Cusco is the former capital of the vast Inca Empire, and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the Western Hemisphere. Today, it is the capital of the Cusco region and one of the most visited places in Peru.
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After a day of visiting iconic Cusco attractions, return to modern Andean-style guest rooms or suites and take in marvelous views of the hillside at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Cusco is a treasure trove of archaeological remains and Spanish colonial structures. In fact, the ruins of the ancient Inca city serve as the foundation for the city’s Spanish architecture that still stands today. The stone streets of Cusco lead to one of the most important Inca ruins in the area, Sacsayhuaman, a massive citadel constructed by large boulders so precisely cut they fit together without mortar. Located less than a mile from Plaza de Armas, Sacsayhuaman is just as significant as and much more convenient than Machu Picchu. Your trip back in time begins at the Plaza de Armas, under the colonial-era arcades and the lofty cathedral. The plaza rings with the sounds of the cathedral’s bells along with traditional music and dance. Head indoors at Museo Inka to learn what Peruvian life was like before the Spanish conquest. Artifacts abound at the museum, which was built atop an Incan palace.
The best time to visit Cusco is prior to peak season, April through May. In order to avoid massive crowds, avoid visiting from June to August.
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