Cusco is the most important tourist city in Peru and in the world because it has innumerable natural and archaeological tourist destinations. It offers the visitor a spectacular historical, cultural, and natural heritage with a wide tourist offer for anyone who wants to reach the navel of the world.
Visiting the archaeological capital of America is the desire of every traveler to delve into the true essence of the Inca culture, return to the exact moment in which the apus and humans coexist, not only in the temples but also in their customs, daily life, in its crops and in its art, however the most important characteristic of this city is the friendliness and hospitality of its people.
There are many places worth exploring in Cusco, you can take several trips such as the Inca trail or a short trip to the mountain of colors to know the essence of what the Incas left us, you can visit ancient temples, incredible irrigation canals, extraordinary stone constructions, each town, reveals something amazing, as you can see when you visit the Sacred Valley and its towns.
In this practical guide, we will help you plan your trip and organize your itinerary in an easy and simple way. You will find reliable and updated information.
Best time to travel to Cusco
Cusco has two well-defined seasons (dry season and rainy season) however with the climate change that is being faced these two seasons are undergoing variations for which I recommend you always be prepared for any eventuality in the climate of Cusco.
Dry Season.- Starts from the month of April until the end of October
Rainy Season.- It starts from the month of November until the end of March.
How to get to Cusco?
To get to the imperial city there are three ways of access.
1.- By Air: taking the service of an airline is undoubtedly the fastest option to get to Cusco, however, due to the high demand for tourists, Cusco receives more than 500 national and foreign tourists daily, which is why it is advisable to carry out your reservations in advance
2.- By Land: To get to Cusco by land there are two routes, the first is the route Lima Chalhuanca Abancay Cusco in a time of approximately 20 hours of travel. The second route is Lima, Arequipa, Puno and Cusco is the longest route that lasts approximately 24 hours
3.- Via Railroad: The entrance to Cusco via railway through the so-called route of the sun that includes Arequipa, Puno and Cusco. The trip lasts 2 days through different places and ecological floors that are a delight for travelers.
Places to visit in Cusco?
Cusco has a wide variety of places to visit, mountains, snow-capped mountains, lagoons, archaeological sites and much more. This is a list of the places that you can take into account to visit them.
- Macchu Picchu
- Inca trail
- Rainbow Mountain
- Humantay Lagoon
- Maras and Moray
- Sacred Valley (Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chincheros)
- City tour Cusco (Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara)
- 7 Ausangate Lagoons
- Inti Punku
- Q’eswachaka (Inca bridge)
- South Valley (Tipon, Pikillacta, Raqchi)
- Thermal baths of Lares
- Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
- Inca Jungle Trek.
Gastronomy and Dishes and Typical in Cusco
Gastronomy in Cusco has its own peculiarity because in the imperial city you will only find unique dishes such as Chiriuchu, cream of corn, chuño soup, baked Cuy, Chicharrón, El Chairo, Kapchi de Zetas, Puchero among many more delicious dishes. that is tasted according to the time of the year. All these typical dishes can be found in the well-known Mercado San Pedro located three blocks from the main square of Cusco.
Accommodation in Cuzco
Before arriving in Cusco, the first thing you should consider is where you are going to stay. In Cusco, there is a wide variety of accommodation, hotels, hostels, and lodgings for all budgets and comforts. Most of the hotels are located near the historic center of the city, so it will not be very difficult to find one that suits your needs.
Be a responsible tourist
Cusco, being the arrival center of thousands of tourists, has the need to conserve and preserve archaeological sites, natural places, natural reserves for its sustainability over time. which is necessary to fulfill the following.
- Do not smoke or drink in places in the historic center of the city.
- Do not carry out any type of painting on the Inca walls inside and outside the city.
- Do not carry out any type of hunting of animals.
- Always carry your Identity document.