Cusco travel guide

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You're Going to Love Cusco

Cusco is located in the southeastern part of Peru, high up in the Andes mountains (11,200 feet above sea level to be exact). Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire from the 1200s until the arrival of Spanish colonizers in the 1500s. Here, you'll be vacationing in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Inca Empire was a rich and fascinating one, and you'll find many examples of its culture. The Coricancha is where Inca and Spanish civilization meet. The site was a revered Incan temple to the sun god. When the Spanish built the Convent of Santo Domingo above it, they incorporated the original stonework.

The surrounding Sacred Valley incorporates the renowned ruins of Machu Picchu, neighboring towns, and farmlands in a region that was the center of the Inca Empire. You'll also discover a hot nightlife and dining scene with cosmopolitan flair tucked away in this sky-high destination.

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What to do in Cusco

Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary
Plaza de Armas
Top activities & attractions in Cusco

When to Visit Cusco

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There are essentially two seasons in Cusco, with a temperate climate and little variation in average temperatures that hover between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. The dry season from May to August is the most popular with tourists. Temperatures can fall close to freezing overnight and there is often frost, but no snow. The wet season lasts from December to February.

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How to Get to Cusco

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Where to Stay in Cusco

The Belmond Palacio Nazarenas offers palatial style, as the name implies, with whitewashed walls and a central pool. At the Antigua Casona San Blas, you'll find classic Spanish colonial style with a central courtyard made for socializing. KM Apartments offers stylish modern furnishings and all the comforts of home.

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How to Get Around Cusco

The Cost of Living in Cusco

Shopping Streets

Cusco is renowned for its textile industry, and you'll find locally produced clothing and textiles at the Centro de Textiles Tradicionales del Cusco, located in the northern part of town. You'll find many shops offering artisan handicrafts in the San Blas area, and around Plaza de Armas. including silver jewelry and many other wares.

Groceries and Other

Orion and Mega are the two major grocery chains in Cusco. A quart of milk costs about S/4.00 and a dozen eggs is about S/4.60.

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Where to Eat in Cusco

You'll enjoy the diverse dining scene in Cusco, including many Indian, Italian, and Japanese offerings along with local Andean cuisine. Organika is the place to find gourmet Peruvian fusion with mains that start at about S/15. Cicciolina's fine dining menu features both Andean and Italian influences, with main dishes starting at about S/35. Experience an authentic Peruvian steakhouse at Uchu, where you can choose Alpaca tenderloin along with the beef, starting at S/35.

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