The city of Cusco offers you plenty of tourist attractions of which 14 have been cataloged as the most important and interesting to visit on your way through this city. These attractions are made up of archaeological centers and museums in and around the city that have been included within a single ticket called “Boletos turístico de Cusco” with which we can enter these places. This ticket is administered by COSITUC (an entity made up of the Municipality of Cusco, the Cusco Culture Directorate and the Cusco Tourism and Foreign Trade Directorate), which collects, administers and distributes all the resources generated by the sale of the ticket.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites are places considered integral to the world’s cultural or natural heritage. Peru is blessed with 11 World Heritage Sites: 7 cultural sites, 2 natural sites, and 2 sites which have elements of both. Some of these are parks or archaeological sites that you might not have heard of before, but they are all worth a visit. For your next trip to Peru, consider some of the following:
The Classic 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a bucket list standard, and possibly the most famous hike in the world. Its history, abundant nature, expansive views, and ancient ruins never fail to excite the thousands of guests who tackle the trek each year in their attempt to arrive at the legendary ruins of Machu Picchu Citadel much in the same way that people did during the time of the Inca Empire.
One of the most popular activities in Nazca, second only to flying over the Nazca Lines, is to go on a sand buggy ride in the desert. They might look small, but these little vehicles can hit the dunes at a surprising speed, and even catch a little air on the way! Some travelers have likened it to the roller coaster ride in the desert. Because sand buggy rides are usually combined with sandboarding, the art of ‘surfing’ down the sand dunes, they’re the ideal excursion for travelers who enjoy high-adrenaline adventures.
Isla del Sol, the Island of the Sun, is the most famous island on the Bolivian side of Lake Titicaca. With breathtaking views and over 80 ancient ruins, visitors might just find themselves believing, as the Incas did, that the island is sacred.
Although archaeologists know that the island has been continuously inhabited since at least 2200 B.C., most of the island’s ruins date back to the time of the Inca Empire. Some do date a little further back, to the time of the Tiwanaku Kingdom. The Inca believed the island to be the birthplace of their sun deity, and its Rock of the Puma was an important pilgrimage site for them.