There are so many tourist attractions of the Imperial city, which sometimes does not reach the time to visit them all. For this reason, we will share a missed list about the 20 tourist sites of Cusco that everyone should include in their travel plan:
Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas
The Incas made this territory, their administrative, religious and cultural center. Later, with the arrival of the Spaniards, houses and temples were built on the palaces and other Inca buildings. Nowadays, it is the central nucleus of the Imperial city because it is surrounded by churches, tourist agencies and restaurants.
The main temple of Cusco is characterized by a neoclassical, Baroque and Renaissance style. In the cathedral is exhibited a collection of canvases, which highlights the work of Marcos Zapata: the “Last Supper” in which was painted a guinea pig roast, typical dish of the region. In addition, works by Diego Quispe Tito, Basilio Pacheco and Basilio Santa Cruz Pumacallo are shown.
The neighborhood of San Blas
In this neighborhood makes Imperial city even more majestic because it houses old and emblematic mansions of the colonial era. It is located only 4 blocks from the Plaza de Armas so it is constantly visited by tourists. In addition, in the neighborhood of San Blas the Fair of Saturdays is held, in which the best of the Cusco handicraft is exhibited.
The Inca building of Sacsayhuamán is located just 2 kilometres from Cusco. It was built by order of the Inca Pachacutec, but it was the ruler Huayna Capac who finished the work. At the moment, the techniques that facilitated its construction are unknown. This ceremonial fortress offers a spectacular view of the Imperial city.
The Spanish conquistadors ordered the construction of the convent of Santo Domingo on Qorikancha, a religious centre in which the Sun god (Inti) was worshipped. In this place you can see: The Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Moon, the temple of Venus and the stars, the temple of Illapa or Chuki Illapa, the temple of K’uychi or Rainbow, IntiPampa, the Solar garden and the fountains.
This archeological park has bridges, riverbeds, ramparts, and terraces. In this place you can see: The group of platforms of Acchapata, the towers or Pucaras, the district of Intiwatana, the district of Tianayuc, the district of K’allaQ ‘ Asa, the district of Pisaq’a and the district of QanchisRaqay.
The Inca Empire had several checkpoints, the town of Ollantaytambo was one of them and was reserved for the Inca rulers. In this place you can take a tour of the Temple of the Sun, the monumental front, the Royal House of the Sun, the bath of the Ñusta and an amazing set of platforms. It also stands out for having colcas or warehouses of potatoes and maize.
San Pedro Market
Such a center is considered one of the oldest in the Imperial city since it operates from 1925. Its stalls are grouped by genre, has an exotic touch and stands out for offering the best of Cusco handicrafts, meats and vegetables. It is one of the most visited places in Cusco because it is the best opportunity to know the lifestyle of the Cusqueños.
The mountain is located more than 5000 meters above sea level and 100 kilometers from the city. It is characterized by being tinted with colors like yellow, red, green, purple and pink. This is due to the presence of a great combination of minerals in the mountain. In 2016, it became one of the most visited tourist sites in Cusco next to the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
The stone of the 12 angles
The stone of the 12 angles is located in the street Hatun Rumiyoq, whose name means “Big stone”. It sits in the Cusco Museum of Religious Art and the archiepiscopal palace. To reach it you must take a road from the Plaza de Armas to a hill next to the Church of triumph. The street in which the stone is located is characterized by several centres where jewels, garments and the best handicrafts are sold.
It is an archeological site that served as a resting place and in which water worship was worshipped. It is located in the Cordillera de los Andes, at 3700 meters above sea level. In this place you can see a set of canals, waterfalls and aqueduct. During the Inca era, two additional waterfalls were created, which are able to fill two bottles simultaneously.
The ruins of Choquequirao are located near the Nevado de Salcantay and belong to the jurisdiction of the town of Santa Teresa. It is formed by terraces and buildings, which are expanded by an area of 150 square meters. It is compared to the citadel of Machu Picchu because of its architecture and similar structure.
It is known as the “City of the Rainbow” and is located 28 kilometers from the Imperial city, more than 3000 meters above sea level. Their great mountains prevented the Spanish conquistadors from implanting their beliefs in this locality. Nowadays, their buildings remain intact.
During the time of the Tahuantinsuyo, Puca Pucara was part of the defense of the Imperial city and was formed by a set of staircases, terraces and walls. Its name in Spanish means “red fortress” and it is because during the twilight the rocks adopted this color. The Inca building was also an important administrative centre.
Sacred Valley of the Incas
The Sacred Valley of the Incas is one of the main tourist attractions of South America and the whole world. In this place you can appreciate the beauty of the Andean towns and the different archaeological complexes typical of the Inca era. You can also take pictures of the mountains that make up the imposing Cordillera de los Andes.
The Chocolate Museum is located in Calle Garcilaso 210, Cusco, considered one of the tourist places of Cusco that every tourist should go to visit. The richest artisan chocolate and coffee drinks are prepared on this site. Cocoa-based products are also sold, from chocolates to cosmetics. In addition, you can choose to follow a truffle workshop, take a tour of the plantations or explore the Peruvian tasting.
It is located 5 kilometres from the Imperial city, more than 3000 meters above sea level, on the Red Hill. The image depicts Jesus, the guide of the Cusqueños Catholics. It was erected with open arms as a sign of its protection to Cusco. It is part of the work of Francisco Olazo Allende, the same who sculpted the arch of Santa Clara.
Museum of Folk Art
A few years ago, Santurantikuy’s Christmas fair was about to stop. This circumstance motivated the American Institute of Art of Cusco to create the Museum of Popular Art, where they exhibit the best handicrafts in the region. This place also shows pictures of the city and important characters such as Hiram Bingham and Martín Chambi. C
In a natural habitat where you can see the fauna and flora of the region of Cusco. It is located 3.5 kilometers from the town of Aguas Calientes, making it the perfect place for those who wish to connect with the elements of nature. It takes about 3 hours on average to visit the amazing places that this garden hides.
It stands out over the other tourist places of Cusco, its Buildings act like a real magnet for those who seek to relax and at the same time have a little adventure. When you visit it, you will understand how advanced the Inca culture was in terms of engineering and architecture techniques.