Cusco and the Sacred Valley

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  • 1. Cerámica Seminario

    Store/Mall

    Husband-and-wife team Pablo Seminario and Marilú Behar spent years developing their art into what is now known as the Seminario Style—taking...Read More

  • 2. Fortress of Ollantaytambo

    Ruins

    Walk above town to a formidable stone structure, where massive terraces climb to a temple area honoring the sun god. Although the elaborate...Read More

  • 3. La Catedral

    Plaza de Armas | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dominating the Plaza de Armas, the monumental Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin (or Cusco Cathedral) is one of Cusco's grandest...Read More

  • 4. Museo de Arte Precolombino

    Museum/Gallery

    For a different perspective on pre-Columbian ceramics, head to this spectacular museum, known as MAP, where art and pre-Columbian culture merge...Read More

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  • 5. Qorikancha

    Ruins

    Built to honor the sun god, the Empire’s most important deity, Qorikancha translates as "Court of Gold." Walls and altars were once plated with...Read More

  • 6. Rainbow Mountain

    Mountain

    With almost as many names as colors, Rainbow Mountain, aka Vinicunca, aka Montaña de Siete Colores (Mountain of Seven Colors) is a fairly recent...Read More

  • 7. Sacsayhuamán

    Ruins

    Towering high above Cusco, the ruins of Sacsayhuamán are a constant reminder of the city's Inca roots. You may have to stretch your imagination...Read More

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  • 8. Salineras

    Nature Sight

    The famed terraced Inca salt pans of Salineras, which take advantage of a natural phenomenon, are still in use: The Inca dug shallow pools into...Read More

  • 9. Andahuaylillas

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The main attraction of the small town of Andahuaylillas, 8 km (5 miles) southeast of Pikillacta, is a small 17th-century adobe-towered church...Read More

  • 10. Awana Kancha

    Store/Mall

    Loosely translated as "palace of weaving," Awana Kancha provides an opportunity to see products made from South America's four camelids (alpaca...Read More

  • 11. Casa de Garcilaso

    Historic Home

    You'll find a bit of everything in this spot, which may leave you feeling like you've seen it all before. Colonial building? Check. Escuela...Read More

  • 12. Chinchero Market

    Market/Bazaar

    Locals come from miles away to sell their produce at the Sunday Chinchero Market, making it a truly authentic market experience; come early...Read More

  • 13. ChocoMuseo

    Plaza Regocijo | Museum/Gallery

    This museum provides a delicious introduction to the history and process of chocolate making, from cacao bean to bar. Workshops allow you to...Read More

  • 14. Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A 1607 colonial church in the central plaza above the market was built on top of the limestone remains of an Inca palace, thought to be the...Read More

  • 15. Colcampata

    Neighborhood/Street

    To behold colonial Cusco in all its beauty, take the 15-minute walk up to Colcampata. Following Procuradores from the Plaza de Armas to Waynapata...Read More

  • 16. Iglesia de La Compañía de Jesús

    Plaza de Armas | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With its ornately carved facade, this Jesuit church on the Plaza de Armas gives the Catedral a run for its money in the beauty stakes. The Compañía...Read More

  • 17. La Merced

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The church may be overshadowed by the more famous Catedral and Iglesia de la Compañía, but La Merced contains one of the city's most priceless...Read More

  • 18. Monasterio de Santa Catalina de Siena

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    An extensive collection of Cusqueñan religious art is the draw at this still-working Dominican convent, which incorporates a 1610 church with...Read More

  • 19. Museo de Arte Religioso del Arzobispado

    San Blas | Museum/Gallery

    The building may be on the dark and musty side, but this San Blas museum has a remarkable collection of religious art. Originally the site of...Read More

  • 20. Museo Hilario Mendívil

    San Blas | Museum/Gallery

    The former home of San Blas's most famous son, the 20th-century Peruvian religious artist Hilario Mendívil (1929–77), makes a good stop if you...Read More

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