Guide to Cusco

Holiday Guide to Cusco

The Ancient Inca Capital

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RealWorld Guide to Cusco: Living History

Cusco is the ancient Inca Capital, and is absolutely jammed full with history and culture. It feels like every other doorway leads to a colonial mansion and every other wall is original Inca stonework. Most importantly of all, though, Cusco is a living city; although there are fabulous museums to visit and historical sites to explore, the city hasn't been 'mothballed' - the buildings and streets the Incas used are still in use today.

Cusco doesn’t share the grid-layout common to the centre of most Peruvian cities. This is mainly a historical legacy of its heyday as the capital of the Inca Empire – in fact the whole city was originally laid out in the shape of a jaguar – an animal which signified power and strength to the Incas. The Plaza is still the heart of the city as it was under the Incas and has the impressive Cathedral on one side and the smaller Iglesia La Compañia on another. The other two sides have pretty colonial arcades mainly housing shops and restaurants.

Away from the square, you can enjoy the bohemian San Blas quarter, the cobbled pedestrianised streets, or head a little further out of town to explore the fantastic Inca sites just outside the city itself, such as the fortress of Sacsayhuaman which is just a short walk up into the hills.

Holidays and Tours in Cusco

All our holidays and tours of Cusco can be 100% tailor-made, so just get in touch to plan your trip to Cusco.
Peru holiday with a trip to Cusco Inca Heaven 12-day holiday in Peru for £1495pp

This classic holiday in Peru's Inca heartland includes quality time in Cusco, as well as tours of the Sacred Valley and the lost city of Machu Picchu, plus a trip through the Andes to the shores of the beautiful Lake Titicaca ...

Holiday in Peru's Amazon rainforest and Machu Picchu Andes to Amazon 14-day holiday to Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Amazon for £1995pp

This two-week holiday in Peru combines tours of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu with a stay at one of our favourite Amazon rainforest lodges ...

Holidays to Cusco, Rio and Machu Picchu Three Wonders 14-day Holiday to Lima, Rio, Machu Picchu & Iguazu Falls for £2250pp

Three wonders in two weeks! From Cusco we'll explore mysterious Inca ruins at Machu Picchu, marvel at the Iguazu Falls and let your hair down in fabulous Rio de Janeiro ...

Peru and Bolivia Holidays Altiplano Explorer 18 days on holiday in Peru, Bolivia & Chile for £2895pp

Explore the stunning highlands of Peru, Bolivia and Chile on this holiday to South America. Includes Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Atacama Desert and the Salar de Uyuni ...

Tailor-made Tours of Cusco

Bespoke Tours of Cusco

All our holidays in Peru are 100% tailormade, so if you'd like to customise any of the itineraries you see above, or just start from scratch then get in touch and let us know - we'll be delighted to help you plan your perfect bespoke tour of Cusco.

Facts about Cusco (Cuzco)

Did you know?

Cusco doesn't share the grid layout of most Peruvian cities because it still holds to its original Inca street plan, which laid out the city in the shape of a Jaguar – an animal which signified power and strength to the Incas.