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Category: Cities, Local time: 10:07:16, Altitude: 3369m, Official WWW website:


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GPS: -13.5225, -71.9726
Altitude: 3369 m
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 Aura: 80Reviews: 562011-08-24 08:33:43
Cusco is a world-famous city in Peru . It is situated in the southern part of the country, in the Peruvian Andes. It has about 360,000 inhabitants today. Cusco has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.

Glances into history

Cusco was the capital city of the Inca Empire. According to a legend, it was founded by the ninth ruler, Sapa Inca Pachacuti, somewhere around the 13th century. The city probably used to have the shape of a puma, which was one of the holy animals of the Incas. In the time of its greatest boom, it had about 200,000 inhabitants. However, in 1534 the city was conquered by the Spanish led by the conquistador Francisco Pizzaro. They built many palaces and churches in the Baroque style and the civil buildings constructed in this time combined the Spanish architectonic styles with the traditional style of the Incas. Many of these monuments are still well-preserved. Cusco became the base of Spanish colonization and the center of Spanish Christian missionary work. The capital city was moved to Limy , which was being built at the time. Since 1821, when Peru declared independence, Cusco has been an important cultural and industrial center.

Tourist attractions

Cusco is one of the most popular destinations in the country and also the perfect starting point for visiting Machu Picchu . Cusco offers many monuments and museums. The most interesting of them are e.g. the Qoricancha Temple (Temple of the Sun) , the Chapel of the Holy Family (Capilla de la Sagrada Familia) , the church La Compañia and the square Plaza de Armas, where you can see the monument Pachacuteq. Other historical monuments in the city include the monastery Santa Catalina and the cathedral Santo Domingo, which is one of the most remarkable colonial buildings in the city. Not far from the city, there is the famous Inca fortress Sacsayhuamán . The already mentioned mixture of Inca and colonial architecture is the main characteristic of the city. Many buildings were built on the ruins of Inca buildings and the differences between the particular parts of the buildings or walls are still clearly apparent.

Museums

The most sought-after museums are the Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo, which presents contemporary art, the Museo Historico Regional, where you can see e.g. interesting paintings from the 17th and 18th century and the Museo del Sitio del Qoricancha, a small museum with various pre-Columbian artifacts including three mummies. Other museums worth seeing include the Museo de Arte Popular dedicated to popular art, the Cocoa and Chocolate Museum (entrance free of charge) and the Gallery, which presents art pieces of local artists. There is an interesting collection of religious art in the monastery Santa Catalina.

Boleto Turistico

Boleto Turistico is a type of a ticket that you may buy for visiting selected monuments in the city Cusco and its surroundings. You can buy this ticket e.g. at the center Oficina Ejecutiva del Comité (OFEC) on address Av. Sol 103. The full price of the ticket for 10 days is 130 PEN. Students with the ISIC card pay 70 PEN. The ticket Boleto turistico is valid for e.g. these sites: the monastery Santa Catalina, the Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo, the Museo Historico Regional, the Museo del Sitio del Qoricancha, the Museo de Arte Popular, the Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo Danzas Folklórico or the monument Pachacuteq. You can also visit several monuments and sites in the vicinity of the city, such as the Sacsayhuamán , the Qénqo, the Pukapukara, the Tambomachay, the Chinchero and the ruins of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Tipón and Pikillacta.

Tourist services

For the basic offer of accommodation, click HERE . You can taste many local specialties in the city. They include e.g. the dish called "Lomo Saltado", which is a mix of meats with rice or French fries or the meal "Cuy", a roasted guinea pig with pasta. You can order these traditional delicacies e.g. at the restaurant Inka Gril at the Plaza de Armas. It is one of the most popular restaurants among tourists. If you want a good meal for a favorable price, visit the El Balcon Restaurant. If you are in the mood for classical European cuisine, go to the Cross Keys Pub. The Maikhani Restaurant offers quality Indian cuisine and vegetarians will enjoy eating at the Govindas Restaurant at the Plaza de Armas. If you prefer cooking by yourself, you can go shopping to e.g. the supermarket Gato at the Plaza de Armas or the supermarket Maxi on street Ave Grau. D'Dinos, a bigger supermarket opened 24 hours a day, where you can pay by credit card is located at Av. La Cultura 2003. You may also visit the market Artisan at the intersection of la Avenida del Sol and Tullumayo. If you fancy a drink and some fun in the evening, visit the main square Plaza de Armas and the surrounding area, where you will find many pubs and clubs.

Transport

Cusco is accessible by car, bus, train and plane. The international airport Alejandro Velasco Astete is located near the city center and it is the second largest airport in the country. It provides intrastate as well as international flights. You will reach Cusco by bus from e.g. Lima , Puno, Arequipa or Nasca. The main bus terminal Terrestre is situated about 20 minutes on foot from the av. Sol. You can travel by train to e.g. Machu Picchu . Within the city, it is best to use a rented motorbike or a scooter.

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