Surrounded by the ice peaks of the Andes, the former capital of the Inca Empire boasts intricate temples and golden-hued colonial architecture.
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.
From expertly designed Pre-designed Holidays to trail-blazing Group Tours, browse our range of carefully crafted holidays.
A Taste of Peru
12 days from £3,580pp
Peru / Bolivia / Lake Titicaca
Active Peru and Bolivia: trekking Andean peaks to tropical rainforest
18 days from £3,060pp
Active Peru: Cycling, rafting and the Inca Trail
12 days from £3,042pp
Active Peru: The Ausangate Trek
11 days from £2,320pp
Things to do
Explore things to do in, and around, Cusco, by road, rail or water. Book your flights and guided tour to Cusco, Peru now with Journey Latin America.
Ausangate lodge to lodge trek
Cycle the highlands above the Sacred Valley
Cycling from Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu
Explore Chinchero, Maras and Moray
Examine hotels, lodges and other first class places to stay in the Spanish colonial city of Cusco. Book your accommodation with Journey Latin America now.
Peru / Cusco
Antigua Casona San Blas
Peru / Cusco
Belmond Hotel Monasterio
Peru / Cusco
Belmond Palacio Nazarenas
Peru / Cusco
Casa Andina Premium Collection Cusco
Where to go when - our guide to Cusco
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.View our Cusco weather guide
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Real Latin America Experts
Ben Line - Travel Consultant
Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.
Lina Fuller - Travel Consultant
Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
Carrie Gallagher - Travel Consultant
A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.
Sophie Barber - Travel Consultant
Sophie lived in Chile before joining us and has travelled extensively across Latin America, from Mexico to the furthest tip of Patagonia.
Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Consultant
Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.
Paul Winrow-Giffin - Travel Consultant
After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.