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Cuzco Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Cuzco, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Spanish
Time Difference -6 hours
Currency Nuevo Sol
Voltage 220V

Located in south east Peru, Cuzco has an extraordinary amount to give, from the world-famous Machu Picchu, deep in the cloud forests, to the various markets around the city and incredible sites that are imbedded with history. Any trip to Cuzco would not be complete without trying any of the classical Peruvian cuisine around the city. Having been the capital of the Inca Empire, the history is ever present, and venturing around the city will leave every visitor amazed at every turn.

Highlights+
Gateway to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu (meaning ‘Old Mountain’ in Quechua) is positioned above the Urubamba River, giving sensational views of the valley below. Being one of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is the main attraction for many people visiting Cuzco, with stone carved with impeccable precision to create many structures, from phenomenal temples to stone staircases. The 43-kilometre-long Inca Trail leads to Machu Picchu, and is Peru’s busiest trekking route, with hikers walking along the stone paved trail to reach the mountain, which is positioned far into the cloud forest.

History

Having previously been the capital of the Inca Empire (1438-1533), Cuzco is full of astonishing history, including one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu. Situated in the countryside, north west of the city, it had been a secret for hundreds of years, prior to Hiram Bingham’s rediscovery of the site. Río Urubamba Valley, otherwise known as Sacred Valley, encompasses 100 kilometres of land and is full of breathtaking Inca ruins.

Luxury Train Travel

Belmond has two incredible trains that travel through Cuzco. Belmond Hiram Bingham takes passengers from Cuzco to Machu Picchu in around three-and-a-half hours, allowing passengers to indulge in an incredible three-course meal en route. The second of Belmond’s trains is the superb Belmond Andean Explorer, offering a service from Cuzco to Puno (taking one day and night) or Arequipa from Cuzco (taking two days and two nights). The stunning sleeper train boast stylish cabins that allow passengers to relax, and there’s even an on-board spa for further indulgence.

Museums

Cuzco is perfect for visitors who have a passion for artefacts and artwork and wish to understand more about the history of the city, as the city boasts many museums. Museo de Arte Precolombino is full of archaeological artefacts, along with pre-Columbian artworks, some of which that have been taken from its parent museum in Lima. Planetarium Cuzco, located just 15 minutes away from downtown Cuzco, offers an ideal vantage point from which to see the stars and planets of the southern skies.

Architecture

Since Cuzco was the capital of the Inca Empire until the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, its importance to modern Peru was signified by the city being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city shows off the Inca architecture in all its glory and was created to show the shape of a Puma lying down (the animal was worshipped by the Inca people). The buildings in the city have a unique appearance; created with large stones cemented with amalgam.

Cuisine

Cuzco offers many dining options, including a multitude of fine dining restaurants across the city, making it perfect for couples or groups looking for a delightful meal in the city. Otherwise, the city offers a large number of restaurants devoted to local and Peruvian cuisine, including Ceviche, Peru’s national dish. If you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat or to take a break from sightseeing for a drink, the endless amounts of cafés and restaurants peppering the inner city are perfect for visitors.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Climate+

Cuzco's climate is consistent, making it an optimal destination for a holiday throughout most of the year – if you don’t like too much heat. The hotter months are from October to April, with average temperatures of 11°C, and the coldest month is July at 7°C. The rainy season tends to be from November to April, however December can be a good time to visit despite this.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Cuzco.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January11155
February11136
March11120
April1146
May98
June82
July74
August98
September1023
October1140
November1168
December11116

Getting There+

Please contact our Travel Consultants for flight information.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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