If you have ever visited Cusco, you have been left wanting to return. Why does this happen? Cusco is a city with unique energy and history that always has something new to show. Not in vain is the navel of the world, it is there where endless anecdotes are born, and we breathe the desire to eat the world.
Whether we go with friends or as a couple, this region always finds an incredible way to surprise and embrace us. The question now is whether you know everything you can offer. If you think Cusco is only Machu Picchu, you are still in the basic traveler zone.
Apart from these wonders, there are four completely different hidden destinations that only a true Cusco Lover could know. It is a select list of destinations that you will not find when searching for Google images or Facebook photos of your friends. Did you hear about them?
If your interest is to appreciate nature and enjoy hiking, this is your destiny. It is one of the newest alternatives that Cusco has. A trip to the Apurímac River Canyon to enjoy the majestic flight of the Andean condor from a viewpoint. It is located at 3 450 m.a.s.l. and has a medium difficulty of travel.
A walk of 3.5 km is made crossing impressive landscapes until reaching the viewpoint: there are archaeological remains, fruit, and snowy farms such as Humantay and Salkantay. It is advisable to visit the place between 1 and 4:30 pm. since there is a higher probability of sighting condors.
If instead, you love nature but also history, this is your ideal destination. On the route, you can see archaeological remains that you probably did not know existed (Raqchi and Suykutambo) and enjoy the unique geography with three perfect alleys and massive cliffs of volcanic earth, as well as four lagoons that are home to birds like the Parihuana.
It is a destination that very few have reached, a challenge to achieve with friends or a couple. The canyons are a mysterious and unique place. You will need two days and one night since it is located at 4,081 m.a.s.l. and has a high difficulty of travel.
Suppose you are looking for a quiet but fun and adventurous destination simultaneously. In that case, you will love this suspension bridge of vegetal fiber (Ichu) located on the mighty Apurímac River in the district of Quehue.
It is located at 3,700 m.a.s.l. It has low difficulty, so one day is enough to arrive and make the journey. It is a tribute to Inca wisdom and Andean engineering made by hand with huge forged ropes based on vegetable fiber as I read it, a feat of historical engineering. Would you dare to cross?
Most people pay attention to the mountain of colors “Vinicunca” there is a cousin of this Mountain that is more accessible and just as impressive. In a natural area of more than 9000 hectares is Palccoyo, a place surrounded by mountains that impact with their magnetism.
Also known as the “Cordillera Arcoíris,” it is located at 4 900 m.a.s.l. and has a low difficulty. Here you can see mountains that resemble the rainbow, red valleys, and a forest of stones, ideal for nature lovers and outdoor walks.
Did you know these tourist destinations in the imperial city? One never finishes learning Cusco, and today is the perfect opportunity to return to visit. Become a Cusco Lover and start discovering all these destinations that await you.