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Small and easy to navigate, the city of Cusco is a destination for the adventurer. It’s jam packed with a fascinating history of the Inca Empire and Spanish conquest that been amazingly well preserved and restored.

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Museo de Arte Precolombino

Originally an Incan courthouse, this museum is dedicated to artifacts and artwork from all regions of pre-Columbian Peru.

San Pedro Cusco

Feel the living heart of Peru while wandering the colorful Mercado Central de San Pedro. Explore endless aisles of local food, coffee, beer, jewelry, textiles and handicrafts.

Saksaywaman

Laying on the northern edge of Cusco is Saksaywaman, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. Find a stunning view of the city from the ancient architectural marvel.

Santo Domingo Church

Incan and Spanish stonework meet in this 17th century cathedral. It is the site of The Temple of the Sun—it was originally lined with about 700 sheets of solid gold.

Huchuy Qosqo

Only reachable by a long hike or horseback ride, Huchuy Qosqo is a prime example of the innovation of the Inca’s irrigation and cooling storage systems.

Tambomachay

A bit closer to the city, and much more accessible, is another site of Inca ancient ruins made up of a string of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run through its tiered stone.

Sacred Valley

A great day trip, Sacred Valley was called such by the Inca for its fertile land. Be sure to visit the Inca village and fortress of Ollantaytambo on the way back to the Cusco.

The Inca Trail

Nearly as much of a wonder as the one it leads to, the Inca Trail is not to be taken lightly and the casual trekker should take heed before heading out on this long journey.

Moray

The most fascinating of the Inca ruins, Moray’s gigantic terraced circular depressions are truly a sight to behold.

Machu Picchu

One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, it is the icon of the Inca civilization.

Planning Your Cusco Visit

How many days to visit Cusco?

Give yourself at least five days for a trip to Cusco—the first couple to adjust to the elevation and navigate the city, the last few to make it to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

When to visit?

The summer is the best time to visit for the climate, which also makes it peak tourist season. To avoid the crowds, early fall could be nice. Anytime after November and before April, however, is not recommended—Cusco’s rainy season could ruin your sightseeing.

How to get there?

Fly into Cusco’s Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, located on the edge of the city.

Should I worry about elevation?

It is advised to spend at least 3 days in Cusco to acclimate to the high elevation before heading out on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, especially if arriving from sea-level.

Good to Know

  • Language
    Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
  • Currency
    PEN (S/.)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +51
  • Best time to visit
    To avoid the rainy winter and the tourist-packed summer, try to visit in early fall, when the sightseeing is still incredible!

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What People Are Saying About Cusco

thanks for sell me the Machu Picchu entrance 2 weeks before the date!

When all the companies rejected me bc was only two weeks before my trip to MP, you sold me the ticket and was awesome! Thanks

Machu Picchu Afternoon Admission Ticket Reviewed by jose, 11/12/2017

Easy, fun, and an enriching experience all handled by professionals!

This was my 1st time to Peru, and without any knowledge of the area, culture, or of how to get around, the guides and local staff made it so much easier to navigate. They also provided fun facts and enriching information throughout the tours which gave me a deeper appreciation of the sites and locations visited. Well organized and great staff. Would highly recommend!

Astonishing great experience, wonderful day

Incredible site, good organisation of the tour! Unfortunately there are approx.3000 other visitors at Maccu Picchu a day;-)

Machu Picchu: Lost Citadel of Incas by Expedition Train Reviewed by einem GetYourGuide-Kunden, 08/04/2017

We were thankful we did not have to stand line to get this ticket...

So glad that we hiked the Machu Picchu mountain which is 3,061.28 meters. We loved both, the scenery, and the trail...So Beautiful! Thank you, for allowing us to purchase and print the tickets beforehand. Every second counts.... <3

Machu Picchu Ruins and Mountain Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Sabrina, 08/03/2017

Very well organised & interesting Trek with an excellent guide .

Excellent trek which was very well organised & executed by a very good guide. Good value for money Highly recommended ! .