You can’t miss these wonderful places!
Cusco is the main tourist center of Peru and one of the main destinations in South America. The attractions begin in the same city and extend along its valleys and snowy mountains until you reach Machu Picchu the very wonder of the world. Here are 7 places you should not miss during your visit to the sacred lands of the Incas.
The San Blas neighborhood
Within the city of Cusco, you will not find a more traditional and beautiful place than the San Blas neighborhood. It is reached through the Hatun Rumiyoc street, where you can observe the spectacular “Stone of 12 angles” until you reach the slope of San Blas, a narrow street that opens between colonial mansions and craft shops, which will take you to the square of San Blas. There you can observe its temple, which has a beautiful pulpit carved in baroque style wood, in addition, there are the workshops of the most renowned artisans from Cusco. Throughout the neighborhood, you can find many hotels, restaurants, pubs and mystical centers, a place to rejoice and get lost in time.
The fortress of Sacsayhuamán is one of the most amazing constructions made by the Incas. Located 2 km from the city of Cusco, its incredible cyclopean walls stand out very well; also stand out the towers located on the zigzag walls and the huge trapezoidal doors. You can spend a fun time sliding down the Suchunas (stands) or through the Chincanas (tunnels). In Sacsayhuamán every June 24 the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun takes place.
Already in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac will surprise you in two ways. First of all, with its world-famous traditional market that has innumerable stalls between the streets of the town until reaching its main square, in this market you can find handicrafts of all kinds, ceramics, fabrics and, silverware are the ones that stand out. Already behind the town, on top of a mountain, you can find the Inca constructions, of the best-preserved that exist, with magnificent structures such as the Temple of the Sun or its spectacular andenería.
Continuing in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Ollantaytambo is the obligatory crossing point for all the visitors who go to Machu Picchu, and not precisely because the train station is located there, but because of the spectacular archaeological complex that is located there, a incredible place, as well as its spectacular Temple of the Sun that is a Monolith of 6 huge rocks that fit exactly and is located on top of the complex. The town itself is also a delight, with its houses and streets that seem to be stopped in time, you can enjoy a pleasant moment in one of its hotels or restaurants. Ollantaytambo is a place you will not forget.
Choquequirao is a spectacular Inca city, located in a remote place near the snowy Salkantay. It is considered the sister city of Machu Picchu and that surprises as much as this. There is no way to reach Choquequirao with mobility, so you must do a 60 km walk that lasts 4-5 days. It is not a simple route, but it is full of adventure, with amazing mountain landscapes, abundant Andean flora, and fauna. The Inca city of Choquequirao will pleasantly surprise you, it is a place that you can enjoy more quietly since visitor traffic is much smaller than in Machu Picchu. It is a unique place in the world, a formidable place molded by the Incas themselves and that time has preserved until today almost intact.
The Rainbow Mountains
Yes, a multicolored mountain that has been fully known not long ago, a natural spectacle unique in the world. The mountain of colors Vinicunca that is about 4200 m.a.s.l. It is the protagonist, also known as the “Rainbow Mountain”, this spectacular geographical accident belongs to the snowy Ausangate, which is the highest in the Vilcanota mountain range, has become one of the most popular destinations in Cusco. Arriving at the mountain of 7 colors, in one of the many daily tours that go there, will not give credit to your eyes before this unique show, only the photos that will be taken will make this amazing experience credible. A place you should not miss.
The world wonder, Machu Picchu
And finely the Inca jewel, Machu Picchu. A trip to Cusco would not be considered as such but goes to the wonder of the world. The Inca city stands imposing between the Andes and the jungle, showing the world as one of the greatest works of man and that can be enjoyed intact even today. Despite its difficult location, getting to Machu Picchu is relatively simple and you can do it in many ways, whether you like comfort or adventure. There is no excuse for not visiting the masterpiece of the Incas, the must-see place of everyone who arrives in Cusco.
These are just some of the most representative places in Cusco, but there are many more. And not only can you find magical and beautiful places, but also fascinating and unique experiences. You will always find something that fills your senses in the land chosen by the Incas as the navel of the world.
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