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If you’re looking for the best Instagram spots around Cusco, you’ve come to the right place. I spent two months living in this city, exploring its nooks and crannies and taking hikes around the area.

From cobblestone streets to aerial views, wild alpacas to ancient ruins, this list of 13 Instagram spots around Cusco will help you perfectly capture some stunning memories of the city.

Ready to get started?

Use this list and the linked guides to add each and every one of these stops to your Peru itinerary!


colorful cobblestone streets in Cusco

1. Cobblestone streets in Cusco – taken on the corner of Pumacurco and Ese


Cusco Cathedral in Plaza de Armas

2. Cusco Cathedral in Plaza de Armas


City of Cusco, Peru

3. Cusco from above – taken on Don Bosco street


horse back ride to Chacan Cave in Cusco

4. Horseback riding to Chacan CaveLearn More


Temple of the Moon in Cusco

5. Temple of the MoonLearn More


view from Cristo Rey in Cusco

6. The view from Cristo Rey – Learn More


Huchuy Qosqo Ruins

7. Huchuy Qosqo Ruins – Day trip from Cusco – Learn More


the Pisac market in Peru

8. The Pisac Market – Day trip from Cusco – Learn More


llamas at kinsa cocha, Pisac's three lakes

9. Kinsa Cocha Hike – combine with the Pisac Market on a day trip from Cusco – Learn More


Salineras salt flats in Peru's Sacred Valley

10. Salineras Salt Flats – Day trip to the Sacred Valley – Learn More


Humantay Lake in Peru

11. Humantay Lake – Can be seen on a day trip from Cusco or the Salkantay Trek – Learn More


rainbow mountain in Cusco, Peru

12. Rainbow Mountain – Day trip from Cusco – Learn More


Machu Picchu, Peru

13. Machu Picchu – Day trip from Cusco –  Learn More


Bonus: Where to Stay in Cusco

The best place to stay in Cusco is in the center of the old town near Plaza de Armas or in San Blas Square.

In these two areas, some of the top rated hotels are the Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel and Spa, the JW Mariott El Convento Cusco, and the MOAF Cusco Boutique Hotel.

For something a bit more budget-friendly, double rooms at Koko’s House Backpackers are only $11 per night and rooms at the Quera Calle Hostel are only $14 per night for two. For solo travelers, both of the hostels hve dorm beds for $5 and $6 per night as well.


Visit the 13 Instagram Spots Around Cusco With This Guide

These 13 Instagram spots around Cusco capture nature and city views alike.

So, you’ll be sure to see every side of this ancient and historical city.

Cusco is one of the most beautiful places in Peru, and wandering around with a camera in hand is one of the best ways to spend your time here. Or, plan a day trip to one of the many nearby sites above to explore even more!

There’s something to see around every corner in Peru. With these 13 Instagram spots around Cusco on your itinerary, you definitely won’t miss out.

Ready to go? Use Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights to Cusco and then explore accommodation like unique stays on Airbnb or the top-rated hotels on to plan the perfect night, weekend, or long-term stay in the city.


This article is part of the Candid Cusco series. Read the rest below:

10 Best Restaurants in Cusco + Menus and Map

7 Day Trips from Cusco You Can Do Without a Guided Tour

How Much Does It Cost to Live in Cusco?

11 Things You Need to Know Before You Travel to Peru

Then, explore the complete Peru Series for more on what to see, do, eat, drink, and discover in the country!


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