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Top 12 Unforgettable Things to Do in Cusco

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!
  1. Watch the Sunday morning parade at Plaza de Armas.
The Plaza de Armas Parade participant is wearing an ukuku mask.
The parade participant is wearing an ukuku mask.
  1. Buy fruit, vegetables, bread, and more at Mercado Central de San Pedro.
Pan chuta is a unique bread made only in the district of Oropesa, Cusco.
Pan chuta is a unique bread made only in the district of Oropesa, Cusco.
  1. Eat cuy (guinea pig), corn, and potatoes for 40 soles ($11.79).
  1. Drink a pisco sour, a Peruvian cocktail made with egg whites.
  1. Check out Coricancha (Koricancha, Qoricancha, or Qorikanch), Temple of the Sun. Before the Spanish conquistadors ransacked the temple, the walls were gold plated.
Intricate Inca stonework at Coricancha in Cusco, Peru.
Intricate Inca stonework has been able to withstand earthquakes.
  1. 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. 
  1. Visit Cementerio General de Almudena to see each decorated mausoleum celebrating the life of the deceased. 
Decorated mausoleum celebrating the life of the deceased at Almudena Cemetery in Cusco, Peru.
Rented yearly mausoleums may have a red “nicho vencido” sticker as an eviction notice for failure to pay, which can result in the removal of the body.
  1. Be healed by an Andean Shaman.
  1. 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.
Q'enqo's stone altar located in Cusco, Peru.
Ceremonial stone altar.
  1. Be astonished by Saqsaywaman and its massive stones weighing over 100 tons.
  1. Give back to the community.
Gate 1 invites tour passengers to visit their partnered schools to bring small items that are needed but in short supply to donate.
Gate 1 invites tour passengers to visit their partnered schools to bring small items that are needed but in short supply to donate. I was overjoyed watching this little girl’s interest in the art supplies I brought!
  1. Explore the breathtaking Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu, the 15th-century Inca citadel.
15th-century Inca citadel.
Top 12 unforgettable things to do in Cusco, Peru.

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