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Cusco

Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru located in the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cusco region and is considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas, having been inhabited since the 9th century. It is also the gateway to Machu Picchu, the famous Inca city located nearby. Cusco is located at an elevation of 11,152 feet, making it the highest city in the world.

The city has a rich cultural and historical legacy, and is a popular tourist destination. It is home to many ancient Incan sites, such as the Coricancha, the Temple of the Sun, and the Sacsayhuaman fortress. The city is also known for its colonial architecture, particularly the Baroque-style churches built by the Spanish during their conquest of the region.

Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, and was the center of the Inca religion. The city was also the site of a major battle between the Spanish and the Inca in 1536, which resulted in the Spanish victory and the destruction of much of the city.

In recent years, Cusco has become an important center of the Peruvian economy, with many industries, such as tourism and textiles, based in the city. It is also a major transportation hub, with many domestic and international flights arriving and departing from the city's airport.

Cusco is a city of great beauty and culture, and is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Peru. Its unique blend of Inca and Spanish culture, combined with its stunning mountain scenery, make it an unforgettable experience.

Excursion tips for a day in Cusco

Cusco, Peru is a vibrant city full of culture and history. There are many activities to do as a tourist in Cusco in one day. Here is a list of some of the most popular activities:

1. Visit the Plaza de Armas and explore the nearby streets, shops, and markets.
2. Take a guided tour of the Cusco Cathedral and the nearby churches.
3. Explore the San Blas neighborhood, a picturesque area with cobbled streets and beautiful colonial architecture.
4. Visit Sacsayhuaman, an ancient Incan fortress with incredible views of the city.
5. Take a day trip to the Sacred Valley, an area full of stunning natural beauty and traditional villages.
6. Visit the Incan ruins of Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay.
7. Take a walk around the San Pedro Market, where you can buy fresh produce, artisanal goods, and souvenirs.
8. Take a cooking class to learn how to make traditional Peruvian dishes.
9. Visit the Museo Inka, which houses artifacts from the Incan Empire.
10. Enjoy a relaxing day at the hot springs of Cocalmayo.

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The climate in Cusco

Cusco, Peru has a subtropical highland climate with four distinct seasons. The summer (November to March) is warm and dry with temperatures ranging from 18 to 25 degrees Celsius. The winter (June to August) is cold and wet with temperatures ranging from 1 to 10 degrees Celsius. The spring (September to November) is mild with temperatures ranging from 9 to 18 degrees Celsius and the fall (March to June) is also mild with temperatures ranging from 12 to 21 degrees Celsius. The climate in Cusco is generally sunny with occasional rain throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Cusco

Our weather forecast for Cusco helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 16.3 °C
min: 3.5 °C
15.1 m/s
15.8 m/s
0.1 %
24.1 m
50.2 %
1,021 hPa
06:11:47
17:36:44
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 16.7 °C
min: 2.2 °C
12.2 m/s
13.0 m/s
0.5 %
24.1 m
54.5 %
1,020 hPa
06:11:39
17:37:00
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 15.7 °C
min: 2.6 °C
15.5 m/s
19.4 m/s
7.2 %
24.1 m
48.2 %
1,021 hPa
06:11:31
17:37:16
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 14.1 °C
min: 3 °C
19.1 m/s
26.6 m/s
9.0 %
24.1 m
47.3 %
1,023 hPa
06:11:22
17:37:32
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 15.0 °C
min: 2.2 °C
16.6 m/s
18.7 m/s
23.3 %
24.1 m
55.0 %
1,021 hPa
06:11:12
17:37:47
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 15.2 °C
min: 2.6 °C
17.3 m/s
16.9 m/s
6.5 %
24.1 m
58.3 %
1,021 hPa
06:11:02
17:38:02
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 14.9 °C
min: 3 °C
14.8 m/s
12.6 m/s
11.3 %
24.1 m
57.3 %
1,022 hPa
06:10:50
17:38:17
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 15.4 °C
min: 3.5 °C
9.4 m/s
11.9 m/s
37.7 %
24.1 m
63.1 %
1,022 hPa
06:10:37
17:38:31
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 13.6 °C
min: 3.9 °C
9.4 m/s
10.8 m/s
50.2 %
23.3 m
67.1 %
1,021 hPa
06:10:24
17:38:46
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 13.0 °C
min: 3.9 °C
9.0 m/s
9.4 m/s
55.8 %
19.8 m
65.7 %
1,021 hPa
06:10:09
17:39:00
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 7.2 °C
min: 5.6 °C
10.1 m/s
9.0 m/s
96.2 %
21.8 m
78.6 %
1,026 hPa
06:09:54
17:39:13
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 10.2 °C
min: 4.7 °C
9.0 m/s
10.8 m/s
80.2 %
17.6 m
69.8 %
1,026 hPa
06:09:38
17:39:27

Cruises to Cusco

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Scheduled ship calls in Cusco, Peru
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