Traveling to Peru for you next vacation? What a wonderful idea, the Andean country is full of interesting sites, history and some of the most natural beauty that you will see anywhere in the world.
Peru has three distinct zones and each, with its own special attractions. The coast has the desert with Lima and the Nazca Lines, the highlands has all the wonderful Inca Culture and the spectacular Andes Mountains. The jungle is for the nature lovers among you, with much flora and fauna to see. There is no doubt that you will want to see all that there is in Peru and Cusco but the question is what to choose in your Cusco packages.
You will need to start in Cusco city, as you will be landing in Lima on any visit to Peru. The city was the heart of the Inca Empire and in Inca times was full of wonderful temples and palaces. Some of the things to do in Cusco are as follows:
- Visit the Plaza de Armes, in Inca times the plaza was three times as big as what we see today and was used by the Inca for ceremonies and special occasions. Today the square has two churches and is a great place to watch people pass by. Visit the Cathedral on your city tour and see the painting of the Last Supper, which features guinea pig as the main course.
- Walk down Ave Sol and you will see Santa Domingo Church, a lovely Spanish Colonial church that is built on the foundations of the Inca Temple Qorichonca. This beautiful church has an interesting history, but what is more interesting is the story of Qorichonca and what is said to have been in Inca times a temple covered in gold.
- From the Plaza de Armes walk two blocks to the San Pedro Market. If you want a taste of the local peoples life than head here. The local people sell everything from fruit and vegetables, meat, freshly made juices and a large range of handicrafts. Great for photos but you must ask first in order not to offend.
Cusco has much more to see including the Cusco archaeological sites that are located just outside of the city. However, you will have to decide if you want a Classic package or a Luxury package.
If you choose a classic package the price will be more economical which is a consideration for many people. With a classic package, you will see all the necessary sights on a group tour with other likeminded passengers. Explore the city of Cusco with all the sites mentioned above. While on your classic tour, you will travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, one of the most naturally beautiful areas of Peru.
On a classic package, your hotels will be either three or four star. When considering a package make sure your hotel is centrally located as this is important to get a great feeling of the city you are staying. Hotels are an important part of any tour and the quality of your breakfast will help to a great start to the day.
If you like to travel in luxury than you will want to choose a luxury package. Travel to all the great places Cusco has to offer in your own private transport, this way you plan your tours as you please. On a private luxury tour, you will have your own guide to ask as many questions as you please. Travel to places you will not experience on a group tour in the comfort of your own personal transport.
On a luxury Cusco Package, travel to Machu Picchu from Cusco on either the VISTADOME or the ultimate in luxury the Belmond Hiram Bingham train. The Hiram Bingham will get you to Machu Picchu in style and comfort with cocktails and gourmet meals. Pass through the wonderful Sacred Valley before arriving into Machu Picchu for your tour of the Inca Citadel with your own private guide.
The choice of hotels on your luxury tour package is endless. Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu have some of the best hotels in Peru if not South America. In Cusco, there are five star hotels housed in Spanish Colonial houses and old convents that have been refurbished to their original state. Most are complete with collections of antique furnishings and art collections that are worth visiting. The Sacred Valley has hotels that are set with spectacular views and wonderful restaurants. Some people go straight to the valley as the altitude is lower and this helps with altitude sickness, but it is also a great place to spend a few days if you have the time. In Machu Picchu, at the front gate is the Machu Picchu Sanctuary lodge. Fine dining and great views are on offer here, so if you have the budget it is worth your money to stay at the Sanctuary lodge.
Cusco Peru travel should be on everyone’s bucket list, the city has much to offer and a great old European feel. So feel free to contact us and we can tailor a trip for you today!