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7 things to do for free: Cusco, Peru

We asked staff at the South American Explorers’ Cusco Clubhouse for their tips for freebies in the town…

Stroll around the market, Cusco (Marilyn Burgess)

1. Salsa dance

Many of Cusco’s clubs offer free lessons, generally between 9-11pm – take a class, then practise through the night

2. Appreciate art


Irq’i Yachay (‘Wisdom of the Children’) Museum contains 1,000-plus works of art by rural mountain children; open 10am-5pm, Mon-Fri

3. Drink for free


Many places hand out vouchers for free drinks – they’re genuine and offer a cost-free night out

4. Chill  out on high


Check out the views from the artsy, quaint pedestrian-only barrio of San Blas, north-east of Plaza de Armas. The white adobe church boasts elaborate woodworking and gold-leaf altar

5. Find a fiesta


You can guarantee there’ll be a festival somewhere, sometime on your Peru trip; ask around for party pointers

6. Locate the logo

Stroll down cobblestoned Hatun Rumiyoc. Near the Archbishop’s Palace is the 12-cornered stone popularly recognized as the logo for Cuzqueña beer

7.  Window shop


Browse Cusco’s markets to see local art and craft, including pottery, gourd-carving and alpaca wool clobber

For more, see www.saexplorers.org

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