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The Point Hostels March 20, 2017

When visiting Peru, the must do stop is Cusco with its dazzling temples, ancient cities and access to famed Inca ruins. You will fall in love with Cusco from the first minute, first breathe you will take there.

First and foremost, you’ll want to plan your visit to the lost Incan city of Machu Picchu. For me it was the main purpose of my trip to Peru. With its awe-inspiring location, it is the best-known and most spectacular archaeological site on the continent. The high quality of the stonework and the abundance of ornamental work shows tourists that Machu Picchu must once have been an important ceremonial center. In addition, you will enjoy peaceful and beautiful views. This place will take you back to the past wrapping you into magic.

If you still want to get closer to the Peruvian culture visit Pisaq Market. Here you can find handicrafts, jewelry, minerals, herbs, spices and local foods and is the biggest market in Cuzco. Sunday is the best time to go, when locals from hours away come to attend church and buy and sell goods. This is also when you can see locals dressed in traditional clothing from the church procession that takes place in the town. Even if you don’t buy anything it’s a good way to learn about the local way of life, get a taste of how herbal medicine works, see how paints and dyes are made using natural minerals and sample the various local foods. Make sure to try the choclo con queso, a regional strain of corn on the cob topped with cheese and chili sauce.

And of course, once you are in Cusco you must experience the night life. Cuzco has many options for bars and clubs. The best part: it’s easy to get a buzz on a budget, as a full-priced cocktail at any place you may visit. You must try the traditional Peruvian cocktail Pisco Sour or choose one with flavor: passion fruit Maracuya Sour, Granadilla Sour and for coffee lovers Coffe Sour.

Enjoy your stay in this beautiful city and remember that The Point Cusco is always open for everyone.