Discovering Historical Sites Around Cusco

From ancient ruins to colonial churches, there is something for everyone to explore.

The Inca Empire was one of the most advanced civilizations of its time and its engineering techniques were nothing short of revolutionary. From their complex irrigation systems to their cyclopean masonry structures they built with only stone tools, the Inca Empire was centuries ahead of its time.

Cusco City's historic center is anchored by the grand Plaza de Armas, boasting arcades, intricately carved wooden balconies, and a backdrop of the Andes Mountains.

Here are some popular activities to enjoy in Cusco City:

  • Explore the historic center: Walk through the narrow, cobblestone streets of the city’s centro histórico, admire its colonial architecture, and visit the grand Plaza de Armas and the beautiful Catedral del Cusco. You cannot miss a walk via Hatunrumiyoc street, home to a famous 12-angle stone.
  • Visit the San Blas neighborhood: This bohemian area is known for its artisan shops, cafes, and street art.
  • Tour Sacsayhuaman: This site consists of massive stone walls, towers, and terraces that were constructed using precision-cut and fitted stone blocks, many weighing over 100 tons.
  • Tour Tambomachay: The site features a series of walls, fountains, and aqueducts (exquisite example of Inca hydraulic engineering) that are still partially intact, showcasing the impressive engineering skills of the Incas.
  • Visit Coricancha: Coricancha, also known as the Temple of the Sun, it was once one of the most important religious and political centers of the Inca Empire and was dedicated to the worship of the sun god Inti. The walls of the temple were covered in gold and other precious materials, making it one of the most magnificent structures of the Inca world.
  • Visit San Pedro Market: It is a great place to experience local life and culture and to buy souvenirs, food, and other items. Visitors can find a variety of goods for sale, including textiles, jewelry, pottery, fruits, and spices, among others.
  • Try local cuisine: Cusco's cuisine incorporates ingredients such as corn, potatoes, and quinoa, and popular dishes include ceviche, lomo saltado, and ají de gallina.
  • Take a cooking class: Learn about Peruvian cuisine and cooking techniques, and taste delicious dishes made with fresh local ingredients.
  • Go shopping: Browse the markets and shops of Cusco for souvenirs, textiles, and handicrafts made by local artisans.

Non Inclusive: ~$17 — $35 — Does not include Boleto Turistico 
All Inclusive: ~$40 — $85 — Does include Boleto Turistico

IMPORTANT: You’ll need the Boleto Turístico (Tourist Ticket) to enter most of these sites, which you can buy upon entering any of the attractions (~$20).

Barrio de San Blas - Neighborhood
Convento de Santa Catalina - Religious Site
Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco - Religious Site
La Catedral - Religious Site
Mercado de San Pedro - Market
Museo de Arte Precolombino (MAP) - Museum
Museo de Arte Religioso (Palacio Arzobispal) - Museum
Museo de la Coca - Museum

Museo de Sitio Qorikancha - Museum
Museo Inka - Museum
Museo Machu Picchu (Casa Concha) - Museum
Plaza Regocijo - Square
Qoricancha & Santo Domingo - Historic Site
Templo de la Compañía de Jesús - Religious Site
Templo de La Merced - Religious Site

How long should you stay in Cusco?

It's advisable to dedicate at least two days to fully experience the charm and rich history of Cusco and its surroundings. To get a comprehensive overview of the city's top attractions, such as the Plaza de Armas, Coricancha Temple of the Sun, and Sacsayhuaman, consider taking a guided tour on your first day. On the second day, take your time to further explore Cusco and acclimate to the high altitude at your own pace.

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