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The city of Cusco (also named Cusco or Qosqo in Quechua language), was founded in 12th century by the Inca Manco Cápac, is a World Heritage Site, the archaeological capital of America, a cosmopolitan city, the most visited tourist destinations of Peru, and the gateway to Machu Picchu.

Seductive, striking and natural, Cusco's history lives in its streets, squares, valleys and towns. Stunning destinations and examples of fine engineering by Inca stonemasons can be seen in Choquequirao, Kenko, Saysayhuamán, Tambomachay, Ollantaytambo and Inca City of Machu Picchu, the Inca jewel built with the wisdom of the ancient Peruvians in an ecological environment. Captivating landscapes such as the Sacred Valley, where the mountains are clothed by terraces. Pictures villages where the past forms part of the present. Cusco really is the birthplace of the world.

Cusco has a modern hotel infrastructure, excellent restaurants, bars, folkloric shows, museums and much more .....

Cusco City: The navel of the world (Quechua language), the most visited destination in Peru, a World Heritage Site (UNESCO), a living museum, a one of top ten most beautiful places you must visit before you die!, the archaeological capital of America, a cosmopolitan city and more ...

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Sights & Attractions in Cusco

Historical Centre of Cusco

The ancient capital of the empire of the Incas, is a World Heritage Site. To go over the historical center of Cusco, is walking by the city that was traced and designed by the Incas, it is like going for a walk by colonial buildings built on the base of the old real palaces of the Incas, is the coalition of two architectural styles that make it unique in the world, it is the opportunity to appreciate architectural and art jewels that contain their centennial or millennial walls. The highlights are the Main Square, Koricancha the Inca temple of the Sun, churches and monasteries, museums, San Blas neighborhood and Indian markets. Inside the historical centre are located the main hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping area, also de commercial and bank area. Cusco: The belly button of the World in Quechua language)

Sacred Valley of the Incas

Formed by the towns of Pisac, Calca, Yucay, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, among the most visited, the Sacred Valley is one of the most attractive hikes near Cusco, with tall mountains enclosing a green mantle of farm lands, picturesque towns and a magnificent river. The valley, which is thought to have been the center of agricultural production for the Inca Empire, is where the best Peruvian corn is grown. There are also innumerable Inca archaeological sites, and traditions that have survived the encounter with Western culture. Also information about Maras and Moray. Rural tourism in Willoc and Patacancha. In the Sacred Valley area there are alternatives of accommodation, from luxury hotels in the countryside and budget hotels in the towns, have the advantage to have a smaller height of 1000 meters respect to Cusco city and are within beautiful landscapes of the countryside. In Ollantaytambo is the train station to Machu Picchu. Andean Natives Photo Gallery

Archaeological Places of Cusco

From the ancient Andean cultures to the largest and most powerful empire of the southern continent, Cusco conserves the architectural and artistic vestiges of fascinating cultures. Near to Cusco city are located more than 30 important places as Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Puca Pucará, Kenko, Archaeological Park of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Maras and Moray. South of Cusco city are located Tipón, Piquillacta, Rumicolca and Raqchi the temple of Wiracocha, also Choquequirao.

Around Cusco

Cusco is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, snow peaks, the Andean countryside dotted with villages of natives as Chinchero, Andahuaylillas and its allure chapel, natives with colorful dresses and beautiful art crafts and colonial buildings and baroque churches. Also Paucartambo and Tres Cruces.

Cusco Outdoor

Around Cusco city there are fascinating places and scenarios for sport activities and extreme adventure ideal for trekking, camping and mountain-climbing. The Peruvian highlands are riddled with more than 15,000 lakes, snow-capped peaks soaring over 6,000 meters, the world's deepest canyons, bucolic valleys and picturesque villages. The entire Andean Range of Cusco offers unparalleled opportunities for white water rafting, superb trails for mountain biking and gusting winds for fans of paragliding. The highlight is the Inca Trail.

Natural Attractions in Cusco

Manu National Park and Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu are the best natural scenarios and both are Natural World Heritage Sites. Diverse range of climates and ecosystems from the highlands Andean mountains to the upper jungle - high rain forest area, hundreds of endemic species of flora and fauna; orchid spotting, a paradise for bird watching specially in Abra de Malaga and bird watching southern route.

Art, Folklore, Feasts of Cusco and Cusco Cuisine

In Cusco you found many native expressions of art as ceramic, textiles, silver and gold jewels, paints. Cusco celebrates some hundreds festivals a year. Most of them are held in homage to a patron saint and are part of the Christian calendar adopted in colonial times, although they have blended with the magical beliefs of ancient forms of worship. The celebrations of the Inti Raymi, Holy Week, Carnivals, Corpus Christi, Qoyllur Rit'y, and the feast of "Señor de los Temblores" (Lord of the Earthquakes), have special significance for cusquenians, becoming a great folkloric expression of their people. The Cusco Cuisine, heated in a firewood oven, earthenware of the highlands gathers odors and flavors linked to earth. Meats, tubers, grains and herbs are used in a great variety of simple but tasty dishes, also the Novo-Andina Cuisine.

How to travel to Cusco

Cusco is easily accessible by air, commercial flights leave daily from Lima, Arequipa, Juliaca (Puno - Titicaca Lake),r Puerto Maldonado (Tambopata) or Pisco (Paracas). Daily bus services to Cusco from Lima, Nazca, Arequipa and Puno and coach tours to Cusco from Puno and Chivay (Colca Valley). Train services to Cusco from Puno and Machu Picchu.

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Location of Cusco City

Andes mountain range in the south of Peru, 11,151 feet /  3,399 m.a.s.l.

Population of Cusco

367,791 inhabitants

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Weather of Cusco

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°C (49.3°F).

The wet season lasts from November to March, with night frost less common: November averages 13.4°C (56.1°F). Although frost and hail are common, snow is virtually unheard of.

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    Cathedral of Cusco - © J. Mazzotti

     

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    Andean Natives - Varayocs in Písac
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    San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas
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    Textil Art in Sacred Valley of the Incas
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    Andean Natives in Sacred Valley of the Incas
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