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Just six miles out of Cusco are the lesser-visited Tambomachay ruins, which may have served as a military outpost, water shrine or bathing facilities for the Inca elite. It demonstrates how the Incas used interconnecting channels to transport water around their sites. Nearby to these is the Puca Pucara site, a red granite huge fortress which once protected Cusco from invaders from the east.

When returning to the city, there will be the chance to stop at a vantage point above Cusco, for a superb view of the city and the surrounding mountains.

Some of our favourite places to visit and things to do in and around Cusco
What to do in and around Cusco

Colonial & Inca heritage

Admire the magnificent Spanish cathedrals, built atop the foundations of important Inca temples.

Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu

Enjoy panoramic views from the comfort of the Vistadome train as you travel to the world famous Machu Picchu.

River Rafting

Looking for a more high octane experience? Try your hand at rafting to take on the mighty Urubumba River.

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