A historical hive of activity located in south-eastern Peru, Cusco was formerly the capital of the Inca Empire and is today a picturesque city with much to offer visitors. Bustling textiles markets, llamas roaming the streets and ancient monuments scattered throughout the town help to give Cusco its appealing character. When you book your Cusco hotel, you have the ideal base from which to work but also rest between marvelling at the sights.
What attractions is Cusco known for?
The centre of activity is Cusco's main square, Plaza de Armas, where travellers can find iconic colonial architecture, curious shops and a wealth of restaurants serving Western and Peruvian cuisine. Towering over the square is the ornate Cusco Cathedral where locals attend services in Quechua, the traditional language of the region. Feast day celebrations and military processions are regularly held here, offering an insight into the local culture. Be sure to visit one of several museums showcasing Inca artefacts from jewellery to intricate gold work, and even mummies. Surrounding the city are fascinating Inca ruins, including the Qorikancha temple and the religious site of Sacsaywaman. To experience Cusco's contemporary flair, head to San Blas, the artisan quarter which is filled with quirky bars and cafés.
What industries are in Cusco?
As well as agriculture, the textiles industry is prominent in Cusco. Traditional weaving and hand-crafted goods are extremely popular and of the highest quality. They are created from sheep or alpaca wool, and centres such as the Traditional Textiles of Cusco and the Ecological House sell finely-woven and colourful products ranging from jumpers and rugs to hats and gloves. Local communities also make and sell their own home-made jams and essential oils. When it comes to meetings spaces, many of the hotels in Cusco offer modern facilities and conference rooms.
What can I do in my free time, near my hotel in Cusco?
A visit to San Pedro Market, by the Church and Monastery of Santa Clara, is highly recommended. This vibrant market place offers fresh fruit, festival masks, textiles and sweet breads. It's also well worth trying an organic chocolate-making workshop at the ChocoMuseum - take your creations back to your Cusco hotel to savour later. For fine Peruvian cuisine, head to Cicciolina, where adventurous diners can try traditional dishes such as guinea pig and cured rabbit.