5/5 - Excellent
Verified travelerOct 12, 2019
Nice city, very safe and friendly locals, good tourism offers
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.
Reviewed on 26 Jan,2020
Reviewed on 25 Jan,2020
Cusco’s busy main square has been the center of public life for centuries. Enjoy its spacious layout, ancient churches and restaurants.
An imposing building constructed with stones from an Inca fortress is celebrated for its beautiful architecture and artwork that spans three centuries.
Get caught up in the chaos of this intriguing attraction and enjoy a uniquely Andean experience.
Discover the remains of an important Incan temple dedicated to the sun, admire its construction and learn about its fascinating history.
The colossal stones of Cusco’s hilltop fortress are a powerful testimony to the ingenuity of Incan construction techniques.
Visit this enthralling religious site and discover its fine collection of artwork dating from the 16th through 20th centuries.
A train trip takes you into the mountains to see one of the wonders of the Americas on this tour to Machu Picchu. Discover the ancient citadel of the Incas in the hands of expert guides thanks to tickets on the Inca Rail.
Be dazzled by the Vinicunca Mountain, also known as Rainbow Mountain, on this full-day adventure through the Peruvian Andes to the amazing spot. Follow an expert guide through breathtaking landscapes to a natural rainbow painted across the mountain ridges, a one-of-a-kind sight.
Venture into the Sacred Valley to discover Inca heritage and present-day agricultural communities. Meet local families in this peaceful, verdant setting, learn traditional weaving techniques, and visit the Pisac market to find handmade goods before exploring the mystical ruins of Ollantaytambo.
The outskirts of the ancient Incan city of Cusco offer an abundance of rich archaeological sites for you to explore. On this private guided tour, visit ruins at the Sacsayhuamán citadel, the holy compound of Qenqo, the military fortress of Puka Pukara, and the Tambomachay complex.
At 1.30pm we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to start the tour. We will visit as part of the tour: Koricancha: Visit the exquisite architectural feats of the ancient Koricancha Temple. The Main Cathedral: The first stone was placed to begin construction of the cathedral in 1560.
Avoid cramped and ill-timed public transportation or the uncertainty of fairs and finding a cab. A driver will be waiting for you at an agreed upon time and location in your hotel of Cusco. Enjoy the peace and quiet of riding alone, and have a chance to look at the scenery hustle-free.
Verified travelerSep 28, 2019
The hotel ruined our experience