Top Things to do around Cusco

Cusco is a beautiful city in the Peruvian Andes, full of charm, Inca ruins, great restaurants, and so many thing to do around. You can easily fall in love with this city and stay here for weeks. Here are my top things to do in Cusco and around:

1. Exploring Cusco’s old streets and Plaza de Armas

Cusco used to be the historic capital of Inca Empire, and you can find there archaeological remains of Inca stonework. There are lots of interesting sights in the city, including Plaza de Armas (the beautiful main square), Convento de Santo Domingo‬ (Inca temple) impressive cathedrals, amazing museums, San Blas district and more. Take your time to wonder around the beautiful streets of old Cusco, admiring the city’s unique architecture. Go to one of Cusco’s viewpoints to enjoy the great views of the surrounding Andes. It is recommended to buy Buleto Turistico (Cusco’s tourist ticket) which will allow you to enter to the most interesting Inca sights and museums.

Plaza de Armas,the beautiful main square of Cusco

Plaza de Armas,the beautiful main square of Cusco

Walk around the old streets to find archaeological remains of Inca stonework

Walk around the old streets to find archaeological remains of Inca stonework

2. Sacred Valley and Inca remains sights

There are many daydrips to do around the Sacred Valley and near Cusco, allowing you to learn more about the Incas, their lives, their history, and their unique architectures. It is recommended to book guided tours in Cusco, so you can enjoy the ruins while understanding more about the Incas.

Among the most impressive and popular sights: Saqsaywaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Pukapukara, Moray, Salinas de Maras‬, Pisac village, and more.

Beautiful views of Sacred Valley

Beautiful views of Sacred Valley

Lots of traditional artwork around Cusco

Lots of traditional artwork around Cusco

3. Chocolate workshop- Tasty and fun!

Don’t miss the chance to visit ChocoMuseo‬ in Cusco and learn about the history of chocolate. In the Choco museum you can find a few displays explaining the chocolate making process and try some delicious samples. Visiting the museum is free, but I recommend participating in chocolate making class. This ‘bean-to-bar’ class takes around 2 hours, it’s super fun and very informative, and of course you get to make your own chocolate pieces by the end of the class.

4. ATV tours around the Sacred Valley

If you want to enjoy adrenaline activity while touring some sights in the beautiful mountains around Cusco, you should take an ATV tour! The landscape of the surrounding mountains is incredible. Instead of going just for the usual guided tours, go for a fun ride by quads to Moray and Salinas de Maras.

ATV tours around the Sacred Valley

ATV tours around the Sacred Valley

5. Horse riding in Ausangate mountain

If you wish to find a non touristy spot around Cusco, while traveling along breathtaking and outstanding scenery, Ausangate mountain is the right place for you. There are many ways to explore this amazing area: you can go for horse riding as a long daytrip from Cusco, or even hike the full challenging 5 days circuit, either way, you’ll enjoy this peaceful and beautiful hidden jam.

Horse riding in Ausangate mountain

Horse riding in Ausangate mountain

Enjoy this peaceful and beautiful hidden jam near Cusco

Enjoy this peaceful and beautiful hidden jam near Cusco

6. A trek to Machu Picchu

There are many ways to get to Machu Picchu, and most of them start in Cusco. Around the city you can find tour agencies offering guided tours and train tickets to Machu Picchu. Among the popular tours to Machu Picchu: Inca trail, Salkantay Trek, Inca Jungle trek, and more. I recommend the Inca Jungle Trek, check it out here.

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