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CuscoPeru

Once the capital of the Inca Empire, this historic city is the gateway to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and one of the most important sites in indigenous Peruvian culture.

Discover the colourful history of southern Peru in this mountain city. Cusco is the former capital of the Inca Empire, and remnants of the civilization can be seen scattered throughout the town. The city has a vibrant culture that mixes traditional Quechua customs and contemporary Peruvian traditions. On the edge of the Andes Mountains, Cusco is an ideal location to base yourself in as you explore the terrain, including the Machu Picchu citadel and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Cusco’s city center is a charming blend of colonial architecture and Quechua culture. The city’s population is largely indigenous, and walking its cobbled laneways will reveal the colourful outfits and crafts of the locals. Seeing the city on foot is the best way to explore its small neighbourhoods, where you’re sure to stumble across groups of men playing Sapo – a traditional coin tossing game – in the windows of Cusco’s many bars and cafes.

Stay on foot to reach the major attractions of the city, including the San Pedro Market, a fascinating and authentic Peruvian experience. Visit the Plaza de Armas for some of the best restaurants and shopping in the city. The city is home to some of the most important cultural institutions in Peru, including the Museo del Sitio del Qoricancha, a museum dedicated to pre-Columbian cultures, and a number of contemporary art galleries. The Saqsayhuaman complex is one of the most important Incan sites in the region, and offer excellent views across the city.

Cusco is located 3400 metres (11 150 feet) above sea level, and so temperatures are frequently very cold in the evenings. Some visitors are likely to experience altitude sickness, and it can take a few days to acclimatize to the thin air. Buses and trains depart frequently to Cusco from within Peru, while some airlines service the small airport on the edge of town. Visitors arriving from international destinations should travel via Lima to the west or Arequipa to the south. While Cusco may not be the most convenient city to reach in Peru, the journey is well worth the effort as travelling through rural Peru is a beautiful experience.

Top hotels in Cusco

Hilton Garden Inn Cusco
Hilton Garden Inn Cusco
3.5 out of 5
Santa Ana, Avenida Abancay 207, Cusco, Cusco
The price is SG$102 per night from 3 Nov to 4 Nov

Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Pedro Church and San Pedro Market. Plaza de Armas and Cusco Cathedral are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (723 reviews)
Cusco

"Wonderful. Just be prepared Cusco’s altitude is no joke. The hotel will provide oxygen if needed"…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar,2020

Hilton Garden Inn Cusco
Novotel Cusco
Novotel Cusco
4 out of 5
San Augustin 239 Esquina, Cusco, Cusco

Located in Cusco Historic Center, this historic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hatunrumiyoc, Plaza de Armas, and Cusco Cathedral. San Pedro Market is 0.6 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (712 reviews)

"Friendly and helpful staff. Good food but pricey to local standard. Nice clean rooms and great service from staff. Not much view from most of the rooms. No gym or swimming pool but a spa. Courtyard is beautiful and more at night with the lighting"…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar,2020

Novotel Cusco
Estancia San Blas
Estancia San Blas
3 out of 5

Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Blas Viewpoint, Plaza de Armas and Cusco Cathedral. San Pedro Market is 0.8 mi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (358 reviews)

"Amazing service"…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar,2020

Estancia San Blas
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Cusco

Cities Of The World - Hotel Cusco
Cities Of The World - Hotel Cusco
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$157 per night from 31 Oct to 1 Nov

Located in the heart of Cusco, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Blas Viewpoint, Plaza de Armas and Cusco Cathedral. San Pedro Market is 0.9 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (11 reviews)

"The staff were fantastic. Reny and Ivan were incredibly helpful throughout my stay and I am very grateful for all of their help and guidance. The accommodations were wonderful and location is convenient. Evenings are a little colder and the bedding provided was perfect. The space heaters worked well ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Mar,2020

Cities Of The World - Hotel Cusco
Del Niño Apartments
Del Niño Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Calle Almagro 151 - 3er piso, Cusco

Located in Cusco Historic Center, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Cusco Museum of Popular Art and Plaza de Armas. Cusco Cathedral and San ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Great for a group

"It was a great stay with our group of 4 needing 4 beds... you pay cash in Soles to the owner... Being able to speak Spanish would be helpful.... Snacks and bottled water were left for us on the table....note that there is a karaoke bar below but earplugs are enough to drown it out. Very nice lady ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct,2018

Del Niño Apartments
Residencial Emilio - Apartments Cusco
Residencial Emilio - Apartments Cusco
3.5 out of 5

This family-friendly Cusco apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Coricancha, Plaza de Armas and San Pedro Market. Cusco Cathedral and Inca Museum are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (20 reviews)
Great clean place for a family!!

"Our family of 5 people had a wonderful time staying at Emilio condo. Location is not at center of Cusco but took only a few minutes by Uber (about U$ 2 / one way). Maxi was very responsive and helpful with any question or issue. Definitely recommend this place."…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug,2019

Residencial Emilio - Apartments Cusco
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Cusco

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Oct 2019

Nice city, very safe and friendly locals, good tourism offers

5/5 - Excellent

Ara

10 Oct 2019

It's a hilly town so take it easy and enjoy. Don't forget deep breaths.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Oct 2019

Excellent service, staff friendly and polite definitely 100% recommended.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Oct 2019

rich historical and monumental legacy makes you dazzle with the testimonies of the Inca architecture, admire the artistic wealth of the colonial churches, with a big variety of delisious food.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

30 Sep 2019

Interesting town, though definitely a tourist trap. Shame, as the history is fascinating

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

28 Sep 2019

The hotel ruined our experience

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