Cusco, the capital of the great Inca Empire

Cusco sits at an elevation of 3,400 metres, high in the Peruvian Andes. The city was once the capital of the great Inca Empire and now acts as a gateway to the other Inca sites in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba Valley. The city has developed a reputation as a foodie destination and is known locally as the ‘navel of the world’; this is thanks in part to the abundance of fresh produce that grows locally: think alpaca steaks, lamb and river trout. The scenery here is outstanding: relax and unwind as you admire breathtaking panoramic views of the terraces surrounded by snow-capped peaks, or ramp up the action with trekking, horse riding, rafting or climbing.