Visiting Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and other Inca sites are an incredible experience. Breathtaking natural beauty all around treasuring the fascinating past of the Inca civilization with a mystical allure.
The early Incas gathered in the Cusco area, as they believed Cusco was the centre of the Earth from where the Inca Empire expended their territory later on. The Incas legacy intriguing visitors from all around the world. They say Cusco city was laid out in a shape of a puma, a sacred animal.
Cusco city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.
You must know before you travel to Cusco!
The city’s altitude is higher than Machu Picchu’s and in the nearby valley, therefore be prepared as might be your body find it difficult to adjust to the lower oxygen levels. Apparently, it is better to stay in the valley for the first night in a hotel where the altitude is lower, so your body can get used to the higher altitude in Cusco. Otherwise, you can develop altitude sickness very quickly. You need to drink plenty of water or visit the local pharmacy for products to help you to cope with higher altitude.
Cusco city’s highlights include:
1; Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas is Cusco’s main square surrounded by colonial buildings.
2; Qoricancha, Convento de Santo Domingo
Convento de Santo Domingo, also known as the Temple of the Sun of the Incas should be on the list of attractions you desire to visit. This Inca temple is Cusco’s golden jewel most of which was reconstructed. There you can get an overview of the history of the Incas, the old Inca capital of Cusco and learn about the Incas huge ambition to build the largest empire in South America.
Other attractions in the centre:
1; Plazoleta San Blas
2; Piedra 12 Angulos
3; Plaza Nazarenas
4; La Cathedral
5; La Compania Jesus
6; Plaza San Cristobal
Have you ever hear of the super soft llama, alpaca or vicuna wool?
“A warm hug from nature.”
1; Llama wool items are soft and so warm. You can purchase cardigans, jumpers, capes, ponchos, shawls, hats and jackets in shops or from street vendors.
2; Alpaca – baby alpaca is the finest, most luxurious alpaca fibre exceptional for its softness and quality.
3; Vicuna Wool – superior softness and premium quality. Vicuna products are the most expensive from all.
If you stay in Cusco, there are various day trips you can take, such as to Machu Picchu and to the Sacred Valley or trekking for 3-4 days by following The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.