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  Cuzco "The Inca's Imperial City"

    This is the page about Cuzco, the Imperial City of The Incas. Cuzco: city in southern Peru, capital of Cuzco Department, in the valley of the Huatanay River, about 3415 m (about 11,211 ft) above sea level.


Cuzco or Cusco, is called also the "The Archaeological Capital of America", was the capital of the fabled Inca Empire. Most striking in Cuzco is the superimposition and intermingling of three cultures; the native Qhechua Indian, the conquering Colonial Spanish and the modern. Cuzco's main square known as the Huacaypata in Inca times, was the site of many celebrations and is still an ideal meeting place. The Cathedral and La Compania, two of Cuzco's Colonial churches, frame the plaza. Other important Colonial churchs are Santo Domingo (the Inca KoriKancha), the convent of Santa Catalina (Site of the Inca Acliawasi, or residence of the Chosen Women), and San Blas, in the artist's quarter.
The principal industries of the city are tanning, brewing, sugar refining, chocolate production, and the manufacture of cotton goods. Cuzco is the seat the National University of San Antonio Abad (1962). The city contains many remains of Inca times, including the famous Inca temple of the sun; parts of the Inca wall that once surrounded the city; and numerous doorways, arches, and building walls.

Urubamba Valley Many of the present-day houses, usually of adobe with red tile roofs, have remains of Inca stonework for their foundations. Among buildings dating from the Spanish occupation are the Renaissance cathedral, built at the beginning of the 17th century, and the prefecture, formerly the palace of the Spanish explorer Francisco Pizarro. Although much of the city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1950, the historic sites have been restored. A visit to Cuzco without a visit to legendary Machu Picchu will be unthinkable. Trains depart daily to Machu Picchu. There is also very interesting to hike and camp on the Inca trail, a three to four day trek. Daily trips to Ollantaytambo and Pisac should be given a thought. Sacsayhuaman, the massive Inca fortress overlooking the city of Cuzco is also spectacular. Pisac and Chinchero have remains of Inca ruins plus a lot of handicrafts.

Additional Images from Cuzco and suburbs: Image of Sacsayhuaman in Cuzco

Image of Inka's ruins in Cuzco

  Cuzco view


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Created on September 21, 1999
Updated on April 24,2005

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