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Cusco


Cusco, declared a World Heritage Site in 1983, was the capital of the Inca Empire and continues to be an important economic hub through the travel industry. Cusco receives more than 2 million visitors a year who come to discover its ancient wonders, primarily Machu Picchu. The city sits at 3,400 meters (11,000 feet) above sea level, surrounded by the Andean mountains and valleys. Its Inca legacy is evident — most of the city streets are lined with Inca-built stonewalls and you can hear people speaking Quechua at every corner. The Qorikancha or Temple of the Sun in the middle of the city center is one of the archaeological highlights, plus the Company of Jesus Church, the Cathedral, and the Archaeological Museum that houses mummies, among other things. San Blas, one of the most popular neighborhoods, offers amazing views of the city, plus many workshops and art galleries.

Outside of Cusco you find incredible Inca remains, such as Saqsaywaman (no reference to a sexy woman!)—by far the most impressive walled complex — Qenko, Puca Pucara and Tambo Machay. Cusco is also the entry to the Sacred Valley or Urubamba Valley that includes sites like Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. From here, you can choose from various treks that lead to the one and only Lost City of the Incas: Machu Picchu.
Cusqueña beer<br />
Cusqueña beer
Saqsaywaman Inca Complex<br />
Saqsaywaman Inca Complex
Women in Chinchero<br />
Women in Chinchero
Moray terraces<br />
Moray terraces

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