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Posted on 25 Nov 2013

The City of Cusco

The city of Cusco, situated in the Andes, developed into a complex urban center with distinct religious and administrative functions thanks to the large variety of cultures that came together. It was known for its clearly delineated areas for agricultural, artisan and industrial production. Cusco is full of archeological appeal and had an infrastructure that was unprecedented in the ancient world. You can see temples and Baroque churches as well as palaces over the ruins of the Inca city.

When visiting Cuzco, Peru, you will be overwhelmed by the amount of tourism agencies and street vendors selling tours to Puca, Pucara, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Moray, Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Templo de la Luna as well as various other important Inca locations. Tourists looking for a little exercise can hike to Cristo Blanco. It’s located 11,811 feet up Pukamoqo Hill, where you’ll come face-to-face with an enormous statue of Christ. It was donated in 1945 by refugees and is truly a sight to behold at night when you can see Cristo Blanco all lit up from the downtown area of the city.

Although seeing these sites is an important part of getting to know the culture of the city as well as the areas surrounding it, there is also a possibility that you may want to do something different. You can take in the local colors at the Pisaq Market. It is the biggest market in Cusco, which is why you can find handicrafts, jewelry, minerals, spices, herbs, and local foods. The best time to go is usually over the weekend. Local citizens travel from all around to attend church as well as to sell their goods, which means you could find that special something at a better Price.  Even if you don’t buy anything it’s a good way to learn about the local way of life, get a taste of how herbal medicine works, see how paints and dyes are made using natural minerals and sample the various local foods such as adobo, a pork stew made with chicha (corn beer) or roasted cuy (guinea pig), a delicacy in the Cusco Region.

Travelers to Cusco can also take part in traditional festivals that take place during this time when locals dress in traditional clothing and celebrate. These celebrations have amazing programs, which include dances, parades, pilgrimages, dinners, handicrafts and agricultural fairs as well as other events. These celebrations have a wide range of overtones, going from a sensual feel to a more spiritual one, a little bit of everything.

Then, there’s the nightlife. Cusco is known for its large variety bars and clubs. It’s easy to find a great place while on a budget, as a full-priced cocktail will only cost around $4 to $6. Places to visit include Mama Africa, a favorite among tourists and locals as well Real McCoy, 7 Angelitos, Groove, Mythology, The Frogs, Cross Keys and Kamikase.  So why wait, Cusco has everything that a tourist needs.

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