Cusco

Cusco, the Archaeological Capital of America, was the most important city of Inca Empire and, thanks to its rich legacy of culture, history and architecture, is now the most visited tourist destination in Peru.

One of the biggest tourist attractions in Cusco is Machu Picchu. An architectural masterpiece that used gigantic rocks as main tool. 

You can also enjoy its wonderful natural landscapes, ruins and valleys. There is even a wealth of ancient customs that have remained intact. 

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Cusco

Top tourist attractions

  • Plaza de Armas of Cusco: Cusco’s main square, known in the Inca era as Huacaypata or The “square of the warrior”.
  • Barrio de San Blas: This picturesque neighborhood, characterized by steep and narrow streets, houses numerous traditional artisans.
  • Hatun Rumiyoc (Twelve-angled stone). The wall stands out for its polygonal architecture, which front covers almost the whole Hatun Rumiyoc street. 
  • Koricancha: Anciently known as "The Golden Enclosure", a sacred place where tribute to the Inca God was offered.
  • Cusco Cathedral: One of the most beautiful and important monuments in America. 
  • Church of the Society of Jesus: The original church was built in 1571 (or 1576) over the land of the ancient Amarucancha palace.
  • Church and Convent of Nuestra Señora de la Merced: It is characterized for having the doorway at the center of the towers. The inside is divided into three wide naves with baroque altarpieces.
  • Church and Convent of Santo Domingo: The amazing thing about this building is the perfect adaptation to the original Inca temple achieved by its builders. 
  • Church and Convent of Santa Catalina: It has two identical Renaissance doorways and a belfry. 
  • Church and Convent of San Francisco: The exterior of this church is dominated by a robust tower and two proto-baroque doorways over the bare stone walls.| 
  • San Blas Temple: It's the oldest parish in Cusco that contains a spectacular pulpit carved in cedar wood. 
  • Almirante Palace: A real masterpiece of Cusco urban architecture. 
  • House of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. It contains pre-Hispanic and colonial elements, such as Cusco School’s paintings.
  • Casa de las Sierpientes (House of Snakes): Its name comes from the stone snakes carved on the house's facade. 
  • Sacsayhuaman: It is a spectacular fortress built with huge sculpted rocks, joined with extreme precision. 
  • Kenko: This adoratory is located on what is nowadays known as Cerro Socorro
  • Tambomachay or Baños del Inca: It was the Inca's favorite spa resort, but also one of the foundations of the Cusco Valley's defense system.
  • Puca Pucara fortress: Its name in Quechua means "red fortress", due to the color of its rocks under the twilight light.
  • Pikillaqta and Lucre Lagoon: It was one of the most stunning regional centres in Wari culture. 
  • Paucartambo: Typical village with narrow cobblestone streets, small squares and manor houses with balconies.
  • Chincheros: Village whose name means “brave man” and which receives the custody of the snow-capped Chicón mountain.
  • Yucay: A charming town dotted with highly fertile lands which name, in English, means "trick" or "spell". 
  • Ollantaytambo: It was a strategic military, religious and agricultural centre.
  • Pisaq: It is an important archaeological center that combines mystical Inca ruins and the natural treasure of the Urubamba Valley.
  • Aguas Calientes: It has the privilege to offer visitors one of the wonders of the world: the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
  • Kapchi: Stew or soup made with beans or mushrooms with potatoes, milk, eggs and cheese.
  • Chicharrón with mote: Pork fried in its own fat, served with shelled Mote corn.
  • Tamal and Humita: They are made with fresh corn dough and cooked wrapped in corn husks. It can be can be sweet or salty.
  • Saralawa: Soup made with fresh corn, beans, dried yellow aji pepper and huacatay.
  • Chuño cola: Meat soup with rice, chickpeas and chuño (potato starch).
  • Adobo: Pork meat marinated with chicha and spices, cooked in a pot.
  • Olluco con carne: Stew of ollucos and cecina (jerky) or llama meat.
  • January 20: Chiaraje, a competition between men from different sides, to determine who is the strongest and bravest. 
  • Cusco Carnival: The villages of Cusco dance, and drink. In Coya there is a carnival-like Festival.
  • Holly Week in Cusco: Deeply spiritual and meditative festivities. 
  • Second fortnight of May: Cross adoration and vigil.
  • Last week of May and first days of June: International Beer Festival.
  • June 1: Corpus Christi.
  • June 18 and 19: Quyllur Rit’i and Quspicanchis festivities.
  • June 24: Inti Raymi. Sun Festival celebrated from ancient times in gratitude for the good harvest.
  • July 15:  Virgen del Carmen festivities in Paucartambo. 
  • November 1: Feast of All Saints 
  • December 24: Santuranticuy. Popular fair where artisans come from many different places to show their work.