Why visit Cusco?

by Freddy May 20, 2023
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Cusco is known as the “Imperial City” and former capital of the Inca Empire. It is a fascinating tourist destination that attracts millions of visitors from around the world every year. Located in the southern Andean region of Peru, Cusco is a city steeped in history, culture, and natural beauty. From its impressive colonial architecture to the mysterious Inca ruins scattered throughout the region, Cusco offers a unique cultural experience that cannot be found anywhere else. In this article, we explore the reasons why Cusco is a hotspot for tourism and highlight the best the Inca capital has to offer.

Inca history and culture:

Cusco was once the capital of the Inca Empire, the largest pre-Columbian civilization in the Americas. The historical and cultural richness of the region is evident in every corner of the city; from the archaeological remains of Sacsayhuamán and Q’enqo, to the Golden Temple of Qoricancha. The region is also home to the famous network of Inca Trails that lead to Machu Picchu. Cusco is a treasure trove of antiquity, giving visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in the splendour of the ancient Inca civilization.

Charming colonial city:

After the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, Cusco underwent an architectural transformation that fused Inca culture with Spanish influence. The historic center of Cusco is a living testimony of this unique amalgamation of cultures. Its cobbled streets, colonial squares and beautiful Baroque churches, including the Cusco Cathedral and the Iglesia de La Compañía de Jesús, are a delight for admirers of historical architecture.
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Machu Picchu, a wonder of the world:

Hidden deep in the mountains near Cusco, is one of the most emblematic destinations in the world: Machu Picchu. This ancient Inca citadel is considered one of the New Wonders of the World and is one of the main tourist attractions in Peru. The beauty and mystery found within the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, attracts travellers from all over the world who wish to discover this archaeological jewel.
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Impressive landscapes:

The Cusco region is bursting with the extraordinary natural beauty of the Andes mountains, captivating its visitors at every turn. The picturesque Sacred Valley of the Incas, with its agricultural terraces and native Quechua villages, surrounds Cusco to the north, and is the gateway to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. The Sacred Valley is also the home to the famous network of Inca Trails that boast breathtaking landscapes, cloud forests, high mountains, and lush green rainforests.
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Traditional festivals:

Cusco is renowned for its vibrant and colourful festivals that celebrate the fusion of Inca and Spanish culture. The Inti Raymi festival takes place in Cusco city around the time of the winter solstice in June, and is a recreation of the ancient Inca festival of the sun. The Quyllurit’i festival, held in the Ocongate region near to Cusco, is an Andean festivity in the mountains that honours the Lord of the Snow Star. Both of these celebrations are just a few examples of traditional ceremonies that take place in and around Cusco throughout the year. Each one offering visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the local culture of the Andes and witness their beloved ancient traditions.
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Delicious gastronomy:

Cusco gastronomy is a fusion of Andean and Spanish flavours that delight the palates of all its visitors. Dishes such as baked guinea pig, stuffed rocoto and Chiriuchu, are some of the culinary delights that can be enjoyed in Cusco. In addition, the city has a large number of restaurants that offer options for all tastes, from traditional food to international cuisine.
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Hospitality and warmth of its people:

Cusqueños are famous for their friendliness and warmth towards visitors. From the vendors in the local markets who inhabit the nearby towns, to the tour guides throughout the city and on the trails. The hospitality of the people of Cusco will make you feel right at home, and will provide you with every opportunity to immerse yourself in their local culture.

Cusco is a tourist destination that offers a unique combination of history, culture, natural beauty and hospitality. From the legacy of the Inca’s to the majesty of Machu Picchu, Cusco captivates the senses and leaves a lasting impression in the memories of its visitors. If you are looking for an enriching experience full of cultural treasures and impressive landscapes, do not hesitate to visit Cusco, a jewel in the heart of the Peruvian Andes.

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