Cusco Overview

Cusco looks and feels like the very definition of an Andean capital. It's a fascinating blend of pre-Columbian and colonial history and contemporary mestizo culture. In Quechua, Q'osqo means "navel of the world.” With an abundance of pristine archaeological sites and ancient ruins, there are endless things do in Cuzco. Ask us for recommendations of what to see in Cusco.

The JW Marriott Cuscois in the city center, surrounded by the main historical and archaeological sites of Cusco.

The hotel is also part of the city’s heritage. You can explore the ancient 16th century San Agustin Convent during our daily guided tours led by Cusco, Peru, tourism experts. At the JW Marriott El Convento Cusco, we created a list of what to do and what to see in Cusco during your visit.

General Information

Currency: Peru’s unit of currency is the Nuevo Sol. However, the U.S. dollar is as readily accepted throughout Peru.

Health: Cusco is at 11,154 feet above sea level. This may cause you to experience altitude sickness. Please consult your health care provider for suggestions on prevention and treatment. Common recommendations are to drink plenty of fluids and rest on your arrival day. This encourages the process of gradual acclimation.

Climate: Cusco has a subtropical highland climate. Its climate is generally dry and temperate, with two defined seasons. The dry season lasts from April to October, with abundant sunshine and occasional nighttime freezes. July is the coolest month with an average of 9.6 degrees Celsius (49.3 degrees Fahrenheit). The wet season lasts from November to March, with night frost less common. November averages 13.4 degrees Celsius (56.1 degrees Fahrenheit). Although frost and hail are common, snow is virtually unheard of.