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Cusco - the Capital of the Inca Empire

Cusco - the Capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, Peru (B)

Cuzco, Cusco or Quscu (in Quechua) is one of the most popular cities i Peru. It was the capital of The Inca Empire and some traces if its grandeur are still visible - both in Cuzco and in the surrounding areas. The city can boast a significant indigenous population and is a perfect gateway to one of the most famous sites of the ancient world - Machu Picchu. Surrounded by green mountains, located at over 3,400m (11,155 ft.) above the sea level, Cuzco has a very specific and original climate. Although most of the visitors head straight towards Machu Picchu, at least one full day spent in The Inca Empire capital is really worth it!

The easiest and quickest way is to fly from Lima, Peruvian capital. The fares are around 180 EUR (200 USD) for a return journey. It will take about 1h 20 minutes. Other, and much cheaper options is public transport, however the trip duration from Lima will last up to 24 hours!

Before traveling to Peru I had come across many scary stories about how the airport security staff treats tourists in both Cuzco and Lima. There were a lot of warnings that they might try to search or interrogate you with no reason stealing your valuables at the same time. I didn't see anything of this: Lima has a very modern and nice airport, the airline is superb, the same can be said about Cuzco. I wasn't robbed, tricked or deceived by anyone: neither by airport staff nor taxi drivers. So, if you use your common sense everything will be fine! Don't let anyone to discourage you from traveling! ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Cusco - the Capital of the Inca Empire
Guide Location: Peru » Cusco
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Tomasz Lisowski
Read it on Author's Website: https://adventurous-travels.squarespace.com/posts/cuzco-peru-the-capital-of-the-inca-empire
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Plaza De Armas
  • Church of the Society of Jesus
  • Cuzco Cathedral
  • Qurikancha
  • Convent of St. Dominick
  • San Pedro Market
  • Saksaywaman