Cusco travel guide

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From an Inca capital to a tourist hub

On the massive stone walls of Incan Coricancha temple towers a Catholic church, and in the city center sumptuous colonial buildings stand on top of Inca foundations. Each house and each stone in the historical center of Cusco tells the story of the Incas' ancient civilization and their repression by the Spanish conquerors. It takes just a short stroll for this city's rich history to cast its spell on you. Cusco is the starting point for tours to Machu Picchu and the holy valley of the Incas, which makes it a must on any tourist's Peruvian or, indeed, South America itinerary. Accordingly there are many expensive restaurants on the central Plaza de Armas; along the small Procuradores alley, also called "Gringo Alley," pubs and pizzerias throng together. During the day, this bustle can be avoided by taking a stroll through the Inca ruin Sacsayhuman to the north of the city (warning: the thin air here may pose a problem). At night, it's best to stay on Cusco's well-lit and crowded streets.

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  • I went to Cuzco for 4 days and it was spectacular. I really enjoyed the main plaza and all the history. The Inca wall was terrific but it was sad that the Spanish ruined the Imcan City. If you are looking for ruins, history and culture, this is the place to go. I loved it and would return in a heartbeat.
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  • Cusco ist eine sehr schöne Stadt
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  • Hola Señor y señora, Soy la Sra. marie Antoinette soy una la Francia estoy en busca de préstamo de dinero por varios meses estuve 6 veces víctimas de estafa con ser prestamistas que tienen me arruinen, j intentar suicidarse a causa de ellos. Porque tenía deudas y cuentas a pagar. Pensé que era más para mí que n tengo más el significado de la vida. Pero afortunadamente he visto testimonio hecho por muchas personas el Señor Carlos contactar, así que contacté con él para obtener mi préstamo para pagar mis deudas y llevar a cabo mi proyecto. C es con el Señor Carlos que la vida, mi sonrisa es otra vez un NCM que tiene corazón fácil y muy completa. Te próximos prestamistas en África a tope porque hay prestamistas de hecho personales serio Si usted necesita financiación; de los préstamos de dinero o cualquier proyecto ello señora le ayudará a darse él y apoyará financieramente
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  • Cusco ist einfach großartig. Das Zentrum ist der Platz de Armas mit vielen Geschäften, Bars und Diskotheken. Cusco ist Ausgangspunkt für Fahrten zum Weltwunder nach Maccu Picchu, das Beste der 7 Weltwunder. Die Fahrt nach Maccu Picchu erfolgt am besten mit Peru Rail. Auf jeden Fall Tickets für Bahn und Maccu Picchu vorher übers Internet buchen, bei der Zugfahrt den Reisepass nicht vergessen! Die Taxifahrt von Cusco nach Poroy dauert ca. 25 Min. Kosten pro Fahrt ca. 15 Euro.
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  • Unique and beautiful - there really is nowhere on earth like Cusco.
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  • quiero ir al cusco quien esta en camino?
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  • Cusco is a city of contrasts. Most tourists only see a fraction of the city, they pass through on their way to Machu Picchu but if they spent some time in the city they'd learn a little more about it.
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  • très jolie ville...
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  • Inca Land
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  • When in Cusco don't forget that it is also a fantastic starting point for trips into the Peruvian Amazon if you have a few days to spare, like these:
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  • Nice city, but you should definitely go around cusco, there is much more to see (sacred valley, machu pichu, etc)
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