Cusco General Information
Location: Southeast of Perú.
Area: 72 104 km2.
Capital: Cuzco (3399 masl)
Altitude: Minimum: 532 masl (Pilcopata)
Maximum: 4801 masl (Suyckutambi)
Inca walls, colorful costumes, churches built on top of palaces, citadels
lost in the Andean heights, legendary roads -all the beauty of a
glorious past that enfolds the visitor who arrives in Cuzco,
the sacred city of the Incas and archaeological capital of the Americas.
Ever since US archaeologist Hiram Bingham discovered the citadel
of Machu Pichu for the world.
Cuzco has fired the imagination of thousands of travelers
from all over the world who venture down the Inca Trail every
year headed for the summit of one of the world's
most extraordinary monuments.
The city of Cuzco, however, features many other attractions
which by themselves would be enough to attract visitors:
the main square, which the Incas called Huacaypata, the
artisans quarter of San Blas, the Convent of Santo Domingo,
built on top of the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha,
the palaces of the Inca and his court, part of a long
list of archaeological wonders.
There are also several circuits on the outskirts of town, which
usually include the imposing ruins of Sacsayhuaman or Tambomachay.
Visitors can also take part in all kinds of adventure sports and
participate in the most spectacular religious festivals on the continent.
Celebrations include Qoyllur Rit´i, which is held at 4,000 meters, the
Corpus Christi procession and the famous Inti Raymi spectacle.
With its bustling nightlife, Cuzco is also a magical city of dizzying
excitement. Together with its rich archaeological legacy which is
to be found on practically every street corner, its cultural scene makes
the sacred city of the Incas the most
spectacular destination in the Americas.