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When to go to Cusco
The best time to visit the city of Cusco is from April to October, when the days are warmer and drier. However, temperatures drop dramatically at night and can reach freezing even in the dry season. From November to April, higher rainfall and lower temperatures occur during the wet season. From September to May, during the rainy season. The number of visitors and tourists decreases significantly, in the same way the prices of tourist services decreases. Cusco is filled with domestic and foreign travelers alike during all the main festivities, so book early. Travelers should also be advised that the Inca Trail closes for maintenance throughout the month of February. Cusco is the center of much of the festive activity in the month of June, so you should check the festival calendar before planning your route.

When to go to Cusco
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Cusco brief history
Cusco is widely known for its Inca periods; however, this time represents only about a third of the established history of Cusco. The first settlements of Cusco, located in the eastern part of the current city, date back more than 3,100 years. As a result, some consider that Cusco is the most populated city of that time in America. Since those years when the first residents began to live, several settlers have come and gone, including the Wari invaders around 750 AD, a period that preceded the construction of the buildings that are now called Pikillacta. The Inca civilization began around 1210 AD, and with it came the development of Cusco in an important political and religious center, which could serve a relatively large population. A great phase of expansion began around the year 1400 AD, when the Incas established the city in outline in the form of a Puma, a sacred animal for them.

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The police in Cusco have been making a great effort to clean up their reputation in the city in terms of petty thieves, baggage…

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How to get to Cusco
For reasons of time saving, most people arrive in Cusco by plane; A bus from Lima can take up to 20 hours to get to Cusco. If you had time, you could make a stop to observe the Nasca lines, which will take about half a day of tour. On the contrary, a plane trip will cost you three times more and it will only take an hour. With the exception of chartered flights, there are no international flights to the Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco. The train stations, Estación de Huanchaq and Estación de San Pedro, connect only with Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) and Puno to the east of the Amazon rainforest. There is also a bus service between Cusco and Puerto Maldonado. For those who travel to Cusco from Lima and do not want to take the 24-hour bus without stops to access the region or leave it, there is the International Airport. The travel time by plane between the two cities is one hour. It is named after a Peruvian pilot who in 1925 was the first man to fly over the Andes. This airport has domestic flights mostly, but also receives some international charter flights.

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Attractions around Cusco
Almost all the main attractions that you will want to see in Cusco are within walking distance of the majestic and lively Plaza de Armas, flanked by arcades and carved wooden balconies, and framed by the Andes, is the focal point of Cusco. After Machu Picchu, it is one of the best known places in Peru. You will feel at ease sitting on any of the benches in your center and you will pass under the porches that line the plaza with shops, restaurants, travel agencies and bars innumerable times during your stay in Cusco. The great plaza de armas, which was twice as large in the Inca period, has two of Cusco’s most important churches and the remains of the original Inca walls on the northwest side of the plaza, which is believed to be the base of the Palace of the Inca Pachacutec. Many main places within the historic center of Cusco and beyond the city are included in the tourist ticket, but some places of great interest charge an entrance to its facilities, such as the Temple of the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun) and the Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (MAP), are not included in the tourist ticket.

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Safety around Cusco
Cusco does a great job to minimize its crime rate aimed at tourists in Peru. That said, there are some precautions you can take to avoid being robbed. Taxis could be somewhat dangerous. As in the rest of Latin America, it is important to take only taxis with a registered radio taxi strip. It is best to never walk alone late at night or early in the morning, as these schedules are the most common for attacks. Dehydration is a common effect of altitude sickness, caffeine, smoking and alcohol will only worsen the symptoms. Drink plenty of water. Do not drink water directly from the tap, make sure to buy bottled water, it is recommended to chew coca leaves or drink coca tea is a good solution for the symptoms of altitude sickness, or soroche. Also be careful in bars, since the consumption of alcoholic beverages is reported frequently. Take special care in crowded trains and markets, where pickpockets could be easily hidden among the crowd of people.

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Fiestas and Festivities
Cusco is the main venue for several annual festivals, some driven by Amerindian influences, others by post-Columbian traditions and others that combine both. The most popular and popular festival in Cusco is the Inti Raymi or La Fiesta del Sol, the annual Inca festival that celebrates the winter solstice on June 24, according to the Inca sundial. Qoyllur Rit’i generally takes place on the Sunday before Corpus Christi. People make the pilgrimage from all over to pray to the Lord of Qoyllur Rit’i, who they believe has powers to bring them success in love, school, etc. The festival ends with a procession on the final night when hundreds of people climb the surrounding glaciers and drag huge icicles. Icicles melt to produce holy water that is believed to help members of the sick community.
As in most of the cities of Latin America, Cusco celebrates Carnival. The celebration reaches its peak on Mondays and Tuesdays before Ash Wednesday and it is a good time to visit Cuzco if you want to party. In the same way, Holy Week, celebrated during Easter, is celebrated throughout Latin America. Cusco celebrates making numerous processions through the streets, including a procession of Easter Monday led by The Lord of the Earthquakes (The Lord of the Earthquakes). For the great festival of Santuranticuy, on December 24, hundreds of artisans go to the Plaza de Armas of Cusco to spread their products in blankets. It is one of the largest craft fairs in Peru.