Cusco Things to Do

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  • 1. Sacsayhuaman

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Located about 2 km northeast of Cusco, Sacsaywaman (which we had fun pronouncing "sexy woman") is the very first Inca site we got to visit on our trip. It is located at an altitute of 3700 m, and...

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  • 2. Main Square

    Plaza de Armas is the historic center of the city and, as such, it has witnessed many important events, including Francisco Pizarro's declaration that Spain had conquered Peru and, almost 250 years...

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  • 3. Qoriqancha - Santo Domingo Convent

    So on my Cusco City Tour our second stop was Qoriqancha. I would recommend getting a guide outside or reading up on it yourself extensively and then going during a slow time. I went during peak hours...

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  • 4. San Blas

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Barrio de San Blas is one of Cusco's oldest neighborhoods. The parish church on Plaza San Blas was built in 1563, only a 30 years after the Spanish conquest. It is often described as the most...

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  • 5. 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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  • 6. Hatun Rumiyoc - Twelve-Angle Stone

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    As they walk up Hatun Rumiyoc Street, visitors might not realize that they are walking on one of the original Inca roads of Cusco. The narrow street is now lined with attractive shops one one side,...

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  • 7. Ollantaytambo

    In the 15th century, the town of Ollantaytambo became part of the Incan Emperor's estate. The emperor intended for the town to become an important ceremonial centre, but when the Spaniards invaded the...

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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

    In the 1530s, the Spanish conquitadors invaded, conquered and ramsacked the Inca town of Pisac. About 40 years later, the town was rebuilt closer to the river at the bottom of the hill, thus leaving...

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  • 10. 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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  • 11. 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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  • 12. Mercado Central - Central Market

    I guess I could have put this tip under the "Shopping" category, but going to Cusco's mercado central is such an experience that I thought it deserved to be described as an attraction. Located in a...

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  • 13. Tambomachay

    4 out of 5 stars

    Most people who come to Cusco are here to visit Machu PIcchu. While I agree with that, there are so many other things to see right outside the city. If you're trying to get acclimated with the...

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  • 14. 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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  • 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. 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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  • 17. 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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  • 18. Museo Inca - Inca Museum

    3.5 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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  • 19. 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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  • 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. Chinchero

    As a fan of many types of arts and crafts, I was happy to know that a visit to The Center for Traditional Textiles was the first stop on our itinerary after arriving in Cusco. The driving force...

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  • 22. 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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  • 23. 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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  • 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. 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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