The origins of Cuzco get lost in the night of times. Archaeological excavations made us know that primitive residents inhabited the valley of Cuzco (except for its bottom, then marshy) near three millenniums ago.
Cusco is a beautiful city riddled with contrasts between the indigenous styles and the modern western world.
Several visitors are keen to get to Machu Picchu, either by trekking for 4 days along the Inca Trail, or by 4 hours in the train, but Cusco itself has a lot to offer the visitor and most travellers usually end up seduced with this vibrant city and stay longer than first planned.
It is interesting to visit:
The handicraft markets on the following streets: San Andres, Square of Arms, the Avenue El Sol and Triunfo St.
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.
The Cathedral, contains one of the largest collections of colonial art of Peru. The Cathedral was built on the palace of the Inca Wiracocha.
Church of La Compaρia 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.
From Lima 724 miles (1,165 Km) (by Nazca)
From Arequipa 388 miles (625 Km)
From Puno: 241 miles (389 Km)
From Puerto Maldonado (Tambopata): 331.25 miles (530 Km)
Zip Code: 084