Called the ‘belly button of the world’ by the Inca and the capital of their great empire, the city of Cusco today is Peru’s most popular and culturally-rich destination. Here, the history is layered on top of itself quite literally, many of the landmark colonial buildings built on the foundations of old Incan architecture. The high number of indigenous people who still call Cusco home means the streets are still alive with their original Quechua culture, the bright colours of traditional dress vivid on every street corner. Beyond Cusco is the Sacred Valley of the Incas, flanked by the rugged Andes and dotted with villages, Inca engineered terraces and ruins. Then of course, there’s Machu Picchu…

Cusco at a Glance

We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Cusco:

GMT -5
time difference
12 hours
flight time
348,935
population
Machu Picchu
famous landmark
Cuy
local food
Winter
best time to visit

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