cusco & machu picchu

One of the most iconic historic wonders in the world, the ancient city of Machu Picchu is as spectacular now as it was when discovered over 100 years ago.

Known to many as the gateway to Machu Picchu, the beautiful and historic city of Cusco showcases the best of architecture and art from a bygone era. Whether you want to make the trip from the comfort of a train or get your boots muddy on a trek up the mountains, the spectacular scenery and fascinating history of the region is beyond compare. Shrouded in mystery with 3,000 stone steps connecting the different levels of the vast ruins, watching the sun set over the surrounding mountains is one of the most unforgettable moments of any trip to South America.

things to do

  • Lasting a full day, a trip through the Sacred Valley is the best way to appreciate not only the gorgeous scenery, but also the incredible craftsmanship of the Inca people.
  • Adventure buffs can have a go at white water rafting in the rivers surrounding Cusco, with the winding Urubamba River one of the most popular.
  • A guided walk through the area is the best way to learn about the history and legends of the iconic Lost City of Machu Picchu.
  • Not for the faint hearted, climbing Huayna Picchu is something you’ll never forget, with the additional option of a detour to the impressive Moon Temple even more challenging.
  • The Inti Raymi Festival in Cusco celebrates the glory of the Inca heyday in full pomp. Be there each summer and witness history come to life.

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best time to visit

Year round

November to April is considered to be the wet season, while May to October is the dry season, though travel during any season is perfectly fine provided you are prepared for the weather. Cusco is busy all year round, but June to October and Christmas and New Year are the most popular times with tourists.

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