Welcome To Cusco & The Sacred Valley
Situated in the Andes Cordillera Peru, Cusco was deemed by the Incas as the belly button of the world, with dazzling temples, ancient Incan cities and access to famed Inca ruins. Cusco is only the gateway to Sacred Valley and beyond lies the continent’s biggest draw
Machu Picchu The 7th Wonder Of The World
Cusco or Cuzco: October 2017 updated information about Cusco geography, climate, maps, reviews, tips and holidays. Get a quick overview of important facts. The Incas deemed Cusco City as the navel of the world. Sure enough, a guided tour to Cusco will bring you back into the cosmic realm of ancient Andean culture. Cusco Peru is the place to dig and appreciate Inca culture. Cusco City (Inca capital) was the center of Inca religion and administrative life.
NOTE: Cusco is a Department/Region compose of 13 provinces with Cusco City being the capital of the Department/Region
Cusco magic awaits you on every corner of its cobblestone streets.
1Where is Cusco located?
The City of Cusco is located at 3,400 m above sea level, south of Lima (Peru’s capital) in the Huatanay valley fed by several rivers in the Central Peruvian Andes of South America. Under the rule of Inca Pachacuteq in the 13th century, Cusco City was occupied redesigned and remodeled and became the capital of the Inca Empire (Tawantinsuyu), that extended to the north to Colombia, the South to Bolivia, Chile and parts of Argentina and to the East much of present Brazil.
3Cusco Brief Summary:
2How to Get to Cusco?
There are two main ways: by plane or by bus. Majority of visitors opt the 1 hour flight versus the 19 hours bus ride.
Cusco is Peru’s most touristic city, the Alejandro Astete International airport only receives flights from Bogota, Colombia and La Paz Bolivia. All the domestic local flights come from Lima, Juliaca and Puerto Maldonado. The airport is just 15 minutes from the main Plaza de Armas (downtown Cusco) where most hotels and hostels are located.
4When to go
The best time to visit Cusco is in Winter to Fall weather (June to September). During this period Cusco (Departmento or Region) stays dry and sees very little rain, with a 70s sunny warmer temperatures throughout the day and very cold early morning and late evening. Peak tourist season starts from early May through July, this is due to the Incan festival Inti Raymi June 24th.
Getting around Cusco City the safest and best way is by taxi, an average taxi ride is 4 soles ($1.20 US Dollar) within downtown Cusco City and 4 to 8 soles to further out places. A ride from the main Plaza de Armas (most hotels and hostels are located here) to the airport is about 6 to 8 soles.
A good way to enjoy all the Incan attractions and places of interest is to map out your vacation plans before hand, so that you can enjoy the Andean spectacular landscapes along the way. With the help of our Cusco map gallery we invite you to discover and explore not only Machu Picchu’s main tourist destination, but also other places that give Cusco its uniqueness and individuality.
When planning travel to Cusco or Peru in general, you have to consider the different regions (Costa, Sierra, Amazon), weather and seasons so you can make informed decisions about where to go and what to pack.
Wet and Rainny
Sunny, Dry and Cold
Warmer & Cloudy
Cloudy & Rainy
Temperatures are slightly milder 64°F to 68°F (18°C-20°C) and 59°F (15°C) at night.
Warm temperatures 68°F to 77°F (20°C-25°C), and nights are often quite cold (near freezing)
Warm temperatures 64°F to 68°F (18°C-20°C), and nights are a bit cold.
Temperatures are slightly milder 64°F to 68°F (18°C-20°C) dropping only to 59°F (15°C) at night.
Jan - March - Summer Weather
April - June - Winter Weather
July - September - Fall Weather
October - December - Spring Weather
How to Get to Machu Picchu?
Majority of visitors use the train service and very few the bus ride due to the inconclusive road that ends 25 kilometers away from Machu Picchu.
To board the train you need to get to Poroy train station, 25 minutes from Cusco City by local taxi or colectivo. The ride time by train is 3 1/2 hours with a train stop at Ollantaytambo Station before arriving to Aguas Calientes. From Aguas Calientes you can take the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu citadel.
How to Get to Sacred Valley?
Visiting the Incas Sacred Valley can be accomplish from the Southern side of Cusco City via Pisac, Calca then Urubamba and from the Northern side of Cusco City via Chincheros, Maras Moray and then Urubamba.
You can reach by shared taxi (cost between 15 and 20 soles) or by bus (cost around 15 soles, $5 US dollars) or private taxi cost between 60 and 120 soles it depends on where you want to go. The ride takes about 1 1/2 hours.
Machu Picchu Ticket
Get your Machu Picchu Ticket ahead of time and save yourself some time & hassle. There are three kinds of Machu Picchu tickets, no matter if you are wanting to catch sight of the 7th wonder of world (Machu Picchu Sanctuary) or climb Wayna Picchu or Trek the Machu Picchu Mountain.
3 Types of Machu Pichu tickets:
Boleto Turistico or Cusco Tourist Ticket
You need to buy Boleto Turistico or Cusco Tourist Ticket that will allow you admission to many of the most popular attractions in Cusco and the surrounding region including archaeological sites and museums.
Cusco or to be exact Cusco City is an ancient Incan city formerly capital of the Inca empire that preserves the architectural majesty of the stone masonry on street walls, temples, houses, etc. Observe and admire the Saqsayhuaman Fortress with crafted stones weighting over 12 tons that you can not fit a needle in between each stone. Observe millenary Incan murals, like the 12 angle stone, you will not regret.
Tours Cusco offers a wide range of Incan attractions, exceptional customer service, knowledgeable staff, and a great time guaranteed.
Explore the Ollantaytambo Fortress at Sacred Valley, an archeological Incan site that dates back to 500 B.C. Other important sites like the Pisac market where Andean locals bring their handcrafted goods, get a glimpse of the Incan salt mines “Salineras” and then head to Maras Moray agricultural terraces to test crops on different climates.