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What to See in Cusco, Peru

You will never forget a Backpacking Trip to Cusco in Peru! You may already have stayed in one of the great hostels this city offers to backpackers and travelers, and experienced the unique atmosphere of Cusco – often spelled Cuzco as well. Cusco has a rich history as the site of the historic capital of the Inca Empire and since 1983 Cusco has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. With all the sights in the area and the landscape in the middle of the Andes mountain range close to Urubamba Valley where the Machu Picchu is situated. Cuzco is a popular destination for backpackers, hikers, wanderers, travelers and tourists.

So pack your backpack, find and book a hostel in Cusco, Peru at your social booking platform, and get on the way to the major Inca sites nearby.

Machu Picchu

Is there anything left to say? It’s a dream for every backpacker, traveler, wanderer, hiker and explorer – Machu Picchu is a must-see when visiting Cusco, Peru! The 15th-century Inca site is located at 2430 meters or 7970 feet above the sea level. Situated around 80 kilometers or 50 miles northwest of Cusco, Machu Picchu symbolizes the Inca World more than anything else. It doesn’t matter if you love partying, socializing, culture, or wandering whatsoever – there is no excuse – It’s an absolute highlight to visit Machu Picchu!

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Plaza de Armas

The outstanding Square Plaza de Armas is the heart of the historic center of Cusco. The very first name of Plaza de Armas after its construction during the Inca Empire – the largest empire in pre-Columbian America – was “Huacaypata“. This old Huacaypata Square is a popular meeting point for tourist groups, locals, and starting point for tours all over Cusco. It includes trees, benches, sitting walls and steps which make it a beautiful and comfortable spot during lunchtime for the city’s residents. You can also enjoy Plaza de Armas at night in several cafes and bars with their own terrace.

Convent and Church of la Merced

Founded in 1536, the Convent and Church of la Merced was partly destroyed by an earthquake in 1650. The rebuilding took around 25 years, so the building was completed again in 1675. The style of the cloisters dates back to the cultural movement of Baroque Renaissance. The Church of la Merced is nowadays a famous museum and tourist attraction which draws a wide array of travelers and backpackers.