Located in the southeast of Peru, Cusco is often labeled as the heart of the Inca civilization. From the expansive salt pans to the Andean countryside and ancient ruins, Cusco offers a mosaic of wonderful experiences to tourists.
Looking to get lost in the beauty of Cusco? Here are some places you should visit!
The Sacred Valley
Your trip to Cusco can’t really be complete without visiting the Sacred Valley. Just north of Cusco, the Sacred Valley used to be an important site in the Inca Empire. Today, it houses several ruins from the Inca’s former glory.
To get used to the high altitude levels in Cusco, start the first leg of your tour from here. You can either go to the Pisac market to choose from a variety of handicrafts or marvel at the ruins just 20 minutes away. If cobbled streets are more your thing, visit the quaint little town of Ollantaytambo.
The Sacred Valley also offers exciting and adrenaline-filled adventures for tourists who love adventures. From river rafting to biking and paragliding, this place gives you an incredible experience of a lifetime. Before you wrap up your tour, head to the ruins of Moray in Maras town. The salt pans with big and small crystals of salt are truly a sight to behold!
Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain
As someone visiting Cusco, you’re no stranger to the stories about the enthralling beauty of the Rainbow Mountains. From the Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain to the Vinicunca, Cusco’s well-endowed with one-of-a-kind rainbow streaked mountains.
If you’re looking to revel in the colorful beauty of these mountains without exerting yourself too much, go for Palccoyo. Though a little less know than its sister mountain of Vinicunca, Palccoyo offers you better accessibility.
Make sure you dress appropriately for the tour. Wear warm clothes with comfortable shoes. Even if the weather’s a bit cold, don’t forget to wear sunscreen and sunglasses. Preparing beforehand will allow you to have a memorable experience without worries.
Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca
If you’re not the one to shy from a rough adventure, go for Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca. Also known as the Mountain of Seven Colors, this destination takes you through the path of the Ausangate Valley.
From the breathtaking flora and fauna to the animals, this destination will leave you awestruck. To enjoy the spectacular viewpoint, you’ll have to hike approximately for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Keep in mind that the altitude is no joke. So make sure you’ve given your body enough time to acclimatize to the high altitude levels. For a successful trek, bring a jacket along. You don’t want to be stuck shivering when the mountain breeze brings the temperatures down!
If you’re looking to tour the city of Cusco, get in touch with Andean Soul Adventure. We’re an experienced travel agency and tour operator in Cusco, Peru. From offering Lares Trek tours to Inca Quarry trek tours, we specialize in providing tailored tour packages to our clients visiting Peru.
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