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Top attractions in Cusco

Top 10 Things to do in Cusco

Small and easy to navigate, the city of Cusco is a destination for the adventurer. It’s jam packed with a fascinating history of the Inca Empire and Spanish conquest that been amazingly well preserved and restored.

Planning Your Visit

  • How many days to visit Cusco?

    Give yourself at least five days for a trip to Cusco—the first couple to adjust to the elevation and navigate the city, the last few to make it to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

  • When to visit?

    The summer is the best time to visit for the climate, which also makes it peak tourist season. To avoid the crowds, early fall could be nice. Anytime after November and before April, however, is not recommended—Cusco’s rainy season could ruin your sightseeing.

  • How to get there?

    Fly into Cusco’s Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, located on the edge of the city.

  • Should I worry about elevation?

    It is advised to spend at least 3 days in Cusco to acclimate to the high elevation before heading out on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, especially if arriving from sea-level.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
  • Currency
    PEN (S/.)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +51
  • Best time to visit
    To avoid the rainy winter and the tourist-packed summer, try to visit in early fall, when the sightseeing is still incredible!

Other Sightseeing Options in Cusco

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What people are saying about Cusco

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,424 reviews

Overall good, had the chance also to visit for a little bit the Red valley. We were first at restaurant also, so no crowded. Tour guide was talking to people in the end of tour in the bus about aspects of Peru.

Julio was great. He took care of us the whole trip. He was knowledgeable and let us take breaks during the hikes to catch our breath.

it was a shocking experience. we did not expect to encounter such a magical landscape. nevertheless it was a rather tedious journey.

The whole day tour was amazing!!! Edgar, the tour guide was very supportive and very concern about our safety

Great experience travelling from Puno to Cusco. The bus was very comfortable and the guides were great!