Start off your adventure in the archaeological hub city of Cusco/Cuzco while you acclimate to the altitude and prepare yourself for the heights of Machu Picchu above. This ancient, continuously occupied city will fascinate with its historical buildings such as the must-see architecture of the Plaza de Armas, uniquely situated with the surrounding mountains as its backdrop. The plaza morphed from being the center of activity for the Incas as well as the Spanish conquistadors, to being a hot-spot for tourists looking for souvenirs, restaurants and nightlife. Keep an eye out for taking the iconic photo with a Peruvian alpaca, adorned in colorful accessories, being walked around by local ladies who will take the photo for you for a tip. Another must-see landmark in Cusco is the grand and impressive Cusco Cathedral, built in the 1500s on top of an ancient Inca palace, exhibiting a unique combination of Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance styles.
Cuzco, a vibrant city in Peru!
Cultural vacation in Cuzco