The best day trips in Cusco

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Cusco is a city steeped in history and culture, and it is also the starting point for exploring some of Peru’s most impressive natural and archeological wonders. If you are looking to get out of the city and explore the nearby wonders, these are the best day trips from Cusco:

Sacred Valley of the Incas: This valley is located between Cusco and Machu Picchu and is known for its impressive landscapes, old fortresses and small traditional towns. Here you can visit archaeological sites such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero, where you can appreciate the ingenious construction methods of the Incas.
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Mountain of Seven Colors: Vinicunca Mountain, also known as the Mountain of Seven Colors, is one of the most impressive natural wonders in Peru. The hike to reach the top is a little challenging, but it is worth it for the spectacular view of the rainbow colors on the mountain.
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Humantay Lagoon: This lagoon with turquoise waters is located at 4,200 meters above sea level and is an impressive place for hiking. The walk to get to the lagoon can be exhausting, but it is a unique experience for lovers of nature and photography.
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Moray and Salinas de Maras: These archaeological sites are located near the city of Maras and are unique in their kind. Moray is a complex of circular agricultural terraces that are believed to have been used by the Incas to experiment with different climatic and soil conditions. Las Salinas de Maras are a series of terraced salt pools that have been used since pre-Hispanic times for salt production.
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Red Valley: It is located about 20 minutes by car from the center of Cusco. It is known for its impressive geological formations that offer a mixture of reddish, orange and pink colors. Visitors can hike the trails around the formations or simply enjoy the views.
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South Valley: Located just a few kilometers south of Cusco, this valley is an oasis of tranquility. It is known for its beautiful landscapes, old churches, and archaeological sites. Visitors can explore the different towns in the valley and enjoy the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.
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Waqrapukara: It is an archaeological site located in the province of Acomayo, about three hours by car from Cusco. It is an impressive place with impressive rock formations and panoramic views of the valley. Visitors can hike for about three hours to reach the ruins and enjoy the panoramic views.
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Huchuyqosqo: It is located at about 3,500 meters above sea level, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and it is believed that it was an important citadel during the Inca empire. Visitors can hike to reach the archaeological site and explore the ruins. Also, the hike offers beautiful views of the valley and the Andes.
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Seven Ausangate Lagoons: It is an impressive group of lagoons located in the province of Quispicanchis, about three hours by car from Cusco. The area is known for its natural beauty, with crystal clear waters and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Visitors can take a walk to reach the lagoons and enjoy nature and tranquility.
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Andenes de Zurite: These agricultural terraces are located in the town of Zurite and are an impressive example of the ingenuity of the Incas to take advantage of the sloping land. The walk to get to the platforms can be a bit steep, but the panoramic views of the valley and surrounding mountains make it worth it.
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The abode of the Gods: It is a complex of sculptures carved in stones by a sculptor from Cusco these images are dedicated to the gods of the different cultures of Peru and the world, Pukukunaq Tianan as it is also called is a new tourist attraction to be visited and is located a few minutes from the city of Cusco.
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Cusco offers a large number of options for day trips that will take you to incredible places full of history, culture and nature. Whether you are interested in archaeological sites or natural beauty, there is something for everyone.

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17/03/2023
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14/03/2023
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23/01/2023
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