THE GREAT CITY OF CUSCO
Cusco, together with Machu Picchu, is the most visited destiny in Peru. It was the historic capital of the Inca Empire.
Cusco, or also Cuzco (more spanish), or Qosqo (quechua), has been given the following titles;
-Capital of the Inca Empire
-Historical Capital of Peru
-Archeological Capital of the Americas
-World Heritage Site
-Tourism Capital of Peru and Cultural Heritage of the Nation
Cusco is some 1000 km. (621 miles) over road (via Nazca and Abancay) from Lima, and at an altitude of 3300 meters(10800 feet) above sea level), and can be reached by car over good roads via Nazca, Arequipa, Puno and lately from Brasil through the jungle (new road via Puerto Maldonado), by plane also from Lima, Arequipa, Puerto Maldonado, Juliaca and La Paz (Bolivia), or by train from Juliaca/ Puno.
Despite of this past, the colonial buildings have their attraction, the cathedral with Marcos Zapata's magnificent painting of The Last Supper, for example, in which the 13 dishes are adapted to local foods like guinea pig.(click for bigger image). Just outside and above Cusco, a few kilometres away, there is Sacsayhuaman, supposed to be an Inca site, but there is controversy between official and alternative viewpoints on the magnificent, huge scale and high precision stonework that one can observe there. It is the place where the Spaniards almost lost the battle for Peru and where the festival of Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) is celebrated every year on June 24th.
The region's offering is such that there is a Cusco for each type of traveller. The most important attractions of the city can be divided as follows;
The attractive night life; pubs, clubs, bars, café's, restaurants
We will expand on Hotels and Hostals in later instance, and also on the different trips and tours that can be organized for you to see more from Cusco, like Sightseeing tours
There is much more to present from Cusco, and we will inform you here more and more gradually increasing in time.
For Cusco's Airport Departures and Arrivals, see here.
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