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. 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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  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Palacio de Inca Roca

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

  • 16. Plaza de Armas

    Plaza de Armas | Plaza/Square/Piazza

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

  • 17. 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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  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Templo y Plazoleta de San Blas

    San Blas | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The little square in San Blas has a simple adobe church with one of the jewels of colonial art in the Americas—the pulpit of San Blas, an intricately...Read More

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