Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire in southern Peru,
13:31 | Cusco (Cusco region), Jun. 11.
is a magical and perfect destination to enjoy its rich culture and the beautiful landscapes of the Andes.
More and more tourists choose to visit Cusco
drawn by its attractions. The peak season began in May.
This month —on the occasion of its jubilee celebrations— the so-called Imperial City hosts a range of activities such as the famous Inti Raymi
If you have not been to Cusco yet but you are planning to, here is a list of must-visit places while in this magnificent Andean city.
The Main Square is home to the impressive Cusco Cathedral, the main Catholic church in the city. The best time to visit it is during the day in order to appreciate the contrast between the mountains and the city. In the evening, the street lighting enhances the architectural beauty of the place.
Also known as the Temple of the Sun, Qoricancha
was a religious, geographical, and political center in Cusco, and the inside is believed to have been covered by gold plates. The impressive stones with which the temple was built fit perfectly together, and the place is full of rich history.
This Inca ceremonial fortress
is considered the greatest architectural work of its time. Located 2 km away from Cusco, the place offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. The celebration of the Incan sun god, Inti Raymi
, takes place on its esplanade.
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Located at the end of the Urubamba Valley, in the province of the same name, the Sacred Valley
is a mixture of archaeological remains, indigenous peoples, and varied mountainous landscapes.
This land provides the best conditions for agriculture: excellent weather, fertile soils, and the Vilcanota River water. Besides, it is the ideal setting to practice adventure sports and other leisure activities.
It is the only inhabited Inca city in Peru. This place
is situated halfway between Cusco and Machu Picchu
and has an impressive urban design with (non-agricultural) resistant terraces.