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Peru

Cusco holidays

CULTURAL CUSCO? LET’S GO.

One of the oldest cities in the whole of South America, Cusco was once the capital of the Incan Empire. It’s built high in the Andes Mountains, around 3,400 metres above sea level, and every inch of it is filled with history. On a holiday to Cusco, you can discover colonial Spanish architecture, Incan ruins, grand churches, and sunny plazas. And, if you wish, you can easily extend your trip with a visit to nearby Machu Picchu.

Home to all sorts of time-stamped sites, UNESCO-listed Cusco is a historical delight. The cobbled streets are a mishmash of architectural styles, ranging from ancient temples to baroque cathedrals. Take a guided walking tour around the fascinating Cusco Historic Centre, or stroll through the picturesque San Blas district. You can browse thriving markets, watch the world go by in Plaza de Armas, and visit age-old landmarks like Sacsayhuaman. And, in the evening, grab a table at one of Cusco’s authentic restaurants, where you can feast on traditional Peruvian dishes, like fresh ceviche, baked trout, and alpaca steak. 

A holiday to Cusco also takes you super-close to one of the New Seven Wonders of the WorldMachu Picchu. You can book a daytrip to explore this Incan citadel or, if you want a more leisurely visit, why not extend your trip? You could spend a few days in the Sacred Valley, before taking the train to Machu Picchu. And, if you want to see even more of Peru, trains also run north from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa.

Whatever you have in mind, our Travel Specialists will help you make it a reality. Give our team a call to find out more, and start planning your trip to Cusco and beyond.

Things to do

Historic Centre

Daytrips

Best time to go

Things to do in Cusco

Beyond the city’s Historic Centre, you’ll find plenty more things to do in Cusco. The old quarter of San Blas is certainly worth exploring. Traditionally the home of Cusco’s architects and artists, this pretty area is a maze of narrow, steep streets, filled with artisan shops, galleries and cafés. It’s also where you’ll find the quaint Plazoleta de San Blas and the Temple of San Blas, which dates back to 1563.

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Further afield, the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman should also be on your itinerary. On the northern outskirts of Cusco, this hilltop fortress has stood firm since the Incas built it in the 15th century. You’ll be amazed by the size of the huge stones and the way they are cleverly inter-locked – and still standing, hundreds of years later.

Some Incan walls can also be found in Cusco itself. Many of them were once part of age-old palaces or temples. You can admire the ancient walls along The Sun Street, and see the remaining stones of Kusicancha Palace.

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Historic Centre

When planning your Cusco holiday, make sure you allow a day for exploring Cusco Historic Centre. As the city’s cultural heartland, this part of town is bursting with must-see sites – so it should be right at the top of your to-do list.

First stop, Plaza de Armas. The city’s main square has been Cusco’s bustling hub for centuries, and is lined with colonial arcades, laidback cafés, ancient churches, and the stunning Cusco Cathedral. Why not get comfy on a bench among the greenery, take in the sights, and spend some time people-watching? Afterwards, you can take a short stroll to the impressive Santo Domingo Church, which was built upon the sacred Incan Qoricancha Temple.

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Cusco’s Historic Centre also has several grand houses, where the Spanish aristocracy lived during the Colonial period. A lot of these impressive buildings now house museums. You could visit Palacio del Almirante, where you’ll find the Inca Museum. Or admire Casa del Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, then head inside to explore Cusco’s Museum of Natural History.

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Daytrips from Cusco

More often than not, travellers plan a holiday to Cusco as a way to access Machu Picchu – because this world-famous Incan citadel is just a train-ride away. The scenic journey takes just over three hours and, on the way, you’ll be able to gaze at the dramatic slopes of the Sacred Valley. You’ll arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes and, from there, you can hike up to Machu Picchu. The trek takes about two hours, but it’s worth it to see this eye-popping- site.

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If you want to explore more of the Sacred Valley, that’s easy, too. This green, steep-sided slice of the Andes is just 10 miles north of Cusco, and there are lots of daytrips available. You can go hiking and visit archaeological Incan sites – like the Pisac Ruins – or try daredevil activities such as rafting and rock-climbing.

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Best time to go to Cusco

As Peru is in the Southern Hemisphere, Cusco’s seasons are the opposite of the UK’s, with summer running from December to March, and winter from June to August. But Cusco’s climate is fairly steady all year round, with most days hovering around 20°C. Just be mindful that temperatures usually drop to single figures at night, though, due to the high altitude. So, whenever you go, we’d recommend packing plenty of layers.

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Holidays to Cusco are most popular during the British school holidays. So, if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, it’s best to plan your Cusco trip for April, May, September or October. You can look forward to warm, pleasant days, ideal for exploring the city’s streets and nearby Machu Picchu. And you’ll avoid the rains, which are usually heaviest between December and March.

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Things to do

Things to do in Cusco

Beyond the city’s Historic Centre, you’ll find plenty more things to do in Cusco. The old quarter of San Blas is certainly worth exploring. Traditionally the home of Cusco’s architects and artists, this pretty area is a maze of narrow, steep streets, filled with artisan shops, galleries and cafés. It’s also where you’ll find the quaint Plazoleta de San Blas and the Temple of San Blas, which dates back to 1563.

Show More
Show Less

Further afield, the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman should also be on your itinerary. On the northern outskirts of Cusco, this hilltop fortress has stood firm since the Incas built it in the 15th century. You’ll be amazed by the size of the huge stones and the way they are cleverly inter-locked – and still standing, hundreds of years later.

Some Incan walls can also be found in Cusco itself. Many of them were once part of age-old palaces or temples. You can admire the ancient walls along The Sun Street, and see the remaining stones of Kusicancha Palace.

Show More
Show Less

Historic Centre

Historic Centre

When planning your Cusco holiday, make sure you allow a day for exploring Cusco Historic Centre. As the city’s cultural heartland, this part of town is bursting with must-see sites – so it should be right at the top of your to-do list.

First stop, Plaza de Armas. The city’s main square has been Cusco’s bustling hub for centuries, and is lined with colonial arcades, laidback cafés, ancient churches, and the stunning Cusco Cathedral. Why not get comfy on a bench among the greenery, take in the sights, and spend some time people-watching? Afterwards, you can take a short stroll to the impressive Santo Domingo Church, which was built upon the sacred Incan Qoricancha Temple.

Show More
Show Less

Cusco’s Historic Centre also has several grand houses, where the Spanish aristocracy lived during the Colonial period. A lot of these impressive buildings now house museums. You could visit Palacio del Almirante, where you’ll find the Inca Museum. Or admire Casa del Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, then head inside to explore Cusco’s Museum of Natural History.

Show More
Show Less

Daytrips

Daytrips from Cusco

More often than not, travellers plan a holiday to Cusco as a way to access Machu Picchu – because this world-famous Incan citadel is just a train-ride away. The scenic journey takes just over three hours and, on the way, you’ll be able to gaze at the dramatic slopes of the Sacred Valley. You’ll arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes and, from there, you can hike up to Machu Picchu. The trek takes about two hours, but it’s worth it to see this eye-popping- site.

Show More
Show Less

If you want to explore more of the Sacred Valley, that’s easy, too. This green, steep-sided slice of the Andes is just 10 miles north of Cusco, and there are lots of daytrips available. You can go hiking and visit archaeological Incan sites – like the Pisac Ruins – or try daredevil activities such as rafting and rock-climbing.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to go to Cusco

As Peru is in the Southern Hemisphere, Cusco’s seasons are the opposite of the UK’s, with summer running from December to March, and winter from June to August. But Cusco’s climate is fairly steady all year round, with most days hovering around 20°C. Just be mindful that temperatures usually drop to single figures at night, though, due to the high altitude. So, whenever you go, we’d recommend packing plenty of layers.

Show More
Show Less

Holidays to Cusco are most popular during the British school holidays. So, if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, it’s best to plan your Cusco trip for April, May, September or October. You can look forward to warm, pleasant days, ideal for exploring the city’s streets and nearby Machu Picchu. And you’ll avoid the rains, which are usually heaviest between December and March.

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