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.
1. Museo de Arte Precolombino
Originally an Incan courthouse, this museum is dedicated to artifacts and artwork from all regions of pre-Columbian Peru.
2. San Pedro Cusco
Feel the living heart of Peru while wandering the colorful Mercado Central de San Pedro. Explore endless aisles of local food, coffee, beer, jewelry, textiles and handicrafts.
5. Huchuy Qosqo
Only reachable by a long hike or horseback ride, Huchuy Qosqo is a prime example of the innovation of the Inca’s irrigation and cooling storage systems.
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
- Spanish, Quechua and Aymara
- PEN (S/.)
- Time Zone
- UTC (-05:00)
- Country Code
- 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 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!