In a way, Cusco is a travel-lover’s or tourist’s paradise, which is why you’ll find people from all over the world visiting this must-see city. As an Incan city home to beautiful architecture, museums, ruins, plenty of history and days-worth of shopping, we’ve gathered our list of Cusco’s top 20 most unique things to see and do, and that you absolutely can’t miss.
The 12-sided rock
Rocks on rock on rocks—that’s what you should expect to see when traveling through the Andean region of Peru. Cusco’s Inca stone work and architecture is incredible, and these 12-sided rocks are a perfect example of this brilliance.
Do you love chocolate? If so, you’ll love Cusco’s chocolate museum, which is really just a chocolate store and not a museum at all. You’ll find different flavors of chocolate that you’ve never even heard of before, like coca and lucuma.
This one’s also not really a museum, but a Pisco bar where you can try classic Peruvian cocktails and some innovative drinks that are found nowhere else in Peru. You can even take a tour of the Pisco-making process and learn how to make the perfect Pisco Sour.
This giant ruin overlooking Cusco is somewhat of a mystery. It once stood as a large fortress and contains various temples and underground passages. Unfortunately only about 20% of the structure remains, but it is still a sight to behold.
The word means “zig-zag” in Quechua because of the winding passageways that make their way through this temple—definitely a must-see on your trip.
This giant statute of Christ looks over the city and makes for a fun and somewhat easy day hike.
Be on the lookout for a red, plastic flag sticking out of the door or window of a home and you’ve found one Cusco’s many spots where locals come to drink chicha, their fermented corn beer also known as the golden drink of the Incas.