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Cusco is a beautiful city shaped by a mix of Inca and Catholic beliefs. It is close to the Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu.

Until the arrival of the Spanish in 1532, Cusco was the centre of the Inca Empire and is the oldest continuously inhabited city on the continent, whose legacy as the hub of the empire is readily apparent. Many of the city streets are lined with Inca-built stone walls and crowded with the Quechua-speaking descendants of the Incas. Throughout the city, the blend of Inca and Catholic traditions and beliefs is seen in the ornate colonial cathedrals and churches, built atop ancient Inca foundations, whilst the mighty remains of Sacsayhuaman stand watch over the city, waiting to be explored.

Cusco is also the gateway to the surrounding Inca heartland, the nearby Sacred Valley is a short drive away, whilst the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu can be reached via the luxury Hiram Bingham train. From April 2017 you can now travel between Cusco and the 'White City' of Arequipa, via Lake Titicaca and the Colca Canyon, on the Belmond Andean Explorer, Latin America's first luxury sleeper train.

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Cusco
Excursions & Attractions

Colonial & Inca heritage

Admire the magnificent Spanish cathedrals, built atop the foundations of important Inca temples.

Sacsayhuaman

The huge Inca walls at Sacsayhuaman overlook Cusco, a testament to the architectural ingenuity of the Incas.

Tambomachay & Puca Pucara

Discover two little-visited Inca ruins just outside the city of Cusco.

Inti Raymi Festival

The colourful Inca Sun Festival is held every winter solstice at the Sacsayhuaman ruins, overlooking Cusco

Vistadome Train to Machu Picchu

Enjoy panoramic views from the comfort of the Vistadome train as you travel to the world famous Machu Picchu.

Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu

Travel to Machu Picchu in ultimate style, on-board the luxury Hiram Bingham train, modelled on 1920s Pullman cars.

Andahuaylillas & Inca Ruins

A varied excursion that visits lesser-known Inca ruins and the "Sistine Chapel of the Americas".

Kachiqhata hike

Visit the 'tired stones' of the Kachiqhata Quarry on a 5.5 mile hike from Ollantaytambo.

River Rafting

Looking for a more high octane experience? Try your hand at rafting to take on the mighty Urubumba River.

Pisac & Ollantaytambo ruins

Pisac and Ollantaytambo are large Inca archaeological site, once two of the most important centres of the region.

Chinchero, Moray, & Maras Salt ponds

Visit Inca ruins, textiles workshops, local markets and the salt ponds of the Sacred Valley.

Willoq

Visiting the village of Willoq is like taking a journey into the past to meet the descendants of the Incas.

Accommodation
in Cusco

Belmond Monasterio de Cusco

Cusco's best and most historic hotel in a superb location. Once a seminary, the building has been restored and transformed in…

La Casona

A beautifully restored 16th century mansion - now a boutique Hotel - in the heart of Cusco.

Mama Sara

Located only a short walk to the main square, the modern Mama Sara Hotel offers a quiet and comfortable base from which to ex…

Casa San Blas

A small well regarded boutique hotel located close to the main square in Cusco. Well appointed rooms, a cosy restaurant and f…

Costa Del Sol Picoaga

Located in a enviable location very close to the main square, the Costa del Sol Picoaga Hotel is great value with spacious ro…

Maytaq Wasin

With a good location, stylish modern design and renowned for its friendly and exceptional service, the Maytaq Wasin Hotel is…