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Cusco, Peru
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City of Cusco

The Andean city of Cusco is the gateway to exploring Machu Picchu and offers up wonders of its own. It’s one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities—once the capital of a far-reaching empire—and history lives on in its picturesque squares and narrow, stepped streets. The Cathedral, built between 1560 and 1664 with red granite from the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, is one of the most magnificent structures. It houses a notable collection of gold and silver work from the colonial period, including elaborate engraved wooden altars and a beautiful collection of oil-on-canvas paintings from the Escuela Cusqueña.