Cusco - the former capital of the Inca Empire- carries the title of the Archeological Capital of America with pride. Cusco, literally means "navel" in the local Quechua language, and it certainly still fits this description today, as it is at the center of Andean culture. It is the gateway city to the Andes, from where you can easily visit countless sites such as the famous Machu Picchu, one of the most fascinating lost cities in the world. There is no other place in the whole continent where you can easily reach ruins of such an amazing culture which are still in a good condition. The contrast between autochthon and western, history and present, gives Cusco – the former capital of the Inca Empire its special beauty and charm, making it one of the most popular travel hubs of Latin America. Full of life, colors, typical images but also bars, museums, restaurants and cobbled stoned streets with small shops and friendly people this is a great travel destination you will most certainly enjoy!
An amazing Inca citadel located at 120 km of Cusco is considered to be one of the greatest marvels created by the man itself.
If you like outdoor rock climbing, this might be a thing for you. Every Sunday there is a climbing event right outside Cusco, organized by Chalex, a local climbing fan who has bought himself a rock
Scientists believe potatoes have originated from the Andes in Peru. Well over 100 potato cultivators can be found in just one valley in Peru! A lot of traditional Peruvian dishes have the potato as one of the main ingredients. One famous Peruvian dish is the wel known Papa a la Huancaína. Another famous example of Peruvian cuisine are 'Papas Rellenas'.
AMAUTA Spanish School
offers the opportunity to learn Spanish. The school uses many different teaching techniques as well as the chance to study in different locations such as Cusco, Sacred Valley or Tambopata.
The Volunteer Program
provides the unique opportunity to live and work in Cusco Peru.
You will experience first-hand the country's rich cultural diversity and its many-faceted heritage.
Get the Cusco Tourist Calendar to find out about local festival