5 Surprising Little Known Destinations In Cusco
Cusco is a must-see destination for travelers from all over the planet. Here, there is always something new to discover in Cusco. No matter if you are Peruvian or foreigner, it is a place you will undoubtedly always want to return to. The fascination with Machu Picchu is universal. However, did you know that Cusco has many other attractions that not everyone knows about?
Here are five different destinations, hidden treasures in Cusco. These are perfect for Cusco lovers: those who have already traveled to Cusco and want to know even more. If you haven’t heard of them, this is your chance to organize a new trip to Cusco. Discover these beautiful attractions of Cusco, a place you will always want to return to.
PALCCOYO MOUNTAIN RANGE
Its peculiar colors are due to the minerals deposited in its interior millions of years ago and the seismic movements that gave birth to the Andes Mountains. Added to this is the erosion of the winds of the Andean heights, which has exposed the layers of colors in a very unique way. Learn more about Palccoyo in this article.
To get to the viewpoint, you will only have to walk 3 km along a pedestrian path from the town of Palccoyo. Get ready and enjoy the beautiful scenery!
Can you imagine walking across a suspension bridge built by the Incas? The Q’eswachaka Bridge, 28 meters long and 1.20 meters wide, still stands today as part of the Qhapaq Ñan or Great Inca Trail. This has been possible thanks to the work of the communities of Chocayhua, Chaupibanda, Huinchiri and Collana.
The bridge rises over the Apurimac River, at 3,700 meters above sea level, and connects the four communities. Every year, during the second week of June, the bridge “revives” in a great festival. The women are in charge of braiding the ichu with which the bridge is rebuilt, while the men are in charge of removing the broken ropes and replacing them with new ones. In this way, the bridge has survived to this day.
The bridge is located in the district of Quehue, in the province of Canas, 180 km south of the city of Cusco. The trip takes about 3 and a half hours by car. You can arrive by private car or hire a tour company. Find packages and offers on our website.
The history of this bridge is fascinating; learn more about it in this article.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF PIKILLAQTA
Belonging to the Wari culture, Pikillaqta was a city built at the end of the 6th century. In its 50 hectares, visitors will find more than 700 buildings: 200 enclosures, 508 colcas (‘food stores’), as well as other buildings and temples.
During its heyday, Pikillaqta was home to about 10,000 people. It was also a center of worship, administrative and residential centers. Thanks to its strategic location, the Wari were able to take military control over the Quispicanchi valley.
Pikillaqta is located about 30 km south of the city of Cusco, near the town of Huacarpay, district of Lucre, province of Quispicanchi, at about 3350 meters above sea level.
THREE CANYONS OF SUYKUTAMBO
This is a sample of the natural beauty of Peru. The wind, rain and rivers are responsible for creating these imposing 80-meter high canyons, whose shadows reflect figures in the shapes of human beings, animals and mythological entities.
The area has also become popular among adrenaline lovers. In this place, the Apurimac, Callumani and Cerritambo rivers converge in the Gran Apurimac, creating a perfect environment for canoeing and kayaking. Its mountains, crowned by curious formations resulting from erosion, are ideal for rock climbing, downhill and motocross.
The Three Canyons of Suykutambo are located above 4,000 meters above sea level, 241 km south of Cusco, in a territory of almost 40,000 hectares in the districts of Coporaque and Suykutambo, in the province of Espinar. To get there, you can hire a tour operator or go by private car. The route takes about five hours.
TIPON ARCHEOLOGICAL PARK
Water is the protagonist in this beautiful archeological park. Tipon was a great sanctuary where water was worshiped with the care and veneration that the Incas treated this element. There is even a legend that says that this was one of the gardens that God Wiracocha himself ordered to be built.
It contains enclosures, terraces and canals. The upper part of the complex is crossed by the Qhapac Ñan, or Great Inca Trail, along with an irrigation canal. Tipón was probably used as a laboratory for agricultural products due to the diverse microclimates found in this complex.
It is located near Oropesa in the Choquepata Community, 25 km southeast of the city of Cusco, a stretch that can be covered in an hour by private car.
While you are in the area, don’t forget to enjoy its delicious gastronomy. Baked guinea pig is one of its star dishes, try it and complete a memorable day!
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