The city of Cusco or known as the Empire of the Incas is the main tourist destination of Peru and one of the most important in South America. Cusco is considered a magical city because when you arrive and take a walk around the Plaza de Armas or Main Square, you will be imbued with its mysticism, culture, colonial churches and much more. Our agency has a City Tour in Cusco so you can get to know the city. Cusco It is located on the valley of the Huatanay River, in the southern highlands of Peru, and owes the name of “navel of the world” (Qosco in Quechua) to having been the center of a vast network of roads that went to each of the four regions that formed the “four parts of the world or Four of Its” according to the Andean cosmovision. Of course Cusco is also a colonial city, with splendid churches and old houses. Many consider that it is, precisely, that special mixture that makes it a charming and attractive city for all visitors.
The city of Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 and is undoubtedly one of the most important destinations in the country.
Among its cobbled streets are Inca buildings, such as the Qoricancha and the Inca Roca Palace, along with colonial buildings of Andean Baroque style, such as the Cathedral and the Church of the Company; You can also visit the picturesque neighborhood of San Blas, where the workshops of the best artisans of the department can be found.
How to get to Cusco:
Land Route: The city of Cusco can be reached by the following means:
- Lima – Arequipa – Cusco: 1 494 km of route, with a duration of 24 hours approx. by bus This is the most recommended route to get to this city.
- Lima-Nazca- Abancay – Cusco: 1 136 km (20 hours by car approx.).
- Puno – Cusco: 389 Kms, 7 hours by car.
By Air: There are daily air transportation services that operate from Lima to the Velasco Astete Airport (10 minutes from the city of Cusco), and 45 minutes approx. Of flight. Another recommended air route to reach the city of Cusco is: Arequipa – Cusco, which lasts 30 min. approx. Of flight.
Railway: There is a railway network linking the cities of Arequipa – Juliaca – Puno – Cusco and Quillabamba.
Gastronomy and Drinks:
The city of Cusco has a wide range of typical dishes, a great heritage from their ancestors. Tasting these delicious dishes is a way to get to know the city. Among its main dishes are:
- Spicy potato with fried guinea pig.
- Guinea pig in the Cusquenian style.
- Timpo or puchero.
- Chicharrón with mote.
- Chuño cola.
- Olluco with meat.
- Guinea pig.
- Stuffed hot pepper.
To drink it is recommended the authentic Andean drink, the traditional chicha de jora, of course you can not leave the city without having tasted the delicious and refreshing local beer.