Everything You Need to Know About Cusco, Peru

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Cusco is an incredible place to visit to see one of the seven wonders of the world. It is the oldest city in South America with a continuous habitation for greater than 3000 years and is a must-do for every type of traveler. The city has deep cultural roots and the people of Peru are ready and willing to share it with you.

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Where to stay in Cusco, Peru

Monasterio, A Belmond Hotel, Cusco

Uncover the enchantment of Cusco from the sanctuary of a historic monastery turned luxury hotel, where tradition, luxury, and sacred beauty converge.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Cusco

Centuries-old Cusco mansion that embraces Peruvian culture with modern conveniences.

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  • Complimentary round-trip private airport transfers

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Palacio Nazarenas, A Belmond Hotel, Cusco

Refined all-suite property in a converted convent with high-end living quarters.

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  • Complimentary 50 minute massage.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Things to do in Cusco, Peru

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  • Machu Picchu is the main pull to Cusco. Take a day or two to visit this historical site of Incan culture.

  • Visit Sacsayhuaman ruins as the ancient Incan capital.

  • Plaza de Armas is the main square in Cusco to visit and observe the culture of Peru. Wander around the neighborhood of San Blas.

  • Take a free walking tour of the entirety of Cusco.

  • Visit the Mercado Central de San Pedro for a day full of shopping and local bites.

Places to eat & drink in Cusco, Peru

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Three Monkeys Coffee Company for an amazing cup of coffee paired with a sweet or savory bite, no matter what you are in the mood for. Aulita Restaurant will make you a great cup of coffee or a delicious cocktail if you so wish. Pair your coffee with a delicious arepa with the freshest of ingredients. Grab an acai bowl at Qura or any type of bowl you are in the mood for. It is a small shop so be sure to get there early.


Pachapapa for traditional Andean cuisine.

Cicciolina is directly off the main square perfect for a tapas style meal with an extensive wine menu.

Limo is a unique combination of Peruvian-Asian seafood dishes to be paired with a Pisco-based cocktail.

If you are looking for a funky place to grab a delicious steak, Fallen Angel is your perfect spot.

No Cusco recommendations would be complete without suggesting an immersive experience at MIL Centro, a sister restaurant to the top restaurant in the world. You will not regret having a lunch pairing at this incredible restaurant in the middle of the Andes mountains.

Need to Know

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