Cusco is the oldest continually inhabited city in South America, it is located high in the Andes towards the south-east of the country. It was once the capital of the mighty Incan empire and is now the best place in the Americas for the exploration of archeological sites. Later in
A walk through the streets of Cusco is an exploration of it’s
These days the city is a tourist Mecca and there are dozens of hotels, bars, restaurants and other facilities catering to the throngs who come every year. However, there are plenty of indigenous locals keeping traditions alive through song, art and craft and the very streets themselves are treasures. Many of the ancient artefacts have been retained and are now on display at museums or stored away for safe keeping.
One of the main attractions of Cusco is it is the nearest comfortable place to stay in order to travel to Machu Picchu, the famed lost city of the Inca’s and one of the continents premier attractions. Besides this jewell there are plenty of other impressive sites in the area as well including Sacsayhuamán (pronounced like ‘Sexy woman’), Qenko, Pukapukara and Pukapukara all of which are worth a look. If you are pressed for time it is possible to do them all in a day with the help of a local guide.
Cusco is also a hub to travel to other South American destinations, including La Paz and Lake Titicaca.