For a break from Cusco’s usual historical sights, visit the Cocoa Museum to learn more about the Inca’s sacred leaf. The museum introduces visitors to the history of the coca plant and explains exactly why it is so important to the Peruvian identity, today and in times past. It also covers the botanical and medicinal properties of the plant and tackles the more recent issues of drug trafficking and cocaine addiction.
Things to see in Cusco
Direccíon Regional de Industria y Turismo (DRIT)
Portal de Mantas 117-A
Tel: (84) 222 032.
Alternatively, iPeru (www.peru.info) have information offices in the main hall at Aeropuerto Velasco Astete.
An essential purchase is the Cusco Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turistico) (www.cosituc.gob.pe) which is the only way to get into most of the city's and region's main attractions, including those in the Sacred Valley. It is available from the tourist office, iPeru office, the OFEC office on the corner of Garcilaso and Plaza Regocijo or from the attractions themselves. A separate ticket is required to access the Cathedral, San Blas and Museo de Arte Religioso though.