Elevation: 3360m |  Telephone Code: 084

Often referred to as the ‘Archaeological Capital of the Americas’ Cusco is a beautiful city riddled with contrasts between the indigenous styles and the modern western world. It is these contrasts that have given Cusco its rare beauty. Most visitors are keen to get to Machu Picchu, either by trekking for 4 days along the Inca Trail, or by 4 hours on the train, but Cusco itself has a lot to offer the visitor and most travellers usually end up seduced with this vibrant city and stay longer than first planned.

The first thing that hits the newly arrived visitor to Cusco are the Inca walls; enormous granite blocks carved to fit together perfectly without the aid of mortar beds. Many of the walls were simply built upon during the construction of a new Spanish city. Its a tribute to the Incas that their anti seismic design has survived the test of time while the Spanish colonial architecture has been rebuilt several times following a wave of earthquakes that have hit the city. Located at an altitude of 3,360m above sea level, Cusco was referred to as the ‘Navel of the World’.

The city has a long and interesting history dating back to 1200AD and linked to the first Inca ruler Manco Capac. However the city saw its expansion in the 15th century under the rule of the greatest Inca Pachacutec, who led a drive that spread the boundaries of the Inca empire as far south as Chile and Argentina, and north to include Ecuador and Columbia. This rapid expansion abruptly came to an end on the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors, led by Francisco Pizarro who, following the murder of the Inca Atahaulpa in Cajamarca, marched into Cusco in 1534 and added it definitively to the realms of King Charles V. This invasion opened the gates to a cultural mix that has left its imprint on every aspect of Peruvian culture, especially in the ancient Andean capital of Cusco.

When arriving in Cusco from the coast you’ll immediately notice the thin clear mountain air, a result of the City’s high altitude. The first day in particular should be spent quietly relaxing and taking things easy as you gently acclimatise. Plan to spend at least 3 days in and around Cusco before starting any serious trekking such as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This is an ideal opportunity to see the highlights Cusco has to offer such as a tour of the City, the nearby Inca Ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Pucapucara and Tambomachay and, of course, a day trip out to the Sacred Valley of the Incas including a visit to the traditional Indian market at Pisac, the beautiful village of Ollantaytambo and the small village of Chinchero located high up in the mountains.

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Tours in Cusco

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Short Salkantay Trek 3D/2N (Return By Car)

Salkantay Trek is the best alternative to the renowned Inca Trail (with the real and old fashioned camping!). With lowland
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Short Salkantay Trek 3D/2N (Return By Train)

Salkantay Trek is the best alternative to the renowned Inca Trail (with the real and old fashioned camping!). With lowland
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Salkantay 4D/3N (Return By Car)

Salkantay Trek is the best alternative to the renowned Inca Trail (with the real and old fashioned camping!). With lowland
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Salkantay 4D/3N (Return By Train)

 Salkantay Trek is the best alternative to the renowned Inca Trail (with the real and old fashioned camping!). With lowland
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Salkantay Trek 5D/4N (Return By Car)

Salkantay Trek is the best alternative to the renowned Inca Trail (with the real and old fashioned camping!). With lowland
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Salkantay Trek 5D/4N (Return By Train)

Salkantay Trek is the best alternative to the renowned Inca Trail (with the real and old fashioned camping!). With lowland
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Lares Trek 3D/2N

The Lares Trek is an excellent alternative to the Inca Trail. Taking you off the beaten track with visits to
Lares Trek to Machu Picchu

Lares Trek 4D/3N

(Machu Picchu) tall city of stepped stone, home at long last of whatever earth had never hidden in her sleeping
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Inca Trail Classic 4D/3N

Inca Trail is a memorable 26 mile hike along historic roads is one of the top 10 in the World.
Choquequirao trek

Choquequirao to Machupicchu 9D/8N

The Choquequirao ruins were most likely built during the reign of the Inca king, Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui. They are considered
Choquequirao trek

Choquequirao Trek 5D/4N

The Choquequirao ruins were most likely built during the reign of the Inca king, Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui. They are considered
Ausangate Trek

Ausangate Trek 5D/4N

This is one of our prettiest treks and it is shorter and a bit easier for those with limited time.
Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain

Ausangate Trek to Rainbow Mountain 4D/3N

Though not well known as the renowned Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Ausangate Trek is a remarkable hike through the
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Inka Jungle Trail 4D/3N

The Inca Jungle is not just a tour, it's an experience. From descending over 3000m by mountain bike, to sleeping
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Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu 4D/3N

Embark on this recently discovered route which some consider to be an alternative Inca Trail. See stunning waterfalls and witness
Laguna Humantay, Humantay Lake

Humantay Lake (Day Trip)

Humantay Lake Tour is an ideal one day getaway from Cusco city. Humantay Lake or the Laguna Humantay is a
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Rainbow Mountain

Journey through an undiscovered land of wild desert landscapes, snow capped peaks, herds of alpaca, and arrive at the ultimate
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Sacred Valley Tour

Tucked under the tawny skirts of formidable foothills, the beautiful Río Urubamba Valley, known as El Valle Sagrado (The Sacred
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Cusco City Tour

This tour is a great way to start your trip to Cusco, especially to get oriented with the history and
Machu Picchu By Car

Machu Picchu by Car 2D/1N

For many visitors to Peru and even South America, a visit to the Inca city of Machu Picchu is the