Once the capital of the Incan empire, Cusco is a beautiful city and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

If you’re planning on trekking the iconic Inca Trial to Machu Picchu you’ll probably already know about Cusco. It is important to spend some time at altitude, to acclimatise before embarking on your trek and most trekkers choose Cusco to do this. However, it really is a worthwhile destination in its own right.

Whether you explore the Museo Inka and Cusco Cathedral or take a day trip out to see the surrounding ruins. You will immediately be thankful you have a few extra days in the city.

The city is also full of beautiful shops and cafes, as well as lovely little stalls and shops where we stocked up on Peruvian hats, gloves and legwarmers. We came across a great breakfast spot called ‘Jack’s Café’ where you can have awesome cooked breakfasts – we highly recommend going there if you are in the area.

While in Cusco we stayed at a place called Hospedaje Turistico Recoleta and were happy with our experience there.

It was from Cusco that we departed to do our Inca Trail. The company we booked through ‘Llama Path’ are a local company and provided us with a fantastic experience.

Got any questions about Cusco? Leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to answer. Have a look at the gallery for a taste of what to expect on your trip.

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