Cusco is very famous for its various tourist attractions, however, there are some tourist sites in Cusco little known by most people, places that you visit and spend an incredible afternoon.
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1. The Red Valley of Pitumarca
The Vilcanota mountain range, south of Cusco, is the scene of incredible natural attractions. The best known of all is the Mountain of the 7 Colors (5,200 m.a.s.l.). However, very few visitors know about the so-called “Red Valley of Pitumarca”, a natural landscape located nearby.
The slopes and summits of this site are stained red due to a mineralization process millions of years ago. Although the “Red Valley” is a new attraction, it is estimated that it already receives 500 visitors per day.
From the city of Cusco, it is a 3-hour drive to the town of Pitumarca. From there it is a 2 or 3 hour hike to the Red Valley.
The tours to the Red Valley include a visit to the 7 Colors Mountain and the approximate cost is 60 dollars.
2. Tres Cruces de Oro: the most beautiful sunrise in the world.
The most beautiful sunrise in the world can be seen from the Tres Cruces de Oro viewpoint in Paucartambo (Cusco). The place is called “Akhanacu”, also known as the “Balcony of the East” because in the distance you can see Manu, in the jungle of Peru.
This natural spectacle occurs every morning, starting at 4:30 am. The sky is dyed red, orange and its shades. Every winter solstice (end of June), in Tres Cruces de Oro happens the so-called “White Ray”, an optical illusion that simulates three suns in the distance.
To get there from Cusco, travel south for 4 hours by car to the town of Paucartambo. From there you take a private transport to the viewpoint.
3. Huasao Wetland: Groot and the Lord of the Rings in Cusco
A few kilometers from Cusco there is a theme park where the characters of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Lord of the Rings” were designed in wood. The Huasao wetlands is a natural environment where one can be away from the city and enjoy nature.
This attraction is located in the district of Oropesa. A short distance from there, there is a Jurassic park ideal to visit with the little ones. You can also enjoy the famous “Pan chuta” and “Lechón al horno”.
4. The Inca Bridge of Q’eswachaka is one of Cusco’s tourist sites.
A 3 hour drive from the city of Cusco, in the town of Qhehue, survives the last Inca bridge called Q’eswachaka and declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. This bridge made of ichu (Andean grass) is approximately 500 years old.
Every second week of June, the inhabitants of the surrounding communities rebuild the bridge as their Inca ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Thus, after a 4-day ceremony, the old bridge is replaced by a new one.
5. Cocalmayo Hot Springs
Visitors arriving to Machu Picchu through the alternate route by Hidroeléctrica have the option to relax in the thermal baths of Cocalmayo. This natural attraction is located in the town of Santa Teresa, approximately 20 kilometers from Machu Picchu.
The hot springs of Cocalmayo have up to 3 pools with temperatures ranging from 38ºC. to 44ºC. Its clear waters have healing and relaxing properties. Many tourists arrive there on their way to Machu Picchu in order to relax.
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