Once the capital of the Inca empire, Cusco is nestled in the Andes Mountains at 11,000 feet. As you walk among the cobblestone streets of Cusco, you will hear Quechua and pan-flute music and observe traditional dress, too. Admire the 12-angled stone crafted by the Inca and contemplate the presence of colonial design at the church of Santo Domingo, constructed above the Inca temple of Coricancha. A must-visit city in Latin America, Cusco's proximity to Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage site also named the one of the new 7 Wonders of the World, makes it an increasingly popular destination.
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What Our Students are Saying
"Cusco was an amazing place to study abroad. There were so many opportunities to go hiking, exploring and learn more about the culture without even leaving Cusco. The excursions to the Amazon, Lake Titicaca and Machu Picchu were amazing, but my favorite parts by far were my host family and the new friends I made abroad."
Abigail K. Anderson University
"The ISA staff in Cusco are incredible! They are all extremely friendly, helpful, and caring. They made us feel like part of their family."
Alexandra B.University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
"I enjoyed the classes, excursions, homestay, students and staff. Everything was incredibly well-run and made my abroad experience incredible."
Emily S. University of Colorado - Boulder
"Studying abroad in Cusco with ISA was a wonderful experience-- a huge improvement in my Spanish, an incredible host family, and awesome people all around!"
Logan G.North Carolina State University
"All of the on-site staff and professors that I knew were amazing."
Rachel H. University of Minnesota - Duluth
"This was one of the best experiences of my life. I honestly came to Peru hoping to better my Spanish and learn some things, but I got so much more. The relationships and memories that I've formed here are absolutely unforgettable. Peru has my heart."
Samantha C.Western Michigan University