Cusco and the Sacred Valley

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. Museo de Arte Precolombino


    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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  • 3. Qorikancha


    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

  • 4. Rainbow 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Colcampata


    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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Museo Inka


    Everyone comes to "ooh" and "eeww" over this archaeological museum's collection of Inca mummies, but the entire facility serves as a comprehensive...Read More

  • 14. Museo Machu Picchu Casa Concha


    Artifacts that Hiram Bingham unearthed during his 1911 "discovery" of Machu Picchu and brought back to Yale University resided with the university...Read More

  • 15. Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo

    Plaza Regocijo | Museum/Gallery

    Take a refreshing turn back toward the present in this city of history. As is typically the case in Cusco, the museum is housed in a colonial...Read More

  • 16. Palacio de Inca Roca


    Inca Roca lived in the 13th or 14th century. Halfway along his palace's side wall, nestled amid other stones, is a famous 12-angled stone, an...Read More

  • 17. Plaza de Armas

    Plaza de Armas | Plaza/Square

    With park benches, green lawns, and splendid views of the Catedral, Cusco's gorgeous colonial Plaza de Armas invites you to stay awhile. Take...Read More

  • 18. San Blas

    San Blas | Neighborhood/Street

    For spectacular views over Cusco's terra-cotta rooftops, head to San Blas. This is where the Incas brought the choicest artists and artisans...Read More

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  • 19. Templo de San Francisco

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Close to the Plaza de Armas, the Plaza de San Francisco is a local hangout. There's not a lot to see in the plaza itself, but if you've wandered...Read More

  • 20. Templo Santa Clara

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Austere from the outside, this incredible 1588 church takes the prize for most eccentric interior decoration. Thousands of mirrors cover the...Read More

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