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Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire, one of the most important cities of the Spanish Viceroyalty in South America, and the main hub for cultural life and politics following Peru's independence in 1821. Nowadays, Cusco is still a major city, full of life and portraying an amazing balance between ancient traditions and a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere. It's also the perfect jumping off point for visiting the surrounding Inca ruins.
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Cusco 08000, Peru
San Blas is the bohemian district of Cusco City. This picturesque and atmospheric corner of the city is a short but steep walk from the main square. This is where you can find artists' studios and artisans' workshops. Look out for Mérida and...
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Cascaparo, Cusco 08000, Peru
In most Andean towns, the markets are community hubs where you can find basic local ingredients, handmade traditional clothes, and even the ingredients necessary for creating magical potions and shamanic spells. In the city of Cusco, San Pedro...
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Cusco's vibrant nightlife is no surprise given that it plays host to so many young tourists from all over the world. There are events happening every night of the week in this city, with enough variety to satisfy travelers of all stripes. The city...
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Santo Domingo s/n, Cusco 08000, Peru
The Catholic Church played a major role in the Spanish Conquest that took place during the first half of the 16th century. Missionaries executed a swift and aggressive evangelization process that imposed Catholicism on the indigenous people,...
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374, Procuradores, Cusco, Peru
Pizza is popular around the world, and it is by no means indigenous to the Andes. However, the pizza in Cusco is a must-eat for both locals and visitors. Many Peruvian pizza-mongers substitute Andean salty cheese for the traditional mozzarella,...
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La Catedral is actually three churches in one, each of which are exquisite. It is decorated in the Baroque style, with more gilt and gold trimming than you can imagine. In order to convert the Incan people to Catholicism, the Spanish used symbols...
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If you wander around the San Blas neighborhood of Cuzco, you're bound to stumble upon a few of the Tallers, or local artisan gallery and shops. Generally, you walk into a beautiful outdoor courtyard which various rooms open into. One of the rooms...
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Av. de La Cultura 220, Cusco 08000, Peru
Along the wall of the Coca museum in the San Blas District of Cusco, are about six artifacts from major ancient civilizations from Peru. They are anthropomorphic figures and they all are all shaped to include a wad of coca leaves in their cheek....
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Cusco, Peru
This is another Incan site outside of Cusco, known for its canals, waterfalls and aquaducts. The water from this fountain is as clean and delicious as you could ask for.
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Sacsayhuaman is an impressive Inca fortress on a steep hill that overlooks all of Cusco. The ruins are humongous, but archeologists believe that the original site was as much as four times larger. What remains today are the impressive outer walls...
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You can find the ancient sites of Maras and Moray just a short drive away from Pisac. The two places differ in appearance, but they both reflect the same spirit of innovation that helped various Pre-Columbian people build prosperous societies in...
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Calle Roca Fuerte 245, Urubamba, Peru
The Sacred Valley of the Incas, also known as the Urubamba River Valley, was once the heart of the Incan Empire, and it is still inhabited by Quechua-speaking people to this day. Since Pre-Columbian times, the valley has been an important hub for...
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Peru
The reason most come to Aguas Calientes, or maybe even Peru at all, is Machu Picchu. The world-renowned Incan site, perched high above town amid dramatic mountains, is one of the best ways to appreciate the Quechua people’s greatness, since...
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Estación de Tren, Av Ferrocarril 1, Ollantaytambo, Peru
South America’s most iconic historic site is surely Machu Picchu, the Inca citadel nestled high in the Andes, while its most famous natural site is, despite stiff competition, arguably Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands. These must-visit destinations are...
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Pisac, Peru
One of the top Incan sites in the Sacred Valley is set high above the town of Písac and offers views spectacular enough to inspire any photographer, amateur or professional. The ruin’s temple area is well worth the visit, and the walk...