Museum Tour of Cusco, Part 2, Cusco (Self Guided)

Cusco has a stunning variety of museums and cultural centers that contain fascinating art, historical artifacts and more. Take this self-guided tour of Cusco's premier museums to learn about the city's history and cultural heritage.
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Museum Tour of Cusco, Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Museum Tour of Cusco, Part 2
Guide Location: Peru » Cusco (See other walking tours in Cusco)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: Nick
Hilario Mendivil Museum

1) Hilario Mendivil Museum

The Hilario Mendivil Museum is located in the popular neighborhood of San Blas. A magnificent collection of original sculptures and paintings by internationally renowned artist Hilario Mendivil is on display here. Be sure to visit museum’s workshop to learn about Cusquenan crafts and the process of making of these lovely pieces of art.

Operation hours: Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm; 2 pm – 6 pm
Taki Museum

2) Taki Museum

Taki means “song,” and the Taki Museum, fittingly enough, is a music Museum. Kike Pinto, the founder of the museum, is a composer, performer and a musician who has collected musical instruments over the last 35 years, most of which are on display in the museum. The museum also showcases instruments from native Andean, Amazonian and international communities. Cultural and musical events, workshops, concerts and music lectures are held here.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
Museum of Religious Art

3) Museum of Religious Art (must see)

The Museum of Religious Art is located near the center of the city in the historic Archiepiscopal Palace, which was built over the walls of the Inca Sinchi Roca Palace. During the Colonial era, the building belonged to Marquiz de Buenavista. Today, several rooms of this beautiful house are used to display a collection of religious art, Colonial furniture and paintings. This is one of the best places in Cusco to enjoy Andean art.
Koricancha Museum

4) Koricancha Museum (must see)

The Koricancha Archeological Museum exhibits archeological finds from Pre-Inca, Inca and Colonial times. The artifacts have been gathered from a variety of Inca sites surrounding the city. Most of the museum’s pieces were excavated from the Temple of Koricancha site in the early 1990s. To help visitors visualize the site, the museum has tried to replicate the interior details of the Inca temple of the sun here. Visit this museum to learn more about Peru’s fascinating pre-Colonial past.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm; Sunday: 2 pm - 5 pm
The Museum of Natural History

5) The Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History is located near Plaza de Armas and is managed by the University of San Antonio Abad. Visit this exciting museum to see exhibits of preserved animals and reptiles, including more than 150 different species of snake. Be sure not to miss the interior courtyard of the University, as it is a wonderful example of Colonial architecture.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 12 pm; 3 pm - 6 pm
San Francisco Museum

6) San Francisco Museum (must see)

The San Francisco museum is one of the largest and most popular museums in Cusco. The museum occupies the two floors of the San Francisco Church. The interior walls are decorated with beautiful paintings and wooden carvings. The museum's main attractions include the Franciscan family tree canvas, a series of Saint Antonio images, Colonial furniture and a large number of unique religious paintings.

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 8 pm

Walking Tours in Cusco, Peru

Create Your Own Walk in Cusco

Create Your Own Walk in Cusco

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cusco is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping Tour of Cusco

Shopping Tour of Cusco

Cusco has many excellent opportunities for shopping. Here you can find beautiful clothing, most of which is made from 100% alpaca wool. You can also purchase handmade jewelry, Inca pottery, quilts, textiles and more. Take this tour to explore some of the best stores in Cusco.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The rich historical legacy of Cusco is known well beyond the city's borders. The streets of the capital of the once mighty Inca Empire tell a fascinating story of life in the pre- and post-Columbus eras. This tour invites you to visit some of Cusco's most noteworthy attractions, prominent reminders of the city's eventful past.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Museum Tour of Cusco, Part 1

Museum Tour of Cusco, Part 1

Cusco is a beautiful, historical city and the cradle of Inca civilization. The city is home to many ancient ruins, which explains why it is considered "The Archeological Capital of America." Take this tour to visit Cusco's best museums, which hold the treasures of the city's past.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Religious Tour of Cusco

Religious Tour of Cusco

Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, is one of the oldest cities in the world. In the 16th century Spanish missionaries brought Catholicism to Cusco. Take this tour to learn about fascinating Inca religious buildings and rituals and to see some of the beautiful religious art in Cusco's Colonial-era churches.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Cusco for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Cusco has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Cusco, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.