Cusco

Cusco Attractions

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Machu Picchu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 251 Reviews

The holy grail for lovers of Inca monuments, the enigmatic lost city of Machu Picchu is the most famous archaeological site in all of South America. The ...  Read more

Qorikancha

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

The Inca site of Qorikancha forms the foundations of the colonial church of Santo Domingo, creating an unusual combination of monolithic Inca and arched ...  Read more

Mercado Central de San Pedro

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

There is a certain irony that one of the best sites in Cusco really isn’t a site at all. Rather, the Mercado Central de San Pedro (San Pedro Market) is simply ...  Read more

Sacred Valley of the Incas

4.5 star rating: Recommended 108 Reviews

The Sacred Valley was the agricultural food bowl of the Inca, a fertile plain perfect for growing the Inca staples, maize and potatoes. At the heart of the ...  Read more

Quechua Village

4.5 star rating: Recommended 107 Reviews

The Quechua are the indigenous people of the Andes, and their language is also called Quechua. The Inca used the Quechua language to unify their empire, ...  Read more

Ollantaytambo Fortress

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

Inca street and town planning at its finest is preserved in the village of Ollantaytambo, surrounded by neatly terraced hills. Soaring above the town’s ...  Read more

Pisac Indian Market

4.5 star rating: Recommended 95 Reviews

The Sacred Valley town of Pisac was once a lofty Inca citadel. These days, it attracts shoppers rather than warriors, with its popular Sunday-morning ...  Read more

Tambomachay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Tambomachay might not be one of the biggest ruins in Cusco, but it’s definitely one of the highest, topping out at nearly 13,000 feet.  Located five ...  Read more

Cusco Historic Center

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

When it comes to history, few cities in South America are more historic than Cusco. This sprawling city was once the capital of the entire Inca Empire, and ...  Read more

Awana Kancha

The textile mill at Awana Kancha is an entertaining and culturally-rich stop on the journey between Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Set 30 minutes outside of the ...  Read more

Chincheros Indian Market

The colorful Sunday market at Chinchero attracts stallholders and browsers from near and far. This traditional Andean town is known as ‘the birthplace of the ...  Read more

Choco Museo

Chocolate—like coffee—is an agricultural product which is native to the equatorial tropics. While the mountains of the Andes might not seem very tropical, the ...  Read more

Choquequirao

Sometimes referred to as “the other Machu Picchu”, Choquequirao is an Incan ruin in the mountains outside of Cuzco. Unlike Machu Picchu, however, Choquequirao ...  Read more

Moray

Of all the surviving Inca ruins which surround the Sacred Valley, most are known for their size, their age, or their complex level of construction. The Moray, ...  Read more

Plaza de Armas (Huacaypata)

There was once a time when Cusco was the center of the powerful Incan Empire. From the coastal deserts of southern Peru to the frigid peaks of the Andes, ...  Read more

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