Explore Peru: Cusco

where to stay: 

Piccola Locanda: Located two blocks from the Plaza de Armas in San Cristobal, this hostel is a tranquil getaway for travelers returning from Machu Picchu.  During your stay at Piccola Locanda, you contribute to two local projects in Cusco that support children.  Free wifi, housekeeping, luggage storage, hairdryers, and more.  Starting at $27 pp/night.  http://www.piccolalocanda.com/locanda_ing.html

Eco Hostel, Yoga FarmA quick 30 minutes outside the city center of Cusco is the cozy, picturesque eco hostel owned by yoga teachers Marisol and Christian.  Their beautiful property houses up to 9 guests a night in cabin-like accommodations and also offers a temple for meditation, yoga classes, a garden, and a view of the Andes.  $30pp/night.  Contact them through Air B&B at

where to eat: 

The Meeting Place: This cafe located in Plaza San Blas not only has the most delicious milkshakes in all of Cusco, but donates 100% of it’s profit to local projects.  Visit them to support project in Cusco and for a taste of home.   http://www.themeetingplacecusco.com/ 

Read more about The Meeting Place on our guest blog at  www.liveworldly.squarespace.com/interact

Aldea Yanapay: Affordable prices and delicious international cuisine are almost enough to draw us to this cozy restaurant.  The best part about it though is that Aldea Yanapay also functions as an afterschool program to keep local children educated and off the streets.  The profits from the restaurant go back to support  the program.  Pop in for a falafel dish or something traditionally Peruvian.  Dishes range from $4 to $12.  http://yanapay.facipub.com/index.php?fp_verpub=true&idpub=67

who to tour with:

Wayki Trek: Tour the city of Cusco with this awesome company for the day.  Options include within the city or delving into the Sacred Valley.  Wayki also offers a variety of treks to Machu Picchu and other action-adventure tours.  Check them out at  http://www.waykitrek.net/daily_tours/city-tour-in-cusco/

Posted on March 6, 2015 .