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Things to do in Cuzco

Cuzco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire

Cuzco is one of Peru’s most visited holiday destinations, thanks to its significant history as the capital of the Inca Empire during ancient times. It is also the most convenient starting point to Machu Picchu and other sites related to the Inca history and culture. The entire city has a well-preserved architecture that is interspersed with modern nightlife hubs and new attractions.

 

Things to do in Cuzco

 

Machu Picchu and the Inca heritage

Cuzco is one of the best gateways to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The world-famous attraction can be reached by train from the city of Cuzco. If you don’t have time to go out of the city, you can still visit other important Inca ruins within the city limits.

 

Cathedral of Cuzco

Another prominent attraction in the city is the Cathedral of Cuzco which presents a combination of late-Gothic and Baroque architecture. You will surely be impressed by its colonial goldwork and carved wooden altars.

 

Tour the city

If you want to see the hidden gems of the city, you may take a city tour with a guide or all by yourself. Marvel at different Inca and Spanish architectural works and learn more about the development of the city over the years.

 

Nightlife

As the sun sets, find restaurant or a bar where you can relax and meet new people. The nightlife in Cuzco is surprisingly vibrant and youthful despite the reminiscent vibe of the city.

 

When to go to Cuzco

The subtropical highland climate of Cuzco is divided into two distinct seasons. The dry season runs from April through October and is characterized by a sunny weather and occasional frost at night. The months of November to March compose the city’s wet season.   You can visit the city any time you wish because Cuzco offers different sceneries depending on the season. The rain keeps the land green and lush while the sunny weather allows for a more convenient sightseeing experience. There’s always things to do in Cuzco, no matter when you visit!

Cuzco Facts

Population358 935
CountryPeru
LanguageSpanish
CurrencyPeruvian Nuevo Sol
Longitude-71.972222
Latitude-13.525
AirportTeniente Alejandro Velasco Astete Intl, Peru (CUZ)

Cuzco average temperatures

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UNESCO-WORLD-HERITAGE-SITE

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Cuzco - City of Cuzco

Situated in the Peruvian Andes, the city of Cuzco was the centre of political, religious and administrative control of the Inca Tawantinsuyu imperial government. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical and cultural importance. Cuzco is a unique example of urban planning and architecture of the pre-Columbian era in South America, during the confluence two cultures, the Inca and the Hispanic.

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

Standing 2430 meters above sea level between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Basin, the Inca historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for is cultural and historical value. A popular way to visit Machu Picchu is going on the Inca Trail, a usually 4-day-long walking trip from Cusco, but there are trains, buses and taxis if that’s not what you are looking for!

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MARATHON

Inca Trail Marathon

The Inca Trail Marathon is an unofficial race that ranges from the ancient town of Cusco to the amazing lost city of Machu Picchu. Being held on high altitude and with lots of ups and downs in terrain, it is a really tough race. Maybe you’ll puke from exhaustion, but at least you will be doing it in an absolutely incredible surrounding.

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