Departamento de Cusco Things to Do

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    Very Near Saqsaywaman
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Departamento de Cusco Things to Do

  • Sacsayhuaman

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 12,000 ft., it is difficult to grasp the enormity of the complex, as well as the overall structure and shape without seeing an aerial shot of this...

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  • Huayna Picchu

    5 out of 5 stars

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    You will have to climb for a very narrow path, it will take you 45 minutes to 1 ½ hour to complete it and you will arrive to a plce where you will see and amazing landscape of Machu Picchu Citadel, it will take you 45 minutes to go down. The time depends of you physical condition. There is also A Temple of Moon, but The track to the temple of the...

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  • Qoriqancha - Santo Domingo Convent

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 Convent of today sits on what was once one of the most important temples in the expansive Inca empire --- The Temple of the Sun known in the Inca...

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  • Ruins

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    The Ruins are astonishing. You can look at pictures all day and never come close to the experience of being there. You can see the cut of the rocks, wonder to yourself "why build here and so far from anywhere", "why make a place so difficult to get to?" I went in the rainy season at the start of their summer. It was nice and cool, this helped with...

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  • Main Square

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 were walking through it on our way to lunch at a local restaurant. We found it very inviting with its lovely flowering gardens, criss-crossed walkways,...

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  • Inca Trail

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    We started our trek at km 88 and reached Winay Wayna on the afternoon of the second day, but by the time we hiked down to the ruins we were all so tired we were unable to explore properly and failed to see everything. On the second day i was so tired that i was on my hands and knees several times, and my friend had to help me with carrying my pack!...

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  • Hatunrumiyoc - Twelve-Angle Stone

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 without mud or concrete. You’ll find the masterpiece, a 12-angled stone, about halfway down the street… The Inca stonework was incredible, actually so...

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  • Aguas Caliente

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    After a long hike going to Machu Picchu, a lot of travelers go to the Aguas Calientes which is a collection of outdoor thermal pools, believed to have curative powers. I walked to the pools for from town for just about 15-25 minutes, following the main road to right of the Plaza and going uphill. The walk is on a very narrow and busy road, with...

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  • Ollantaytambo

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 point for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The tourist train to Aguas Calientes leaves from Ollantaytambo

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  • Llamas / Other Animals

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    After taking your best pictures of the citadel, keep climbing the steps until you reach the Agricultural Sector. You´ll find yourself surrounded by llamas of many colors and sizes. I wasn´t attacked but be careful and respect their space... you never know... Usually they don´t mind if you take a few pictures...

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  • San Blas

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 earthquake in 1950 it was rebuilt with stone walls. San Blas Church looks simple from the outside but the inside is spectacular! The highlight is the...

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  • Temples

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    After walking past the Residential Sector, you´ll reach the District of the Priests and Nobility, where all the temples and palaces are located. The Temple of the Sun, shaped like a "P", will certainly call your attention from almost everywhere in Machu Picchu. It was a temple dedicated to Inti, the Sun God, the most important divinity for the...

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  • The Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 of the stones used in the construction, were originally a part of the Saqsayhuaman fortress outside Cusco. Inside the cathedral you’ll find the main...

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  • Other CITIES

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    Wiñawayna or Forever Young is the name of an important archaeological ruin near Machu Picchu. It’s located on a height of 2.700 metres. Wiñawayna was discovered by Paul Fejos in 1941, and subsequently in 1942 the Peruvian scholar Julio C. Tello baptized the site as "Wiñaywayna" (Forever Young) after the Quechua name of an orchid specie (Epidendrum...

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  • Streets of Cusco

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 good day out take a taxi to a high point e.g. San Cristobal or San Blas and wander down hill visiting shops and art galleries and museums. There are also...

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  • Scenery

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    It was really amazing to see Machu Picchu in person after seeing it so many times in Travel Magazines. You just can't beleive it until you see it with your very own eyes. It's just so unbelievable to me that the Inka people built this astounding mountaintop city. Which included a Palace, Temples, Observatory...with water fountains, terrace...

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  • Pisac

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 Thursday. There is plenty of Peruvian craft for sale but the local market is fascinating and some lovely fresh fruit can be bought for a few Sol. It...

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  • Sacred City

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    This view here must be one of the most photographed views, giving a general idea of the layout of the town that once stood here, with the Huayna Picchu (young Peak) as a back drop its well worth the one hours climb to the top

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  • Sacred Valley

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 along the valley and excellent examples of Inca terraces are plentiful.

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  • Main Gate

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    Immediately after passing through the entrance gate and climbing a few steps, you´ll already have the best view of Machu Picchu. Check these wonderful pictures!!! I have pictures taken from Putucusi Peak (in Aguas Calientes) and from Huayna Picchu (the peak next to the citadel that can be seen in this picture), but in my humble opinion this is the...

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  • White Christ

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 "Christ the Redeemer" statue atop the Corcavado in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. However, the impetus for Christo Blanco statue is a far different and...

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  • Terraces

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    MP is on the peak of a high hill, so the city is surrounded by pretty green terraces. The steep terracing spreading out and down from the city compliments the geometric, angular architecture of the city's trapizoid windows and stately stairs and crisp stone walls. The terraces are useful too: they were filled with fertile soil from the valley for...

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  • Company of Jesus Church

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 earthquake, and the Jesuits decided to rebuild the church and make it the most magnificent of Cusco's churches! The Archbishop of Cusco, Don Alonso Ocon,...

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  • Sacred Plaza

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    This is one of the 3 temples located at the Sacred Plaza. Historians believe that it was probably of comparatively lesser importance than the Main Temple. Like the name suggests it has 3 big trapeze-shaped windows facing the big yard that separates the 2 big architectural groups of Machu Picchu.

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  • Tambomachay

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 their huge knowledge of hydraulics. It is constructed with platforms, the top one looks like it was used as seats, the second platform has an...

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  • El Intihuatana

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    The exact translation of the qechua word "intihuatana" is "for tying the sun", although it is usually translated as "Hitching Post of the Sun". It consisted of a column of stone rising from a block of stone. Historians believe that the incas used to perform ceremonies to tie the sun as the winter solstice approached and the sun seemed to disappear...

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  • Museo Inca - Inca Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 building is known as ‘the Admiral’s House’. Like much of Cusco, it is built on Inca foundations and is considered one of the most impressive colonial...

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  • The Condor

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    I was told that the Temple of the Condor is a construction that resembled a condor with stretched wings, but I couldn´t see anything like that. The head and beak are supposed to be these rocks on the picture, but I can´t still see anything!!! The incas believed in a world with 3 divinities: the Condor was the God of the Sky, the Puma was the God...

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  • Boleto Turistico - Touristic Ticket

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 required to have a "Boleto Touristico" -- a tourist ticket -- and there certainly is a lot to see in Cusco and farther afield in the Sacred Valley to make...

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  • Inti Punku

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    From here you can see the more or less the whole city,from Sacred Plaza on the left to the Eastern urban sector on the right. With a gorgeous tree right in the middle of the whole place. Certainly the highest tree I`ve ever seen.

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  • Q'enqo

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 during ceremonies. The highlight of Q’enqo is the caves and tunnels, which are located inside - and beneath - the stone. One of the caves has an altar...

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  • Steps / Falling

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    As you walk around Machu Picchu, you'll notice that although most steps are individual stones, some are carved out of single, massive boulders. We found this one in the Sacred City area, to the left of the Royal Tomb.

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  • Machu Picchu

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 railway seating; Expedition has four seats around a table and roof windows; Vistadome has more upmarket seats and service and roof windows. All...

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  • Sacred Rock

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    This is the Sacred Rock, located near the entrance to the Huayna Picchu trail. Pay attention to it and you will note that the rock´s design tries to imitate the shape of the mountains behind it. Actually nature was always an important part of incan architecture. Most of the walls in the city perfectly frame the mountains like pictures. It is...

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  • Puka Pukara

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 Puca Pucara because of the stones used for its construction, much rougher than those used for religious purposes. Also the very strategic location of...

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  • Quarry

    Machu Picchu Things to Do

    So, where did the Incas get all the stones from which to build Machu Picchu? If this question bothered you, you get to answer it soon after you descend toward the ruins or come up the stairway of the fountains. This is the quarry that produced much of the granite used in the construction. The Incas used hammerstones, bronze and iron tools to create...

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  • Mercado Central - Central Market

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 the San Pedro rail station, hence its name. I add this tip only for additional informational purposes and not because I have first-hand experience at...

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  • La Merced Church

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 visit at the monastery, and it was quite interesting. The halls and walkways are decorated with great woodwork, beautiful ceilings, and many historic...

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  • Camino Inca - Inca Trail

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 dissapointing thing is entering Machu Pichu on the last day feeling a sense of achievement to only then be surrounded by masses of fresh looking and smelling...

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  • Museo Historico Regional - Regional...

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 was built in the colonial period, but in Inca style. The two-story house has very thick walls, and the rooms open to the enclosed courtyard. Open...

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  • Moray Ruins

    Cusco Things to Do

    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. In this way they could grow this plants in the best conditios and obtain the best submissiveness. They also used that to get plants used to specific...

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  • Aguas Calientes

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 families and then as a base camp for railway workers. The other name for the town is Machu Picchu Pueblo. It is basically a dormitory town for Machu...

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  • City Tour

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 includes a visit to the following points of interest: Plaza de Armas (main square), the Cathedral, Koricancha (Inca Temple of the Sun) and the Inca ruins...

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  • Chinchero

    Cusco Things to Do

    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 behind The Center for Traditional Textiles is Quechua master weaver, Nilda Callañaupa, who founded the Center in 1996. Fearing that the traditional art of...

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  • Museo de Arte Pre-Colombino -...

    Cusco Things to Do

    Museo de Arte Precolombiano (MAP) is housed in a former mansion, built on the ruins of an Inca ceremonial court. The mansion has been the residence of conqueror Alonso Díaz and later the Earl of Cabrera. The museum is new and very modern (opened in 2003). On display are items from the ‘Museo Rafael Larco Herrera’ in Lima; jewellery, pottery,...

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