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I grew up in the Midwest and there was green space everywhere. Moving down here to Peru has definitely been a different experience.
There is plenty of nature to explore in Peru’s Sacred Valley, but aren’t many parks in Cusco.
All the ones that are listed online have almost no green areas at all to relax in. Instead, they are huge paved squares surrounded by churches and restaurants.
Sure, they have a fountain or some benches, but it’s really not the same as Central Park or the Boston Common, and I was really starting to crave some grass, trees, and fresh air.
If you’re in Cusco and beginning to feel the same, it’s time for a day at one of the best parks in Cusco: Llaullipata.
There’s almost no information about parks in Cusco online, and the elusive Llaullipata is no different. I’m just so glad Daniel and I found it! We’ve already visited twice and it’s been the perfect escape from the city.
Here’s everything you need to know to get there.
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How to get to Llaullipata Park
The two easiest ways to get to Llaullipata park are by foot or by taxi.
If you choose to go by taxi you won’t have any problems because all of the drivers know where it is. The trip will only take about 10 minutes and the cost will be between 10 and 15 soles / 3 to 4.50 usd for the ride.
If you’re on a budget like us, you can also walk to Llaullipata Park for a totally free day trip from Cusco.
The walk only took 30 minutes and really wasn’t that bad. Plus, we got an amazing view of the city of Cusco spread out below us, which definitely made the extra effort worth it!
Open this map for directions to Llaullipata Park from Plaza de Armas in Cusco’s city center.
What to do in Llaullipata Park
There are a few different areas to enjoy in Llaullipata Park.
First, there is a large field with fire pits, where you can spread out a blanket and spend some time chilling in the sun or shade, reading a book or enjoying a picnic.
There are also hiking trails that criss cross through the park. One goes down to a small river, while others run through the upper forest.
If you’re in Cusco in July, there is even a yearly festival called Llaullifest held in the park. I was also told that there are some Incan ruins of ceremonial altars somewhere in it… although I never found them, it didn’t stop us from exploring while we looked!
What to See Nearby
Loving finally spending time in the parks in Cusco, and don’t want to leave at the end of the day?
If so, no worries. There are a few different options to extend your trip to Llaullipata.
One of the only campgrounds in Cusco, Quinta Lala, is just up the street. If you like to camp you can rent all the gear you need from one of the many shops in Cusco and snag a spot there in the great outdoors for the night.
You can also visit the Planetarium Cusco which is very close by.
I think reservations need to be made an advance, but this small planetarium has glowing reviews from people who have taken tours of the place and learned about Cusco’s night sky and the Incan beliefs surrounding it.
When you’re on the hunt for parks in Cusco, it’s hard to find green space and nature nearby to relax in.
After living in the city for over a month, it’s definitely clear to me that Laullipata is the best choice for when you want to escape the city.
The park is easy to reach by foot from Cusco and has a large forest with hiking trails to explore.
Even better, there are plenty of other options near Llaullipata to extend your day in the area and spend more time out in nature. Check it out, and let me know what you think about this hidden gem in Cusco!
Ready to go?
Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights to Cusco and then explore accommodation like unique stays on Airbnb or the top-rated hotels on Booking.com to plan the perfect night, weekend, or long-term stay in the city.
Then, stick around to learn how to hike to Huchuy Qosqo without a guide, visit Kinsa Cocha and see Pisac’s three lakes, or walk to the Sacsayhuaman Ruins or the Temple of the Moon right from Cusco’s city center.
Finally, join our new Sustainable Hiking Collective on Facebook to connect with the international hiking community, discover new destinations, join virtual trail cleanups, and take part in monthly sustainability challenges!