Cusco, the Belly Button of the World. To travel to Cusco or Cuzco is to awaken your dreams and connect with yourself. To travel to Cusco is to immerse yourself in thousands of years of living history.
The city of Cusco is full monuments and historic relics that seem to be reborn before your eyes as walk around the pre-Columbian streets. The city of Cusco is also the capital of the region of Cusco. Come visit the Land of the Incas at a gentle pace to the rhythm of the sound of the Andes.
Cusco: adventure, history, and hospitality
Cusco is one of the most important tourist destinations in Peru and in the whole world. This magical city offers its visitors a spectacular historical legacy. There are also a great variety of different tourist activities available, such as river rafting, trekking, mountain biking, and many others. But the one thing that you are bound to remember most is the friendliness and the hospitality of the people.
Cusco is located in an area of mountains and multicolored valleys in the southeastern part of Peru. It is at an elevation of 3360 masl. The fertile earth of this inter-Andean valley is watered by the Huatanay and the Tullumayo Rivers.
The Cusco region has a great variety of cultural and tourist attractions. Of these, the most famous are: Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman, Choquequirao, Ollantaytambo, Vilcabamba, Moray, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and many more.
Churches and convents
In Cusco you can find innumerable religious monuments. Some of these are: the Cathedral of Cusco, the Temple of the Triumph, the Merced Temple, the Santo Domingo Temple, the Santa Catalina church, the San Francisco convent, the temples of San Pedro and San Cristóbal, and others.
Museums and historic mansions
The most important museums and the historic mansions in the city are: the Palace of the Archbishop, the House of Garcilaso de la Vega, the Regional Historical Museum, the Santa Catalina Museum, the Cabrera House, the Palace of the Admiral or the Inca Museum, the House of the Serpents, the House of Marqués de Valleumbroso, and the Concha House.
Cusco cuisine is excellent and exotic. Thanks to ancestral recipes and fusion techniques, the food of Cusco has been influenced by flavors and tastes from all over the world. Some of these delicious local dishes that you might like to try are: cachun chuño, lechón or oven-roasted pork, chicharrón, chiri uchú, chuño lawa, olluquito with charqui, pepián de Cuy, cheese con Khachi, quinua atamalada, timpu or puchero, and Cusco style tamales.
Popular Feast Days
The most important feast days are:
- Holy Week, with the processions of Holy Thursday and Holy Saturday. In March or April
- Cruzvelakuy, the night of May 2
- The Feast of Corpus Christi, which is very venerated by the people of Cusco. In late May or early June
- Inti Raymi, the Feast of the Sun. This is one of the most important feasts in the world. June 24
- Feast of the Señor de Q’oyllur Ritti. This is one of the most important feasts in the Andean world
- Feast of Our Lady of Carmen. It takes place in Paucartambo on July 16
- Feast of the Señor de Choquequilca, in Ollantaytambo
- The Yawar fiesta in Combapata
- The Tiobamba Fair
- The Feast of San Bernardo
- The ceremony of Huarachicuy, in Sacsayhuaman
- The pilgrimage to Santuary of Señor de Huanca
- Feast of the Virgin of Rosario
- Feast of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
- The Santuranticuy Fair on December 24
- The Coming of the Kings (The Feast of the Christ Child)