City of Cusco
On a walk through the streets of Cusco
City of Cusco is Best For
Directions to City of Cusco
On a walk through the streets of Cusco, the great walls and palaces built by the Incas exhibit the colossal architecture of the capital city of Tahuantinsuyo. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived, they used the Inca stone structures as foundations for the churches, convents, and stately homes they built. This symbiosis forms part of the unique character of the city, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
The vast majority of Viceregal Art seen throughout the city, consisting principally of gold-framed religious paintings, transports us to the time when the mingling of Spanish and indigenous Andean cultures yielded the famous Cusco School.
Heirs to this legacy are the artists' workshops of the traditional San Blas Neighborhood, whose paintings, sculptures, and handicrafts are representative of Cusco's artistic history.
Historic center of Cusco
Cusco is a magical location. Watching the sun rise over Machu Picchu, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World, with a sun that lights up the Inca citadel with a flow of mystic energy is a moment that you will remember forever.
Close to the sanctuary, there are luxury hotels with views out over the mountains, the forest of the Urubamba River and the adjacent woodland.
The journey, from the city of Cuzco to Machu Picchu can be enjoyed by riding on the famous Hiram Bingham train, with its luxurious wagons decorated in the old European style, features an exquisite catering service as well as artistic dance performances and regional music. Travelers are astounded by the journey through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, through the mountains and alongside the river Urumbamba.
The city of Cusco has colonial-style hotels built more than 300 years ago, are architectural gems that harmoniously combine a feeling of formality with elegance. Cuzco offers many high-end places to stay with and outstanding service.
Archaeological Site in Cusco
La Catedral, el Templo del Sol or Koricancha, el barrio de San Blas, a visit to the workshops of well known Cuzco artists, are tours inside the city you won't want to miss. And the list goes on to include the Inca Trail private excursions, or organized visits to the museums, convents, citadels and shops selling world class jewellery, crafts, and alpaca and vicuña clothing. The city itself also offers a fine variety of restaurants as well as top-notch entertainment centers.
Sacred Valley and Raqchi communities
In the Sacred Valley of the Incas, several of the communities allow visitors to help with their agricultural work. Yucay, Urubamba and Pumahuanca all produce delicious sweet corn with large kernels, grown on the Inca terraces (agricultural terraces built into the side of hills). The Mara community operates over 3000 salt mines exploited by traditional methods.
Chinchero specialises in fabrics and Raqchi is a living museum where you can enjoy pottery, dance, music great cuisine, and the living culture of Cusco.
The Inca village of Ollantaytambo offers 7 hiking routes that guide you to archaeological sites, quarries, terraced cultivation areas and one of the main producers of Quechuan textiles (Wílloc). Visitors can stay with local families, and learn ancestral growing techniques by helping with agricultural work, irrigation and salt harvesting, and at festival time, participating in walks and Andean rituals.
Finally, the Wiracocha temple in Raqchi is the tallest known Inca building, with a large 'ushnu' or truncated pyramid holding great Andean religious significance for worshiping the Sun.