Not everything in Cusco is Machu Picchu. In addition, there are many other tourist attractions that are really worth knowing. They stand out: the 7 colors mountain, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Humantay lagoon, the south valley of Cusco and more. In addition, the mountainous geography of Cusco is ideal for the practice of different adventure sports. Learn more about the extra activities in addition to the classic trip to Machu Picchu.
Cusco – Raqchi: a special trip to the temple of Wiracocha
Raqchi is an important destination south of Cusco. It has unique attractions and easy accessibility. It is ideal for a trip with the whole family.
Inca Jungle: an adventure tour Cusco – Machu Picchu
Currently there are different alternatives to visit Machu Picchu. The Inca Jungle tour is one more alternative. Let's see the details of this tour.
Waqrapukara, imposing ceremonial precinct in the south of Cusco
Waqrapukara, is an Inca sanctuary south of Cusco. It is located on a mountain in the shape of horns. After a bus ride it is only a two hour walk.
Q’eswachaca, must-see destination south of Cusco
The Q'eswachaka bridge is one of the best destinations to visit in one day. This bridge houses a ceremonial mystique as well as ancestral tradition.
Adventure sports in the trip to Cusco
On the trip to Cusco you can go cycling, hiking, canoeing, canopy, rock climbing, paragliding, bungee jumping and even ATV routes.
The South Valley of Cusco
The South Valley of Cusco offers tourist attractions such as Tipón, Piquillacta, Andahuaylillas, Huasao, Oropesa, Urcos, Huaro, the Huacarpay lagoon and more.
Hiking trails to Machu Picchu
There are various hiking routes to Machupicchu such as the Inca Trail, the Salkantay trek, the Lares trek and the Huchuy Qosqo trek. Know their prices and more.
Humantay, the most beautiful lagoon in Cusco
The Humantay lagoon is at the foot of the imposing snow-capped Salkantay, about 127 kilometers from Cusco. It offers one of the best landscapes in all of Peru.
Vinicunca, the mountain of 7 colors
The Vinicunca is the mountain 7 colors of Cusco. It is the second most visited attraction in the region after Machu Picchu. A place of fascinating beauty.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas
The main tourist attractions of the Sacred Valley are: Pisac, Chinchero, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, the Salineras de Maras and the Inca platforms of Moray.
The town of Aguas Calientes
Aguas Calientes is the closest town to Machu Picchu, only 10 kilometers away. It has hotels, restaurants and more. Buses to Machupicchu leave from there.
The city of Cusco
Cusco is the capital of the department of the same name. It is at 3,399 meters above sea level. Its main attractions are the Cathedral, the Coricancha and Sacsayhuaman.
More information about the extra activities on the trip to Machu Picchu
- What tourist site in Cusco should I visit besides Machu Picchu?
Cusco offers many interesting sites besides Machu Picchu. The 7 colors mountain, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Humantay lagoon, the south valley of Cusco and more stand out.
- What are the best adventure sports to practice in Cusco?
On your trip to Cusco you can practice canoeing on the Vilcanota River, cycling on the Málaga Pass, rock climbing in Sacsayhuaman, paragliding in the Sacred Valley of the Incas as well as different hiking trails along the Cusco mountains.
- Is it dangerous to visit the mountain of 7 colors?
The mountain of the 7 colors is located in a geography that exceeds 5 thousand meters in height. This challenging latitude makes the final trek strenuous for tourists. However, there are few real dangers on the route. Therefore it can be said that this destination is difficult but not dangerous.
- Can I visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas on my own?
Yes, for this it is necessary to buy the Cusco Tourist Ticket (70 Peruvian soles). This ticket allows entry to Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Moray.
- Is it dangerous to visit the Humantay lagoon?
The Humantay lagoon is a beautiful landscape that is located more than 4 thousand meters above sea level, at the foot of the imposing snow-capped Salkantay. The final walk there is difficult but not dangerous. Anyone can do this adventure.
- What is the best hiking route within Machu Picchu?
The short hike to the top of Huayna Picchu mountain is considered the best hiking route within Machu Picchu. The walk to the top of this mountain is only 2 kilometers (1 to 2 hours of walking). From the top you have incredible landscapes of all of Machu Picchu. Entry is allowed only to people over 12 years old.
- When is the best time to visit the city of Cusco?
The dry season (from April to October) is considered the best time of year to visit the city of Cusco as well as the other tourist attractions in the Cusco region. In those months there is little rain, which benefits outdoor excursions.