Cusco’s city stands located at 3,400 meters above sea level, between the rivers Vilcanota and Apurimac. Called also Qosqo or Cuzco, it was the capital of the old Peru, a place chosen by the Inca empire of the Tahuantinsuyo.
Today thousands of travelers visit it every year to enjoy its attractive proposals and to start the journey that leads to the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Cusco impresses visitors with its magic and history lodges in its streets and buildings. A city is a place of narrow streets, Inca walls, colonial houses, and exciting nightlife.
Cusco is one of the favorite places in Latin America for millions of travelers. One of its main attractions is the famous Plaza de Armas, called Huacaypata in Inca times, which continues to be the central point of reference for tourists and Cuzco as it was during the existence of the Inca empire.
When traveling the Plaza de Armas, the traveler will find cultural symbols, monuments reminiscent of the fallen during the conquest, and a water source claiming the Inca empire.
As a result of the conquest, Inca temples were destroyed or camouflaged, building on these churches, stately mansions, and palaces.
One of the constructions is the present Cathedral of Cusco (1560 – 1664). The original Church of Triumph was erected on the palace of Viracocha (this church did construct with blocks of volcanic stone looted from the temple of Sacsayhuaman); The church and Convent of Santo Domingo were both buildings did build on the Qorikancha. The Koricancha was an essential sacred temple where the sun was honored. Its walls were covered with gold, plundered along with the valuables that remained in the temple.
Cusco constantly discovers many myths and legends that envelop the place and manifest in every archaeological rest of the Inca culture.
It is necessary to visit Sacsayhuaman or stay a few minutes from the city of Cusco, following the route that leads to Pisac. You will see Q’enqo (Sanctuary distinguished by its underground galleries and its ceremonial table carved in stone where what embalmed the dead). Puca Pucara (security post and place of supply for travelers of that time), and last before Reach Pisac, Tambomachay, where you will find slopes that worship the water.
Another unique place of Cusco that is essential to visit is Mercado Central, known as El Mercado de San Pedro, where you can buy all kinds of products typical of this Andean culture. El Barrio de San Blas is an area of artists, colonial houses, and streets so narrow that people have to take turns to pass and continue on the path. There are also stalls of fabrics, crafts, and gifts to buy beautiful clothes and lovely accessories.
In 2012, the city of Cusco was chosen as the best city in Latin America according to the tourism magazine World’s Best Awards – Travel + Leisure. Peru also stood out as The World’s Best Culinary Destination at the World’s Travel Awards, while Machu Picchu triumphed in the World’s Best Green Destination category.
The city of Cusco offers the tourist a combination of attractions that make your stay a unique and dreamlike experience. Peruvian cuisine, history, colors, culture, joy, ecology, nature, magic, mystery, and beauty, are the protagonists and make Cusco such a special place globally.