Cusco and the Sacred Valley

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  • 1. Catedral

    Plaza de Armas | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Dominating the Plaza de Armas, the monumental cathedral is one of Cusco's grandest buildings. Built in 1550 on the site of the palace of the...Read More

  • 2. Cerámica Seminario

    Store/Shop/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

  • 3. Fortress of Ollantaytambo

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Walk above town to a formidable stone structure where massive terraces climb to the peak of Temple Hill. It was the valley's main defense against...Read More

  • 4. Museo de Arte Precolombino

    Museum/Gallery

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

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  • 5. Qorikancha

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    If the Spanish came to the new world looking for El Dorado, the lost city of gold, they must have thought they'd found it when they laid eyes...Read More

  • 6. Sacsayhuamán

    Archaeological Site/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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  • 7. 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

  • 8. Awana Kancha

    Store/Shop/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

  • 9. Casa de Garcilaso

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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. Cusqueña...Read More

  • 10. Chinchero Market

    Market/Bazaar

    If you're looking for an authentic market experience, you can see locals come from miles away to sell their produce at the Sunday Chinchero...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Museo Hilario Mendívil

    San Blas | Museum/Gallery

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

  • 19. Museo Inka

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 20. Museo Machu Picchu Casa Concha

    Museum/Gallery

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

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