view from the plane
The storied capital of the Incan Empire and gateway to the imperial city of Machu Picchu
(also spelled as Cuzco) is one of the undisputed highlights of South America. Stately and historic, with stone streets and building foundation laid by the Incas more than 5 centuries ago, the town is much more than a mere history lesson, it is also surprisingly dynamic, enlivened by throngs of travelers who have transformed the historic center around the Plaza de Armas into mecca of sorts for South American adventurers. Yet for all of its popularity, Cusco is one of those rare places that seems able to preserve its unique character and enduring appeal despite its prominence in the international tourism radar.
Plaza de Armas
Cusco look and feels like the very definition of an Andean capital. After a devastating earthquake, Cusco became a largely baroque city. The result is a city that showcases plainly evident layers of history. Cusco highlights include both Incan ruins and Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun. We had our first stop here in Cusco, and we have to get acclamated with the elevation before we proceed to Machu Picchu. We stayed in one of the most beautiful hotel here, Novotel Hotel, and stayed in one of their colonial rooms. The Plaza de Armas which was close by our hotel, was really an exquisite place to hang out...i love the stalls, souvenirs, and all the arts that they are selling here... there is no problem with food, because they are offering american, european, and asian food.... The Pisco sour(one of their alcoholic drink) is a must to try....