Pirwa Hostels Cusco
Pirwa B&B Posada del Corregidor
Pirwa B&B Suecia
Pirwa Hostel Colonial
Pirwa Hostel San Blas
Welcome to our hostels in Cusco
Let the warm staff of Pirwa Hostels in Cusco introduce you to the wonders of the Imperial Capital of Cusco! Pirwa has four hostels and B&B in unbeatable locations, three centered around the Plaza de Armas, Cusco´s Main Square, and one in the popular bohemian San Blas district. No matter which Pirwa Hostel or B&B you choose, you`ll find yourself in walking distance from some of the city`s most significant and stunning colonial and Inca architecture, quality restaurants, and cafés during the day and some of Cusco`s best bars and clubs during the night.
With Pirwa Hostels there are a range of options from which you can choose the type of cheap accommodation in Cusco that´s right for you: private rooms or dormitories, private bathrooms or shared, Pirwa B&Bs or budget hostels for backpackers. Pirwa Hostels and B&Bs anticipate your needs, offering cozy cheerful rooms with comfortable beds and 24hr hot water for your comfort, and free internet, in-house travel agency, and laundry and pick-up services for your convenience. Pirwa Hostels and B&Bs also come equipped with large common areas, video/tv lounges, in-house bars, and BBQ areas allowing you to socialize with travelers from all over the world. Let Pirwa Hostels make you feel at home with comfort, convenience, and a friendly atmosphere at low prices!
Hostel Promotions in Cusco
As a gift to our loyal guests & friends, if you stay with us at each stop: Arequipa, Nazca, Puno, Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lima you´ll get a free night´s stay in whichever city you choose!
Book 4 nights in any of our Cusco hostels and get a free dinner at our restaurant Plus Café! Savor local specialties while overlooking the Main Square in the restaurant´s balcony
Book 4 nights at Pirwa Backpackers Colonial & get a 5th night free!
Surrounded by imposing Andean peaks and the green Sacred Valley of the Incas, a natural abundance so rich that the Inca were certain that Cusco was the center of the world, Cusco has to be seen to be believed. With sights such as the Baroque Cathedral in the Main Square, built upon the ruins of an Inca Palace with rocks pilfered from other popular ruins such as Sacsayhuaman Fortress with its massive stones and Qorikancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun, Cusco never fails to attract visitors from all over the world. Lose yourself in the Incan, colonial, and modern characteristics of Cusco, wandering through the hectic marketplaces or enjoying the serenity of the valley.
Throughout the Sacred Valley are impressive pre-Inca and Inca ruins such as the agricultural laboratory of Moray and the Fortress of Ollantaytambo. Spending a day in the Sacred Valley of the Incas is also the best way to observe traditional Quechua communities still upholding pre-Columbian customs, with their vibrant clothing adding color to the quaint villages of adobe houses and subsistence farms. You´ll even see Inca terraces still being farmed to this day.
With Pirwa Travel information counters in each Pirwa Hostel and B&B, no one makes it easier for you to discover the wonders of the center of the Inca world.
Barrio de San Blas
In the center of Cusco, just a few short but quite steep blocks from the Plaza de Armas, is the bohemian sector of San Blas. Considered Cusco´s most picturesque neighborhood, the narrow and twisting cobblestone streets of San Blas are lined with rustic colonial buildings. Once T´oqo-kachi, a neighborhood populated by governing Inca nobility and artists transplanted from around the empire to teach local artists their methods, it´s still primarily an artists´ district, with numerous artisan workshops, stores, and galleries.
Tour one of the Saturday art fairs in the Plaza San Blas, making sure to stop by the 16th century church, which was built atop an Inca Sanctuary dedicated to Illapa (the God of thunder and lightning) and houses a large intricate pulpit carved from a single piece of wood.
Some of the oldest continuously occupied dwellings in South America are in Ollantaytambo, which also maintains its original Inca urban planning. Its distinctive pottery is renowned for its quality.
Standing guard over the town and protecting the entrance to the Sacred Valley is the Fortress of Ollantaytambo, which has the distinction of being one of the biggest, most well-preserved Inca fortresses, and the only one to have withstood Spanish attack during the Conquest. It was built using tremendous manpower, using stones from a quarry high up on the other side of the river.
The Archeological Complex of Ollantaytambo includes not only the citadel, but also storehouses, the Temple of the Sun ceremonial center, and ritual baths, displaying fine stonework testifying to the area`s importance.
The cobbled streets of the village of Pisaq (Quechua for Partridge, whose shape the city layout depicts), 1 hr out of Cusco, are lined with quaint adobe homes and colonial buildings. Its popular Sunday market combines a bustling traditional area selling produce, food and drink, and a colorful tourist sector hawking artisan goods. Around the market one can sample empanadas baked in traditional clay ovens and see the "castles" housing guinea pigs.
The main draw, however, are the Inca Ruins of Pisaq on top of an overlooking hill. Narrow terraces curving along the hillside and still in use are known as the Pisaqa, the ceremonial center and Temple of the Sun are the Intihuatana, and finally, there`s the Q´allagasa, which is believed to have either been a fortress or an astronomical observatory.