Ancient Inca walls, colourful costumes, churches built on top of Inca palaces, lost citadels amist the Andean heights, legendary cobbled stone roads filled with the glory of a past enfolds the visitors who arrive in the sacred city and archaeological capital of Cusco. Ever since US archaeologist Hiram Bingham discovered the citadel of Machu Picchu, Cusco has triggered an emotional search for answers of millions of travellers from all around the world who venture through the Andes every year, headed for the meeting of one of the world’s most unique monuments.
The City of Cusco, overflows with many other attractions which is alone enough to attract visitors. The main square, Huacaypata, the artisans of San Blas, the Convent of Santo Domingo which is built on top of the Temple of the Sun or Korikancha and the palaces of the Inca and his court are just some of the of archaeological wonders Cusco offers.
The imposing ruins of Sacsayhuaman or Tambomachay are a must. Adventure sports are readily available and constant religious festivals are truly an experience. Celebrations include Qoyllur Rit’i held at 4,000 metres (13120 feet), the Corpus Christi procession, and the famous Inti Raymi spectacle.
Cusco is a magical city a place of mythical beliefs where ancient pageants flow in the tune to booming brass bands a dizzying excitement with all its bustling nightlife. Rich in cultural heritage, is never more real and visceral than when you are immersed in the swirling madness of a festival. History is potent here with no better way to experience it.