Capital of the Inca
Empire, Cuzco is a perfect base for Andean adventures.
Grand church on the Cuzco Plaza
Many of the colonial buildings are built
over incredible stonework foundations of the Incan Empire.
Indian woman sell their wares in the streets including
handicrafts made of colorful cloth, weavings and pottery.
Sample the cuisine of this region which includes many
novel dishes made from over 200 different kinds of potato,
including black potatoes with a creamy consistency.
Our preferred hotels in Cuzco are the elegant
Monasterio, more centrally located
Posada del Inca and moderately priced or Los
Apus Hostal our least expensive option with
a guesthouse atmosphere.
Plan on a day or two to acclimate to Cuzco's
10,800 ft. altitude. This time is perfect for strolling
through the historic city. The narrow 15th century Inca
roads, alleyways and stone walls, majestic Cathedrals
and ancient Incan ruins are not to be missed. A visit
to the colorful market town of Pisac and the historic
Ollantaytambo make a great day trip from Cuzco. There
are plenty of nearby ruins and sites worth visiting before
moving on to Machu
us to include Cusco in your next adventure in Peru.