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Top 10 Things to do 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.

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Museo de Arte Precolombino

Originally an Incan courthouse, this museum is dedicated to artifacts and artwork from all regions of pre-Columbian Peru.

San Pedro Cusco

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.

Saksaywaman

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.

Santo Domingo Church

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.

Huchuy Qosqo

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.

Tambomachay

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.

Sacred Valley

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.

The Inca Trail

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.

Moray

The most fascinating of the Inca ruins, Moray’s gigantic terraced circular depressions are truly a sight to behold.

Machu Picchu

One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, it is the icon of the Inca civilization.

Planning your Cusco visit

How many days to visit Cusco?

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.

When to visit?

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.

How to get there?

Fly into Cusco’s Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, located on the edge of the city.

Should I worry about elevation?

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.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
  • Currency
    PEN (S/.)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +51
  • Best time to visit
    To 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

One of the most beautiful places on this planet!!

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.

Amazing experience with a very knowledgable, fun and friendly guide

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!

Machu Picchu express day to awesomeness!

I had been planning this trip for a long time. I couldn't stay more than 5 days in Peru so I needed to get a fast-track tour. This is more than I expected! Everything went smooth! from the picking up to the airport, train to Aguas Calientes, dropping off in the hotel and back to the airport. The hotel where I stayed was perfect for budget with an awesome location; just some blocks away from Plaza de las Armas and next to Mercado San Pedro. The view-peru staff attended all my demands without any hesitation; I sure will come to do business with this people again in the near future, next time I will try the Inca Trail 4day 3 night. Thanks view-peru for having made my dream come true!
From Cusco: Machu Picchu 3-Day Tour Reviewed by Jassir, 08/13/2013

I recommend the tour! Our guide had excellent knowledge...

Our guide Esmeralda spoke excellent English, was very knowledgeable of the history of Machu Picchu and Inca history overall. Very patient because we had to slow down several times for my 77 year old dad.

A great mix of hiking and other activities!

Loved that we hiked, biked, rafted and zip lined. In addition our tour guide gave us cultural lesson. It was a fantastic trip! I would reccomend to others! We were set up with Conde Travel.

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