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CUSCO AND THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

CUSCO   

The World Heritage Site of Cusco was founded around 1100AD and for over 400 years served as the capital and spiritual home of the Incas. Largely destroyed and rebuilt by the conquering Spanish, the city is now a vibrant mix of Inca architecture, Spanish colonial buildings, museums, galleries, restaurants, hotels and small boutiques.  At an altitude of 3300 metres, the city has a pleasant, sunny, cool climate.  At its heart is the central Plaza de Armas, flanked by the cathedral of La Compañía de Jesus built on the visible foundations of an Inca palace. One of the best preserved Inca buildings is the Temple of the Sun, now forming part of the 17th Century church of Santo Domingo.  Overlooking the city to the north is the Inca ceremonial centre of Sacsayhuaman with some very impressive Inca stonework, the temple and amphitheatre of Qenqo, and the nearby spring shrine of Tambo Machay.

Recommended itinerary:
The Complete Peru Explorer

Recommended accommodations: Picoaga Hotel


THE SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS

Flanked by Andean peaks and rising to an altitude of over 3000m (10,000ft), the fertile valley of the Urubamba River was the bread basket of the Inca empire as well as providing safe passage from high mountain passes to the jungles of the Amazon basin.  Today it is a patchwork of farming terraces, small villages, stunning scenery and small Inca sites. Popular visit sites include the town of Pisac with its colourful market on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the Inca town and temple fortress of Ollantaytambo. 

Recommended itinerary:
Inca Trail and Amazon

Recommended accommodation: Sol y Luna Hotel

 

 

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