Cusco (population: 434,000), the gateway to Machu Picchu. The belly button of the world. Home to the ancient Andean Inca culture. A thriving tourist destination. A magical world full of ancient ruins and colonial era architecture.
Machu Picchu and Incan Relics
Cusco might be stepping into modern realms but it still hasn’t forgotten its old ways. Its festivals and customs remind you of its rich Andean past while the architecture presents a fascinating mix of Incan ruins and colonial developments. Equally beautiful is the rich natural beauty found all along the Andean peaks and the Amazon lowlands. Popularly called the Archeological Capital of America, the best thing to do in Cusco is to head off on a hiking expedition on the Inca Trail to visit Machu Picchu. Famous as one of the most fascinating ancient ruins on the planet, Machu Picchu finds its way into almost all bucket lists. Cusco itself is full of museums, restaurants and bars and the best way to discover hidden gems is to wander around those ancient cobblestoned streets. Some of the biggest highlights of your city explorations include the Cusco Cathedral, Qurikancha, Tambomachay and Museo de Arte Precolombino.
How to Get Around
Cusco is best seen on foot. Walking might be tiresome because of the elevation, but it is incredibly rewarding. One can also choose taxis while in Cusco. A more unique way of travel is to choose a tranvia, a vehicle that looks like those mule-pulled pushcarts.