Cuzco

 

Cuzco is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in southeastern Peru.

It is both a former capital of the Inca Empire and beautiful living city with well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture — evidence of a rich and complex history.

The city is surrounded by a number of ruins, the most impressive being Sacsayhuaman, the site of the 1536 battle in which dozens of Pizarro’s men charged uphill to battle the forces of the Inca.

Nowadays, Cuzco is known for its indigenous population (often seen on the streets in traditional clothing) and its substantial traveler-fueled night life.

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Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
 

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Tupackers Hostel

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Tupackers Hostel offers pet-friendly accommodation in Cusco. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Certain units feature a seating area for your convenience. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Average score from 918 guest reviews: 7.8/10.

$6

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The Luxe Cusco Hostel

Located in the Cusco City Centre district in Cusco, 100 metres from Cusco Main Square, The Luxe Cusco Hostel features a barbecue and views of the city. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Some rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 22 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$10

 
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Casa Hostal Tambo del Inti

Casa Hostal Tambo del Inti is situated in Cusco, 1.3 km from Coricancha and 1.4 km from Santo Domingo Church. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. The rooms have a private bathroom. Casa Hostal Tambo del Inti features free WiFi . Average score from 226 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$13

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Cusco Pakcha

Offering a sun terrace and views of the garden, Cusco Pakcha is set in the Cusco City Centre district in Cusco, 200 metres from Hatun Rumiyoc. Every room includes a flat-screen TV. A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 5.8/10.

$26

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Apartamentos Quewe

Apartamentos Quewe is set in Cusco, 300 metres from Hatun Rumiyoc. San Blas Church is 300 metres from the property. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodation comes with a flat-screen TV. Average score from 87 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$70

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
La Escala Bed and Breakfast

La Escala Bed and Breakfast

La Escala Bed and Breakfast is located in the Cusco City Centre district in Cusco, a few steps from Coricancha. All rooms have a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. Average score from 291 guest reviews: 9.4/10.

$25

$259.4
Cusco Magico 2 - Aparthotel Condominio Ingenieria II

Cusco Magico 2 - Aparthotel Condominio Ingenieria II

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Cusco Magico 2 - Aparthotel Condominio Ingenieria II offers accommodation in Cusco. Every room includes a flat-screen TV with cable channels and DVD player. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$21

 
$219.3
Hotel Casa Fierro Cusco

Hotel Casa Fierro Cusco

Hotel Casa Fierro Cusco is situated in the Cusco City Centre district in Cusco, 500 metres from Central Market. Each room includes a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms have a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$41

$419.3
Imperial Inn

Imperial Inn

Set in Cusco, Imperial Inn is 700 metres from Central bus station. Coricancha is 1.1 km away. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The accommodation features a TV with cable channels. There is also a kitchen, equipped with a microwave. Average score from 947 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$30

$308.7
Wayta Inn

Wayta Inn

Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a terrace, Wayta Inn offers accommodation in Cusco, 3.6 km from Central bus station. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 138 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$36

$368.7
Wayra Dreams

Wayra Dreams

Wayra Dreams offers accommodation in Cusco. All rooms have a flat-screen TV with cable channels. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom fitted with a shower. Wayra Dreams features free WiFi throughout the property. Average score from 337 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$22

$228.6
Old Town

Old Town

Offering a sun terrace, Old Town is set in Cusco, 300 metres from Inka Museum. Religious Art Museum is 400 metres away. Free WiFi is provided . All units have a seating and dining area. Average score from 201 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$32

$328.6
Allin Puñuy

Allin Puñuy

Allin Puñuy is set in Cusco, 400 metres from San Blas Church. Allin Puñuy features free WiFi throughout the property. A flat-screen TV with cable channels is featured. You will find a shared kitchen at the property. Average score from 38 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$25

$258.5
Hostal Francis

Hostal Francis

Featuring free WiFi, Hostal Francis offers accommodation in Cusco, 700 metres from Central Market. Each room is fitted with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Average score from 28 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$45

$458.4
Hospedaje Ancascahuana

Hospedaje Ancascahuana

Featuring free WiFi and a year-round outdoor pool, Hospedaje Ancascahuana offers pet-friendly accommodation in Cusco. You will find free shuttle service at the property. Bike hire is available at this homestay and the area is popular for fishing. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$30

$308.3
Tierra del Inka

Tierra del Inka

Situated 200 metres from Inka Museum in Cusco, Tierra del Inka features free WiFi access and private parking. All rooms have a flat-screen TV. The rooms come with a private bathroom. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Average score from 27 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$48

$488.3
Family Home

Family Home

Family Home is located in Cusco, 600 metres from Central bus station. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Family Home features free WiFi throughout the property. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Average score from 462 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$25

$258.0
Hospedaje Cusquito

Hospedaje Cusquito

Located in Cusco, this apartment features free WiFi and a patio. The unit is 400 metres from Central bus station. There is a seating area and a kitchenette. A flat-screen TV is offered. Coricancha is 1. Average score from 137 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$35

$358.0
La Casita de Maite

La Casita de Maite

Featuring free WiFi, La Casita de Maite is set in Cusco, 500 metres from Central Market. All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. The rooms are fitted with a shared bathroom. Average score from 131 guest reviews: 7.7/10.

$30

$307.7
Hostal Suecia 2

Hostal Suecia 2

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hostal Suecia 2 is situated in Cusco, 300 metres from Cusco Main Square. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$24

 
$247.4
Apartamentos Hatunquilla

Apartamentos Hatunquilla

Offering a terrace and views of the city, Apartamentos Hatunquilla is located in Cusco in the Cusco Region, 1.7 km from Central bus station. Coricancha is 1.7 km away. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$25

$257.4
Cusco Magico 5 - Departamento Condominio Ingenieria 2

Cusco Magico 5 - Departamento Condominio Ingenieria 2

Set in Cusco, this apartment features free WiFi. The apartment is 2.4 km from Central bus station. The kitchen has a dishwasher and an oven. A flat-screen TV is featured. Coricancha is 3. Average score from 275 guest reviews: 7.4/10.

$30

$307.4

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Cultural
Historic Landmarks

World Heritage Site

Situated in the Peruvian Andes, Cuzco developed, under the Inca ruler Pachacutec, into a complex urban centre with distinct religious and administrative functions. It was surrounded by clearly delineated areas for agricultural, artisan and industrial production. When the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century, they preserved the basic structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city.
Museums

Museums and galleries

Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo
-- located in the Municipal Palace at Plaza Regocijo. Has exhibitions of contemporary art. Admission with the boleto turistico
Museo Historico Regional
-- located in the home of the Inca historian Garcilaso de la Vega. Many paintings from the 17th and 18h century.
Museo del Centro de Textiles Tradicionales de Cusco
-- A beautiful (and free) museum inside El Centro's textile store featuring a gallery containing displays of traditional Quechuan and Andean textiles. The museum explains the historical significance of textiles and the techniques by which they are made. A must-see, and visitors can buy the traditional textiles as they come in. A large majority of the money goes to the women who produce them, and the textiles are of much higher quality than the synthetic and machine-woven textiles found throughout the city.
Museo del Sitio del Qoricancha
-- With information about the different pre-Columbian cultures and fragments of ceramics and textiles of the Inca culture. A very small museum, the showcase room includes three mummies and skulls modified by the Incas with holes or sloped foreheads. Allow an hour to an hour and a half. English explanations are present but lacking.
Museo de Arte Popular
-- Located in the basement of the OFEC office. Displays a collection of popular art.
Sacred, Magical and Medicinal Plantas Museum
-- The Museum of Sacred, Magical and Medicinal Plants is a privately owned museum established in 2011 as a non-profit organization. The mission of the Museum is to contribute to the conservation of the vegetal wealth of the Amazon and the Andes of South America, in particular those plants that contribute to human well-being, and the associated indigenous traditional knowledge on the medicinal, ritual and shamanic use of plant resources. Admission is 15 soles.
ChocoMuseo, Calle Garcilaso
-- A museum and chocolate factory explaining the history of cacao (free) and offering chocolate workshops (not free) as well as cacao farm tours (not free). Different recipes from around the world are available all made with chocolate from the factory located inside the cacao and chocolate museum. Great artisanal and organically sourced hot chocolate. Admission is free.
Combination
Archeological Sites
Cuzco was the center of Inca Civilization. As a result, the city and surrounding Sacred Valley are filled with extraordinary archeological sites. Among those in or near Cuzco itself are:
Sacsyhuaman
The closest and largest of these ruins is the amazing Inca ruins high above Cuzco. It is a steep climb from the Plaza de Armas up Plateros street which changes to Saphi. Look for the long staircase on the right, follow the paved curvy road up to the next cobblestone pedestrian path and follow this climb past the first closed control point to the second control.
Qoricancha
The Sun Temple was the central site of worship for the Incas. Like so many other testimonies of fantastic Inca architecture, it was severely devastated by the conquistadores, the Spanish conquerors, who built their Christian church, Santo Domingo, on top of the ruins. Yet most of the bottom part of the temple is fairly well preserved and makes the site worth several hours of your time.
Qenko
Its name means "Zig-Zag" in Quecha, and probably refers to the Zig-Zag channels carved into a rock. Explore the pass through cave and view the altar on which llamas were sacrificed. A large erect stone is the solar calendar. On each side of the stone is a square wall two stones high. Each stone is representative of a number of days, the total is the total days in the year. Opposite the stone are the familiar windows in which mummies and human remains were discovered.
Pukapukara (red fort)
Named after the red hue of the hillsides nearby. A larger site than Q'enqo, the guides have more to say about this site. It was likely a checkpoint or military control. Offerings of coca leaves amongst other things were received here.
Also of Interest:
Combination
Parks, Gardens, Zoos
Scenic Local Market
Natural
Rafting
Alpine Mountains
Hiking and Trekking

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