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Useful Information Cusco

” The Archaeological Capital of America “ , is the largest tourist attraction in Peru and the most visited . Cusco was the largest city and capital of the Inca Empire ” Tahuantinsuyo ” (covering much of Ecuador , Colombia , Bolivia , Peru , Argentina and Chile) which was then taken by the Spanish conquerors ; today it has an architecture that fuses the Inca and Spanish style . Their town conserves with pride their customs and traditions . It is also imperative to know the mystic and enigmatic citadel of Machu Picchu that the Spaniards never knew and was discovered by Western culture in 1911. Cusco and Machu Picchu , for its historical value and for its beauty is considered a Cultural Heritage .

Take a few days to visit Cusco !

Cusco has a diversity of tourist services , a variety of hotels and lodgings as well as travel agencies and adventure sports , restaurants , craft centers, bars and all that you can imagine. The tourist industry influences the development of products and services. Currently there is an adequate infrastructure to ensure the stay of tourists arriving in large numbers every year. They are satisfied and enjoy your trip. Here you will also find geographic & economy information and more. The modern Cusco lives according to the rhythm of the most important activity in the city : tourism .

How to get to Cusco?

  • By Air: Regular flights from Lima (1 hour) and from Arequipa (30 minutes) to the city of Cusco.
  • By Land : Lima – Arequipa – Cusco: 1650 km (26 hours by car)
  • Lima – Nazca – Puquio – Abancay – Cusco : 1 131 km (20 hours by car) .
  • Puno – Cusco: 389 km (07 hours by car) .
  • By Train : Regular service from Puno to Cusco: 384 km (10 hours).

Go in Cusco

Cusco and surroundings breathe history; there are a variety of places worth visiting, streets and Inca temples throughout the city, surprised by how accurately fit perfectly. With this architecture, one can walk for hours admiring and basking in the splendor of the city, you can also do it by bus or by renting a car or motorcycle, the best option is to hire a professional guide. Inform yourself clicking in travel agencies at Cusco and you will find many offers for your trip.

Here are a list of places that can be visited not just at Cusco but around:

The square with the wonderful cathedral, the Compania de Jesus and the temple of La Merced . Also you have to visit the San Blas neighborhood where the artisans and where there is a church with the same name.

Other place to visit is Santo Domingo Convent and the Qoricancha (Sun Temple in Inca times).

In the surroundings you can visit many Inca archeological places like Saqsaywaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay (dedicated to the cult and agriculture). Also, the amazing Inca sites of Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Piquillacta, Tipon and Pisac.

Suggestions

Eating light food , the first day . you have to take precautions to avoid breathing problems and discomfort due to the altitude.

Arriving at the airport or bus station, we recommend you have a clear idea of their location. There are taxi drivers who try to confuse to the passengers taking them to other accommodation that does not cover your expectations and so they are benefit with a commission. Inform yourself just make a click here about accommodation and choose from the many options and prices offered .

If you are an experienced traveler, before beginning your trip, buy your tourist ticket … For more information click here .

What to Do in Cusco

Adventure sports

Cusco has geographical areas and climates appropriate to practice the adventure sports in the Lakes, rivers, mountains, and many green areas for canoeing, parachuting, hang gliding, mountain biking, trekking, motocross and many others. More information click here

Shopping

Cusco has an endless variety of shopping malls and craft, plus specialty shops. Tourists can buy souvenirs, fabrics, different clothes of alpaca and vicuna wool or cotton. More information click here Handcrafts and Shopping

Night life

There are always bars, pubs and clubs open all night where you can enjoy the best music, dance with our beautiful women and taste the national and international exotic drinks. Many of them offer daily shows with musical groups, whether national, regional or foreign. More information click here Nightlife

Gastronomy

In restaurants you can find a varied menu with entrees (good meat, red trout or pejerrey of Titicaca), delicious sauces, delicacies prepared by the chef and Peruvian Creole food like dried lamb, ceviche, lomo saltado, anticuchos or guinea pig in Cusco’s style. You will also find international dishes as Argentina   style steaks, chicken curry, red trout Florentine. More information Restaurants and Gastronomy in Cusco click here.