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Cusco


Cusco

Known as the ‘Historical Capital of Peru', or ‘Archeological Capital of South America', Cusco or Qosco means, in Quechua, ‘the navel of the universe,' because it was the capital of the Inca empire and the starting point of the road network linking the four suyus (regions) of the empire. As the home of the Incan gods, Cusco is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating cities of the Peruvian sierra. Its unique architecture encompasses a brilliant past, which, in spite of the Spanish influence, still maintains its Andean style. Nowadays, Cusco lives mainly off of agriculture and tourism, being the seventh most populated city of Peru.
Among the places of interest within the city are the Plaza de Armas (Central Square) and its beautiful stone arcades, along with the cathedral, apart from the numerous colonial style churches adorning the city, such as La Compañia, La Merced, San Francisco, etc. You can also visit museums such as Arzobispal, Garcilaso de la Vega, and Santa Catalin, not to mention the countless excursions that can be carried out around Cusco.

Department
Cusco
Location
1089 km. south-east of Lima
Season
May to June
Attractions
Picturesque route, colonial heritage, urban architecture.
How to get there
By airplane or car from Lima. By train from Arequipa.
Activities
Hiking, wildlife observation, photography, cultural and historical journey.
Services
Lodging, roads, transportation, restaurants.
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