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Things to do in Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas

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  • 1

    The Sacred Valley of the Incas

    5
    34 reviews

    It is hard to compete with Cusco and Machu Picchu, but the rest of the Sacred Valley should not be overlooked. There is so much culture, natural beauty, and ruins all over the region. Give yourself at least two days to explore it.

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  • 2

    The Inca Trail

    5
    29 reviews

    This was on the top of my bucket list...an exhilarating hike where every turn had a grand panorama we thought couldn't be better. Get into shape and acclimate well before hiking. Also, if you had a knee injury recently, don't push it! Someone came with a brace, slipped and dislocated his knee again on day one. Day two kicked my ...

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  • 3

    City of Cuzco Historic Center

    4.5
    33 reviews

    Cusco is a back packers paradise with affordable accommodations, street bazaars, a multitude of ancient sites and reconstructed sites to see as well as very friendly locals. It is the best staging point for treks, adventure and site seeing.

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  • 4

    Plaza de Armas

    4
    32 reviews

    The Plaza de Armas is the main square of Cusco and it's where you'll find a great amount of restaurants, shops, money exchange booths, hostels, bars, pubs, drugstores and souvenir shops. It's also where the Cusco Cathedral is located and most likely a mandatory spot to visit at night, since all main roads start from there. The square is beautifully ...

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  • 5

    Ollantaytambo

    4.5
    26 reviews

    If I were to do my trip all over again, I would have spent a night in this quaint little town. Home to an Incan archaeological sight, the town has attractive cafes, lovely views of the valley, and just enough to keep you busy at a slow pace for a day or two. Tourists certainly stop here but it isn't ...

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  • 6

    Sacsayhuaman

    4.5
    26 reviews

    Also referred to as Sexy Woman, Sacsayhuaman used to be the fortress that protected Cuzco city from ancient settlers that came from the amazon jungle. With huge stones perfectly set on top of each other, Sacsayhuaman generates imaginary stories about aliens` aid in its construction. A must visit.

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  • 7

    Huayna Picchu

    5
    17 reviews

    Huayna Picchu, the tall mountain behind Machu Picchu, is one of the most spiritually powerful places I have ever been to. You can climb to dizzying heights above Machu Picchu, looking down through drifting clouds on the ruins far below, and beyond that the Urubamba river looks like a silver ribbon below. Do not go to Machu Picchu without coming ...

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  • 8

    Cusco Cathedral

    4.5
    16 reviews

    Excelent places to visit. The catedral is beatifull, but all city has many interesting sites.

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  • 9

    Moray

    4.5
    10 reviews

    Looks like a massive amphitheatre, or pushed down crop circle. This massive terraced structure is kind of mind boggling. People think that it was developed as an agricultural experiment station, allowing the Incas to play with different micro climates and crops, which makes sense as there is so major temperature changes from the top terrace to the middle low one.

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  • 10

    San Blas

    4.5
    9 reviews

    This is a nice place to explore if you have time

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  • 11

    Pisac Market

    4.5
    10 reviews

    Pisac is a cute little town in the Mountains. We rented a motorcycle from Cusco and drove to Pisac. The market has the same wears as the shops in Cusco. I gave a rating of 4 instead of 3 for the whole little town and the great little outdoor cafes you can find.

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  • 12

    Korikancha

    4
    10 reviews

    The Spanish reused much of the Incan stonework in the building of their own churches and buildings. You can take a look at the spectacular foundations of the older Incan temples, that were repurposed by the Spanish in the cathedral and the convent of Santo Domingo.

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  • 13

    Mercado Central de San Pedro

    5
    7 reviews

    Utterly fascinating!

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  • 14

    La Catedral

    4.5
    7 reviews

    Attractive cathedral. I like it as much for the backdrop and ambience that It creates than I do as a building / cultural sight. Must visit in Cusco.

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  • 15

    Marketplace

    5
    6 reviews

    Tempe Marketplace and Mesa Riverview shopping malls both within one mile!

  • 16

    Awana Kancha Llama Farm

    4
    6 reviews

    I really liked this place. It's super touristy, but it was a lot of fun. It's a camel zoo, where they have all types of andean camels - llamas, alpacas, vicuñas and huanacos. You get to pet the llamas and the alpacas, feed them and play around with them. Vicuñas and huanacos are wild and can't be kept in captivity ...

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  • 17

    ChocoMuseo

    4.5
    4 reviews

    Wonderful Coca shop! You are greeted with a cup of coca shell tea and given an introduction to the layout of the shop. Information on the history, displays on the production and hands on demonstrations. Be sure to time your visit for one of these at 10, 12, and 2pm. (Double check times before your visit) The prices in the ...

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  • 18

    Sinakara Valley

    5
    3 reviews

    Home of the Qoyllur Rit'i festival. Most amazing place in all Peru.

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  • 19

    Ausangate Mountain

    5
    3 reviews

    A great trek ( you can choose a 4-8 days trek) going around the Ausangate peak. Try to hire a local guide and his donkey, buy some food at the market and enjoy the walk. The most amazing views, the light changes all the time, the landscape too; you won't bump into many other people. Highlight of the trek: a ...

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  • 20

    Huanta

    4.5
    3 reviews

    Important building built by Spanish conquer that exists nowadays and many people can visit.

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