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Cusco, often spelled as Cuzco, is a city that sits about 3,400 meters above sea level in the Peruvian Andes. It was once the capital of the Inca Empire, enduring the rise of the empire in the 13th century and its fall following the Spanish invasion in the early 1500s.

The city continues to be adorned with Inca temples and Baroque structures, making it the Historical Capital of Peru and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now, more and more people are touring Cusco as the city is more than just a gateway to the popular Machu Picchu.

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What To See In And Around Cusco?

Cusco travel packages can vary depending on your interests and preferred activities. The city has, over the years, evolved and adapted to modern times while preserving its rich history. It now offers a variety of accommodations to suit different tastes and budgets. Food in Cusco, of course, features authentic Peruvian dishes and other popular foreign cuisines.

Getting down to business, there are several things to do in Cusco to last over a day trip. Being popular for its historic architecture and landmarks, here are some of the most popular attractions in and around the city:

How To Get To Cusco?

Flying from Lima to the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Though it is considered an international airport, the facility services limited international flights, apart from regular domestic flights from other parts of Peru.

Cusco can also be accessed through scenic bus trips from Lima and other main Peruvian cities such as Puno and Arequipa. Several Cusco tour operators have further information on these bus trips, which can take up an entire day depending on the routes.

When Is The Best Time For A Cusco Trip?

The city of Cusco has a subtropical highland climate, with two seasons – dry and wet. The dry season spans May to August, while the wet season extends from December to March.

In terms of temperature, Cusco adventures can be carried out over the year given the city’s temperate climate.

Based on these information, it’s best to visit Cusco between its dry period of May to August and prepare for a relatively colder weather, as well as the influx of other tourists during this peak season.

Are You Ready For A Cusco Visit?

It’s important to prepare for your Cusco trip, dress appropriately and have the right gear for your activities, be it the Inca trail trek or a simple city exploration. The city is a hub to several other locations and tours can span a full day tour to several days so carry your own water bottle to have regular access to drinking water.

This travel guide has some helpful tips for Cusco tourists:

  • Safety – While the city is regularly plied by tourist police, particularly in popular destinations, it never hurts to be cautious and careful with your belongings.
  • Internet – The city has stable connection. There are enough establishments with Wi-Fi should you need to go online for any reason.
  • ATMs – Cusco has plenty of ATMs where you could withdraw Peruvian soles and US dollars. You can also exchange foreign currency through banks and street money changers.

Where To Go After Cusco?

While Cusco region is, without a doubt, one of the top travel destinations in South America, many other parts of Peru are also worth visiting. Where to go and what to do after your Cusco exploration? Here are some of the most notable sights in Peru:

  • Check out Lima’s beaches and ruins
  • Visit the Colca Canyon in Arequipa
  • Surf at Chicama in Peru’s North Shore
  • Cruise over the Lake Titicaca in Puno
  • Trek through Ica’s Cañon de los Perdidos
  • Marvel at spectacular view of the Gocta Falls in Chachapoyas

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