Travel to Cusco facts and Information

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Undoubtedly, Cusco possesses a unique beauty and majesty that captivates visitors. As you stroll through its streets and witness the grandeur of its large houses and exquisite monuments, you can’t help but be transported back in time. Cusco truly encapsulates that enchanting magic that mesmerizes even the most seasoned travelers. Join us and indulge in…

The Tourist Ticket To fully experience all the attractions in Cusco, we recommend obtaining the “Boleto Turistico” (Tourist Ticket), granting you access to the most historically and culturally significant museums and churches.

In the heart of the city lies the Plaza de Armas, believed to have been laid out by Inca Manco Capac and also known as Aucaypata (warrior square) in Quechua. Standing proudly in the square is the magnificent Cathedral, a masterpiece that took 94 years to construct. Adjacent to it are the recently restored Sagrada Familia Chapel and the Capilla del Triunfo, adorned with masterpieces from the Cusco School, including the works of Diego Quispe Tito.

The Plaza de Armas is also home to the Compañía de Jesús, a symbol of pride for the Jesuit order. Just a block away, on Calle Hatun Rumiyoq, you’ll find the Museo del Arzobispado, which houses valuable works of art. While exploring this street, take a moment to observe the famous rock with twelve angles, once part of Inca Roca’s palace.

San Blas, the Artisans’ Neighborhood Formerly known as Toqocachi (Salt cave), this district earned its reputation as the artisans’ neighborhood thanks to the works of artists such as Mendivil, Olave, and Merida. San Blas is a picturesque and unique area that has recently been restored. As you wander through its magical streets, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into the 19th century. The San Blas Temple features the largest piece of wooden carving, a pulpit carved from a single piece by Tomas Tuyro Tupac, an Incan artist and architect.

Towards the Temple of the Sun Just ten minutes away from the Plaza de Armas, you’ll find the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and the luxurious Qoricancha, also known as the “Temple of the Sun.” This architectural marvel was believed to have been covered in gold during its prime. Facing the temple is the “Casa de los Cuatro Bustos,” currently occupied by a hotel consortium. Descending towards Avenida El Sol, you’ll get another view of the Korikancha and have the opportunity to explore the onsite museum.

Other Noteworthy Monuments Heading back towards the city center on Calle Mantas, you’ll come across the Iglesia y Convento de la Merced. Inside, you’ll find La Custodia, a magnificent example of goldwork from the colonial era, standing over a meter tall and made entirely of gold. The Casa of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega houses an extensive collection of pre-Hispanic and colonial art. In Plaza San Francisco, you’ll discover the temple of the same name, featuring one of the largest paintings in all of Latin America.

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