Cusco, The Imperial City

Category : Peru, Travel
Date : June 5, 2011

Cusco, often spelled Cuzco is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cusco Region as well as the Cusco Province. In 2007, the city had a population of 358,935 which was triple the figure of 20 years ago. Located on the eastern end of the Knot of Cusco, its altitude is around 3,400 m. Cusco was the site of the historic capital of the Inca Empire and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO. It is a major tourist destination and receives almost 1.5 million visitors a year. It is designated as the Historical Capital of Peru by the Constitution of Peru.

Peru-2010-56.jpgLanding in Cusco is a great experience. City is located at the altitude of around 3,400 m so the landing strip has to be substantially longer as the air does not provide as much lift and the airplanes are landing with higher speeds.

Peru-2010-120.jpgCusco as seen from the surrounding hills and the main square “Plaza de Armas”

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Sacsayhuamán (also known as Saksaq WamanSacsahuaman or Saxahuaman) is a walled complex on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, the former capital of the Inca empire. The complex is as many other Inca constructions made of large polished dry-stone walls, each boulder carefully cut to fit together tightly without mortar. The site, at an altitude of 3,701 m, was added as part of the city of Cusco to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983.

Peru-2010-179.jpgMain square “Plaza de Armas” in Cusco.

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