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Cusco Travel Guide


Cusco is a city that has been continuously inhabited since pre-colonial times and therefore comes with more than a large dose of history. Once the capital of the Inca empire, Cusco was one of the most important cities in the region. The eclectic architecture ranges from grandiose baroque churches and ornate cathedrals to Inca temples and centuries old carvings. Today llamas, tourists and locals jostle along Cusco’s tiny streets yet the city still retains it’s mystical atmosphere. Gateway to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, Cusco is one of the continent’s great cities.

With narrow cobblestone streets, ancient archeological sites, colonial architecture and colourful locals, Cusco is a real treasure trove and hive of activity!

Best months to visit Cusco

Any time between April and October is a good time to go with the high season from June to August. June is a great time to visit if you want to catch the Inti Raymi festival – an ancient Inca festival of the sun that celebrates the winter solstice. Expect performances and reenactments of old Inca traditions with plenty of music and dancing.

Our hand-picked hotels in Cusco

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourites in Cusco.

Best reasons to visit Cusco

Cusco is one of Latin America’s greatest cities. These are our top recommended highlights that should not be missed!

Central Plaza de Armas and the magnificent cathedral

Sacsayhuaman ruins & nearby Cristo Blanco for views over Cusco

Go to bohemian San Blas for narrow streets, hip bars and eateries

Frogs, pigs heads, witchcraft and more at San Pedro market!

Masterful Inca stonework at Qoricancha

Weather Averages for Cusco

Other destinations in Peru

Uncover Peru’s ancient past by exploring more of the country’s diverse destinations using the links below.

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