Tourist Attractions in Cuzco

Tourist Attractions in Cuzco

Santo Domingo Church/Koricancha

According to the chroniclers Koricancha was one of the most outstanding buildings in Cuzco. The walls were totally covered with gold because it was the main temple for worshiping the sun god. The convent has an invaluable collection of XVII and XVIII centuries.


2 km to the North East of the city of Cuzco ( 10 min approx by car). It was a place which had a magic religious function, however, some scholars believe that it had also a military function.


The cathedral was built in two moments. At the beginning the Chapel of Triumph was built over the old Suntur Wasi temple. Afterwards the cathedral was built over the Wiracocha palace. The façade and the interior are decorated with a renaissance style. We should point out the work in cedar and the carving of the pulpit as well as the choir chairs.

Compañía de Jesus Church

Originally this church was built over the Hauynacapac palace. In 1650 due to a strong earthquake the building was damaged and in 1688 it was rebuilt. The façade and central nave are excellent examples of the baroque in the Andes.

San Blas Church

It has a beautiful baroque style pulpit.

La Merced Church and Convent

Church built in 1657 in baroque style. Its sacristy has important works in gold and silver. It has also a reliquary ornamented with precious stones.


It shows much elaborated work in stone. There is a type of labyrinth and channels which were used to make sacrifices to the gods.

Tambomachay and Pukapukara

It had a very important magic religious function related with the water and the mother earth. It was a tambo that is a place where travelers could stay over and obtain some food.

Pisac Market

Located at 32 km North East of Cuzco. A very interesting place and the persons that take part in this market do not use money but make swapping. There are some weavers who show the weaving techniques learned from their forefathers.


Located at 97 km from Cuzco. Known as the fortress due to its enormous walls and because it is located in a very strategic place in the Sacred Valley. The temple of the sun and gigantic monoliths make of this place a surprising one.


Located at 30 km from Cuzco, 30 min. by car. It is a special destination for the traveler due to its location and it is surrounded by green mountains and nearby archeological sites. This town has a colorful market every Sunday where swapping is practiced.


This beautiful place is located 9 km to the West of Maras. On first sight it looks like an amphitheater with circular platforms. They were built as terraces and irrigation canals. It is interesting to note that the temperatures in the upper part is different from the lower part and this allows the creation of special conditions and micro-systems. Moray is a sort of research center for the adaptation of several wild plants so that it could be used by humans.


Located at 46 km from Cuzco in the province of Urubamba. Maras has the most important salt mines of the region. They have been exploited since inca times and during the colony it was the first producing center of salt in the Southern part of Peru.


Pikillacta is located at 30 km from Cuzco. This place belongs to the Wari culture and it is an example of the first urban planning during the VI century A.D.


Beautiful church with religious paintings, a much elaborated baroque altar.

Machu Picchu

Located at 2400 meters over sea level. It is a magical city located over a mountain. It has a special system of irrigation with channels. We can observe terraces for agriculture. Several archeologists believe that it was a holy place for worshipping.
To arrive to Macchu Picchu you need to take the train and the trip will take three hours. Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes you take a bus to go to the archeological part of Macchu Picchu. This will take 20 minutes.

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