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Top sights in Cusco
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.
1. Museo de Arte Precolombino
Originally an Incan courthouse, this museum is dedicated to artifacts and artwork from all regions of pre-Columbian Peru.
2. 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.
5. 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.
Frequently asked questions about Cusco
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Planning Your 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
- Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
- PEN (S/.)
- Time Zone
- UTC (-05:00)
- Country Code
- 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
The trip was very well organized. The tour company sent me a message the day before explaining the trip and when they would pick me up. We stopped for breakfast and lunch at the same place which very good. Both meals were traditional Peruvian style. Once we arrived at Rainbow Mountain the guide briefed us about the climb and the vendors. The walk/climb was about 4K meters. I’m pretty active and it was very challenging. It took about 1 1/2 hours for me to climb to the very top. Well worth it.
It was a great tour. We were picked up on time, the meals were delicious, the guide explained everything in great detail and even took the time up on Rainbow Mountain to explain everything to us three Germans (we were obviously the only non-Peruvians) in English. Even so, he took very good care of everyone on the trip. It was an all-round successful tour that I can only recommend to everyone.
Highly recommended - book here, pay through getyourguide and have tickets sent to your email. No risk of scam as it is all handled by getyourguide. But please remember, that you need additional bus tickets to/from Machu Picchu train station to the entry of Machu Picchu. The cost is 24$ and tickets can be purchased on spot (even with credit card) and buses depart every 5 min.
The tour was great. We were able to see all the archaeology sites around Cusco in a single day with a very knowledgeable guide. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
Very informative guide, decent food for breakfast and lunch. Nice atmosphere in small group. Best recommendation