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Cusco: Breathtaking in more ways than one

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A February 2005 trip to Cusco by lashr1999

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Quote: It is easy to see why Cusco is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a beautiful city in South America, with aesthetic and cultural appeal. It has a history of Incan legends that fascinate many.

Cusco: Breathtaking in more ways than one

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Machu Picchu Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru near the Andes mountains. It had been the capital of the Incan Empire. In fact, its names come from a word meaning navel or center of the world. Evidence of the Incan civilization is scattered throughout Cusco. The most famous ruin from this period would have to be Machu Picchu A 4 day hike or a 4 hour train ride from Cusco will get you here. The site is as impressive as all those pictures I’ve seen in National Geographic. Besides the great Machu Picchu there are other Incan ruins closer to Cusco that should be experienced, such as Sacsaywaman, Templo de la Luna, and TamboMachay. Many of these sites are close to each other on our tour we saw five of these site...Read More

Los Apus Hotel & Mirador

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Hotel | "Los Apus Hotel & Mirador"

Los Apus Hotel & Mirador Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Los Apus hotel was built on the foundations of an ancient colonial house. It is a 20-room hotel, restored in a Swiss-colonial style. There are public balconies and a terrace on the top, which provided good views of the city although they are partially obstructed. The rooms themselves are small but tastefully decorated and comfortable. The walls were a peach/pink color with wood trim. Spanish-styled, recreated religious painting on a wood frame were hung around the room. The room had a double-size bed and wood furniture and floors. The bathrooms were clean, with plenty of hot water. The rooms had old-styled radiators instead of heaters. The rooms are built around a central atrium, so you coul...Read More

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Los Apus Hotel & Mirador
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Cusco, Peru
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Pisaq

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Attraction | "Pisaq Market"

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The Pisaq market is close to the Scared Valley and Sacsaywaman. Many tour buses which go to the Sacred Valley may make stops here as well. Remember that the markets are only open Sunday, Tuesday and Thursdays from 9am - 5pm. The best day to visit is on Sunday. It is on Sundays that the locals set up a mercado de treque (trade market). This market dates back to the ancient Peruvian days where Peruvians in the highlands depended on trade. The natives trade vegetables, herbs and potatoes for other goods like matches, oranges and medicines. Excellent pictures can be taken of people in their native dress and of the colorful fruits, vegetables, dyes and spices. Also, on Sundays there are masse...Read More

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Cusco, Peru

Ollantaytambo

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Ollantaytambo Photo, Ollantaytambo, Peru
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Ollantaytambo is a town which is in the western part of the sacred valley. It takes about 2.5 hours to get here by bus from Cusco. What is amazing is that some of the Incan structures in town are still used today by people. You can see houses built on top of dark pink Incan rock walls. The town itself is a great surviving example of how the Incans arranged their towns. The towns are divided into blocks called cunchas. Each block has a large stone doorway that leads to a courtyard. Houses surround this central courtyard. The fortress at Ollantaytambo is magnificent. It was built into a mountainside to be used for defense and religious purposes. The fortress its...Read More

Tambomachay

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Tambomachay, or Tambo de la Caverna, is about 15 minutes away from Cusco by bus. It’s name comes from two words from the Quencha language. Tampu means lodging and Machay means caves. The site itself has four terraces on a hill. The terraces are made from irregularly carved stones. What is amazing about the site is its water system. There are two aqueducts, which are carved into the rock and from which clean water flows throughout the year. Hundreds of years later, you can still see three fountains with clear water flowing out of them. The water coming from these springs were worshipped as a source of life. There is a small stone puddle at the lowest level, believed to be a sacre...Read More

Patiti

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I encountered Patiti restaurant while walking along the Plaza de Armas after a long tour, hungry and looking for a good place to eat. The sound of music and of the people inside drew me in. The décor of the restaurant is elegant. The back wall is mirrored and the side walls are a tasteful faux green marble. Of note is that some of the walls are actually part of an old Inca palace that once stood in the Plaza de Armas. The tables are covered in fine table clothes and have yellow cloth napkins and vases with cut flowers. The service in the restaurant is great. After you sit down you are given a free Pisco sour and some bread to have while you wait. Your water is always kept full a...Read More