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Capital of the Incan Empire from the early 14th century until its Spanish conquest, Cusco is a beautiful city with a magical feel. Gateway city to the famous Machu Picchu, the city is situated in a valley of the Andes Mountains with not only historical Incan ruins, but Spanish architecture and wealth. A luxury trip to Cusco is not to be missed on any Peru tour.

Our guides will unlock the experience of Cusco for you, not only explaining the history, but also the hidden secrets of today’s city, from interesting restaurants to local artisans’ workshops.

One cannot visit the Machu Picchu ruins without also visiting all the history and culture that this city has to offer making it the archeological capital of the Americas. Native Incans still inhabit the area speaking their Quechua language and thriving primarily off agriculture. The cobblestone streets, adobe houses, and open markets add to Cusco’s unique charm.

Cusco, the former Inca capital, is a fascinating mix of ancient Andean culture and Spanish colonialism. In the city you’ll see beautiful churches built on top of giant Inca walls, grand central plazas, fabulous markets and cobbled streets lined with colourful textiles. Outside the city you’ll find lots historical Inca ruins to explore.

Lily Bunker
Travel Designer

What to do

  • Exploring the city
  • Market tours
  • Cookery Classes
  • Visits to the Sacred Valley
  • Visits to nearby Incan ruins

When to go

Cusco is great year round, however the best months are April, May, September, October, and November.

 
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Talk to one of our experts today and start creating your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cusco.

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