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Cusco – The Navel of the World

Famous for being the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco boasts spectacular views, fascinating history and the finest food in the Andes.

Translated from Quechua (Inca language) as the “Navel of the World,” Cusco city was the capital of the ancient Inca Empire. Shaped like a Puma, Cusco city developed significantly under the rule of Inca Emperor Pachacútec into a complex urban center with distinct religious and administrative functions. In the years proceeding the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, Cusco began taking shape into the city we know it as today with its baroque churches, cobbled streets and incredible Inca stonework.

Declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1983, Cusco displays a beautiful mix of Inca archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Cusco’s ancient streets boast incredible Inca walls of meticulously cut granite that weave between historic ruins of Inca temples and palaces. The city’s baroque style churches are spread all over the city and contain countless works of priceless art and ornaments. Cusco’s colonial architecture uniquely fuses the Plateresco, Mudejar and Churrigueresco styles.

Cusco city is not only a historians playground, it also acts as the perfect base camp for hiking and nature enthusiasts. Be it the World-renowned Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or a multi day adventure to the Amazon Rainforest, Cusco is ideally located just a short trip away from some of the most spectacular destinations in Latin America.

Three Reasons To Visit Cusco

Year-Round Celebrations

Cusco´s ancient traditions are on display all year round as the locals celebrate Catholic Saints, Inca holidays or Mother Earth referred to as Pachamama. The month of June is particularly lively as the city celebrates the Corpus Christi and the Inca World-renowned festival of the Sun “Inti Raymi”.

Finest Cuisine in the Andes

Cusco city is home to some of the finest cuisine found in Latin America. Be it ceviche made from locally caught trout, the traditional baked guinea pig “Cuy,” or even Chicha, the alcoholic beverage from the Inca Empire — Cusco’s food and drink scene is a treat for all tastes.

Breathtaking Views and Scenery

You may have heard about the altitude taking your breath away, but Cusco’s incredible vistas tend to have a similar effect. At 11,220ft / 3400 mt, Cusco is beautifully surrounded by the Andes mountains and the Sacred Valley of the Incas, yielding some of the most spectacular nature and landscapes in the World.

Recommended Things To Do Or Visit

San Pedro Market And San Blas Church

Immerse yourself into Peru’s captivating culture on a walking tour of Cusco. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you’ll be able to try different exotic products at a local farmers market and pick up tasty delicacies from traditional street food stalls. Explore San Blas church and its exquisite works of art which highlight the famous pulpit of San Blas and samples of paintings from the Cusco Painting School.

Duration: About 4 hours

Choco Museum

Learn the entire chocolate-making process starting with the cocoa tree from the Peruvian jungle.
Make your very own personal bars of chocolate with more than 15 different flavors to choose from.
Duration: About 2 hours

Interactive Cooking Class

There is no better way to relax and enjoy Peruvian culture than taking an interactive Peruvian Cooking Class. This authentic experience of Peru’s World-renowned gastronomy goes beyond just a cooking class; it is a unique glimpse into Peru’s history and society through food. It is a great way to get a hands-on understanding on why Peru is widely regarded as one of the best food destinations on the planet.

Silver Workshop

A visit to Cusco is an overwhelming experience for jewelry shopping. “Fabricas” or Silver factories are worth visiting, some of them are cooperatives where local artisans can show their handcrafted work. Tour the factory and learn about the meanings of the symbols and stones used in the manufacturing process and watch how the jewelry has been made for generations.

Rainbow Mountain – Vinincunca

A visit to the Rainbow Mountain, known locally as Vinicunca or Montaña de Siete Colores (seven-colored mountain), is an absolute must for all those who love stunning landscapes and gorgeous scenery. Nestled in a remote region of the Andes Mountains South of Cusco city, the Rainbow Mountain was once a spectacle only to be admired by hikers along the 5- or 7-day Ausangate Hike, but now you can witness this display of natural beauty in all its glory on a day hike as part of your Peru holiday.

We also currently offer a Rainbow Mountain & 2-day Inca trail package that takes you up to Machu Picchu before visiting Rainbow Mountain.

Duration: About 9 hours

River Rafting

Cusco is proud to offer the very best and most exciting water rafting day trips. If you are looking for a Whitewater Rafting holiday or Multi Sport Adventure, we have what you are looking for!

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