Cusco Things to Do

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  • 1. Sacsayhuaman

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Located just a scant mile from Cusco, Saqsaywaman (Sacsayhuaman) was a huge Incan complex and a remarkable feat of engineering of which only a portion remains today. Sitting at an altitude of about...

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  • 2. Qoriqancha - Santo Domingo Convent

    It would be very difficult to speak about the Santo Domingo Church and Convent without also speaking about Koricancha as their histories are inextricably intertwined. The Church of Santo Domingo and...

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  • 3. Main Square

    After 4 days of basing ourselves in Huayllabamba, we returned to Cusco, UNESCO World Heritage Site, where our first introduction to this city's historical center was seeing the Plaza de Armas as we...

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  • 4. Hatunrumiyoc - Twelve-Angle Stone

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Hatunrumiyoc is located close to Plaza de Nazarenas, not far from Plaza de Armas. It is a narrow pedestrian street, famous for its Inca walls where huge stones are precisely carved to fit together...

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  • 5. Ollantaytambo

    Ollantaytambo is a small town on the Urubamba River. It offers guesthouse style accommodation and has quite a good tourist market. Wh ile famous for its amazing Inca ruins it is also the starting...

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  • 6. San Blas

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    San Blas Church was built in the middle of the 16th century, upon an old Inca temple to ‘Illapa’, the god of thunder and lightning. The church was originally built with mud bricks, but after the...

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  • 7. The Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Cathedral of Cusco is built on the site of ‘Quiswarcancha’, which was an old palace of Inca Wiracocha. The construction of the cathedral began around 1559, and was completed 100 years later! Many...

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  • 8. Streets of Cusco

    Cusco is a fascinating city and great and easy to explore as all roads lead to (or away from ) the Plaza de Armas. Taxis are cheap - you must negotiate the price beforehand - and plentiful. For a...

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  • 9. Pisac

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Písac is a village located on the Urubamba River in the Sacred Valley. It is a popular place to stop on the way to Ollantaytambo and is famous for its markets which are held each Sunday, Tuesday and...

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  • 10. Sacred Valley

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Sacred Valley is the name given by the Inca to the valley of the Urubamba River. It is generally thought to include the region from Pisac to Ollantaytambo. There are many archaeological sites...

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  • 11. White Christ

    On a hill only a 10-minute walk from Saqsaywaman and overlooking the city of Cusco is the statue known as the "White Christ" or "Cristo Blanco." The towering statue of Christ greatly resembles the...

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  • 12. Company of Jesus Church

    4 out of 5 stars

    Compania de Jesús is a Jesuit church built in 1571 on the foundations of ‘Amarucancha’, the palace of the last Inca to rule an unconquered empire. The church was almost destroyed by the 1650...

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  • 13. Tambomachay

    4 out of 5 stars

    Tambomachay is commonly referred to as the Inca baths because it was a site for ritual bathing and - maybe - an important centre of worship of water. The bath shows the Incas architectural talents and...

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  • 14. Museo Inca - Inca Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Unsaac Museo Inca (also known as the ‘Archaeological Museum of Cusco’) is housed in an old building from the early 17th century. It first belonged to Admiral Francisco Aldrete Maldonado, and the...

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  • 15. Boleto Turistico - Touristic Ticket

    Seeing the archaeological sites in and around Cusco are enough to keep you busy for several days if not a week or more. However, to see these historic sites, museums, monuments and ruins you are...

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  • 16. Machu Picchu

    If you choose not to trek to Machu Picchu the train from Ollantaytambo is the next best choice. Peru Rail offers a number of daily departures and three standards of travel - Backpackers has standard...

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  • 17. Q'enqo

    Q’enqo (meaning labyrinth or zigzag) is a huge limestone outcrop, carved with symbolic figures and zigzagging channels where either ‘chicha’ (local maize beer) or sacrificial llama blood coursed...

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  • 18. Puka Pukara

    Puca Pucara means in Quechua “red fortress”, and it took this name because of the colour of the stones (especially at dusk). This was mainly a military fortress; you can notice the military purpose of...

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  • 19. Mercado Central - Central Market

    Random Market ~ On the morning of our last full day in Cusco, our tour guides offered an optional walk and tour of the San Pedro Market, also called the Mercado Central. This market is located near...

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  • 20. La Merced Church

    La Merced is a church and monastery located just south of Plaza de Armas. It was built between 1657 and 1680, replacing an old church which was destroyed by the earthquake of 1650. We started our...

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  • 21. Museo Historico Regional - Regional History Museum

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The Regional Museum is in the former home of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. It has a good collection of Inca textiles and ceramics, as well as Cusqueño art. The house itself is very interesting—it...

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  • 22. Camino Inca - Inca Trail

    So if your thinking about doing the Inca Trail I highly recommend it. It was tough and cold but it was an amazing experience to walk the trail the Inca's originally used. Perhaps the only...

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  • 23. Moray Ruins

    It was an Inca biological laborathory with anfitheater form. In each stair there were specific climathologic conditions that Incas used to obserb the behaviour of the diferent plants and vegetables....

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  • 24. Aguas Calientes

    Aguas Calientes or 'Water Hot' (direct translation) is the town closest to the historical site of Machu Picchu. It is on the Urubamba River and has hot springs. It was originally settled by farming...

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  • 25. City Tour

    The Cusco city tour is a 1/2 day group tour @ $10/person. I booked it through my hostel in Cusco (Amaru Hostal). It is an afternoon guided tour of the city of Cusco and the nearby Inca ruins. It...

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