The Inca ‘navel of the Universe’.
Cuzco a picturesque, highland town was once the centre of the Inca Empire, before being conquered by the Spaniards who built their churches and houses upon Incan ruins.
Our local guides will bring the Inca sites of Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo alive with the stories of their blood-thirsty ancestors. It’s also a great place for “pigging”(or should that be guinea pigging!) out on Peruvian highland cuisine or meeting the colourful locals in the daily markets where you can barter for local arts and crafts or simply people watch.
Cuzco is also a gateway to the Sacred Valley, carved by the Urubamba River through rocky gorges and fertile valleys. The Incas built towns and forts in spectacular locations such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo. For the more adventurous we can take you horse riding, trekking or mountain biking through the countryside or even paragliding or hot air ballooning over the Inca terraces.
For that authentic experience stay with local families or if you need pampering, why not just relax in one of the fabulous spa hotels.
Start your trek or jump on the Vistadome or luxurious Hiram Bingham trains from either Cuzco or the Sacred Valley to visit Machu Picchu.
One for the bucket list
When to go: All year round (The Inca Trail is usually closed Jan-Mar)