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Cusco and the Sacred Valley Travel Guide

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Plan Your Cusco and the Sacred Valley Vacation

"Bienvenidos a la ciudad imperial del Cusco" announces the flight attendant when your plane touches down at a lofty 3,300 meters above sea level. "Welcome to the imperial city of Cusco." This greeting hints at what you're in for in Cusco, one of the world's great travel destinations.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Alpaca Clothing Nothing says "Cusco" quite like a sweater, shawl, poncho, or scarf woven from the hair of the alpaca.
  2. Andean Cuisine Where else in the world will you find roasted cuy (guinea pig) and alpaca steaks rubbing shoulders on fine-dining menus?
  3. Inca Architecture How did the Inca construct stone walls so precisely using 15th-century technology? How could they position a temple so it would be illuminated best at the exact moment of the solstice?
  4. Layered Religion Take a closer look at the walls—every Catholic church was built on the site, and often the foundation, of an Inca huaca, or sacred place.
  5. Hotels with History Cusco's hostelries brim with history. Many are former convents, monasteries, dwellings of sacred women, or palaces of Spanish conquerors.
  6. Sacred Playground The Sacred Valley is an adventurer's playground for hiking, biking, and rafting.

When To Go

When to Go

Cusco's high season is June through early September (winter in the southern hemisphere) and the days around the Christmas and Easter holidays. Win...

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