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6 Best things to see & do in Cusco

  • Cusco, Cusco Region, Peru

Hiram Bingham Train

  • Cusco, Cusco Region, Peru

  • Bucket List Experience

A train winding through green mountains

Experience

One of the world’s most spectacular train rides, the journey between Cusco and Machu Picchu via the Sacred Valley combines dramatic landscapes and absolute luxury.

Adult price 550

Good for age: 13+

Duration: 3 hours

Qorikancha

  • Cusco, Cusco Region, Peru

  • Bucket List Experience

Exterior of Qorikancha in golden hour

Experience

The Inca empire’s most elaborate sun temple, covered in gold and silver, is now a colonial church housing stunning Inca stonework.

Adult price 2

Good for age: 18+

Sacsayhuaman

  • Cusco, Cusco Region, Peru

  • Bucket List Experience

View of the Sacsayhuamán ruins, with mountains in the background

Experience

A vast, fortified Inca sun temple that perches over Cusco, housing boulders and masonry astonishingly jigsaw-pieced together, without cement or metal tools.

Adult price 24

Good for age: 18+

Cusco Cathedral

  • Cusco, Cusco Region, Peru

Cusco Cathedral exterior on a clear day

Experience

Located on top of an old Inca palace, this towering 16th-century baroque cathedral took a century to build and is stuffed with countless treasures, including key works from the Cuzco School of art.

Adult price 5

Good for age: 18+

Festival of the Sun

  • Cusco, Cusco Region, Peru

  • Bucket List Experience

Performers wearing traditional dress play instruments together on stage

Experience

Colourful parades and ancient Inca ceremonies are re-enacted at this world-famous winter solstice festival.

Good for age: 8+

Duration: 5 hours

When: 24th June

Freq: annually

Hike from Cusco to Huchuy

  • Cusco, Cusco Region, Peru

A small village on a mountain covered in yellow grasses, with mountains in the background

Experience

This, the shortest and easiest of alternative Inca trails, takes three days from Cusco and offers wonderful mountain views, little-visited Inca sites and a final day at Machu Picchu itself.

Adult price 4

Good for age: 18+

Duration: 3 days