Cuzco Vacations

The high altitude of Cusco, Peru , will make you feel a bit dizzy, but even once you have adjusted, perhaps with some coca tea, your head will continue to spin at the history and culture in this city, which was once capital of the Incan empire, and is today …

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Things to see and do in Cuzco

Kevin Picholo | Trip by SkyscannerPlaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas
Elvira Vanag | Trip by SkyscannerThe Sacred Valley of the Incas
The Sacred Valley of the Incas
MyFavoritePetSitter | FlickrCity of Cuzco Historic Center
City of Cuzco Historic Center
Celeny Da Silva | Trip by SkyscannerSacsayhuaman
EduardoZ | FlickrThe Inca Trail
The Inca Trail
Katie Pierce | Trip by SkyscannerCusco Cathedral
Cusco Cathedral
Noel Lau | Trip by SkyscannerMoray
EduardoZ | FlickrCoricancha
Kevin Picholo | Trip by SkyscannerMercado Central de San Pedro
Mercado Central de San Pedro
Julia Manzerova | FlickrSan Blas
San Blas

Reviews of Cuzco

DCP Images
DCP Images

A beautiful town with an extraordinary history. Well worth extending your stay to get to know it better. Highly recommended.

Marc McKinnie
Marc McKinnieOakland, California, USA

Sitting at over 11,000 feet high in the Andes, it is one of the 10 highest cities in the world, making the air thin and the temperatures cool. Cusco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th century until the Spanish Conquest in the 16th century. Inca archaeological sites can be found within and all around the city, with Spanish architecture often built directly on top. There is also evidence left by the Killke who occupied the area prior to the Inca, from 900 to 1200. In 1950 a great earthquake destroyed more than a third of the city. While many of the modern buildings were destroyed, the Inca architecture survived, including many sites that became newly exposed. A fascinating culture where belief in Catholicism and the Inca traditions have come together for a unique view on life. It is also a place where you get to indulge in world renowned Peruvian food, which includes ceviche, quinoa dishes, and an assortment of Peruvian-Asian fusion. You have the opportunity to try Cuy (guinea pig) and Alpaca, and enjoy checking out many of the towns vibrant markets.

Kevin Picholo
Kevin PicholoFoster City, California, USA

Cusco is the former capital city of the Incas, and the oldest inhabited city in the Americas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Rebecca Goglia (@BeccaBandit)
Rebecca Goglia (@BeccaBandit)The San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA

We had a great time in Cusco. There's a lot of history here and it's a great location in the Sacred Valley to base yourself to see Inca ruins like Ollantaytambo. There's a lively main square. Climb uphill for beautiful views of the city. In town, you'll see llamas and women in traditional dress, mostly wanting your tourist dollars, but still cool to see.

Nearby destinations

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