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Cusco, Peru


Visit Cusco


Cusco is the prime destination for Peru holidays and it's unsurprising. Famous as the departure point for treks on the Inca Trail and trips aboard the luxury Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu, the city also boasts a wealth of Inca ruins, impressive colonial architecture, breathtaking scenery, great trekking options, beautiful textiles and handicrafts and some fabulous luxury hotels.

There are more sights than even the most enthusiastic traveller could hope to visit, but the highlights are surely the architecture of Qoricancha, the Inca walls around Plaza de Armas, the crafted pulpit of San Blas, the Cathedral, and the view from San Cristobal.

On a nearby hill are the remains of the ancient fortress, Sacsayhuaman, whose colossal zigzagging ramparts can be scaled. Designed like the teeth of a puma, the site comes alive for the colourful festival of Inti Raymi.


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Top itineraries in Cusco

Belmond Andean Explorer

Highlights of Peru by Rail

10-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £6,325 pp incl. flights

Travel in style across the Peruvian Andes, linking Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lake Titicaca by rail, including an unforgettable journey, and overnight stay, on the Belmond Andean Explorer.

Huillos, Sacred Valley, Peru

The Best of Peru: Colca Canyon, Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca

14-day tailor-made holiday from £5,140 pp incl. flights

Explore the very best of Peru, from Lima to Arequipa, the Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca. Then, head to the Andes to explore the ancient sites of Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, Puerto Maldonado

Discover the Amazon, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

12-day tailor-made holiday from £4,490 pp incl. flights

Between stays in the depths of the world’s largest rainforest and trips to ancient cities you’ll experience the very best of Peru.

Eagle Ray, the Galápagos

Wonders of Peru and the Galápagos

15-day tailor-made holiday from £9,015 pp incl. flights

Take in the unique history of Peru's archaeological treasures before flying out across the Pacific for a four-night cruise exploring the wildlife-rich islands of Ecuador's Galápagos.

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Top places to stay in Cusco

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco

Belmond Palacio Nazarenas, Cusco

Historic hotel

The stunning Belmond Palacio Nazarenas enjoys a superb location, tucked away in a peaceful plaza behind Cusco's historic main square. This former palace and convent has been lovingly restored and is now one of the city's most exclusive hotels.

Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco

Inkaterra La Casona, Cusco

Historic hotel

Once occupied by the conquistadors of Peru, this historic gem has been lovingly restored to its former glory.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco

Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco

Historic hotel

Located right beside Cusco's lively central square this former monastery and national monument dates from 1592. Owned by leaders in luxury Belmond, it's a sophisticated base in the historic heart of the city.

Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa, Cusco

Casa Cartagena Boutique Hotel & Spa, Cusco

Historic hotel

This UNESCO-listed gem combines the city’s heritage with contemporary sensibilities found in its indulgent spa, fine dining restaurant and designer interiors.

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Cusco articles

Machu Picchu, Peru

Just back from: Chile and Peru

Our travel specialist Emma recently returned from a nine-day tour of Chile and Peru. Read her in-depth review for an insight into her spectacular trip as well as advice if you're planning your own tailor-made holiday.

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