Artesenal Cusco, a handicraft market where you can find all kinds of souvenirs including alpaca sweaters.

Avenida El Sol in Cusco, Peru

Avenida El Sol

Palacio de Justicia in Cusco, Peru

Palacio de Justicia

Centro Artesenal Cusco, Peru

Centro Artesenal Cusco

West of Plaza Regocijo is Plaza San Francisco, which is the location of one of the most prestigious schools in Peru, Colegio Nacional de Ciencias. It was founded by Simón Bolívar in 1825.

Colegio Nacional de Ciencias in Cusco, Peru

Colegio Nacional de Ciencias

Even further west is a great place to see how Cusqueños live. The Mercado San Pedro has stalls selling everything from cheese, meat, vegetables, and fruits to souvenirs, clothes, and household goods.

Mercado San Pedro in Cusco, Peru

Mercado San Pedro

Mercado San Pedro in Cusco, Peru

Mercado San Pedro

Mercado San Pedro in Cusco, Peru

Mercado San Pedro

Mercado San Pedro in Cusco, Peru

Mercado San Pedro

The market spills out onto the streets as well.

Outside of Mercado San Pedro in Cusco, Peru

Outside of Mercado San Pedro

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