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Travel to Cusco Peru

Cusco, the famous navel of the world, the Peru's main tourist destination and one of the most important in the world, offers you a unique and spectacular way to discover the rich historical and monumental legacy, located in a territory of mountains and multicolored valleys, forests and lush forests, beautiful lagoons and  rivers. The department of Cusco is considered Cultural Heritage of Humanity and its main attraction The Natural Sanctuary and Citadel of Machu Picchu, declared one of the new seven wonders of humanity. Cusco offers the traveler to enjoy the thrill of outdoor tourism, in an environment of beautiful landscapes, dazzle with the testimonies of the Inca architecture, admire the artistic richness of the colonial churches, overwhelm with the penetrating sound of the pututus or sacred musical inca instruments , enjoy the most beautiful sunrise in the world on the heights of three crosses, feel and enjoy the live cultures in Cusco communities or experience the flavor and aroma of a tasty pachamanca or a delicious baked pork. Cusco, mythical capital of the Inca Empire, proudly retains its walls and stone walls, which evoke the greatness of the children of the sun. A city full of monuments and historical relics, of myths and legends, that seem to be reborn every time you walk through its centuries-old streets. Arriving in the city of Cusco, walking through its streets and enjoying its landscapes is transported directly to the past, its atmosphere originates in those who breathe experiences of deep fascination.


Cusco
or Qosqo? 

The wonder of this place is bigger than its name and for the purposes of the case it does not matter. His rich history has baptized him in many ways and his writing is accepted in different ways. From its beginnings it had different scriptures because its original nomenclature was Quechua and then necessarily Castilianized. Formerly it resonated its name "Q'usqu" "navel of the world" until the confines of the known world of the Four regions "Tahuanatinsuyu", an empire that extended in the North higher than Quito in present-day Ecuador and lower than Santiago del current Chile. All the roads came or left from this Inca capital to the center of the Andes at 3400m above sea level. It was redesigned and redeveloped by Pachacutec so that its urban form of Puma seen from the sky, spread between two rivers the Tulumayu and Saphi joining in its tail in the Huatanay. Cuscoor Qosqo, a city drawn in its heyday with the shape of a huge puma, at the same time the religious Mecca with its cult temples to the "Inti" the Sun, the "Quilla" the Moon and other elements and albeying the palaces of the imperators and noble families Incas, with their palaces (splendid constructions that imposed the respect and the admiration) where they lived the noble descendants of Manco Capac and Mama Occllo. The Spaniards found Cusco the city of Gold and Lights. Currently, Cusco is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in South America.


How to get to Cusco

Whether you arrive by plane or bus, you will enjoy all the travel. Some agencys will offer lodging or taxis to get to the center. The center however is only a few minutes from the airport and the city is not that big. Cross it from one end to the other on foot maybe take two hours. The ideal is to take a taxi outside the airport. There are dozens of transportation companies of all price and quality from most cities in Peru. In general, travelers arrive from Lima, Arequipa or Puno. Given the informality of the routes, we recommend you to take the best possible bus services since they do not stop on the way to pick up people. The trip duration Lima - Cusco can go between 15 and 21 hours depending on the service you choose.In airplane, it takes 1 hour and a half. Also we recommend to take your travel agency before your travel to Cusco.


What to do in Cusco

Negotiate, bargain and talk. For being a great tourist city there are thousands of people trying to sell you something, 

  • Horse ride: In the Main Square or agencies you will find the option of doing this walk through the heights of Cusco, not far from the city. 
  • Street food: Antichuchos are a typical dish that you will identify by the aroma of grilling in the streets. The famous Adobo is another dish based on pork that is consumed in Cusco. Patasca is a very delicious soup, found mostly in popular markets. The tamales are a very tasty corn dish and the artisan breads and empanadas will definitely delight you. Especially do not miss the fabulous fruits and vegetables of this region. 
  • Night life: Perhaps one of the most attractive and varied in South America. Cusco offers discos and clubs of all categories and with different musical styles frequented by tourists from all over the world. Do not miss the free passes and free drinks tickets that are distributed at nightfall in the Main Square.


About the tourist ticket: 

If your plans are to enter the museums, forts, churches and attractions of Cusco, the best way to do it is with the Tourist Ticket that includes many of these attractions for a single payment. You can also choose to visit only one place or another without the ticket paying their individual price, but usually the sum of a few exceeds all that the ticket offers. There are also partial tourist tickets divided into circuits. The full ticket costs approximately $ 43 (23 for students). The best way to get to know Cusco is with the guided visits to these places since otherwise you will only see stones with no meaning or history behind.The most popular tours are  

  • The City Tour .- It shows you the city and takes you to the cultural monuments with a guide 
  • The Sacred Valley - A walk that lasts all day and leaves the city to show you the valleys in the surroundings, fortresses, markets and crafts. 

We advise you not to use the tourist ticket on your own if you are going to do some tour since you can not enter the same place twice and you will have to wait for your group if you already used the ticket. The places that the Tourist Ticket allows you to visit do not include Machu Picchu and are the following: 

  • Museum of Art and Monastery of Santa Catalina 
  • Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art 
  • Regional Historical Museum 
  • Site Museum of the Qoricancha 
  • Popular art museum 
  • Qosqo Native Art 
  • Center Monument to Pachacuteq 
  • Pukapukara 
  • Saqsaywaman 
  • Qenqo 
  • Tambomachay 
  • Tipon 
  • Pikillacta 
  • Viewpoint of Pachacuteq In the Sacred Valley
  • Chinchero 
  • Pisac
  • Ollantaytambo

The city of Cusco, located in the legendary Huatanay Valley, at 3,350 meters above sea level, has been inhabited since time immemorial. It is considered the oldest city in the American continent. There was Qosqo, the "navel of the world", the capital of Tahuantinsuyo, the Inca Empire. Already in colonial times it became the capital of the Viceroyalty of Peru, and after the independence of the country originated the first prefecture of the newly born Republic. Nowadays, it offers its visitors a variety of natural and cultural attractions. Its excellent Andean climate makes it easy to walk through the cobbled streets and get to know the city in the best possible way, strolling through the Main Square, the Cathedral, the Church of El Triunfo (16th century), built on the ancient palace of the Inca Huayna Capac, the churches of San Blas or La Merced, or visiting its many museums. In the outskirts of Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Machu Picchu, which receives more and more tourists, stand out for their interest.

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