Cusco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire and is often described as the 'Archaeological Capital of the Americas'. The city is a fascinating blend of ancient Andean heritage, the colonial buildings of the Spanish conquest, and a plethora of bustling bars. It is this vibrant medley of past and present that create Cusco's intriguing charm and we think you'll end up staying here longer than originally planned.
Cusco stands at an altitude of 9,000ft and visitors may experience mild discomfort while adjusting to the thin air, so we recommend taking it easy for the first couple of days – perhaps now is not the time to hike to Machu Picchu. Instead, why not go on a city tour and explore the area's ancient Inca Ruins and Baroque churches. The large stone walls of Sacsayhuaman – meaning 'satisfied falcon' in Quechua – were built to overlook Cusco, guarding the capital of the empire below. Discover the 'Inca Baths' of Tambomachay, Qenqo Temple and the extreme Inca landscaping at Moray.

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