Best reasons to visit Cusco, Capital of the Inca Empire
Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Cusco to realize immediately why this is the archeological capital of South America.
Pre-Columbian and Colonial architecture blend together in this city filled with rich history from the time when Cusco was the capital city of the Inca empire.
Spaniards built-in the 16th century palaces and churches on top of the city ruins.
Cusco offers not only amazing Inca ruins, but also cozy colonial plazas and great markets for souvenir shopping. Venture outside the city center to enjoy wonderful trekking options and explore fascinating archeological ruins.
The city offers not only amazing Inca ruins, but also cozy colonial plazas and great markets for souvenir shopping.
How to get there
As with most places in South America, it is best to book your airplane ticket in advance to get good prices! I personally recommend using Expedia to find the best rates.
If you have only a few days to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu, then the best option is to fly from Lima to Cusco. This is not the cheapest option, but it will only take you one hour. The second option is to take a bus, or to rent a car both of them will save you some bucks, but it will take more than 20 hours.
Where to stay
Highlights of Cusco
In addition to rain gear and warm clothes, bring something to drink and sunscreen. Remember the sun is stronger around the equator.
You can stroll down the cozy streets in Cusco and feel that you are indeed in what was the capital of the Inca – Empire. Admire indigenous people dressed with traditional clothing, streets preserving Inca and Spanish architecture and more.
The city offers many bars and restaurants all over its downtown area. The exterior is very well-kept, giving you that feeling that only a small city in the middle of the Andes can give you.
What were your impressions of this charming city?
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