Nestled high in the Andes Mountains, Cuzco is an iconic Peruvian city - at one time capital of the Incan Empire. One of South America’s oldest cities, there's a wealth of rich heritage to be discovered within the cobbled streets. Colonial Spanish history has been layered over ancient Incan history, and this intricate weaving is present everywhere you wander - in colonial architecture built atop Incan walls; in the fusion of cultures and traditions; in the meticulous Inca city structure, now littered with baroque churches and colonial palaces.
You’ll spend your Cuzco holiday uncovering this remarkable blend of cultures and pasts. Wander La Catedral, a baroque church built on the remains of a vast Incan Temple, and one of Peru’s most stunning churches. Relax on a bench in Cuzco’s Plaza de Armas, along with the Quechua-speaking locals, descendants of the Incas. Peruse the ancient artefacts of Museo Machu Picchu, gaining fascinating insights before you embark on your Machu Picchu tour. Reflect on your day's discoveries during warm evenings in one of Cuzco’s world-class restaurants or beautiful hotels.
The gateway to your legendary Machu Picchu travel
The gateway to the Sacred Valley and all of its secrets, Cuzco is the starting point for a plethora of Machu Picchu tours. Spend a few days exploring the city, delighting in its historical intrigue and culinary stars, before embarking on an epic Machu Picchu adventure.
We organise an array of tours, whether you want to sit back and take in spectacular vistas aboard a luxurious train from Cuzco or fancy a challenging, yet rewarding, hike along the ancient Inca trail. Days will be spent climbing through lush Andean valleys, evenings huddled around a campfire, surrounded by snow-tipped peaks.
Experts in crafting bespoke itineraries and incredible multi centre holidays, we’ll arrange a South American adventure you’ll never forget. Get in touch with one of our Destination Specialists today.
Great sample itineraries
Journey from Peru’s ancient wonders to Ecuador’s incredible wildlife. Samba through Brazil before heading to the steamy Amazon jungle. Whatever you’ve been dreaming, we can make it happen - and more.
Tour To Peru And Ecuador
Lima To Rio De Janeiro Tour
Peru Inca Trail Tour
Luxury Train From Cusco To Machu Picchu
Inca Trail To Machu Picchu Guided Tour
Our favorite hotels
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“Cuzco is high up in the Peruvian Andes Mountains and you may need to take some time to adjust to the altitude - drink plenty of water, take altitude sickness medication if necessary and lay off the alcohol for the first few nights.”
“The San Pedro market is a spectacle you’ll want to witness while you’re in Cuzco, packed with fruit, vegetable and meat stands. Products are displayed in the open air so get there early to make sure you buy the freshest items.”
Events & Festivals
Cuzco’s festivals are a blur of colour, dancing and music. With a long and storied history, there are many festivals that have taken place for hundreds of years. A perfect time to experience authentic culture, plan your Cuzco holiday to coincide with a festival.
Inti Raymi, Cuzco
Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) takes place annually on 24 July, in honour of the revered Incan Sun God, Inti. Celebrated since 1412, the festival draws thousands of locals and international travellers to Cuzco. The celebration sees dancing, singing, lavish feasts and elaborate cultural re-enactments at the Incan archaeological site Sacsayhuaman.
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