Overview Cusco

Visiting Cusco

Despite the local guinea pig specialty, Cusco proffers a surprisingly sophisticated restaurant scene up high in the Peruvian mountains, complemented by Pisco Sours and coca tea (the latter helps with the elevation). Be sure to explore the nearby Sacred Valley and head further afield to famous Machu Picchu.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Cusco. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Cusco flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo. ... Read More
Despite the local guinea pig specialty, Cusco proffers a surprisingly sophisticated restaurant scene up high in the Peruvian mountains, complemented by Pisco Sours and coca tea (the latter helps with the elevation). Be sure to explore the nearby Sacred Valley and head further afield to famous Machu Picchu.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent visitor, a business traveler or a budget explorer, IgoUgo has all the travel-planning tools and resources you need to create a memorable vacation in Cusco. Read traveler reviews of the top hotels, restaurants, and things to do; browse amazing photos; ask for advice in our friendly travel forums; and find cheap Cusco flights and hotels. Then, after your trip is over, share your travel reviews, tips, and photos with friends and fellow travelers right here on IgoUgo.    Close

Stories and Tips Cusco

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Zigzaging from Q’enqo

Written by SeenThat on 27 Feb, 2011

Just one kilometer from Sacsayhuaman is Q’enqo, a large limestone structure carved with many steps leading to nowhere, or to a place that doesn’t exist anymore. This is a motif typical of huacas, sacred stones appearing in Inca worship places. Between these two sites, horses…Read More


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Old is the Future

Written by SeenThat on 10 Feb, 2011

Old is the FutureTalking with Andean denizens may be confusing. The very concept of time in Aymara and Quechua is strikingly different. Some time ago I was talking with a local friend about an event in her far past and she told me in Spanish:…Read More


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Tourist Tickets

Written by LenR on 27 Jul, 2009

There is so much to see in Cusco and in the surrounding area that the number of attractions almost becomes overwhelming. Some years ago someone had the thought of selling a combined ticket which would allow visitors to visit everything. It never quite worked like…Read More


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Streets

Written by LenR on 27 Jul, 2009

Some visitors use Cusco purely as a stopping point n the way to Machu Picchu but this is a mistake. One of the joys of this city is to explore the many narrow cobblestone streets with their colourful terra-cotta roofed buildings. If you are not…Read More


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Cusco Market

Written by seis on 15 May, 2007

Shopping Handicrafts in Cusco There are markets behind avenue de Sol all over Cusco. These markets are much cheaper than Lima, and will be worth the money to tote your souvenirs. Pisac Market is also great but not much cheaper than Cusco. This market is…Read More


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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Written by Barbara Colliander on 12 Dec, 2006

We are here! Machu Picchu, Peru! We couldn't believe that we had reached the place we had read about so often! The 5-day Inca Trail trek to get to the famous citadel was an equally wonderful adventure. Here follows our story.Arriving in Cusco on a…Read More


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Abandoned at the Chicharia

Written by lashr1999 on 22 May, 2006

Coming back from Ollantaytambo and heading back to Cusco we decided to ask our guide if he could take us to a Chicharia. The guide said he knew of one and would take us there since we were a good group. What is a Chicharia,…Read More


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Puka Pukara

Written by lashr1999 on 21 May, 2006

Puka Pukara is a historical Peruvian site that is found 4-5 miles away from Cusco on the road to Pisac. At first the site seems like a bunch of serpentine stucco walls encircling an overgrown garden of grass. However, you understand the significance of the…Read More


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The Cathedral

Written by lashr1999 on 21 May, 2006

The Cathedral was built on top of the foundation of Inca Wirachocha’s Palace. Stones from the Saqsaywaman site were used in its construction. The cathedral in Cusco is very impressive and ornate. It is surrounded by several chaples. In fact, you buy your ticket to…Read More


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David Choque

Written by eviet on 13 Mar, 2006

Group bus tours are about as appealing to me as joining a religious cult. It’s just not going to happen, especially when the oversized buses are roaring awkwardly along Cusco’s small ancient streets. But David Choque saved us from navigating Cusco and its surroundings all…Read More


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