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About Cusco

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Often referred to as the “Archaeological Capital of the Americas”, Cusco is a beautiful city riddled with just the right mix between the indigenous and western modern world styles. It is this mix that has given Cusco its rare beauty.

Most visitors are interested in getting to Machu Picchu, either by trekking for 4 days along the Inca Trail, or in 4 hours by train, but Cusco itself also has a lot to offer to the visitor and most travelers usually end up enchanted by this vibrant city and stay longer than first planned.

The first thing that hits the newly arrived Cusco visitor are the Inca walls; enormous granite blocks carved to fit together perfectly withouth the aid of mortar beds. Many of the walls we simply built on during the consturction of a new Spanish city. It’s a tribute to the Incas that their anti-seismic design has survived the test of time while the Spanish colonial architecture has been rebuilt several times following a wave of earthquakes that have hit the city in the past.

Located at an altitude of 3360 m.a.s.l. Cusoc is referred to as the “Navel of the World”.

The citiy has a long and interesting history dating back to 1200 A.D. and linked to the first Inca ruler, Manco Capac. However, the city saw its expansion in the 15th century under the rule of the greatest inca, Inca Pachacutec, who led an army that spread the boundaries of the Inca empire as far south as Chile and Argentina, and north to include Ecuador and Colombia. This rapid expansion abruptly came to a stop on the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors, led by Francisco Pizarro who, following the murder of the Inca Atahualpa in Cajamarca, marched into Cusco in 1534 and added it definitively to the realms of King Charles V. This invasion opened the gates to a cultural mix that has left its imprint on every aspect of Peruvian culture, especially in the ancient Andean capital of Cusco.

When arriving in Cusco from the coast you’ll immediately notice the thin clear mountain air, a result of the City’s high altitude. The first day in particular should be spent quietly relaxing and taking things easy as you slowly acclimatize. Plan to spend at least 3 days in and around Cusco before you start to do any serious trekking such as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. This is an ideal opportunity to see the highlights Cusco has to offer such a tour of this beautiful city, the nearby Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Quenko, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay; and, of course, a day trip to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including a visit to the traditional market in Pisac, the beautiful village of Ollantaytambo and the small village of Chinchero located high up in the mountains

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