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Geography and Climate of the City of Cusco

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Geography and Climate of the City of Cusco


The Cusco city is surrounded by a 360 degree scenary of Andean mountains that interchange green and brown colors throughout the year. The territory of the departament of cusco presents a rough geography, combining fertile inter-Andean Valleys with imposing mountains, to then go down to the jungle's edge, where the temperature rises and the landscape transforms itsef into varied vegetation. That territory is situted in the heart of Peru south em Cordillera, defined by the andes central and oriental Cordilleras and its borders are adjacent to 7 departaments: to the North with junin and ucayali; to the east with Madre de Dios and Puno To the South, with Arequipa and to the west, with apurimac and ayacucho. The city of Cusco benefits from a semi-dry and cold climate. The maximun annual average temperature is of 19.6ºC (67.3ºF) and the Minimum. of 3.2ºC (39.6ºF). The rainy season stars in November and ends in march and the mountains become green betwen june and july. Frosts are common and very occacional snow falls have been reported. Its soils form the ideal sapace for the development of natural native grass and food products such as quinua, wheat, kiwicha, cañihua, broad beans, oca, olluco, oca, several types of corn and more tha 3 thousand varieties of potatoes. the vilcanota cordillera sheeter mount ausangate (6,372 MAMSL) which the departament's highest point and Peru fourth highest peak. Other elevations that stand out betwen Vilcabamba and Paucartambo are Mounts Salkantay, Pumasilli and Sajsarayoc.

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