A Luxury Collection Destination, Peru
Set against the backdrop of the dramatic Andes mountain range, this vibrant Peruvian city has captivated imaginations since long before the Spanish conquistadors colonized it. A living testament of ancient cultures, it seamlessly blends tradition with lively modern life.
Cusco’s largest craft fair – whose name literally means “selling of the saints” – is held on Christmas Eve, turning the city into an outdoor celebration of arts, community, and hot buttered rum.
A festival with roots dating back to ancient times, the Andean New Year is a celebration of the earth. Families leave offerings for Mother Earth and the city is filled with confetti in celebration.
Usually falling around the winter solstice, Corpus Christi is a daylong parade of the statues of saints from the city’s many churches, surrounded by dancing, music, and fireworks.
Held at the Raqchi temple archaeological site in advance of Inti Raymi, the Raqchi Folk Festival is a vibrant celebration of traditional Andean dance and music.
Peruvian Independence Day is celebrated throughout the country, but Cusco’s festivities are famous, with parties and events ranging from parades to bullfighting to horse exhibitions, and more.
For approximately nine days each June, Cusco turns into one giant, traditional Inca festival, celebrating the winter solstice – or, the Festival of the Sun – with parades, pageantry, and performances.
The most important traditional Andean festival after Inti Raymi, the Snow, or Ice, Festival attracts Quechua villagers from around the region to its live music, dancing, and parades.
Sample house specialties like the Florentine of Quinoa, which showcases the indigenous Andean grain, along with indigenous ingredients like tree tomatoes and mushrooms.
Inti Raymi Restaurant blends traditional Andean cuisine with haute international cuisine in the atmospheric, 500-year-old dining room and courtyard.
Sip pisco sours in the Rumi Bar, a romantic watering hole with an original Incan wall and ceiling with exposed beams.
If you want to get to know Cusco, make your way to the Plaza de Armas. The city’s main square and heart of urban life, it’s home to many of our best markets, as well as lively outdoor cafés where you can watch the world go by. Not only that, but the architecture of the buildings lining the plaza represents the cross-section of cultures that have lived here throughout history. The square is especially romantic when it’s lit up at night.
Tapping into the ancient mysticism of the Andes, our 500-square-meter, signature Palacio del Inka Spa unites traditional, holistic treatments with modern wellness and luxury.
For a truly memorable stay, book Suite 465, which features a postcard-worthy view of the Convent of Santo Domingo’s main basilica, completed around 1633.
Bring history to life in our 15th-century house in the heart of ancient Cusco, built as part of the Temple of the Sun, Qorikancha.