Overview

High in a fertile mountain valley at an altitude of 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. A holiday to Cusco allows you to immerse yourself totally in Peru’s rich cultural mix.

Just 75km south of the spectacular Incan citadel, Machu Picchu, Cusco has a plethora of things to do and is full of archaeological phenomenons to explore, including the Pisac ruins of the Sacred Valley and the fortress of Sacsayhuamán. Considered to be two of the most important archaeological complexes in the world, Cusco is a cocktail of enchanting history and scenery.

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The weather in Cusco is wide and varied

Cusco can be visited throughout the year. Most visitors will use climate as a criterion but others may be attracted by any one of numerous fiestas: Inti Raymi on the 24th June, Corpus Christi earlier in the month, Easter or Christmas. The dry season, when sunny days can be expected, runs May to October, but in June, July and August it can be below freezing at night. The months with most rainfall are December to March.

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