I was finally ready to see the world and decided to go with a guided, all-inclusive tour to get my feet wet! Given this suggestion, I tried Groupon‘s inclusive air and tour packages to explore one of my dream destinations, Cusco! The voucher I purchased on Groupon was for $1,099 (not including travel protection and additional tours) to be redeemed at Gate1Travel. Since this was my first international trip and as a solo female traveler, the price tag was completely worth it! Gate1Travel arranged our hotels, airport transfers, land transportation, meals, tours, and so much more!
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Here are the top 12 unforgettable things to do in Cusco, Pero!
- Watch the Sunday morning parade at Plaza de Armas.
- Buy fruit, vegetables, bread, and more at Mercado Central de San Pedro.
- Eat cuy (guinea pig), corn, and potatoes for 40 soles ($11.79).
- Drink a pisco sour, a Peruvian cocktail made with egg whites.
- Check out Coricancha (Koricancha, Qoricancha, or Qorikanch), Temple of the Sun. Before the Spanish conquistadors ransacked the temple, the walls were gold plated.
- Go to the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin (Cusco Cathedral). At the Cusco Cathedral, you’ll find the pregnant Virgin Mary painting and the Last Supper with Jesus and the disciples dining on a plate of what is said to be cuy. Also find Señor de los Temblores (Lord of the Earthquakes), a black statue of the crucifixion of Jesus.
- Visit Cementerio General de Almudena to see each decorated mausoleum celebrating the life of the deceased.
- Be healed by an Andean Shaman.
- Tour Q’enqo (Qenko, Kenko, or Quenco) carved out of naturally occurring monolith and believed to be a place where sacrifices and mummification took place.
- Be astonished by Saqsaywaman and its massive stones weighing over 100 tons.
- Give back to the community.
- Explore the breathtaking Machu Picchu.