If you think Lima is the most visited city in Peru, you are dead wrong. Located several hundreds of kilometers southeast of the capital, Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many tourists come to Cusco not only for its preserved colonial architecture, but also for its proximity from Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and other Inca sites. Indigenous Quechua culture remains an integral part of the Cusco cityscape. People in traditional clothing can still be seen on the streets.
One of the tourist centers in Cusco is the Plaza de Armas, a public square surrounded with churches, shops, restaurants, and bars. Although it is a nice place to spend the afternoon, street vendors and hawkers may spoil the experience. The city also has a vibrant, tourist-fueled nightlife.