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Cusco

In addition to serving as a gateway to nearby attractions like Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, Cusco offers travelers a host of culturally enticing museums, cathedrals and markets that make this city an excellent addition to any itinerary. For outdoor enthusiasts, the Cusco area presents a number of spectacular trekking opportunities. And for those who want to stretch their legs a bit but aren't up for a week-long adventure over mountainous terrain, the nearby Inca ruins of Sacsayhuamán, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, Tambo Machay, Tipón, and Pikillacta and Rumicolca make excellent day trips.

In Quechua its name translates to "belly button of the world," and at its height Cusco truly was the center of the great Inca Empire, which stretched across parts of South America from Northern Chile to Colombia. In terms of
architectural prowess and political importance, Cusco paralleled the well-known Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán as one of the great imperial capitals of America.

Today, Cusco is known for its inviting and intriguing blend of Spanish and Inca culture, most evident where Spanish churches and convents had been built squarely on top of perfectly laid Inca walls. While the Spanish did their best to pillage and plunder the city, they failed to completely destroy the massive network of Inca stonework, which continues to withstand both time and the elements while the Spanish buildings crack and crumble. The Quechua people, the present-day ancestors of the Incas, are also a foundation for the city and bring the charm, humility and beauty that keep tourism booming in Cusco.

Because the city is a popular destination along the Gringo Trail, it has a variety of hotels and restaurants to accommodate any traveler's tastes, from five-star, world-class hotels to hostels the most miserly of backpackers will find affordable. It is an extremely visitor-friendly city, with tour agencies on every block and very helpful locals. Most of the major Cusco activities are within walking distance of one another and can be covered in about half a day, though you may want to devote a little more time to browse the various shops and markets you may encounter along the way.

Altitude: 3536m (11,600 ft) Population: 358,935 Phone Code: 84

Neighborhoods in Cusco: San Blas, Calle Garcilaso NÂş 210 Of. 128 ( Casa Del Abuelo ),

Other places nearby Cusco: Chinchero, Andahuaylillas and San Pedro, Yucay, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town), Pisac, Cusco: South of the Plaza de Armas, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail.







27 Mar 2012

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Cusco Highlights

Qoricancha Templo del Sol and Santo Domingo

Incan Qoricancha Of the numerous attractions in Cusco, this should be on the top of your list. Once home to nearly 4,000 of the Empire’s highest ranking priests and their attendants, Qoricancha was ...
Historical Building
Cusco, Peru

Museo de Arte Religioso

For art aficionados and architecture fiends alike, the Museo de Arte Religioso is one of the most interesting addresses in the city. Like many other attractions in Cusco, the museum sports a rich ...
Historical Building, Museum
Cusco, Peru

Cusco Cathedral

Located on the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s massive stone cathedral is well worth a visit. Construction began in 1560; much of the stone used to build the cathedral was brought from Sachsayhuamán and ...
Historical Building
Cusco, Peru

Iglesia San Blas

Iglesia San Blas is just one of the Cusco attractions located in the bustling artisan neighborhood of San Blas. Built in 1563, Iglesia San Blas is thought to be one of the oldest parishes in Cusco. ...
Historical Building
Cusco, Peru

Museo de Arte y Monasterio de Santa Catalina

Built by the Spanish between 1601 and 1610 on top of Acllahuasi-where the Inca emperor once housed his chosen Virgins of the Sun-this convent and museum houses an interesting collection of colonial ...
Historical Building, Museum
Cusco, Peru

Museo de Sitio Qoricancha

Located under the garden below Santo Domingo, the Museo de Sitio Qoricancha consists of three small rooms, which contain a pre-Columbian collection, Spanish paintings from the 18th century and photos ...
Historical Building, Museum
Cusco, Peru

Museo HistĂłrico Regional

Formerly the residence of one of Peru’s most famous writers and Inca historians, Garcilaso de la Vega, the Museo Histórico Regional now offers an excellent review of Peruvian history, from ...
Historical Building, Museum
Cusco, Peru

Raqchi

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the Raqchi ruins is the line of nearly 200 round stone houses that parallels the gigantic adobe Inca wall. At one time each one of the houses was filled to the ...
Historical Building
Cusco, Peru

The Stone Puma

110180North of Cusco’s Plaza de Armas towards Cuesta San Blas, you will come upon one of the most haunting tokens of a civilization: the foundation for the one-time palace of 14th century Incan ruler ...
Historical Building
Cusco, Peru

Cusco Hotels

Hostal Santa MarĂ­a

108535Located a half block from the Catedral on the Plaza de Armas, amongst churches and Inca walls, Hostal Santa Maria is in a privileged location. Particularly pleasant is the second floor dining room ...
Hotel
Cusco, Peru

Hotel Monasterio

102807Owned and operated by the prestigious Orient Express Hotels group, the Monasterio is the most luxurious hotel in Cusco. Two blocks north of the Plaza de Armas, the hotel complex was formerly the San ...
Hotel
Cusco, Peru

Hostal Rumi Punku

HotelRumi Punku is an attractive hotel in old Cusco.Rumi Punku means “stone door” in Quechua: the entrance to the hotel leads through an ancient stone door, obviously of Inca design. The doorway ...
Hotel
Cusco, Peru

Sumac Wasi

Sumac Wasi (Beautiful House) is in a large, 400-year-old colonial house located 50 meters from the main square, in the heart of the Cusco city. It has comfortable and pleasant rooms with private ...
Hotel
Cusco, Peru

Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inka, Cusco

Hotel Libertador Palacio del Inka is located within the ancient city of Cusco, facing the impressive Qoricancha, or Temple of the Sun. Its 254 rooms have been especially designed to make your stay ...
Hotel
Cusco, Peru

Sonesta Posada del Inca

Owned and operated by the international Sonesta chain, Posada del Inca is strategically located right in the center of old Cusco. The rooms are bright and airy, there is a relaxing lounge with a ...
Hotel
Cusco, Peru

Hostal Posada del Corrigedor

108552This place offers great value for money. The management of Hostal Posada del Corrigedor has invested more creativity and care in this hostel than at many of the other hostels you will find in this ...
Hostel
Cusco, Peru

Hostal Hatun Wasi

This hostel is managed by the Mendivil family, whose religious and indigenous-themed folk art has gained recognition beyond Peru. This hotel has a great location and offer rooms designed with an ...
Hostel
San Blas, Cusco, Peru

Amaru Hostal

Many hostels just north of the Plaza de Armas in the “artist community” of San Blas are a little bit more expensive, but the Amaru Hostel is the only one that includes “American breakfast,” ...
Hostel
San Blas, Cusco, Peru

Hospedaje TurĂ­stico San Blas

Located on the steep and busy hill leading up to the Plaza San Blas, Hospedaje TurĂ­stico San Blas has high quality rooms and friendly staff in a very convenient location. The hotel\'s interiors are ...
Hostel
San Blas, Cusco, Peru

Rey Antares Mystic Hotel

The more expensive room prices at the Rey Antares Mystic Hotel means a little bit extra, spiritually speaking. For interested guests, manager Yarly la Torre offers access to local shamans who will ...
Hotel
Cusco, Peru

Cusco Restaurants

Paddy Flaherty's

108485Paddy Flaherty’s calls itself “the highest Irish pub in the world.” And at Cusco’s altitude, who wouldn’t want to treat themselves to a Guinness or English draft beer? Fill up on hearty, ...
Restaurant
Cusco, Peru

Jack's Café Bar

108491Manager Jane Berthelsen said she wanted “the sort of food from back home that you miss” when she came up with the idea of Jack’s. Her vision includes huge all-day breakfasts, pancakes and ...
Restaurant
Cusco, Peru

Govinda's

Govinda’s has what is most likely the healthiest food in all of Cusco. Managed by local affiliates of Hare Krishna, and with a slant towards Indian-style cooking, the all-vegetarian, heavy on soy ...
Restaurant
Cusco, Peru

Macondo

108495This bar and restaurant provides a chic, art-gallery ambience, with contemporary artwork displayed on its walls and candles on each table providing a mellow glow. The menu items include chicken with ...
Restaurant
San Blas, Cusco, Peru

Restaurant Narguila

108496Head to Narguila if you want to try shakshuka, a spiced egg and tomato specialty served with jahnun, the pride of Yemen’s bakeries. Or perhaps with a malawach puffed pastry. The eatery also serves ...
Restaurant
Cusco, Peru

Truco Restaurant

You will definitely not soon forget dining at the Truco Restaurant on the south end of the charming Plaza Regocijo, the latter a smaller and more tranquil compliment to the Plaza de Armas. El Truco ...
Restaurant
Cusco, Peru

Khipus Restaurant

108621One of the main reasons people may want to visit Khipus is that it is the restaurant of choice of Edilberto Mérida, one of Peru’s most famous painters and sculptors. Merida first ...
Restaurant
San Blas, Cusco, Peru

Kintaro Japanese Restaurant

One of the very few Japanese restaurants in Cusco, Kintaro is run by Moriya Daisuke, a native of Japan, who offers his customers as authentic an experience as possible, complete with a second floor ...
Restaurant
Cusco, Peru

Granja Heidi Restaurant

Owner Karl Heinz-Horner grew up in Germany, but proudly considers himself Peruvian after settling here and starting his own dairy farm, where he sells his own milk, yogurt and cheese. He is also the ...
Restaurant
San Blas, Cusco, Peru

Le Nomade

Le Nomade offers a relaxed Bohemian ambience of couches and hookah pipes, the latter with a variety of tobaccos. The menu has more of an emphasis on French cuisine, with plates such as bistec con ...
Restaurant
Cusco, Peru

Map Cafe

A short walk from the main square, MAP Cafe and the Pre-Columbian Art Museum provides one with an evening of combined fine dining and culture. Housed in a striking colonial mansion (Casa Cabrera), ...
Restaurant
Cusco, Peru
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