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Cuzco is the former capital of the Inca Empire. Its narrow, cobbled streets are filled today with inquisitive explorers, here to discover the Inca Palaces, ornate colonial churches and soak up the unique atmosphere of this staggeringly beautiful city. 
The oldest inhabited city in Latin America, Cuzco is perched at 3,399 metres high in the Andes. Throughout the city are reminders of the ingenuity of the Inca masons, whose groundwork lay the bulky and robust foundations of this UNESCO World Heritage City. It has stood the test of time, albeit it with a few minor adaptations to cater to the needs of 21st century tourists.
Surrounding Cuzco there are a multitude of different archaeological sites that have also been preserved as a symbol of the dominance of the Incas. Inca Pachucuti was apparently the brains behind the dominating fortress of Sasayhuaman that overlooks the city.

There are also ample trekking, cycling, horseback riding and other outdoor based activities alongside the many archaeological sites, allowing you to delve into the beautiful and traditional local communities that are often overlooked. 

It is from Cuzco that the train or trek to Machu Picchu starts.  Most people will spend a day in Cuzco before heading up to the hills and then spend a few more to relax after their expedition.

Enjoying the best of Cuzco

Cuzco is a wonderful and vibrant city that should be enjoyed at leisure. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a foodie or an adventurer looking to explore the areas that surround the city, you will have a wonderful time in Cuzco. On an evening you could head to a local pisco bar and try the native fiery cocktail, delicious pisco sourz!

Where to stay

There are many hotels around Cuzco that cater to every taste and budget. Here at South America Odyssey we tend to prefer the centrally-located characterful options that are built in renovated colonial mansions or former Inca palaces.

Top tips

Include at least one free afternoon to wonder around the cobbled streets and maybe make your way to San Pedro market to try some local cuisine.


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