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The ancient capital of the Tahuantinsuyo Empire


7742 ft

Dry Season

66°F - 70°F

Rainy Season

67°F - 40°F

Cusco is unstoppable. Its ancient past can be felt in its streets, plazas, and valleys. No one can resist the footprints of its history and the sophisticated engineering of the Incas who were able to dominate stone as few cultures have done so and the proof of this is the citadel of Machu Picchu.

What to do in Cusco?

Cusco’s Plaza de Armas
(Main Square)
The city’s main square is the tourist center of the ancient capital of the Inca empire. It is the gathering point for thousands of tourists from all over the world.
The temple of Coricancha dates back to the religious traditions of the Inca era. In its time, it was the sacred place where the sun god Inti was worshipped.
Sacsayhuaman Cusco
This complex served as a center to worship the most important Inca deities. Today it is the venue to celebrate the feast of Inti Raymi.
San Blas Neighborhood
Located in the heart of Cusco city, where you can enjoy restaurants and bars and the company of tourists from around the world.
Eucalyptus Forest
Located next to the archaeological complex of Qenqo. If you get to the Cristo Blanco lookout point, you can walk to this forest behind Qenqo.
The name means Horn-Shaped Fortress in Quechua, due to the shape of the mountains like two horns.
It is believed that the Inca deities were worshipped here, like the sun, the moon, the mountains, and the earth. It is located a few miles outside the city of Cusco.
Cristo Blanco
This historical monument is located on the top of Pukamuqu hill. Owing to its high position, it gives the impression of taking care of the city.
San Pedro Market
This market is the oldest produce market in Cusco. It is a must-visit and once was part of one of the sections of the Inca trail.
Bars and restaurants
The best bars and restaurants can be found around the main square in Cusco and in the San Blas neighborhood.

How to get to Cusco?

There are three ways to get to Cusco:

  • By plane: You can fly from Lima (approximately an hour’s flight) or from Arequipa (an approximately 30-minute flight).
  • By road: The route from Lima to Arequipa and Cusco is 1025 miles and takes approximately 26 hours; the Lima – Nazca – Puquio – Abancay – Cusco route is 702 miles and takes approximately 20 hours; or the Puno – Cusco route is 241 miles and takes approximately 7 hours.
  • By train: Enjoy the comfort of our services across the Andean landscapes.

Train Stations in Cusco

Located in the heart of the city of Cusco, a 15-minute walk from the Plaza de Armas. This station is also the starting point for the buses on the Bimodal Service (bus + train) with destination Machu Picchu Pueblo. For more information click here.

Address: Av. Pachacútec s/n, Distrito de Wánchaq, Cusco

  • Monday to Friday and Holidays: 10:00 to 20:00 hrs.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to  19:00 hrs.

Located at a  10-minute walk from the Plaza de Armas, in the heart of the city of Cusco, across from the San Pedro central market.
  • Address: Av. Cascaparo s/n en el distrito de Cusco
  • Monday to Sunday and Holidays: 06:00 hs to 08:00 hs

The District of Poroy in Cusco has one of the most important train stations that connects to the Machu Picchu station. It is a 20-minute drive from the Plaza de Armas.
  • Address: Calle Roldan s/n, Distrito de Poroy, Cusco
  • Monday to Saturday: 06:00 hs to 09:00 hs
  • Sundays: 06:00 hs to 08:30 hs

Hotels in Cusco

Hotel Monasterio en Cusco

Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel, Cusco

 Historical charm with a contemporary touch. Discover the secrets of Cusco by staying at one of its most appreciated monuments.

Hotel Palacio Nazarenas en Cusco

Palacio Nazarenas, A Belmond Hotel, Cusco

Built on Inca foundations, the rich history of this palace is found among the modern luxury of this enchanting hideaway.

History and Culture of Cusco


What is the tourist ticket?

The Tourist Ticket (BTC in Spanish) is the document that will give you admittance to the different archaeological monuments, museums, and historical sites. You can find out more about the tourist ticket here.

When is the best time to visit Cusco?

If you are someone who is looking for an adventure despite what the weather may bring, then you can travel to Cusco in the rainy season (November to March). But if you prefer find the city’s emblematic festivities and a warm weather, then the dry season is for you (April to October).

Can I get altitude sickness in Cusco?

If it is your first visit, then you will probably be affected by soroche, but you can acclimatize to Cusco’s altitude by making a slow and progressive journey. For more information, click here

If I’m a foreigner, what type of power adaptor do I need for my visit to Peru?

Voltage in Peru is 220v. You will need an adaptor if the voltage in your country is 110v. The most common outlets are Type A, Type B and Type C.

What is the currency used in Cusco and the exchange rate?
The currency in Cusco is the Sol and the exchange rate, based on the dollar, varies daily. For information on the current exchange rate, enter here.
Are all payment options accepted in the area?

For meals and shopping, it will depend on the establishment you visit. The smallest local and family shops tend to only accept cash.

What should I wear on my visit to Cusco?

Remember to take wool socks, gloves, a cap, waterproof jackets, and coats according to the time of year.

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