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Introduction

The Incas believed Cusco to be a dwelling place of the Gods and it is certainly one of the most interesting cities in the Peruvian Andes. The name in Quechua (the native tongue of the area) means 'navel of the world'.

Its unique colonial architecture, set amongst the solid grandeur of Inca stonework, highlights the city’s fascinating past, as do the city’s museums. A wide range of handicrafts, including fine silverwork with Inca and colonial motifs, sculptures of holy figures, beautiful textiles and clothes made from alpaca, llama and vicuña wool, are available from the many shops. The Plaza de Armas, San Blas and the Cathedral are well worth a visit, as well as the Museums of Religious Arts, History, Inca Culture, and Colonial Arts. These sites are included in our guided half day city tour.

There are also a wealth of archaeological and historical sites on the outskirts of Cusco leading towards the Sacred Valley, such as Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara, Korikancha, Tambo Machay and Q’enko.

Traveller Tips

  • Cusco is approximately 3326m above sea level – take care to not overexert yourself
  • Visit the wealth of archaeological and historical sites on the outskirts of Cusco 
  • Peru’s festival of the sun ‘Inti Raymi’ takes place on the 24th of June (book well in advance) 
  • Enjoy the impressive Corpus Christi fiesta with several processions
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Trains

Trains for the scenic ride to Machu Picchu depart from Cusco or Ollanta.

Trains for the scenic ride to Machu Picchu depart from Cusco or Ollanta. We book our clients on the Vistadome Train which is comfortable and has good windows unless booking the afternoon train from Ollanta, which is a Ferrostal train. The Orient Express luxury train, Hiram Bingham, runs every day except Sunday and can be booked at a supplement.

All trains arrive at Aguas Calientes. Visitors are then taken up the mountain side by minibus from Aguas Calientes to the entrance of Machu Picchu.

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Peru boasts wonderful archaeological sites such as an Inca city suspended high in the cloud forest and its rainforest is home to an amazing diversity of plants and wildlife. It is also the foodie hub of South America.

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GMT - 6 hours

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Spanish

Average flight times

12 hours 30 minutes. BA direct flight from London Gatwick

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