Tourist attractions outside the city of Cusco
Cusco is world famous as the base for the trip to Machu Picchu. However, as you will see in this article, the Peruvian city has a lot to offer, as an attraction. In this summary, you will find the 11 best attractions of Cusco and its surroundings, which you can perfectly complete on a day trip. Above all, the historical center of the city reveals deep knowledge about the culture of the Incas, which I would not learn on a trip to Machu Picchu.
Tourist attractions outside Cusco
Vinicunca, or Mountain of Seven Colors, has recently become explosively popular after the first Instagram influencers made the rainbow mountain famous. Mineral deposits in the famous mountain and in most areas of the area provide the incredible explosion of color in the mountain.
However, some of the travelers are a bit disappointed with the mountain when they get there. Many of the photographers edit their photos and slide filters over them to make the colors more colorful. However, the mountain always deserves a trip. However, keep in mind that the hike is not demanding. It begins at more than 4000 meters and ends at 5200 meters above sea level. It is also possible to pay for a horse that will take you most of the way. Either way, you should try to climb the mountain to enjoy the view.
The mountain itself is 3 hours by car from Cusco, and most people participate in a tour that you can book relatively cheaply anywhere in the city. However, the excursion counts as one of the most important and reserved places in Cusco, or in the surroundings of the city.
Machu Picchu also counts as a sight in Cusco in the broadest sense. After all, most people travel to Cusco to begin the day trip to the world-famous ruins.
Even if many travelers are disappointed by the crowds of tourists that are on the mountain, the road to Tortzdem is well worth it. It is recommended to explore the Inca Trail, as there are many other beautiful ruins along the way. It is also an incredible feeling to walk as the Incas did, on a path created by them and 85% intact in their original form.
If hiking is not your thing, you must still book a bus tour from Cusco. Machu Picchu must be seen.
The Moray circular is another fascinating ruin of the Incas and a beautiful contrast with Sacsayhuamán. Instead of serving as a citadel, Moray was an experimental agricultural laboratory with several terraces, each with different temperatures, probably for more effective agriculture.