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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.

Destination Highlights

  • Hike the Inca trail up to the misty and mystical Machu Picchu, or enjoy a scenic train ride from Cuzco
  • Gaze up at the ornate turrets and terraces of Cuzco’s baroque church, the Cathedral of Santo Domingo
  • Explore the remote mountain villages, colonial towns and Incan ruins of the Sacred Valley
  • Experience real Peruvian culture at Cuzco’s local markets, discovering an abundance of cuisine, textiles and traditional handicrafts

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.

Luxury Train From Cusco To Machu Picchu

  • 5 Days
  • Guide Price £3,399 PP
Join us on an exciting trip through Cusco and Machu Picchu aboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham Train. Set high up...
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Cultural holidays

Tour To Peru And Ecuador

  • 12 Days
  • Guide Price £5,099 PP
Discover the best that Peru and Ecuador have to offer when it comes to rich culture and local heritage. In...
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Adventure holidays
Pisac market Sacred valley Peru trip september

Lima To Rio De Janeiro Tour

  • 15 Days
  • Guide Price £6,299 PP
For an insight into South America in just two weeks, take our Highlights of South America tour. Visit the very...
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Multi centre holidays
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Peru Inca Trail Tour

  • 13 Days
  • Guide Price £5,599 PP
With its mix of native Indian and European cultures, Peru and the ‘Kingdom of the Sun’ encapsulates the essence of...
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Escorted tours holidays

Luxury Train From Cusco To Machu Picchu

  • 5 Days
  • Guide Price £3,399 PP
Join us on an exciting trip through Cusco and Machu Picchu aboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham Train. Set high up...
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Luxury holidays
Machu Picchu

Inca Trail To Machu Picchu Guided Tour

  • 4 Days
  • Guide Price £1,999 PP
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is the most popular and famous hike in all of South America – and...
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Escorted tours holidays

Machu Picchu And Rio De Janeiro Tour

  • 15 Days
  • Guide Price £6,999 PP
From the ancient mountain ruins of Machu Picchu to the dazzling beaches of Rio de Janeiro, South America has it...
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City holidays

Our favorite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

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Belmond Palacio Nazarenas Cusco

Hidden in the tranquil and historic Nazarenas Square behind Cusco’s main plaza, after years of restoration this former palace and...
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Guide Price £2,119
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Explore Cuzco

Time Zone

GMT -5

Flight Time

Approx 17 hours; flights are indirect via Lima


Peruvian sol (PEN)

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British citizens do not require a visa for travel to Peru.



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No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Peru.

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Barbara, Destination Specialist

“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.”

Destination Specialist
Nick, Senior Destination Manager

“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.”

Senior Destination Manager

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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