Cusco was the religious and administrative capital of the Inca Empire which flourished in Peru from the 13th to the 16th century. The famous empire has since been shrouded in history, myth, mythology and mystery. The city is home to numerous historical sights, ancient settlements in the vicinity and attractions, that give you a glimpse into the Inca culture and lifestyle and draws thousands of tourists annually to experience the same. One of the best ways to get a complete experience of this beautiful city is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Cusco, which includes taking tour of its famous historical sights and landmarks like Sacsayhuaman Ruins, Machu Picchu, Pisac Ruins, Qorikancha, Cathedral Of Santo Domingo the walls of the Inca city and Monumento Pachacuteq which is a statue of the Inca warrior King Pachacuteq. Fragments of the vibrant history and culture of Cusco are displayed in the numerous museums and galleries that are dotted across the city, including Museo Historico Regional, Papa Museo, Museo del Sitio del Qoricancha and Museo de Arte Popular. The city is also home to vibrant market districts like San Pedro Market and Plaza de Armas, comfortable coffee shops, roadside eating joints and a vibrant nightlife. Some of the top things to do in Cusco include outdoor activities and adventure sports. These activities attract several adventure enthusiasts from across the globe and include Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary Safari, Whitewater rafting, Inflatable canoeing, Rio Apurimac-rafting, bike riding and paragliding. The rustic, ancient city of Cusco offers numerous activities and sights that are sure to keep you engaged in the exploration of the city and exploration of the tales of its history, giving you a memorable holiday destination.
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Outdoors, Ancient Ruin, Family And Kids, Hill, Nature
Aguas Calientes, Peru
12:01 am - 12:00 am
We have seen the beautiful pictures of Machu Picchu in various travel magazines. But visiting such a magnificent destination is an altogether different experience. For all the people, who admire this historic Incan wonderland and are mesmerized by its beauty, Machu Picchu will take your breath away. The beautiful scenery of Machu Picchu is astoundi...
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Family And Kids, Architecture
12:01 am - 12:00 am
From Sacsayhuaman, you can get a beautiful view of the city. If you desire to experience the architectural skills of Inca civilization, then Sacsayhuaman is the best place for you to visit. This is an amazing place to view the ancient engineering skills.
Sacsayhuaman showcases an extensive and splendid carving work done with enormous tones which st...
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Art And Culture, Walking Area, Entertainment, Performance, Concert, Plaza, Famil...
Plateros, Cusco, Peru
Plaza de armas is one of the most beautifully landscaped plazas of the world. Tourists can find patterned benches in the shade of the trees in plaza de armas. This beautiful destination which attracts a lot of tourists provides its visitors with the much needed break. Plaza de Armas is a great place to sit back and relax.
Tourists can find several ...
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Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids, Architecture
Santo Domingo s/n, Cusco, Peru
08:30 am - 05:30 pm
People who are interested in ancient culture have always been fascinated by the beautiful temple of sun. The temple of sun or coricanchas is a dedication to the god of Sun. The marvelous architecture of temple of sun speaks of its unique and rich heritage. A tour will enlighten you with the remarkable methods used for construction. Inka stone work ...
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San Blas, Cusco Peru
San Blas is a lovely historic walkway in Cuzco. Being a top mountain it guarantees the most spectacular views of the city. The area is surrounded by great beauty in terms of architecture as well as nature and hence a trip to the mesmerizing San Blas walkway or square is a must.
You will also find quite a few charming bars and restaurants in the are...
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Ancient Ruin, Family And Kids, Amphitheater
Though Moray is slightly outside the city, it is definitely an interesting place worth visiting. Moray (amphitheater) is one of the examples of ancient Inca Ruins. You will notice that it looks a lot like the amphitheaters of Greece. As a result of the split caused by the staircases in these concentric terraces, it becomes easy for people to walk t...
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Art And Culture, Art Museum, Family And Kids
Plaza de Las Nazarenas - Cusco City, Peru
09:00 am - 10:00 pm
The Pre-Columbian Art Museum attracts a large number of visitors towards itself. The magnificent pre-Columbian art museums show off a high class collection of Peruvian culture. The art museum exhibits a large collection of nearly 450 pre-Columbian art pieces. These masterpieces displayed at the Pre-Columbian art museum belong to varying civilizatio...
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Hiking Trail, Biking Trail, Family And Kids, Adventure, Rock Climbing, Valley, N...
Any tourist who is seeking a different and memorable holiday experience should visit sacred valley at least once. Sacred valley is one of the most popular tourist spots in Cuzco. The gorgeous landscape of sacred valley and its lower altitude attracts tourist towards itself.
However, if you are an adventure junkie and would like to get an adrenaline...
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Tour, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Pisac Ruins, Sacred Valley, Cusco
07:00 am - 05:30 pm
Must see the historic Pisac Ruins. Although time consuming, trekking is one of the best ways to get to them. Adventure lovers will surely love their trekking through a picturesque landscape to get to them. They are surrounded by agricultural terraces that are still being used. They are undoubtedly one of the most significant set of archaeological c...
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Church, Religious Site, Family And Kids, Architecture , Cathedral
Cathedral of Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
10:00 am - 05:45 pm
Church of Santo Domingo is a popular destination for all the tourists visiting the city. The church of Santo Domingo is a beautiful structure characterized by gold interiors. The golden architectural ceiling of the church of Santo Domingo is very impressive. The work is simply mesmerizing.
Another magnificent feat of architecture which will appeal ...
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Geological Formation, Family And Kids, Nature
Quenqo, Cuzco, Peru
07:00 am - 06:00 pm
The four distinct though related period rocks of Inca collectively called as q’enko is a highly visited tourist destinations in the city. One can find a lot of tourists as well as vendors in the area. Although the compound is tiny, it possesses large as well as distinct formations of rock. You can trail through the tunnel which is cut right t...
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Art And Culture, Museum, Family And Kids, Archaeological Site
Ataud, Cusco, Peru
08:00 am - 06:00 pm
All the tourists visiting Cuzco should visit Museo Inka. The archaeological museum of Cuzco also known as Museo Inka possesses the artifacts of Peruvian history. Museo Inka has a large variety of ancient collection to exhibit. You will find famous Inca textile, vessels, ceramics, architectural items, jewellery and vases. You will also find the repu...
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Art Museum, Church, Religious Site, Library, Family And Kids, Monastery
Jirón Lampa, Distrito de Lima, Peru
07:30 am - 08:45 pm
The San Francisco Church and Monastery have gained popularity among the tourists because of the catacombs which contain the remains of several unknown locals from ancient periods. It was the first cemetery built in the city. The bones are lined up on each side of the hallways found beneath the San Francisco church.
You will find an enormous cave in...