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Peru: Cusco

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High in a fertile mountain valley at 3,399m and surrounded by the lofty ice peaks of the Andes, the former capital of the Inca Empire and Spanish colonial masterpiece, Cusco, was cut off from the rest of the world until about 100 years ago. Now it is recognised as one of the most enticing, unspoilt cities on the continent. The history running through its veins is exposed in the meticulous masonry of the Inca temples, the baroque intricacy of its golden churches and palaces and the lively markets, fiestas, art galleries, boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants of the present day city. Here you can immerse yourself totally in Peru’s rich cultural mix.

Our holidays to Cusco

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Peru Birdlife: Machu Picchu to Pristine Amazon

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Andes and Altiplano: Cusco, Lake Titicaca and La Paz

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14 days from £2,617pp

Things to do in Cusco

Restaurant

Travel by train to Machu Picchu

Go White-water Rafting

Rafting in the Sacred Valley of the Incas


Traditional village of Chinchero

Trek to Huchuy Qosqo

Explore Chinchero, Maras and Moray

Our insider tips for Cusco

Isabelle

Isabelle Mazille

Exploring the evocative compact centre, filled with historical sites from Inca and colonial times.
Laura

Laura Rendell-Dunn

A coffee in the up-and-coming arty district of San Blas, just a couple of blocks from the Plaza de Armas, with trendy cafés, ceramics and exhibitions in a peaceful setting.
Ranmali

Ranmali Sanmugam

Perusing Cusco’s thriving local markets: the fruit and vegetable stalls at Huanchac, or Santa Ana, by the station, with a huge variety of goods.

Chris Parrott

Chris Parrott

Dining in Cusco’s cool cutting edge restaurants, from the very French Le Soleil to the romantic MAP Café, contemporary Peruvian cuisine smack bang in the centre of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

What our experts say

"Since my first visit in 1982, Cusco has both changed and stayed the same. Wise planning decisions mean that the city’s colonial character remains intact. The infrastructure for visitors has improved dramatically, but within the prescribed rules for conservation: gorgeous service-oriented boutique hotels occupy refurbished mansions, first class fusion restaurants sit alongside  street market grills, and you can get chocolate (unavailable in 1982) everywhere…"

Claire Milner

Claire Milner

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