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Three Days in Cusco

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There's much to see in Cusco and the surrounding area, but you can do a lot if you have three days to explore. Day 1: Visit the Incan ruins at Qorikancha in the morning. After lunch, head into the Sacred Valley to see more ruins near the city. Hike up to Sacsayhuaman for the sunset. Day 2: Take a colectivo out to Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Visit the ruins at Moray and the salt mines at Maras. Day 3: Visit Tipon Zoo in the morning. Then, explore the galleries of Las Blas, the arts district.
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Santo Domingo s/n, Cusco 08000, Peru
There's no shortage of Inca ruins in the region—after all, that's probably why you're here—but if your schedule in Cusco only permits a visit to one, head to Qorikancha. Once the richest temple in the Inca Empire—in its heyday it was covered in...
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Cusco, Peru
This is another Incan site outside of Cusco, known for its canals, waterfalls and aquaducts. The water from this fountain is as clean and delicious as you could ask for.
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Cusco, Peru
The route to Machu Picchu has gotten smoother, thanks to two hotels outside Cuzco. Aranwa Sacred Valley Hotel and Wellness resort is built on a 17th century hacienda and has one of Peru’s largest spas. Treatments feature coca leaves and camu...
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Cusco, Peru
I really felt the high altitude here and had to stop few feet and catch my breath but you'll get the best view of Cusco if you climb up and over the actual ruins. The ruins themselves date to the 1400's and are called "Sexy Woman Ruins" by most...
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Pisac, Peru
One of the top Incan sites in the Sacred Valley is set high above the town of Písac and offers views spectacular enough to inspire any photographer, amateur or professional. The ruin’s temple area is well worth the visit, and the walk...
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Ollantaytambo, Peru
Ollantaytambo, Peru is the last enduring example of a pre-columbian city. Dating back to the 15th century the town maintains some of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in South America. The locals dress colorfully, often in hand woven...
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The Salinas are salt evaporation ponds found in Maras, a small town in Peru's Sacred Valley. The marvel is formed of hundreds of salt pans utilized for extraction since the time of the Incas. Despite the blasted, omnipresent steps and relentless...
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Maras, Peru
This splendid Inca site, which was used for both agricultural and ceremonial purposes, is an incredible introduction to the offerings of The Sacred Valley. The terraced bowl-like ruins were believed to be used in studying varying climates and how...
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I never thought I would be making a stop at a zoo in Peru. A country teaming with wild life, Peru plays host to some of the world's most beautiful and mysterious creatures. Zoologico Mundo Andino Tipon (yes, it's a mouth full) is secretly tucked...
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Cuesta de San Blas, Cusco 08000, Peru
There are many markets in the city of Cusco, but none with a more magnificent backdrop than the open air market at Plaza San Blas. Here you will find both contemporary & traditional art, jewelry, wool, and other small gifts. With the mountains and...
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If you wander around the San Blas neighborhood of Cuzco, you're bound to stumble upon a few of the Tallers, or local artisan gallery and shops. Generally, you walk into a beautiful outdoor courtyard which various rooms open into. One of the rooms...
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Carmen Bajo 120, Cusco 08000, Peru
I planned on grabbing a quick lunch at Pacha Papa, located in San Blas Square, the heart of Cusco's artist and gallery neighborhood. But I ended up spending a couple of hours in the lovely outdoor courtyard, talking to my wonderful server, Ever,...