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City of Cuzco Historic Center

Cusco, Peru
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  • City of Cuzco Historic CenterPro 2014
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    You'll most likely will be taken to Pisac on your day trip to the Sacred Valley. Pisac is a village that was populated by the Spanish, as a reduction village, which meant that they took people from several places and brought them all to live together, so they could avoid rebellions and collect taxes. What you will see here is a very large street market and several silver shops. The guides will take you inside the silver shops to see the jewelry being made and, of course, will try to sell you. The stuff here is much more pricey then the markets in Lima, but you can find some bargains.
    As a foodie, my favorite place in the Pisac market was a little empanadas place, where they have an adobe oven and bake empanadas to order, for only 2 soles.

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    Cuzco is the Kathmandu of the Andes. Steeped in tradition and altitude but not attitude, the city of gold (as it was known when Pizarro conquered it) exudes an old world charm and grace despite the bloody treachery that led to it's ultimate demise and subsequent rebirth under the conquistatores. Its history, indigenous culture, lively nightlife and the trailhead to Machu Pichu make Cuzco the premiere destination in Peru.

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    Cuzco is the jumping off point for the Inca Trail so most travellers to Peru will end up there. It's more than just a gateway - amazing Incan architecture right in the city and lots of cool places for travelers to explore and discover.

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    I love Cuzco! Been here three times and found something new on every occasion. Besides the awesome scenery and excellent attractions, the place just feels nice. It's a great city to explore- though the altitude can take its toll if you don't slow down a bit.

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    This town exceeded my expectations. We stayed here to aclimate before our Inca trail hike. I thought it would be a small village but it is a big bustling city. Winding cobblestone roads and lovely plazas.

    During your visit make sure to visit the locals market. It's wonderful to see all of the local foods, cheeses, dried meats, three foot rounds of bread, and of course.... frogs and guinea pigs. They also have trades and crafts here along with textiles and spices.

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    Important city in Peru that attract people from all the World because of your natural valleys and beauties.

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    Stunning city lots to see and visit , densely populated 500 000 people living there ,plenty to see and do while you are there , places to stay is great and always help full , I uses Sungate Tours for my visit to Cuzco and Mauch Picchu

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    Having to find our way around the city was a little sketchy. Ended up taking the taxi for the most part to ensure our safety, but around our hostel it seemed relatively safe. Although a highly popular tourist destination as the pitstop to Machu Picchu, lots of locals around to keep it real.

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  • City of Cuzco Historic Center

    Cusco is a back packers paradise with affordable accommodations, street bazaars, a multitude of ancient sites and reconstructed sites to see as well as very friendly locals. It is the best staging point for treks, adventure and site seeing.

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    Cuzco, the ancient Incan capital and archeological hub of South America, made a great first foray into South America. It's a heavily visited Peruvian stopover for many reasons: proximity and access to Machu Picchu and other sites of the Sacred Valley, as well a large number of hotels, hostels, places to eat, and Internet cafes that make it convenient for tourists. It also has a large number of expats at any given time, thanks to the university and language schools nearby.

    As a lone female traveler with limited Spanish skills, I really felt comfortable in Cuzco. It's relatively small and easy to navigate, fairly safe (with the exception of pickpocketing), and tourist-friendly. In addition, the hills, temperate climate (sunny days, cool nights), and diversity of people and culture reminded me of my native San Francisco. Another comparison that comes to mind is the hill towns of Italy: Orvieto, Siena, Assisi -- with brick, cobblestones, and lovely piazzas. If you're looking for glitz or glamour, you won't find it here, but it's a mellow gem on its own.

    When I arrived in late June, celebrations for Inti Raymi (which is their summer solstice) were starting up and plaza filled with parades, with cute kids dressed up as Inca warriors.

    I stayed here a few days, acclimating to the altitude (coca tea helps) and making my plan for excursions to Machu Piccu and other destinations within Peru. There are many travel agencies that can book your itinerary, and all had helpful, English-speaking guides. Everywhere I went, I met fellow travelers with whom I'd swap stories and recommendations. It's the kind of place I could see myself staying for longer, even months at a time, and doing an immersion program.

    During Cuzco's dry season, the weather is perfect--warm sunny days with temperatures in the 60s, and chilly nights that are perfect for sleeping in. The previous week, I'd spent in New York, plagued with insomnia due to being 3 hours behind California and the heat. But in my cozy room, swaddled with Andean quilts, I slept like a baby.

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    LOVED Cusco. I really did. We spent a day just walking around, exploring markets and taking photos of houses. get ready to get a work out, and also bring some water because you will feel like you are going to pass out. A combination of the altitude and the many many staircases on the streets will give you the work out of a lifetime.

    Be aware of both stray chickens and stray dogs!

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    The Incas used to believe that Cuzco was the center of the world... A day in Cuzco will be enough to see that their claim has some reason.

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    Definitely go on a market day, but don't miss the nearby ruins as well. You can get a taxi to the top of the mountain and then walk down the well-marked trail along the terraced slopes past many Inca ruins. It's less crowded than Maccu Picchu and just a spectacular walk. The trail ends in the market, where you can buy lots of souvenirs to remind you of the day.

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    Cusco is a fascinating place with a wealth of places to visit and some really interesting restaurants. The central cathedral is magnificent and should be on the must visit list and the town square is a welcome place to take a seat and watch the world go by. Sadly there a re a lot of child beggars who latch onto tourists at every opportunity. Not a place to wander at night. Common scam is for thieves to operate in groups and a man collapses and his friends ask for assistance and when the tourist comes over members of the group steal wallet or bag. All said it is till well worth a visit and my wife and I managed to wander freely unscathed.

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    Lovely town in the Sacred Valley. The ruins in Pisac is worth the while for the 1.5 hour ride from Cuzco. Go on the days when they have their markets opened (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays). These open markets are amazing because the locals from all the surrounding areas come out to see what is on offer and get their provisions. On market days, visitors will get to see how locals live: what they eat, what they need...

    souvenir stands are aplenty. this is good place to look for that alpaca scarf, inkan chess set or intricate handmade tapestry made by the locals. Better pricing than Cuzco!

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    Love the city of Cuzco - went here in 2001 - beautiful mixture of spanish and Incan architecture. The altitude will get you unless you chew on some coco leaves

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    The most beautiful city in the world. The only cons is the high altitude! It is a magical city

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    you must go on the hill in Cusco. you can see all of Cusco at a look!!

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    One of the most beautiful and magical cities in the world

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This sea of terra-cotta rooftops nestled high atop the Andes mountain range is the former capitol of the Inca Empire; a city rich in culture, art, and history. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a cornucopia of attractions for visitors whether your fancy is sampling indigenous foods, shopping for local crafts, checking out impressive Jesuit cathedrals, visiting archeological sites, or touring a myriad of museums teeming with religious art and ancient artifacts. Wrap up a day exploring this incredible city by sipping Pisco Sours at one of the cafés overlooking the Plaza de Armas. Just make sure you give yourself a little extra time here. At 3,399 m above sea-level, it takes most visitors a bit of time to acclimate to the altitude.

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Aliases: Centro Historico, Cusco