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Best Things To Do in Cusco

With dazzling temples, ancient cities, and access to famed Inca ruins, Cusco's imperial city enchants its visitors. First and foremost, you'll want to plan your route to Machu Picchu. For a scenic (and strenuous) hike, make arrangements to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Less daring travelers should nab a seat on one of PeruRail's daily trains to the lost city. If you have time before or after your expedition, head straight to the Plaza de Armas, where the glorious Cathedral and nearby Qoricancha await exploration. Then, elevate your experience to a whole new level by visiting the Sacsayhuamán ruins, which boast gorgeous views of Cusco city.

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#1
Plaza de Armas Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: The history of the Plaza de Armas stretches back all the way to the Inca Empire. The Inca built this ... read more»

#2
Machu Picchu
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: It's hard to believe this iconic "lost city of the Incas" was untouched during the Spanish conquest. The Incas ... read more»

#3
Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: For a glimpse of the Inca's former grandeur, look no further than Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), also known ... read more»

#4
Cathedral
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Amid the many splendors found in the Plaza de Armas, the sky-high Cathedral is one of Cusco's finest architectural ... read more»

#5
Planetarium
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: When some visitors arrive at the Cusco Planetarium, they immediately question their decision to travel out into the hills surrounding ... read more»

#6
Sacsayhuamán
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sacsayhuamán is often overshadowed by Machu Picchu, but this towering ancient Incan fortress—filled with exquisite stone masonry and dramatic ... read more»

#7
Pre-Columbian Art Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: While Qorikancha and Machu Picchu draw more visitors, the Pre-Columbian Art Museum possesses a world-class Peruvian collection that cannot be ... read more»

#8
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Winding through Peru's verdant landscape toward Machu Picchu, this famous four-day  hike is not for the faint of heart ... read more»

#9
Inca Museum (Museo Inka)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Boasting an eclectic assortment of Incan artifacts and a distinctive location in a beautiful 16th-century colonial mansion, the Inca Museum ... read more»

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