Cusco means “navel of the world” after the legendary Incas who ruled this place. Before heading to Cusco to visit the legendary Machu Picchu and embark on a winding trail, there are a few things you need to know.

Cusco is at an altitude of about 3399 meters. The atmosphere is getting thinner and it is best to come here and acclimate for at least one or two days. You can plan a day tour of Cusco with your family. If you want to explore day tours in Cusco Peru visit for your advance booking.

Once you arrive in Cusco, find nice and tidy Hopedale. They are usually family-run and quite affordable. If you can, do it yourself and explore the Inca Trail and dozens of other hiking options such as the Jungle Trek, Sacred Valley Trek (which takes a full day), Santa Teresa Trek, or the Ausangate and Choquequirao-Trek. However, if you are only here for a short stay, it is recommended to take a locally guided tour of Cusco, Peru, offered by a local tour company. 

Make sure you buy the $45 tour ticket, valid for 5 days, which gives you access to all the museums, ruins, and shows. Apart from the museum, you can plan a visit to the Church of San Blas, Plaza de Armas or the town square, the historical ruins of Sacsayhuaman, the former Inca fort, from which you can have a beautiful view of the city. There are lots of places to explore, so you should stay at least a few days.