The city of Cusco is located at 3.400 meters above sea level, between the Vilcanota and the Apurimac rivers.
It is also called Qosqo or Cuzco, which was the capital of ancient Peru, chosen by the Inca Empire Tahuantinsuyo.
Today, thousands of travelers are visiting every year to enjoy its attractive proposals and to start the path that leads to sacred city of Machu Picchu.
The city of Cusco impresses visitors with its magic and history, which includes its streets and buildings. The city is a place of narrow streets, Inca walls, colonial houses and exciting nightlife.
The city of 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 remains the central point and reference for tourists and cusqueños as it was during the existence of the Inca Empire.
Touring the square, the traveler will find cultural symbols, monuments to the fallen people during the conquest and a water source claiming the Inca Empire.
As a result of the conquest the Inca temples were destroyed or camouflaged by churches, mansions and palaces that were built directly over them.
One of the buildings is the present Cathedral of Cusco (1560-1664). Original Triumph Church, built over the palace of Viracocha (this church was built with blocks of volcanic stone plundered the temple of Sacsayhuaman); the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, both buildings were built on the Qorikancha. This was an important temple, where they worshiped the sun. Its walls were covered with gold, which was looted by the valuables that remained in the temple.
Cusco is a place that is constantly being discovered, a vast number of myths and legends surround the place appearing in each archaeological remain found in the Inca culture.
To appreciate the intact Inca constructions, it is necessary to visit Sacsayhuaman that is only minutes away from the city of Cusco following the path that leads to Pisac. There one can visit Q’enqo (distinguished by its underground galleries and ceremonial carved stone table where they embalmed the Sanctuary for the dead), Puca Pucara (lookout and stocking location for travelers of the time) and finally before reaching Pisac, you will find the springs of Tambomachay worshiping water.
Other distinctive places of Cusco – essential to visit- is the Central Market known as El Mercado de San Pedro, where you can buy all kinds of traditional products of this Andean culture, and El Barrio de San Blas, picturesque artist’s area with colonial houses and such narrow streets that people have to take turns with each other to overtake and follow the roads through the village. There are also textile posts, crafts and gifts to purchase beautiful costumes and friendly 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. Within Peru it also managed to stand, as The Best culinary destination in the world in the World’s Travel Awards, while Machu Picchu triumphed in the category Best Green fate of the world.
The city of Cusco, offers tourists a combination of attractions that make your stay a unique and dreamy experience.
Peruvian cuisine, history, colors, culture, joy, ecology, nature, magic, mystery and beauty are the main virtues that make the City of Cusco such a special place worldwide.