It is worthwhile to take some time to walk Cusco’s cobblestone streets, discovering the enchanting beauty of Inca constructions like the Koricancha and the Inca Rock Palace, as they contrast with the Andean baroque colonial masterpieces including the Cathedral of Cusco and the Jesuit Church. Don’t forget to visit the picturesque neighborhood of San Blas, where the best of Cusco’s artisans display their handiwork in shops and museums. This magical city is also known for a vibrant and exciting nightlife with cafes, restaurants, and bars for all tastes.
WAYS TO GET THERE
Lima – Arequipa – Cusco 1650 km or about 26 hours
Lima- Nazca – Puquio – Abancay – Cusco: 1131 km or about 20 hours
Puno – Cusco: 389 km or about 7 hours
Regular flights leave from Lima and arrive in about an hour. Flights from Arequipa take about 30 minutes.
Regular train service connects Puno and Cusco: 384 km, about 10 hours.
Elevation in Cusco city: 3399 meters (11,152 feet)
Minimum elevation 532 meters (1745 feet) in Pilcopata
Maximum elevation: 4801 meters (17751 feet) in Suyckutambo
Cusco has a cold and semi-dry climate. The average yearly maximum temperature is 19.6° C (67.3°F) and the minimum 4.2°C (39.6°F)
During the rainy season, which begins in November and ends in March, the mountains turn green; in the months of June and July, intense cold and early morning frost are common along with very occasional snowfall.