Visiting Cusco in the low season.
Cusco, is said to be the navel of the world according to Inca legend, the city itself is at an altitude of over 11000 feet (3400 meters). Some say the great heights of the city bring you closer to God, but more factually, it is the highest place most people will travel to in their lives. Most days, you will discover clear blue skies and the night’s cold, but what interests most people about Cusco is it’s wonderful history. Cusco, Peru should be on your list of must see destinations in South America.
Cusco is surrounded by beautiful green mountains in the high Andes mountain range. Travel to Cusco and see the center of the city; a beautiful Spanish colonial town built mostly of Inca Temples and passageways. The city has a main square called the Plaza de Armes and has beautiful cobblestone streets leading away from the square. The square features two churches, one of which is the Cathedral which is filled with historical and beautiful Inca and modern Spanish artwork. There are many other squares in the center of Cusco, each with their own special features. Around a five-minute walk from the main square up a steep hill, is an area of Cusco called San Blas, this pretty little barrio-as ‘town’ is called in Spanish- features a nice plaza filled with restaurants and a church, which is well worth a visit to see the amazing gold altar. Over recent years, San Blas has become home to a large young expat community selling their handcrafts and jewelry.
Just a few blocks from the Plaza, is the amazing Spanish church Santa Domingo, built on top of the Inca Temple Coricancha. A visit to Santa Domingo is well worth it for a look at the art and architecture.
Just outside Cusco on your Cusco City tour, there are Inca temples of Saksaywaman, Kenko, Puka Pukara and Tambo Mochay. A tour to these sites will give you a good history of Cusco City, not to mention that it will also provide you with some great views of the city.
Not far from Cusco, is the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a naturally beautiful valley set among the high Andes Mountains. This stunning valley also features many magnificent ruins that you can see by taking a Sacred Valley tour. Another feature of the valley is the fabulous Pisac Market, featuring all the souvenirs you could ever want to buy, this market is open every day but the busiest market days are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Of course, what everyone comes to Cusco to see is the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. Around four hours from Cusco by train, which if you are short on time is the perfect way to travel. In addition, you can walk to the Inca site, with one of the most famous treks being the Inca Trail. This is the most popular trek but there are many other enjoyable trails which you can take to get to Machu Picchu. Regardless of the mode of transport you choose to go with, the trip to Machu Picchu will be well worth your while. There are many companies offering Machu Picchu vacations, so shop around to find the best deal for you.
There are two main seasons in Cusco, there is the high season, which is from April to September when the prices are higher and the hotels are booked out and Machu Picchu is extremely crowded. Then there is the low season, which is from October to March. In the low season, there are many advantages for both the luxury and budget traveler.
Firstly, let us confirm that the low season is also the rain season and yes it does rain. But having said that, it does not rain all day, it may rain for an hour or so and be a little inconvenient but some feel that the benefits far outweigh the inconvenience.
Some of the benefits include hotel availability, you will be able to book your favorite hotel in the best location without any worry of the hotel being booked out.
Prices of the hotels are lower as the hotels are trying to fill the rooms, so you are more likely to find great deals and save more money. Looking for the five star properties is a good idea in rain season as they offer amazing discounts during this period.
Another great advantage of low season, is that in the Sacred Valley and on any of the tours in Cusco and surrounding areas, there will be a lot less people giving you more time to explore the sites, experience the tours and take photos.
Without a doubt, the best advantage of the low season is visiting Machu Picchu, you may get a little wet but you will not have to wait for a bus, as the queues only get long in high season and you have added advantage of being able to stay at Machu Picchu for the entire day. In the high season, there are two allocated times to enter the ruins and fortunately, this does not apply in the low season.
Therefore, travelling to Cusco in the low season does have its advantages, so be sure to consider this when planning your vacation to Peru. Cusco,Peru is a wonderful place to visit, So add Cusco to your bucket list today!