Friday 15th December 2017

Visiting the Ancient Inca Capital, Cusco Peru

Peru is perhaps the best place to see the pre Columbian era Americas, with its Inca and pre Inca ruins that can be found in almost every part of the country. Machu Picchu is the famous of them all and you must have already heard about this lost city of Incas, but the whole area of Cusco where it is located in is full of ruins from the glorious past of Peru. Thousands of tourists swarm the area each year for watching these awesome ruins but the recent heavy rain falls and landslides in result of them meant the roads for the area and Machu Picchu were blocked for more than 2 months. A lot of effort is been put to widen the roads to avoid this kind of thing from happening again.

The area was the capital of the great Inca Empire that was the largest in the South America at the arrival of the Spaniards to the continent. Although there is a small airport in the region that is a good way for entering Cusco but if you are flying from outside the Peru then a better option will be to take a cheap flight to Lima the capital of the country.

The first thing you will witness in the area is that it may be the cradle of Inca culture and have some great architecture from the times when the Spanish conquistadors use to rule the place, but today its all about the tourists. The tourists are the culture of the modern Cusco and there is no other city in the South America that was more affected by the tourist traffic than the Cusco. And the good thing about this is that you will find some high quality resorts and hotels to live in and some good company in its bars and night clubs to hang out with.

Most tourists take Cusco as a gateway to Machu Picchu, but if you keep your eyes open there is a lot to see here. The stone walls around the city are from the Inca era along with the streets of the city that were paved more than a few centuries back by the residents of this ancient capital. Inca were the experts of astronomy of their times and many streets of Cusco are aligned with stars at different times of the year. The best place to learn more about the Inca culture in the city will be the museum in the city center and especially its section called Cusco Planetarium.

Another must see place in Cusco is Qorikancha, once the richest temple of the Inca Empire it was converted into a church called Santa Domingo, but there are still some awesome ruins left around the church that are an evidence of the masterwork of the Inca builders. But like the most tourists to Cusco your main reason for travelling so far will be the magnificent and mysterious lost city of Incas, the famous Machu Picchu. There is a bus service that runs from Cusco to the base camp of the hike of Machu Picchu but unless you are planning to spend a night at the base camp it will be a good idea to take the journey in early hours of the morning.