Cuzco the “tiled” city situated at about 10,600 feet high in the Andes is best known as the gateway to the famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. You absolutely must see Machu Picchu, but you also need to spend a few days in and around Cuzco to absorb all that this area has to offer. Cuzco as a result of being situated so close to Machu Picchu is an international city full of tourist services including a plethora of hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and shops.
Cuzco is most definitely a walking city. Narrow walkways lined with cobblestone or pavers are the norm. Small shops are congregated around the main square. Plaza de Armas is the main square of activity in Cuzco and is the center of town.
This square is anchored by the main Cathedral in Cuzco. There are several benches located in the actual Plaza de Armas and this is a great place to people watch. If you sit for two long though, you will fall prey to the many street vendors who want to sell you their wares, ranging from gum, to postcards, to drugs, to artwork.
Most of the tourist facilities are located near the main square, however it is worth taking a few hours to wander away from this area to visit the non touristy shops and markets and see what the ‘rest’ Cuzco looks like. There are many streets that hardly ever see a tourist’s face. Internet cafes are everywhere in this city. Prices are usually a few soles for an hour of use.
Where tourists congregate, so do thieves, so be extra cautious with your cameras and any bags you might be carrying. Cuzco is a city known for thieves who prey on unsuspecting or even suspecting tourists.