Historical, cosmopolitan, packed full of culture and with a great atmosphere, Cuzco is undoubtedly one of the coolest cities in Peru. The ultimate place to stay is Belmond Palacio Nazarenas. A converted, 17th-century convent built on Inca foundations, it is steeped in history and ideally located in the city centre. Everything has been lovingly restored and is beautifully designed, and it is the only hotel in Cuzco with a swimming pool, which is constantly heated to a lovely 24°C. The rooms are sumptuous and come with a personal butler. The service cannot be faulted, the food is also delicious and the spa is a welcome retreat after a day of exploring.