By Summer Brons
Cusco City/Machu Picchu
Peru
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Receiving more than one million visitors each year, Cusco is Peru’s premier tourist destination. As the historic capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco enjoys recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site while offering beautiful surroundings in the heart of the Andes Mountains. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your Peru vacation with us!

Arriving in Cusco is easily achieved thanks to the nearby Alejandra Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ). You can book your flight using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to take advantage of our great low prices on airfare. Don’t forget to check us out for hotels, too. Just click (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to browse available Cusco accommodations.

EscapeWizard.com has a few recommendations to get you started on your exploration of Cusco once you’ve landed and settled in. Well appreciated for its architectural heritage, the city’s downtown area is a must-see. Visit the Barrio de San Blas, a neighborhood known for arts, crafts and workshops is also appropriately perhaps the most picturesque of Cusco’s urban areas. Wander the steep, narrow streets and see Cusco’s oldest parish church, built in 1563. Next, take the street known as Hatun Rumiyuq over to the Plaza de Armas, a popular tourist hotspot. Considered the “square of the warrior” during the Inca era, the plaza bears extensive historical importance and no visit to Cusco would be complete without a visit.

To gain further appreciation of Cusco’s rich history, EscapeWizard.com urges you to visit some of the city’s excellent museums. Tour the Cusco art museums in the Santo Domingo Church and Save Hilario Medivial Museum, and be sure to explore the Cusco History Museum for an in-depth look at ancient Incan culture. However, for the ultimate authentic experience of this unique civilization, you simply must tour the 15th-century Incan site of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu is about 80 km outside of Cusco; it is well worth the visit both for the historical appreciation and the truly breathtaking natural beauty. While it was constructed long ago, Machu Picchu did not gain international attention until 1911. Subsequently, it was deemed a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and has seen millions of tourists since its late discovery. The Intihuatana (sun tier) rock is a noteworthy characteristic of this village, believed to have served as an astronomic clock serving as a "hitching post" for the sun. EscapeWizard.com considers this very special venue a must-see during your vacation to Peru.

Back in downtown Cusco, the city offers a variety of ways to unwind after long days spent sightseeing and adventuring. Feast upon the tempting local cuisine, then let loose amidst Cusco's vibrant nightlife. You'll find ample opportunities for dancing, live music, or sipping cold beverages in a quaint pub. EscapeWizard.com suggests heading to San Blas or Tecsecocha, two popular after-hours spots known for an intimate atmosphere and peaceful harmony.

Any traveler seeking an inspiring, magical getaway should put Cusco, Peru at the top of their destination list. You're sure to find yourself feeling rejuvenated after a stay in this remarkable South American city. Book your travels today with EscapeWizard.com!