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Sep 22 Tour of Cusco and archeological sites

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Today we had a tour of the Imperial City of Cusco, a Unesco world heritage site. It is at an altitude of 12.000 feet so we are gradually dropping down.

Cusco is a beautiful city in a valley surrounded by hills. Population of 600,000 and during the Inca period, 100,000.

We went to the edge of town to the Fortress of Sacsayhuamán (sexy woman) Inca military architecture, built high over the city, it was constructed during the reign of Pachacuti 1438 -71. Some stones are 17 feet high and weigh 350 tonnes. There is no mortar between the stones. The entire town of Cusco could have been housed in it if the town was under attack.

Qenko an archeological site where where the Sun, Moon and Stars were celebrated and mummification was performed. It is one of the largest huacas (holy places) in the Cusco Region. Many huacas were based on naturally occurring rock formations. It was believed to be a place where sacrifices and mummification took place.

Also went to Puca-Pucara meaning ‘red fort’ that served as a ‘tambo’ or resting place and lodging for the Inca.

We ended our tour at Plaza de Armas, the most lovely square we have seen in Peru . The Cathedral is breathtaking with its silver and gold but no photos allowed unfortunately. Lots of time for shopping in the afternoon.

Dinner was in the dining room of the hotel. I ordered the chicken causa (a cold appetizer with mashed potatoes and chicken salad) and it was beautiful and delicious!

Casa Andina Premium Cusco

My Chicken Causa


Cold flat stone where mummification of the leaders was done


Posted by barb3389 05:23 Archived in Peru

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I have been to Cusco also and really enjoyed my time there. I took a bus up to Sacsayhuamán and then walked back down to Cusco. It was amazing. I also went to the what was called the worlds highest Irish Bar in Cusco. Your photos brought back good memories

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