Cusco stands at an altitude of 9000ft 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
After getting your fill of historic sites, it's time to taste
the food and drink on offer. Head to the Chocolate Museum - the
Choco Museo - and taste delicious delicacies such as cacao tea,
fondue and iced chocolate. There is even the opportunity to make
your own chocolate and the museum runs a range of Peruvian cooking
classes for the foodies amongst you. During your stay make sure to
try the choclo con queso, a regional strain of corn on the cob
topped with cheese and chili sauce.
At night, the historic streets are alive with a younger crowd,
eager to see whether Cusco lives up to its title as Peru's party
capital. There are a plethora of bars and clubs on offer and the
best bit is that you can get a buzz on a budget.