Cusco Journals

Cusco Sightseeing

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A May 2009 trip to Cusco by LenR

Many are steep and narrow Photo, Cusco, Peru More Photos
Quote: The imperial city of Cusco has become one of the world’s great travel destinations. The city has stood for nine centuries and was once the capital of the Inca Empire. Unfortunately, many of the Inca masterpieces were looted and destroyed by the Spanish but the city still has much interest.

Tourist Tickets

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Palace Photo, Cusco, Peru
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There is so much to see in Cusco and in the surrounding area that the number of attractions almost becomes overwhelming. Some years ago someone had the thought of selling a combined ticket which would allow visitors to visit everything. It never quite worked like that because a few attractions refused to join but it covered enough and was priced appropriately to make it a good buy. That changed somewhat when the Archdiocese of Cusco took the cathedral, the church of San Blas and the religious art museum out of the ticket. It was not helped either when the price almost doubled in 2007.Never-the-less the ticket is still useful if you are planning a reasonable stay in Cusco and surroundings a...Read More

Streets

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Many are steep and narrow Photo, Cusco, Peru
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Some visitors use Cusco purely as a stopping point n the way to Machu Picchu but this is a mistake. One of the joys of this city is to explore the many narrow cobblestone streets with their colourful terra-cotta roofed buildings. If you are not acclimatised to the altitude, this can be a real problem.The central city is most enjoyable explored on foot. Even many of the streets which are open to traffic are so narrow that it’s simply faster to walk than to drive. One problem, however, is that streets change names every few blocks and this has been further complicated by the city erecting new street signs with old Quechua names to highlight its Inca heritage. These naturally bear no re...Read More