Located in the heart of the Peruvian Andes Mountains, Cusco is a beautiful, vibrant city waiting to be explored. Once the capital of the ancient Inca Empire, this mountain city is steeped with Inca and Spanish history and overflowing with Peruvian culture. From the breathtaking architecture and lively artisanal markets to the friendly faces and delicious local cuisine, it won’t take long before you fall madly in love with this city.
Although this corner of Peru is a popular destination for travelers and hikers en route to Machu Picchu, Cusco is definitely worth a visit, as it has so much to offer and will provide you with an unforgettable experience, not to mention it’s one of the few places you’ll see llamas freely roaming cobblestone streets! So if you’re craving a South American adventure, here are 10 reasons discovering the beauty of Cusco is the way to go, plus some tips to for planning your own journey!