Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire, proudly carries the title of the Archaeological Capital of America. Cusco, literally means "navel" in the local Quechua language, and certainly still fits this description today, since it is at the center of the Andean culture.

It is the gateway to the city of the Andes, from where you can easily visit innumerable sites, such as the famous Machu Picchu, one of the most fascinating lost cities in the world.

It is located at an elevation of 11,152'(3,399 m).   With an area of 76,225 km2, the district of Cusco limits the north with the district of Ucayali, the south with Arequipa and Puno, the east with Madre de Dios and the west with Apurímac, Ayacucho and Junín.

The famous Imperial City of Cusco is known for its archaeological remains and Spanish colonial architecture. Plaza de Armas is the central square of the old city, with arcades, carved wooden balconies and ruins of Inca walls. The baroque Convent of Santo Domingo was built on the Inca Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), and has archaeological remains of Inca stonework. 

We suggest the following three-day itinerary to make the most of your stay:

Day 1 - The City of Cusco

Get some rest the first morning, so you can adjust to the altitude. In the afternoon, visit the main tourist attractions of the city: the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Koricancha Temple, the ruins of Tambomachay, Kenko and Sacsayhuaman.

Day 2 - Sacred Valley

Choose the tour to the "Sacred Valley" (preferably on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays), where you can visit the craft market of Pisac, Ollantaytambo Fortress and the village of Chinchero. We recommend you to enjoy the charm of the valley and spend the night in the Sonesta Posadas del Inca Sacred Valley - Yucay, located just 15 minutes from the Ollanta train station.

Day 3 - Machu Picchu

Take the train to Machu Picchu. This walk will take you all day and you can enjoy lunch at the restaurant located at the entrance of the city. And at the end of the day you can return to the city.