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.

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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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Tambomachay

Written by lashr1999 on 19 May, 2006

Tambomachay, or Tambo de la Caverna, is about 15 minutes away from Cusco by bus. It’s name comes from two words from the Quencha language. Tampu means lodging and Machay means caves. The site itself has four terraces on a hill. The terraces…Read More


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Ollantaytambo

Written by lashr1999 on 19 May, 2006

Ollantaytambo is a town which is in the western part of the sacred valley. It takes about 2.5 hours to get here by bus from Cusco. What is amazing is that some of the Incan structures in town are still used today by people.…Read More


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Saqsaywaman

Written by lashr1999 on 21 May, 2006

Saqsaywaman is pronounced as "sexy woman" for those of us who are non-natives. The site was used both as a site of worship and a military fortress. The site of Saqsaywaman was completed in 1508. It took 50 to 60 years to complete. It is…Read More


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Aguas Calientes - aka Machu Picchu Town

Written by fallschirmhosen on 26 Apr, 2005

The closest town to Machu Picchu is Aguas Calientes, soon to be renamed Machu Picchu Town. The town is named after the hot springs located 10 minutes away. For a small fee, you can soak in the hot springs, though it can be…Read More


Adventure in Peru

Written by DannyBoy7559 on 26 Apr, 2003

Peru was fantastic and rates as one of the best holidays ever.…Read More


Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Written by astrid_travel on 07 Sep, 2002

The Sacred Valley is a beautiful area near Cusco, with interesting rural villages at intervals which it is worth taking time to explore. There are tours of the Sacred Valley offered in Cusco; however, i don't believe that it is necessary to join one…Read More


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Cuzco

Written by caoimhe on 18 Sep, 2002

Cuzco, ancient capital of the Incas is spectacular! Set in a valley surrounded by mountains! There are loads of tourists (aka gringos!) here so we fit straight in, especially as there are two Irish bars; Paddy O'Flaherty's and Rosie O'Grady's! We were fortunate to be in…Read More


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Guinea Pig's Revenge 1

Written by davidx on 26 Oct, 2005

I ate guinea pig. From what my friends on the trip who had tried one elsewhere had to tell me, it should have been a great experience, a wonderful taste with delicious crackly skin. If only! Mine was eaten at a foul roadside "restaurant." By…Read More


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Day 4: Trekkers' Hotel to Machu Picchu

Written by BOKI on 24 Nov, 2000

To see the sun rise over Machu Picchu, you'll need to wake up about two an a half hours before dawn, the time needed to reach Intipunku (the gate of the sun)being about two hours. To leave the hotel, you'll need to pass through a…Read More


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Day 3: Chaquicocha Camp to Trekkers' Hotel

Written by BOKI on 24 Nov, 2000

This part of the Trail is among the most beautiful, with original Inca stonework and two impressive tunnels leading toward the Third pass (3650m), which is approximately two hours of hiking away. On the other side of the pass are the wonderful Phuyu Pata Marca…Read More


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