This beautiful, cosmopolitan city was founded by the Incas in 1100 AD and was the capital of their empire from the 13th to 16th centuries, until the Spanish conquest. It is the gateway to some of the best archaeological sites in the world. But it’s more than simply a gateway; there is much to explore and enjoy in this exciting and magical place and you'll need at least a couple of days here - or longer if you use it as a base for excursions.
Reasons to visit Cusco include:
Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel is a beautiful colonial mansion in the heart of the city, offering luxurious accommodation and a range of guest services.
Belmond Andean Explorer is a luxury sleeper train operating between Cusco and Arequipa, offering excellent service and a gentle pace of travel.
Casa Andina Koricancha is a lovely old colonial building in the heart of Cusco
Casa Andina Plaza is in a convenient location for the main tourist sites in Cusco and provides comfortable accommodation for its guests.
An elegant colonial mansion offering modern facilities in the heart of the old city of Cusco.
72 room refurbished 17th Century mansion close to Cusco's main square
An historic 17th casona within walking distance of Cusco's main square, providing cosy accommodation and pretty gardens.
A lovely colonial-style hotel in the heart of Cusco, owned by Mountain Lodges of Peru.
El Retablo is a showcase for local art with dazzling hand-painted decoration throughout, a little way from the main square.
Cusco's finest 5-star hotel, originally built as a monastery and now part of the Belmond (Orient express) group.
11 suite luxurious boutique hotel located close to Cusco's main square.
A beautifully converted palace offering all-suite accommodation and superb facilities in a quiet square near the historic centre of Cusco.
Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.
Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.
Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.