Guide to CUSCO

Cusco is of course a great gateway to fantastic places such as the Sacred Valley, Sacsayhuamán, Ollantaytambo, and of course Machu Picchu. I’m telling you about the trip to the Sacred Valley in the chapter on Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu has its own chapter.

Cusco itself is an extremely charming place, too, so here is an introduction of some places not to be missed.

The Plaza de Armas with the adjacent Catedral, the Iglesia de Compañia, and just the rows of low-rise colonial houses alone is a jewel were one can spend the entire day observing Peruvian life and ado.

 

plaza de armas
The 9th ruler over the Inca empire, Pachacútec Yupanqui, overlooking the Plaza de Armas; even the sky chips in to increase the dramatic view.

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