Cusco

Situated in the Peruvian Andes, Cusco or Qosqo – The navel of the world – was the capital of the vast Inca Empire some nine hundred years ago. It was developed during its summit under the Inca ruler Pachacútec, into a complex urban center with distinct religious and administrative functions. When the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century, they preserved the basic structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city.

Declared by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the entire area is covered by archaeological remains, which makes of this city, an amazing amalgam of the Inca capital and the colonial city. Here we can findwalls of meticulously cut granite, rectilinear streets running within the walls, ruins of the Sun Temple, once covered with sculptures of precious metals and as remains of the colonial city: freshly whitewashed squat houses, Palaces and the marvelous Baroque churches which achieved the impossible fusion of the Plateresco, Mudejar or Churrigueresco styles.

Experience the former Inca Capital and heart of the Spanish colonial past. It is undoubtedly one of the most interesting centers in South America.

Cusco Highlights

  • Cusco ItinerariesQoricancha: It was probably the most revered temple of the capital city of Cusco. The walls and floors were once covered in sheets of solid gold, and its adjacent courtyard was filled with golden life size statues. Spanish reports tell of its opulence that was “fabulous beyond belief”.
  • Sacsayhuaman: This complex is a mystic and ancient site. It is a large walled complex near the city of Cusco. The massive blocks, the largest being over 27 ft. high and weighting by the most conservative an estimate of 360 tons, are perfectly aligned.
  • Cusco Design Your TripSan Blas neighborhood: Recognized as the cradle of great Andean craftsmen, it is one of the most picturesque sites in the city and its peaceful quiet, makes the walk through its streets a different experience, which at night is colored dress to welcome guests to the rhythm of the songs of the Andes.
  • San Pedro Market: Colorful and vibrant, is not to be missed. This market is made by Peruvians, for Peruvians. You will enjoy seeing a traditional local market and the local everyday way of life.
  • Andahuaylillas: Also known as the Andean Sistine Chapel. To open its doors is to unveil a dazzling array of wall paintings and frescoes contrasted by a richly glowing gilded altarpiece carved from wood. The artwork, rich in red and gold paint, tells powerful religious stories.