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Cusco is an enchanting city that show to all travelers the majesty of the Andean culture. Once the capital of the incredible and powerful Inca Empire, Cusco (also spelled Cuzco) has a unique charm that fascinates both, Peruvians and foreigners. Exquisite churches, interesting museums and narrow streets in the historic center deserve a few days to get discover.  All this, added to the impressive Inca ruins that you will find inside the city and in the hills that surround Cusco, will leave you with unique travel memories. Cultural, spiritual and adventure experiences characterize the whole Cusco region.

Cusco city is the jumping-off point for visits to Machu Picchu, the Inca Sacred Valley, The South Valley, the Rainbow mountain, Salkantay Mountain and the amazing and new Choquequirao remains.

Our Cusco Tours and packages have fixed daily departures with a small group. Also all Tours or excursions can be completely customizable according to your needs, date and budget.

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    What is the best time to visit Cusco Peru?​

    Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley have just two seasons – wet (summer) and dry (winter).
    The best time to visit Cusco is from June to September (Winter or dry Season). June and July are the driest months but also the coldest with temperatures sometimes dropping below zero. Average temperatures during the dry season vary from zero degrees to 25 degrees during the day.

    Why is Cusco famous?

    The city of Cusco is known for being the starting point to visit the incredible lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu and for being the ancient capital of the Inca empire.

    Is Cusco the same as Machu Picchu?

    Cusco and Machu Picchu are located in the same region (Cusco region) and are like two sides of the same coin.
    To get to Machu Picchu you first have to arrive to the city of Cusco.

    The city was the capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th century until the 16th-century Spanish conquest. In 1983, Cusco was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO with the title “City of Cuzco”

    The name Cusco (Also called Cuzco) in the Quechua language means, “The navel of the world”.

    How long does it take to travel by train to Machu Picchu?

    The time of Travel by train  will depend on where you will board to your train:

    • From San Pedro train station, it will take around 4 hours and 40 minutes to arrive at Machu Picchu Pueblo.
    • From Poroy Train station, it will take around 3 hours and 40 minutes to arrive at Machu Picchu Pueblo.
    • From Ollantaytambo Train Station (Sacred Valley), it will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes to arrive at Machu Picchu Pueblo.
    How to go from Lima to Cusco?

    You can travel from Lima to Cusco by plane or by bus.

    • A flight from Lima to the city of Cusco takes approximately 1 hour 10′.
    • A bus trip from Lima to the city of Cusco takes about 20 hours.
    Which are the best Inca Ruins in Cusco city?
    1. Koricancha tempel (Sun tempel)
    2. Plaza de Armas with Cathedral.
    3. Sacsayhuaman Fortress: Maybe the most important military base of the Inca Empire, and compared in greatness with the Roman Colosseum.
    4. Remains of Kenko, Puka pukara and Tambomachay
    Which are the best Inca Ruins around Cusco?
    • Ollantaytambo.
    • Maras
    • Moray
    • Tipon
    • Pisaq
    • Wiñay Wuayna
    • Choquekirao
    • Machu Picchu
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