The Cusco Tourist Places are varied, we want to help you plan your visit to this Cultural Heritage of Humanity with this little Guide about those special places in Cusco that you may not have heard, and we would like you to know.
In addition, we have recently made an article dedicated especially to the City’s most searched information on Google. You can read here The Information of Cusco.
Tourism in Cusco
As we have already mentioned, Cusco is a Cultural Heritage of Humanity and without a doubt it is the most important Tourist destination in Peru next to the Nazca Lines; The Sacred city of the Incas is also one of the most relevant Destinations in South America.
Statistically, every year between 40 and 45% of tourists who come to Peru visit the Department of Cusco, and 92% of them go to the City of Cusco. The other 60 to 55% is represented by the other destinations that exist in the country. Statistics provided by the Mincetur.
Therefore, Tourism in Cusco is quite important for the country, in addition to the fact that the statistics are similar with domestic tourism, 40% of national travelers also visit Cusco during the year.
What to do in Cusco Tourist Places
Very well, now if you have to start listing those Tourist Places of Cusco that are not as well known but that are absolutely wonderful and worth visiting.
Choquequirao is a spectacular Inca city that is located in a remote place near the snowy Salkantay. It is considered the Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu ’due to the similarity of the environment and its buildings.
There is no way to get to Choquequirao with transportation, so you must take a 60-kilometer walk that lasts approximately 2 days. The route is not easy. Start with a bus trip from Cusco to the town of Cachora. Then the hike through mountainous landscapes rich in flora and fauna is made.
Due to the difficulty to get there, few tourists visit Choquequirao. Unlike Machu Picchu, this is a place that can still be enjoyed in peace.
|Archeological Center Choquequirao, Cusco.||350 Dollars x 4 days|
Ollantaytambo is an obligatory point of passage for visitors heading to Machu Picchu. The main train station that transports tourists to the Inca site is located in this town. However, Ollantaytambo has its own Inca enclosure whose constructions are as amazing as Machu Picchu.
The Inca city of Ollantaytambo was a sacred place that also served as a fortress during the Spanish invasion. Its most famous buildings are: the Royal House of the Sun, the Monumental Cover, the Bath of the Ñusta and the Temple of the Sun.
The people themselves are also a delight. Its houses and streets retain their original Inca structures. There you can also enjoy restaurants, bars, hotels and cafes.
|Route to Ollantaytambo, Valle Sagrado.||70 Soles / 22 Dollars|
The Sacsayhuaman fortress is one of the most amazing constructions that the Incas made. The Sacsayhuaman archaeological site is also made up of several Inca sites such as: Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay. All were made in order to monitor the city of Cusco as well as a resting place for the Inca.
Its cyclopean walls stand out as well as its turrets located on the zigzag walls and its huge trapezoidal doors. In Sacsayhuaman its chincanas (tunnels), its gates, walls (bulwarks), turrets as well as suchunas (roundabouts) stand out.
Every June 24 the Inti Raymi is held on the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman. The Sun Festival is a celebration whose origins date back to the Inca period.
|Street Don Bosco, Cusco.||70 Soles / 22 Dollars|
Pisac is one of the most picturesque towns in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Pisac craft market will surprise you with its countless street stalls until you reach its main square. In this market you can find crafts of all kinds: polo shirts, footwear, jewelry, sculptures, paintings, ceramics, etc.
At the top of the mountain you can find the Inca constructions of the Pisac archaeological site. This archaeological site is one of the best preserved in existence, with magnificent structures such as the Temple of the Sun or its spectacular andenería system.
The landscapes that surround Pisac as well as the traditions of its inhabitants attract foreign tourists. Most arrive to visit the market and the archaeological site.
|Route to Calca, Valle Sagrado.||70 Soles / 22 Dollars|
5. San Blas neighborhood
In the city of Cusco there is a very traditional and colorful place, it is the neighborhood of San Blas, which can be reached by crossing Hantun Rumiyoc street, where it is possible to contemplate the wonderful Stone of the 12 Angles of Cusco.
In the Plaza de San Blas you can also see the Great Colonia Temple that has a beautiful pulpit carved out of wood. In this colonial neighborhood are the work places of the most important Cusco artisans; In these places, handicrafts are made of: carvings, sculptures and paintings, as well as alpaca clothing, jewelry, among others.
Do not worry about the places to eat or where you can stay to sleep, there are many very good hotels and restaurants in the area; Of course there are also very mystical bars and tourist centers.
|San Blas Hill, Historical Center of Cusco.||Free|
Most know the main Tourist Places of Cusco, which are the following:
- Macchu Picchu
- Mountain of 7 Colors
- Three Golden Crosses
- Humantay Lagoon
- Putucusi Mountain
Cusco Travel Agencies
If you want to stop worrying about the organization of the itinerary and want to get more information about the tourist places of Cusco, we are going to give you a list of the travel agencies that are in Cusco, we will base ourselves on the opinions they have on Google:
- Inkas Herencia Travel and Tourism Agency
- Don Peru Tours – Travel Agency in Cusco Peru
- CuscoPeru.com – Tours to Machu Picchu
- Peru Travel
- Cusco Tours