The Plaza de Armas, is, much like in a lot of other South American cities, the very hub of Cusco.  Facing the Plaza de Armas are two major cathedrals. The Cathedral of Santo Domingo, simply called THE cathedral, was Cusco’s first cathedral. Constructions started in 1560.

Below, you will see other photos of more dogs in the Cusco area and attractions there or close by.

Many people stop in Cusco on the way to see Machu Picchu and The Lost City of the Incas, but there is much more to see.

Cathedrials dating back to 1500’s with awe inspiring interiors and construction to withstand what nature can bring.


Volunteering with dog related organizations is a wonderful way to help out while you visit this country.

Check out the following links for detailed information to make a difference locally! 

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  1. Globalteer
  2. Volunteer World

DIsclaimerBarks Abroad has not vetted, endorses, nor guarantee these organizations or their work.

Contact us if you know of another organization to be added to this list.

Famous dishes such as ceviche originated in Peru, as well as some of the most adventurous ones, like cuy al horno (roasted guinea pig). 

The staples in a Cusqueñan diet are potatoes, rice, soups, corn, and lots of meat, from alpaca to chicken to pork.

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Cusco’s Alejandro Velasco Astete’s airport is located about 15 minutes outside the centre of Cusco. 

There are currently no direct international flights to Cusco with the exception of some flights from La Paz in Bolivia with, so you will most likely have to make some sort of transit stop in Lima, Peru’s capital before flying on to any of Lima’s 29 international destinations.

The best way to get around Cusco is on foot. The Plaza da Armas serves as the historic center of the city and colorful cobbled pedestrian-only streets extend outward to many of the city’s top attractions. 

That said, at an altitude of more than 11,000 feet, exploring Cusco requires stamina. Should you need to catch your breath, it’s easy to flag down a taxi. Buses, often called colectivos or combis, are a more affordable way to get around, but the time schedules and limited routes can be less convenient than hailing a cab. 

Splurge – The Belmond Hotel Monasterio is a gorgeous boutique hotel in a former monastery in the Centro of Cusco. It has great reviews, beautiful grounds, and charming decor.

Mid-range – Hotel Arqueologo Exclusive Selection is a great midrange choice. It’s on the hill between the Centro and San Blas, so the location is ideal and a little quieter. It’s well designed, charming, and a good value for the price.

Budget –The Amaru Hostal has great reviews and is charming and colorful. It’s located in the San Blas neighborhood, so you’ll have a more residential feel and be surrounded by the artsy cafes and cute streets.