Time Travel in Cusco

Photo: Lisa Loverro

By Lisa Loverro

Once the capital of the Incan Empire, Cusco, Peru, is filled with ancient ruins and old-world charm— all surrounded by the majestic Andean mountain range. Make your trip a real adventure and fly solo, or hook up with a tour company that arranges group trips.

Where to Stay

Hotel Monasterio
5-star luxury hotel owned by the Orient Express Hotel Group. Oxygen-enriched rooms help guests acclimate to the higher altitude.
Palacio 136
(84) 240-696/orientexpresshotels.com

Casa Andina
A mid-range hotel chain throughout Peru. There are a few in the city of Cusco: One in the heart of the plaza, and one in the quaint town of San Blas, just outside of Cusco’s main square.
(866) 447-3270/casa-andina.com

Hotel Libertador Cusco
Luxury hotel within the historic downtown area of the city.
Plazoleta Santo Domingo 259
(84) 23-1961/libertador.com.pe


Where to Eat

Fine dining in the heart of Cusco.
Santa Catalina Angosta 135
(84) 254-753

Greens Organic Vegetarian Restaurant
Santa Catalina Angosta 135, 2nd Floor
(84) 243-379

Tour Operators

Mountain Travel Sobek
A well-established tour operator offering group trips for the solo traveler. mtsobek.com

Blue Parallel
A high-end, customized tour operator specializing in personal service. blueparallel.com

As if you need any other reason to visit, check out this amazing footage our traveler filmed of a local man playing the flute in the Andes Mountains:



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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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