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Cusco

Get used to the altitude in the Belly Button of the World that serves as the gateway to the most iconic Incan landmark.

Cusco is becoming synonymous with Machu Picchu. The vast region contains a varied terrain featuring Amazon lowlands and the Andes mountain range. Contrast the region’s modern capital city, also called Cusco, with the ancient ruins in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Make your way to the famous Lost City of the Incas that stands on an Andean mountain top overlooking the Urubamba River. The 15th-century temples dotted around a dewy peak make Machu Picchu among the world’s most spectacular sights. These buildings remained hidden for centuries but are now a UNESCO Historic Sanctuary.

There are three overlapping routes on the Inca Trail that lead to Machu Picchu. The Classic trail is a 4-day trek covering 26 miles (43 kilometers) through picturesque terrain. Note that the entire region is particularly busy in July and August, in the middle of the dry season.

Continue on a trip through the Sacred Valley of the Incas for other nearby ruins. Písac has a lively market and fascinating vestiges. Admire the traditional Incan layout of Ollantaytambo and visit the modern commune of Urubamba. The perfect remedy after all that hiking are the hot springs of Sicuani, Calca and Santa Teresa.

For a change of scenery, spend some time in the region’s namesake capital, Cusco. Note how colonial gems are built over ancient Incan walls, adding layers of history. Relax in the historic Plaza de Armas in the city center and explore local galleries. San Pedro Market and the Artisan Market are among the cultural treasures.

Make your way to the city outskirts to see the vestiges of Tambomachay, Puka Pukara, Sacsayhuaman and Qenko. Learn about the local wildlife at the Cochahuasi Animal Sanctuary. Thrill-seekers should consider whitewater rafting in Cusipata and Chuquicahuana.

The Cusco region lies in the southern part of Peru, near the borders with Bolivia and Brazil. Fly to the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in the city of Cusco and get around the region by bus.

With Machu Picchu and many other Incan ruins, Cusco is among the world’s most impressive historic regions.


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Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco €151
Reviewed on 7 Dec 2019
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Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco

Palacio del Inka, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco

     
    4.7 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Hotel is pretty and historical location. Definitely a nice hotel one of the most fancy ones in Cusco. Hotel is clean and welcoming however staff seemed to treat differently Latinos than Americans or Europeans.

    JW Marriott El Convento Cusco €151
    Reviewed on 24 Nov 2019
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    JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

    JW Marriott El Convento Cusco

    Esquina De La Calle Ruinas 432, y San Agustin, Cusco, Cusco
       
      4.8 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Such an amazing hotel! From the reception, to the restaurant and cleaning staff, this hotel was attentive to ensuring we enjoyed our stay. Freddy is a MASTER mixologist and it was remarkable to watch him prepare our drinks. Fernando, Antony and another gentleman I unfortunately cannot recall his ...

      Selina Plaza De Armas Cusco €57
      Reviewed on 4 Dec 2019
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      Selina Plaza De Armas Cusco

      Selina Plaza De Armas Cusco

      Calle Garcilaso 150, Cusco
         
        4.2 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        All the staff at the property were incredibly nice and helpful. I stayed in a teepee, which was clean and comfortable. I had dinner and breakfast at Selina Plaza De Armas - both were delicious.

        Hilton Garden Inn Cusco €90
        Reviewed on 29 Nov 2019
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        Hilton Garden Inn Cusco

        Hilton Garden Inn Cusco

           
          4.6 of 5
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          The staff were very helpful and nothing to much trouble

          Novotel Cusco €92
          Reviewed on 6 Nov 2019
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          Novotel Cusco

          Novotel Cusco

          San Augustin 239 Esquina, Cusco, Cusco
             
            4.5 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            We loved the location of the hotel, as well as the friendliest staff who were always attending to our needs in the nicest way.

            Antigua Casona San Blas €97
            Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019
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            Antigua Casona San Blas

            Antigua Casona San Blas

            Calle Carmen Bajo 243, San Blas, Cusco
               
              4.9 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              The hotel is in a narrow road in San Blas neighborhood; it doesn’t look much from outside, but the property is much larger than what it first appears. It has a nice courtyard, reasonably well appointed rooms, helpful staff. The original room I was given - because it was an “Expedia booked room” was ...

              Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel €49
              Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019
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              Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel

              Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel

              Av Imperio de los Incas 642, Machu Picchu
                 
                4.9 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Fantastic central position close to train and Machu P. Bus terminal. Susanne was lovely. Very helpful. Packed a wonderful breakfast bag to take with us for our 6:00 entry.

                Union Hotel Cusco €68
                Reviewed on 3 Dec 2019
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                Union Hotel Cusco

                Union Hotel Cusco

                Calle Union 189, Cusco, Cusco
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The hotel staff and reception were very kind and thoughtful! They helped us check in smoothly on our second leg of the stay as we made two reservations within the same week. Food recommendations given by the front desk were also spot on! Overall, great hospitality and a very well-managed ...

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