Cusco and the Sacred Valley: Places to Explore

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Cusco

If you arrive in Cusco with the intention of hopping on the train to Machu Picchu the next morning, you'll probably only have time to take a stroll through the Plaza de Armas and visit Qorikancha (Temple of the Sun) and the Catedral. However, the city merits exploration, either at the start or end of your trip. We recommend spending at least two days in Cusco, giving you time to acclimate to the altitude and get to know this city of terra-cotta roofs and cobblestone streets. The churches and some restaurants close for a few hours in the middle of the day. Some of the city's museums close on Sunday, but most are open, sometimes with shorter hours.

Cusco takes its newest role as tourist favorite in stride, and absorbs thousands of travelers with an ample supply of lodgings, restaurants, and services. That a polished infrastructure exists in such a remote, high-elevation locale is a pleasant surprise.

Cusco at a Glance

Experience Cusco

Elsewhere in Cusco and the Sacred Valley

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