Although Machu Picchu is the main attraction of Cusco and probably, of Peru, there are so many other interesting historical and cultural sights to see! In this blog a short list of some other things to do in Cusco before or after your visit to Machu Picchu.
The Cusco City Tour is a must for travelers with some time to spend in Cusco! This five hour tour starts in the center of Cusco at the impressive Colonial Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas that contains over 400 paintings from the Cusquenan School. After that the tour visits the Qoricancha, also known as the Temple of the Sun, which was a religious center for the Incas dedicated to the Sun. According to history, the walls of this temple were entirely covered with gold at one point. From here the tour travels by bus to visit the four ruins located less than 8 km from Cusco, including Sacsayhuamán, famous for its enormous carved rocks, Q´enqo, and Tambomachay.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas Tour is another must if you have some time to spend in Cusco! This full day tour travels the length of the Sacred Valley, stopping at the key sites of interest: Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero. In Pisac you have a choice of visiting either the colorful traditional market or the Incan ruins. Our next stop is for lunch in Urubamba and afterwards we continue our journey to Ollantaytambo. This small town is filled with well-preserved Incan architecture and is the last Incan complex to have been built. In fact, this fortress was never completed! En route back towards Cusco this tour visits the typical market and archeological site at Chinchero.
These are just some options for spending some extra time in Cusco. If you are looking for adventure, you can also go white water rafting, mountain biking, and even horseback riding! Visit www.dosmanosperu.com for more information on our adventure tours. There is also a plethora of museums, shops, restaurants, and bars to visit too!