Best things to do in Cuzco and sightseeing in Cuzco
Cusco - Cuzco
After settling you in to your hotel in Cusco on the night of your arrival, the actual tour of the Cusco City will commence the next day. The City of Cusco was the most important city in the Inca Empire, and was a city of vast wealth, with incredible buildings, beautiful palaces and gold lined temples. The tour includes visits to the Inca sites of Tambomachay, Q’enko, Sacsayhuaman, Koricancha and Cusco Cathedral. The next day you'll have a free morning in Cusco, after which an afternoon flight to Lima will connect you to your onward flights home.
Santa Teresa - Cuzco
Santa Teresa is situated 6.5 km northwest of Machu Picchu and is at the axis of several important routes leading to this archaeological center. The people of Santa Teresa have completed the bridge that reconnects Cusco with Machu Picchu, which was completely destroyed in the landslide in 1998 and thereby revived their community. It’s a point where a lot of backpackers head to seek an access to Machu Picchu that is budget friendly.
Urubamba - Cuzco
Urubamba is renowned for the spectacular Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley. The package includes a full day private tour of the Sacred Valley to see the Inca ruin at Ollantaytambo and the world famous bustling artisan market at Pisac where you can see the architectural remnants of the Inca civilization apart from also shopping for some Andean crafts.
Inca Trail - Cuzco
The Inca trail is in the Andes mountain range and passes through several cloud forest and alpine tundra. The trail will help you discover various settlements, tunnels, and many Incan ruins. This will be one of your most remarkable journeys. Many trekkers opt for four or five days to complete the "Classic Inca Trail" to discover the paths fully. The Peruvian government has placed a limit on the number of hikers on this trail per season and guides after concerns of erosion were raised.
Machu Picchu - Cuzco
A Vistadome Train will take you to and back from Machu Picchu. On the first day an organized 2 hour guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site includes visits to the Caretakers Hut, the Temple of the Sun, the Royal Tomb, the Three Windowed Temple, the main quarry and Intihuatana (the Solar Clock). On the second day there, you have until the afternoon to explore some of the sights that are not included on the standard tour. The tour package includes entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu, a moderately challenging trek, where from atop you are afforded spectacular views of the Machu Picchu citadel. After a train back to Ollantaytambo, you will be transferred to Cusco, for the last leg of the journey.
Intihuatana - Cuzco
It is located 3,300–3,400 meters above sea level, near the town of Písac in the Urubamba Valley. The Intihuatana was so-called because the Incas are believed to have “tied” the sun to a hitching post during sunrise on the solstice to stop it from going any further away. It is said to be important in telling Inca when to harvest their crops. Archaeologists believe that it was used for making astronomical observations and calculating the passing of time.
Aguas Calientes - Cuzco
It is a small town at the bottom of the valley next to Machu Picchu and the principal access point to the site. It is an area cut off for the main roads. You won’t see many tourists visiting this area to only see this town. They arrive here only to visit Machu Picchu, which is about a 1.5 hours walk. This place is simple and coy, serene and quiet.
Abra Malaga - Cuzco
Abra Malaga, also referred to as Malaga, high pass is located in the Vilcanota mountain range. It is a habitat of endangered species like Royal Cinclodes which live in Andean forest and many other bird species. This high pass has forests with extensive zones of bamboo and straw Andean meadow.