LUXURY TRAVEL TO CUSCO

  • CAPITAL OF THE ANDES, A COLOURFUL MIX OF THE COLONIAL AND INCAN
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Destination Cusco City

Cusco is the mythical capital of the Inca Empire, that evoking the greatness of the “Children of the Sun”. It is a city packed full of historical monuments, relics, folk lore and legends, which come to life every time you walk through its ancient streets. Cusco is located at 3400 meters above sea level (11200 feet) in the Huatanay Valley.
Today, Cusco the Archeological hub of Peru and the Americas is a city open to the world, warmly welcoming its many visitors with the sublime combination of ancient Incan architecture with traces of the Spanish influence. Its irresistible charm and many surprises make everyone who visits fall in love with Cusco; abundant with comfortable hotels, brilliant restaurants and a vast offering of handy crafts.

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Discovering The Magic Of Cusco

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Discovering The Magic Of Cusco

  • Cities Visited : Cusco City, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
  • Style : Religious, Cultural and Archaeological.
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Discover The Richness Of The Inca Empire

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Discover The Richness Of The Inca Empire

  • Cities Visited : Lima City, Cusco City, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
  • Style : Religious, Cultural and Archaeological.
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Cusco, The Magic Of This Natural Treasures

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  • Cities Visited : Cusco City, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
  • Style : Religious, Cultural and Archaeological.
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Attractions

Plaza de Armas

In the time of the Inca there was not a main square, but a great rectangular space divided by the Saphi River. The place that today occupies the Main Square was known as Hawqaypata. The other side of the river, the area that today is the Square of Regocijo, was known as Cusipata. Together they formed a great square that was the center of the social and religious life of the city.
This place was theater of magnificent Inca ceremonies as the Inti Raymi or Party of the Sun, where all the towns of Tahuantinsuyo met symbolically, to surrender all to the Sun God. To this place, the conquering Francisco Pizarro arrived and had to face Manco Inca’s resistance. Now, the majesty of their colonial constructions such as the Cathedral, Compañia de Jesus and the Church of the Triunfo, they are works of the finest architecture at the time.

The Cusco Cathedral

It was built on the foundations of the Incan temple of Wiracocha. Its construction lasted around 100 years (1579-1679) made from stones extracted from the walls of the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. This construction in the Renaissance style that contrasts with the Baroque and Plateresque style of its interiors where we find a choir whose wooden seat in cedar is a real work of Rococo art. The biggest altar is covered exquisitely with beaten silver. In the sacristy exists a niche in which crucified Christ’s picture is attributed to the artist Van Dick. Their walls are adorned with paintings from the Cusco school style such as real works of art of Diego Quispe Tito, Juan Espinoza and Marcos Zapata, the painter of “The Last supper” in which the figure of the Andean Guinea pig meal is featured as the main course and Chica instead of wine. Likewise it deserves special mention the image of Señor de los Temblores of whom is said that he stopped the earthquake of 1650 when he was taken out in procession. You really can’t miss this one.

Saqsayhuaman

The remains and foundations of a colossal structure, it features three-tiered defense walls made of stones that fit with razor-sharp precisions. Saqsayhuaman means “Satiate Falcón”. It was built in about 77 years (1431-1508) under the rule of Inca Tupac Yupanqui and Huayna Qhapac. It is amazing to imagine how the moved and fit those large stones perfectly together. From 1537 to 1561 the site was unfortunately used as a quarry by the Spaniards to build a Cathedral, along with a number of temples and their own houses, meanwhile destroying sacayhuaman stone by stone. Four well-defined sections may still be clearly identified. The Fortress or Walls built with cyclopean stonemasonry arranged in zigzag that faces the second section: So-called Chuquipampa Square which is actually an open, grassy leveled ground. The largest stone weighs about 70 tons! The other two sections are characterized by the Fortified Towers and the Suchuna hill, located opposite the Walls. The Inti Raymi festival takes place here June 24th.

What to do?

San Pedro Market, the main open market

Plenty of colors and flavors, this is really picturesque place, Republican style founded in 1925, the construction manager of this market was Gustav Eiffel, French engineer who designed the famous Eiffel Tower. Here you can find dry goods, fruits and vegetables, flowers, souvenirs textiles and much more.

Stroll San Blas artisan quarter

4 blocks from the Main Square, it’s one of the quaintest areas in all of Cusco. It is called T’oqokachi(salt hole) and is characterized by steep, narrow, streets and charming Colonial houses, it is also known as the Artisans neighborhood. A private tour would be the best to fully appreciate its uniqueness.

Wander Cusco Southeast

Travelers can explore the amazing hydraulic architecture in Tipon, pre Inca structure Pikillacta, beautiful artworks of the Escuela Cusqueña in Andahuaylillas, not forgetting Lucre, Huacarpay, Raqchi, the capital Oropesa bread and other places.

Typical gastronomy

Varied dishes of different meats cuy (guinea pig) is a popular dish served during festival times, choclo (corn), quinoa, rice with tarwi and other foods native to the Andes, all these one you can taste in the different restaurants around the Plaza, bon appetite.

Travel tips

Altitude Sickness

  • Cusco is in the Peruvian Highlands, the heart of Andean Ranges, 3400 m. a.s.l. (11200 feet). At this height there is a possibility of Altitude Sickness called Soroche, a popular local remedy for soroche is to drink coca tea or chew coca leaves. To prevent it, take easy on arrival, eat lightly and drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine as these may cause dehydration, and cause more severe symptoms.

Weather

  • In the Highland you have two clearly seasons: Dry and Rainy seasons, during summer months (May to October), Andean countryside is at its best. Days are warm and dry while nights are always cold. Take protections against cold (at any time of the year) and sunscreen to avoid intense solar radiation. To stay warm, pack a fleece or thick sweater and pair it with a windproof jacket.

Best time to visit

  • Cusco is most visited place of Peru so any time you get something to do, catholic festivals each month, City anniversary in June (Sun festival, Inti Raymi), Peruvian independence in July.

Arriving/Departing to Cusco

  • It is possible to find more than 25 daily flight departures, from the Capital Lima and principal cities like Arequipa, Juliaca and Puerto Maldonado