Cusco, the Archaeological Capital of America, has left Peru and the world an invaluable legacy of history, culture and architecture. Its main attraction is Machu Picchu, a wonder of the world that has received many awards, the most recent one is “World’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2019”.
4We invite you to know the best tourist attractions in Cusco, one of the most important cities in Peru and the world.
In Cusco you will also see the most
beautiful Andean landscapes, ruins, valleys, snow-capped mountains and much
more. You can even practice your favourite adventure sports, such as trekking,
cycling, mountaineering, etc.
1. Barrio de San Blas:
Very close to Cusco city you will find the famous Barrio de San Blas (San Blas neigbourhood). A traditional and picturesque neighborhood that is reached by crossing the street on which the famous “twelve-angled stone” is located, Hatun Rumiyoc street.
Also, you will could enjoy its small
square, its narrow streets, colonial mansions and a wide variety of handicraft
stores, as well as the beautiful workshops of the most famous artisans from
Cusco. You will even visit the temple of San Blas, which has a beautiful
baroque-style pulpit carved in wood.
San Blas also has the best restaurants, pubs, bars and mystical centers in Cusco.
The Sacsayhuamán fortress is one of the most spectacular Inca buildings and the place where the Sun festival (Inti Raymi) is celebrated each 24th of June.
It is located 2 km away from the city of Cusco and is one of its most visited tourist attractions. In this breathtaking construction the cyclopean walls, the towers, the enormous trapezoidal doors and the zigzag walls stand out.
3. Rainbow Mountain
Also known as Vinicunca, Winikunka or Rainbow Mountain thanks to the multiple colors that seems to have been taken from a fairy tale.
This place belongs to the Ausangate snow-capped mountain and is located at 4200 meters above sea level. It is a mountain formation that was covered with ice for many years, giving it a multi-colored appearance (red, green, yellow, purple, pink, blue, etc.) because of the complex combination of minerals.
A natural spectacle so unique in the world!
4. Machu Picchu
Last but not least is Machu Picchu, the
The Inca citadel is considered one of man’s
most impressive masterpieces. At first, because of its location on a mountain
located at 2,430 m.a.s.l. and its building made of giant stones joined with
great precision, which leave all the visitors impressed.
Despite its location, you have two options to get to the top. The first one is by bus and the other is through the Camino Inca to Machu Picchu, for trekking and adventure lovers.
It should be noted that Machu Picchu and the Rainbow Mountain have become two of the most popular tourist attractions in Peru.
Other tourist attractions in Cusco as well:
- Choquequirao: Known as the sister city of Machu Picchu.
- Ollantaytambo: It was a strategic military, religious and agricultural center.
- Koricancha: Anciently known as “The Golden Enclosure”.
- Nuestra Señora de la Merced Church and Convent of Santo Domingo:
- Plaza de Armas (main square) and Cathedral of Cusco:
- Church and Convent of Santa Catalina.
- Tambomachay or Baños del Inca:
- Pisaq archaeological center.
- Kenko: Inca ritual site.
- Puca Pucara fortress.
These are some of the most representative
tourist attractions in Cusco, if you know other ones leave us your comments.
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