Cusco Peru

  • This is the revered former home of the Incan Empire from the 13th to the 16th century in Southeastern Peru and was the largest kingdom in the world at the time,
  • The sacred 15th century Incan citadel known as Machu Picchu overlooked the Sacred Valley.
  • Baroque and Gothic Renaissance-style architecture blend throughout the region with stonework and structures built by the Incas centuries ago.
  • Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.
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In the Heart of the Peruvian Andes

Immensely rich with the physical reminders of the Incan Empire, Cusco Valley’s sacred land is widely considered important to the archaeology of the Americas. The valley was first carved centuries ago by the Urubamba River. This historical capital in Peru was the heart of civilization from the 13th to the 16th centuries and because it houses so many ancient churches, plazas, and Renaissance structures, the city was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To visit this meaningful region is to step back in time. Now you can experience it all within the comfort and luxury of our award-winning accommodation options with Belmond Hotels.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ)
  • Elevation
    11,152 feet
  • Climate
    Subtropical Highland
  • Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi)
    June

Fresh Things to Do

Featured Activity


  • Ethereal Visit to Machu Picchu

    Few travelers to Cusco come this far across the world without visiting Machu Picchu, the Inca citadel that spans more than five miles at an elevation about 7,900 feet. Dating back to the 15th century, this emerald green spot in the valley is positively ethereal. Dry-stone walls, mortar, brick, and moss make up the varying levels of the structure, lending it an otherworldly feel.

    It remains unknown exactly what Machu Picchu served as when it was first built but many historians theorize that it belonged to an Incan emperor as part of a larger estate. Today, visitors can come face to face with the structures three main parts; the Temple of the Sun, the Room of the Three Windows, and the Inti Watana.

    Multiple tour outfitters provided customized trips for Machu Picchu’s visitors. You can arrive by private van, hike the long trails, or hire a luxury tour operator that combines biking, rafting, and ziplining during your route to Machu Picchu. Ask your hotel concierge to arrange an outfitter that best suits your group’s needs.

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Travel Tips

Weather


  • Forecasting Your Cusco Valley Vacation

    For most of the year, it’s safe to say that the temperatures in Cusco stay in the mid- to upper 60s. Because of the city and surrounding valley’s high elevation above sea level, packing a variety of clothing layers for the evenings is important as temperatures can dip dramatically. Rainy season typically ranges from late November through April and May through August are known as the drier months.

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Map of Cusco Valley, Peru

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