Cusco

Overview

From Andrew Harper

Once the imperial capital of the Incas, Cusco is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Western Hemisphere and possesses a charming mixture of the Inca and Spanish colonial cultures. From the surrounding hills, you look down on a harmonious array of sienna-colored buildings grouped around a series of plazas, including the Plaza de Armas (or Huacaypata) that was once the ceremonial center of the Inca Empire. Cusco’s historic district also remains a popular place for processions, especially during Easter Week and Corpus Christi.

Hotels

All recommended hotels in Cusco

Cusco, Peru
Hotel Monasterio
Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Grand hotel housed within a converted 16th-century monastery situated just a short stroll from the Plaza de Armas.

Inkaterra La Casona
Inkaterra La Casona

Delightful hideaway within one of Cusco’s most important early colonial buildings near the Plaza de Armas.