Cusco

 

 

Capital: City of Cuzco

Altitude: 3.399 m.a.s.l.

Distance:

Cuzco to Lima 1.153 kilometers

Cuzco to Ayacucho 597 kilometers

Cuzco to Arequipa 623 kilometers

Cuzco to Puno 389 kilometers

 

The province of Cuzco is in the Oriental region of Peru, passing through the oriental and central mountain ranges of the Andes.

 

The city of Cuzco, known as the archaeological capital of America contends with Mexico for the honor of being the oldest city of America.

 

Economical and military capital of the Peruvian vice-royalty received the name of "La Muy Noble, Muy Leal Cabeza de los Reinos del Perú, Santiago del Cusco" (The very noble, very loyal head of the Peruvian royalties). In the 20th., century it was honored as the Archaeological Capital of South-America and Cultural Patrimony of Humanity.

 

The city of Cuzco is a living museum of America´s history.

 

 

It is interesting to visit:

 

The Cathedral, contains one of the largest collections of colonial art of Peru. The Cathedral was built on the palace of the Inca Wiracocha.

 

The Church of La Compañia de Jesus, built on the palace of the Inca Huayna Capac. The design and front are examples of the Andean baroque.

 

Church La Merced, with baroque style. The vestry bears a golden monstrance of 1,30 meters of height with 1.500 diamonds.

 

Church and Monastery of San Francisco, with an outstanding painting of Juan Espinoza de los Monteros. Besides of catacumbs and carving in wood.

 

Church of Santo Domingo, built on the great temple of the Sun, the Corikancha. It has a valious picture gallery with paintings from the 17th. and 18th. centuries.

 

And the museums of religious art and regional history are only some of the many tourist attractiveness of the city.

 

Other tourist attractiveness are:

 

  • Church and Monastery of Santa Catalina
  • Church of San Blas
  • Monument of Pachacutec
  • Arzobispal Palace
  • Almirante Palace
  • Casa de los Cuatro Bustos
  • House of the Inca Garcilazo de la Vega
  • Beatario de las Nazarenas

 

It is also interesting to visit the handicraft markets on San Andres street. The Square of Arms. The Avenue El Sol. And the Street Triunfo. The city has ten interesting museums.

 

Archeological Sites Attractions:

 

  • Archeological Site of Sacsayhuaman, located at 2 kilometers from Cuzco.
  • Archeological Site of Qenko - Kenko, located at 6 kilometers from Cuzco.
  • Archeological Site of Pukapukara - Puca Pucara, located at 7 kilometers from Cuzco.
  • Archeological Site of Tambomachay, located at 9 kilometers from Cuzco.
  • Archeological Site of Raqchi or Wiracocha, located at 112 kilometers from Cuzco.
  • Archeological Site of Choquequirao, located at 90 kilometers from Abancay.
  • Archeological Site of Tipon, located at 25 kilometers from Cuzco.
  • Archeological Site of Ollantaytambo, located at 97 kilometers from Cuzco.

 

Tourist Site Attractions:

 

Cuatro Lagunas, located at 114 kilometers from Cuzco, in the county of Acomayo. The four lagoons are located in the higher part of the river Vilcanota. The names of the lagoons are:: Pomacanchi, Acopia, Asnaqocha (lagoon of bad smell), and lagoon Pampamarca. In this latter one sport fishing is practiced a lot.

 

Hanging Bridge of Queshuachaca, located at 143 kilometers from Cuzco, in the county of Canas. One of the most important characteristics is that every three days of every second Sunday of June, the bridge is knitted by hand. Around 1.000 people do this task using twisted hay. This task is carried out since before the Inca times. The bridge is finished on the fourth day opening the singing and dancing. From this bridge it can see the canyon of the river Apurimac.

 

Tres Cruces, located at 145 kilometers from Cuzco, in the county of Paucartambo. This place is a natural view-point on the limit of the Biosphere Reservation of Manu. In this place, the natural phenomenon "rayo blanco" (white thunder) occurs when the sun rises in the horizon. This particular tumbling of the sunlight occurs at down of the winter solstice, June 22th.

 

 

 

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