A July 1985 trip
to Cusco by Wasatch
Quote: A fine old Spanish colonial city near a wealth of Inca ruins, but be ready for high altitude.
A visit to Cuzco reminds of the evil done in the name of religion. The pious Spaniards who conquered the capital of the great Inca Empire proceeded to methodologically destroy Cuzco because it was a pagan city. The Spaniards tore down the Inca city and used its great stones as building blocks for a new Spanish Cuzco. Signs of Cuzco’s glorious past abound, but mostly in bits and pieces.
The first thing to do in visiting Cuzco is to get out of town and go see Sacsayhuaman (pronounced: socks-eh-woe-man), the vast Inca temple just outside Cuzco, for a lesson in Inca costruction using stones so finely quarried that no cement was needed to hold them together. Now you can return to Cuzco and easily tell the difference between the work of the master Inca stonemasons and the crude Spanish work in brick and stone. Now you will find Inca parts of walls and buildings all over Cuzco.At 3,315 m or 11,500 ft. above sea level, Cuzco is not an easy visit. Even if you don’t get altitude sickness, you will be perpetually out of breath. Climbing a flight of stairs or the smallest hill will leave you gasping, so take your time. Walk slowly and savor the sights. There are no great sights in Cuzco. People flock here because it is the jumping off point for Machu Picchu. Nevertheless, wandering Cuzco’s attractive streets is a worthwhile activity, as long as you take iteasy.There are several fine colonial churches, especially in the Plaza des Armes, the center of Cuzco’s attractions. Running out of the square, Callejon Loreto has some of the best Inca walls in town.
Machu Pichu gets all the attention, but there are several other notable Inca ruins in the vicinity which should not be missed. A day tour by bus or van with a local guide is a good way to see the most important of them. The trip will include Sacsayhuaman and other Inca establishments and probably stop at an Indian village market.I know we were in Cuzco for most of 2 days and 3 nights, but I have no recollection of where or what we ate for our three squares a day. Must be the Coca tea.
Attraction | "Machu Picchu"
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Machu Picchu Inca Archaeological Site
Above The Urubamba Valley
Cusco Region, Peru
heber ctity, Utah