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Top 5 Attractions You Cannot Miss In Cusco, Peru

Travelers Today       By    David Thompson

Updated: Apr 04, 2022 01:14 PM EDT

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Top 5 Attractions You Cannot Miss In Cusco, Peru

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Cusco was the ancient seat of Incan power, with Machu Picchu standing on Peruvian soil from as early as the 1400s. The stability of its timeless buildings is matched with its temperate climate, with daylight weather remaining consistent at around 20°C/ 68°F. Cusco's summer and rainy period is between November to March, while the winter season is from May to August yet still sees extremely mild daytime weather (although evenings might dip below freezing).

Due to the popularity of the region there are hundreds of Cusco hotels to choose from. Select from a great range of high-end of 3-star accommodations or find a stay in one of the numerous homely vacation apartments in the very heart of Cusco itself.

This article is going to share the top 5 attractions you simply cannot miss in Cusco, Peru.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu was the home of the Incas most prestigious city, yet was abandoned only 100 years after construction. Left untouched by humans for over 500 years, it wasn't until 1911 that it was finally investigated by American explorer Hiram Bingham. Floating high above the Spanish invaders, many of the temples, palaces and rooms are perfectly preserved. A must-visit in Cusco, Machu Picchu also offers stunning views over the Urubamba river and the breathtaking peaks that surround it.

Qorikancha (Coricancha)

Qorikancha was previously the most famous temple in the Incan empire, translating to 'The Golden Temple'. The original temple was dedicated to the ancient Incan Sun God, Inti. Over time, the Spanish invaders built a Dominican Convent on the original site. The blend of Incan temple and Spanish colonial build is breathtaking and a must-see on a visit to Cusco.

Top 5 Attractions You Cannot Miss In Cusco, Peru
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San Blas

San Blas is Cusco's artisan quarter, where Incan heritage, Spanish influence, modern music and thriving restaurants sit side-by-side. Wander down the Incan alley Hathun Rumiyoq, visit the Chapel of San Blas and visit the vibrant local markets and artisan workshops. San Blas is a great place to take a break from the tourist attractions.

Sacsaywamán

Sacsaywamán fort is a 2km hike out of Cusco, but offers a glimpse into the stunning Incan megalithic defenses. Huge swathes of stone dominate the skyline, and form the ramparts of a citadel that was occupied as early as 900 AD. The ruins are a site of huge military and religious significance, home to the site of the infamous battle of Manco Inca and the Spanish invaders in 1536.

The Plaza Des Armas

The Plaza Des Armas was once the heart of the Incan city, and is still a bustling hub for local festivals and nightlife. The perfect place to spend a few hours sipping coffee and admiring the colorful gardens, Plaza Des Armas lights up at night and draws local Peruvians and tourists alike to the thriving square.

Top 5 Attractions You Cannot Miss In Cusco, Peru
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There are hundreds of places to see in Cusco, Peru, but we hope these top five have got you thinking about your next trip. From Incan ruins to bold Spanish architecture, Cusco is a place that bewitches and engages the traveler from the minute they arrive.

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