Must-Sees in Cuzco
Cuzco is located in south of Peru at 3,360 meters altitude above sea level and at the heart of the Andes. The city was in the 11th Century after Christ founded and is home of 320,000 inhabitants. Cuzco is often referred as the archaeological capital of America, as many fascinating relics of the past are easily accessible.
In the footsteps of the Incas ...
Cuzco is perfect to explore holy sites of the Incas. In Cuzco and the surrounded area are home of several well-preserved ruins of the Incas
Museums in Cuzco
Cuzco has to offer a wide selection of museums which are a visit worth. Some of them we would like to show in detail:
The original cathedral of Cuzco was built on an existing building of the former Inca and years later moved into the Inkapalst Wiracocha. The museum contains some spiritual and religious
The Art Museum of Cuzco was a place of ceremonies of the Incas and has been around in 1580 to the palace of the conqueror Alonso Díaz. From 1850 to the Earl of Cabrera it used as a residence, has been restored since 2003 and serves as an art museum. This is the only museum in Peru intended to reprocess historical monuments of the past Peruvian time.
The Santa Domingo church and convent in Cuzco were built on the former Qoricancha sun temple. This is undoubtedly one of the finest examples of Spanish architecture, which is found in Cuzco.
Sacsayhuaman is a rock fortress of the Incas and is in close proximity to Cuzco and is unique in its architecture. The Incas used stone blocks for the construction of 9m x 5m and created a fortress, which is 360m long and fitted with doors, corridors and vantage points.
Q'enqo is the famous Inca site and s dedicated to the animal world. The sanctuary is in the shape of an amphitheater and disposed over stairs, windows and seats. Furthermore, underground access, and a stone sculpture of a cougar has been well preserved.
The Puca Pucura is situated on a mountain top observation and control posts of the Incas. It also served as a strategic base to supply the army. On the system semi-circular walls, stairs and tunnels have been preserved.
The Tambomachay is a water temple of the Incas, which was once used as a spa (that's why it's called "Baños del Inca" meaning something like "bath of the Incas"). Water was for the Incas a sacred element, symbolizing purity and life.
Cuzco and sourroundings
In the vicinity of Cuzco are also some attractions. There are small places, churches and Inca sites, such as the village of Chinchero, an Inca ruins of the Tipon or Pikillaqta, the "Sacred Valley of the Incas and the districts of Moray. And of course the world famous "hidden city - Machu Picchu."
Machu Picchu is also known as the Hidden City and is the most visited attraction in Peru. Cusco is suposed to be an excellent starting point for a trip to this attraction, since it is only about 110 kilometers away.
The well-preserved Inca city is located at 2,400 meters and can be very well achieved within the framework of a hike. They remained hidden from the Spaniards, and was discovered in 1911. In a vote in 2007, when more than 100 million people were asked about the "New 7 Wonders of the World", was the ancient Inca city on the 4th Space chosen.