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Cusco
Travel Guide

Cusco featuring heritage architecture, a house and a ruin

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.

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Antigua Casona San Blas
Antigua Casona San Blas
4 out of 5
Calle Carmen Bajo 243, San Blas, Cusco
The price is SG$101 per night from 14 May to 14 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Cusco Historic Center, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza San Blas, Plaza de Armas, and Cusco Cathedral. San Pedro Market is 0.8 mi ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (712 reviews)
"Exceptional hotel, very personal treatment. I have been to 63 countries and that includes hotel stays. I can say this is one of the best hotel to stay at when you are so far away from home. The team go out of their ways to make sure you are ok at all the time. Dana was very helpful arranging for ..."

Reviewed on 8 May,2021

Antigua Casona San Blas
Hilton Garden Inn Cusco
Hilton Garden Inn Cusco
3.5 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$93 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Cusco Historic Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museo de Plantas Sagradas Magicas y Medicinales, Plaza de Armas and San Pedro Market. ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (731 reviews)
"Nice location, clean... staff was very nice, breakfast was ok servuce was not the best."

Reviewed on 17 Apr,2021

Hilton Garden Inn Cusco
Novotel Cusco
Novotel Cusco
4 out of 5
San Augustin 239 Esquina, Cusco, Cusco
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$77 per night from 11 May to 11 May
Excludes taxes & fees
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! (723 reviews)
"Is a mix modern and old construction that’s why love it"

Reviewed on 31 Mar,2021

Novotel Cusco
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5/5 - Excellent

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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

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8 Oct 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

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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

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30 Sep 2019

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

3/5 - Okay

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28 Sep 2019

The hotel ruined our experience