Top Tours & Activities in Cusco
Small and easy to navigate, the city of Cusco is a destination for the adventurer. It’s jam packed with a fascinating history of the Inca Empire and Spanish conquest that been amazingly well preserved and restored.
Originally an Incan courthouse, this museum is dedicated to artifacts and artwork from all regions of pre-Columbian Peru.
Feel the living heart of Peru while wandering the colorful Mercado Central de San Pedro. Explore endless aisles of local food, coffee, beer, jewelry, textiles and handicrafts.
Laying on the northern edge of Cusco is Saksaywaman, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. Find a stunning view of the city from the ancient architectural marvel.
Incan and Spanish stonework meet in this 17th century cathedral. It is the site of The Temple of the Sun—it was originally lined with about 700 sheets of solid gold.
Only reachable by a long hike or horseback ride, Huchuy Qosqo is a prime example of the innovation of the Inca’s irrigation and cooling storage systems.
A bit closer to the city, and much more accessible, is another site of Inca ancient ruins made up of a string of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run through its tiered stone.
A great day trip, Sacred Valley was called such by the Inca for its fertile land. Be sure to visit the Inca village and fortress of Ollantaytambo on the way back to the Cusco.
Nearly as much of a wonder as the one it leads to, the Inca Trail is not to be taken lightly and the casual trekker should take heed before heading out on this long journey.
The most fascinating of the Inca ruins, Moray’s gigantic terraced circular depressions are truly a sight to behold.
One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, it is the icon of the Inca civilization.
Give yourself at least five days for a trip to Cusco—the first couple to adjust to the elevation and navigate the city, the last few to make it to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
The summer is the best time to visit for the climate, which also makes it peak tourist season. To avoid the crowds, early fall could be nice. Anytime after November and before April, however, is not recommended—Cusco’s rainy season could ruin your sightseeing.
Fly into Cusco’s Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, located on the edge of the city.
It is advised to spend at least 3 days in Cusco to acclimate to the high elevation before heading out on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, especially if arriving from sea-level.
- LanguageSpanish, Quechua and Aymara
- CurrencyPEN (S/.)
- Time ZoneUTC (-05:00)
- Country Code+51
- Best time to visitTo avoid the rainy winter and the tourist-packed summer, try to visit in early fall, when the sightseeing is still incredible!
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What People Are Saying About Cusco
Overall a great trip, the guides were very knowledgeable and made it very interesting. We changed our train back to earlier as the scenery from Macchu Picchu to Ollyantaytambo is amazing and should not be missed. Only negative pint was that trip on day 1. Finished at 4pm and we had a 3 hour wait for the train. Other people were on earlier trains which would have been better.
This was tough work, but really worthwhile. The mountain scenery was spectacular, and the highlights were the lake at the end of day one, and reaching the high point of the pass at 4600m on day two. A word of warning: you do need a reasonable level of fitness, and ideally to have spent a few days at altitude to acclimatise. I´m pretty fit and I´d been in Cusco for three days, but it was still really hard work at times. The last 11km on Day 4 was less interesting, as we walked along train tracks for most of it, so the scenery was worse, and the walking was more difficult. And Machu Picchu was one of the highlights of the trip. One disappointment was that we almost left without two of our group on the last day as the guides hadn´t checked who was in which group. Another annoyance was that there were a lot of small costs along the way - for a shower, toilet paper, the cooks, etc. It would have been a lot easier to combine everything.
Our lucky weather was wanderful so was our guide Alicia. It was unforgetful visit. Thanks
there are many options to go to Machu Picchu but if you want to pay a little more this was a great experience. My guide Diana was very friendly and knowledgeable. Also the group I was with was very nice as well. No worries just make sure you have your passport and they take care of the rest.
This was a great experience and one that I will never forget. I will say that this trip is not for the faint of heart - you will be roughing it. But it was totally worth it. The variety of activities they created for us was very enjoyable - so much fun biking, white water rafting, zip lining and hiking. What a great way to experience Peru!