The Department of Cusco is without a doubt one of the most visited departments in Peru and South America in general. Cusco serves as a gateway to the Andean Mountain Range, Aguas Calientes, which is home to Machu Picchu, and the once capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco. In Cusco, you will experience not only the heart of Peru but the heart of the once-powerful Incan Empire and face the dilemma of whether or not to eat the local delicacy of cuy.
What to do in Cusco
Plaza de Armas
The Plaza de Armas in Cusco offers colonial arcades, a cathedral, gardens, and a central fountain. Here you will see both the Spanish and Incan influence on the city.
Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, also called Montaña de Siete Colores, is a mountain in the Andes of Peru with an altitude of 5,200 meters above sea level. Its rainbow color is due to environmental conditions and sedimentary deposits over time.
Cusco is the most ancient urban settlement in all of the Americas, officially over 3,000 years old. At 3,400 meters high, Cusco is home to many historic museums, chocolate museums, and archaeological remains of Incan and Spanish influence.