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Overview

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. A holiday to Cusco allows you to immerse yourself totally in Peru’s rich cultural mix.

Just south of the spectacular Incan citadel, Machu Picchu, Cusco itself 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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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.

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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.

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  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

  • Millie Davies
    Millie Davies - Travel Expert

    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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    Chris Rendell-Dunn - Travel Expert

    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 London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours sales team.

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    Charlotte Daubeney - Travel Expert

    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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