Cusco is by far the most unique travel destination for all adventurers. One of Peru’s finest cities is a tourist haven for people coming from all over the world to admire the remarkable architecture of the Incas and encounter the unique culture of the Andean people. Wandering around the streets of beautiful Cusco, you’ll be stopped by the fascinating Inca ruins and impressive colonial buildings. Here are 9 reasons why Cusco, Peru is a must:
Plaza de Armas Cusco
Let´s start with the heart of Cusco From the time of the Inca Empire, the square was called Huacaypata or Aucaypata. Plaza de Armas holds Cusco´s most beautiful cathedral, churches. There is the cathedral, La Catedral where you`ll often find both locals and tourists relaxing on its steps. On one side of the cathedral is the church of Jesus Maria and on the other is El Triunfo. The southeastern side of the main square is dominated by the church of La Compania. The other two sides of the Plaza de Armas are lined with colonial arcades. The center of the square is a place to unwind on the benches and cherish the gardens and fountains in the center watching daily life in Cusco. The plaza is mainly lively and beautiful at night. Sacsayhuamán (Cusco)
The large enclosed complex is the most notable ruin in Cusco within walking distance to the historic center on route to Pisac. Sacsayhuaman is thought to have both military and religious significance. Cusco was designed in the shape of a puma, with Sacsayhuaman as the head. Three ramparts of zigzagging defense walls extend for almost 300 meters, forming the teeth of the puma. The fascination of this ruin is not just its staggering size, but the stones from which it was built, and the complexity of the craftsmanship. Only 20% remains as blocks from Sacsayhuaman were being hauled away to use for construction in Cusco. Most of the larger difficult stones were left at the site, and form the basic structure. Some of these stones measure more than eight meters high and weighs 361 tons. Seeing the size of the stones and how they have fitted together so perfectly that modern engineers wonder at how the Incas achieved such an act. Planetarium Cusco
You’ll view the stars from the southern hemisphere and learn the constellations from the Inca’s perspective, They defined constellations of darkness as well as light, used astronomy to predict weather patterns, and designed Cuzco’s main streets to align with constellations at key moments. After an indoor presentation in English and Spanish, there are high-powered telescope viewings outside. Reservations are essential Devil’s Balcony
One of the best day hikes in all of Cusco. You will hike to a cave in the hillside of Cusco and experience the sight of the surrounding areas and visit a deep cave with a river running through it. There is also a horse ride available to this cave as well. Coricancha
Just blocks from the Plaza de Armas is one of the most significant temples in the Inca empire. The temple was dedicated to the sun god Inti and was beautified with gold. After the Spanish conquest, much of the site was destroyed and ruined. However, what remains is still beautiful and worth a visit.
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