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Cusco will expect to receive more than 3 million tourist this 2015

The Cusco received in 2014 the visit of 2.6 million of tourists, from them 1.6 millions were strangers and the others peruvians. Joe Concha estimated that for this year the arrived of more than three million of tourists, with a superior increase of 5% even if he precised this figure is subject to change. It should consider that during the 2014 presented troubles in June (high season), for the mobilization announcements and the development of World Cup in Brasil, said Joe Concha (Titular of DIRCETUR). Given the projection that it needs for this year for the arrived of huge quantity of visitors, Concha Rivera, sustained that it must continue with the promotion and difusion of the attractives that offers the cusquena region, but also these services must present a quality service in restaurants, hotels, tourism agencies, among others (Infotur).

Top 10 Things to Do in Cusco

The ancient city of Cuzco is one of the most important cities in modern Peru, and also served as the historic capital of the Inca Empire during the period before the country was conquered by the Spanish conquistadors. With over two million visitors to Cuzco every year, there is a strong tourist industry in the city, and here are some of the best tourist sites and activities that visitors can enjoy in and around the city: Sacsayhuaman – Located on the hill above the modern city of Cuzco, this stunning site enjoys spectacular views over the valley and holds the remains of a fortress temple which was made from remarkable cut stone that fits together almost seamlessly, without requiring any mortar or cement to keep the walls in place. Santo Domingo Cathedral – The first major religious building built in Cuzco following the Spanish occupation of the country, this cathedral was built on the foundations of an Inca temple in the city. It is a beautiful place to see some of the best colonial art in Cuzco, along with the legendary Black Christ statue which is revered by the locals. Cristo Blanco – Set on the hill above Cuzco near the site at Sacsayhuaman, this […]

Inca Empire Archaeological Sites – The Ruins of the Inca Empire

The Inca Empire ruled over the Andean mountains and beyond of what are today the modern countries of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, including an area of nearly one million square kilometers (about 386,000 square miles) and extending a length of 4,000 kilometers (2500 miles) from north to south along the great South American continent. Archaeological sites of the Incan empire range in size and complexity from villages to temples to lonely waystations to isolated ritual burial sites and enormous metropolises like Cuzco: but the best known and most visited of these sites are the ceremonial centers such as Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo. From the 12 Archaeological sites presented, 10 of them are located in Perú. And from those 10, 8 are in Cuzco. Which makes your trip to Cuzco even more amazing. 1.  Ollantaytambo (Peru) Ollantaytambo is an Incan royal  estate and ceremonial center,  built for Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui  in the 15th century AD. It is  remarkable for its pinkish color,  and its storage facilities,  granaries built into the side of the  nearby mountain.     2.  Coricancha (Peru)  The Coricancha was the religious  center of the Inca empire at  Cuzco, the starting point of the  shrine and pilgrimage route of the  Inca ceque system. […]

Cusco Events & Festivals 2015

  The annual festivals of Cusco are nothing short of spectacular, and with the closeness of the ancient Machu Picchu site, many of these events have a strong Inca or religious theme. Things to do in Cusco are very seasonal and range from Easter celebrations during Holy Week (Semana Santa) and the El Senor de los Temblores (Lord of the Earthquakes) procession, to the spectacular Inti Raymi (Festival of the Sun) each June, which attracts people from all across Peru and beyond, and sees crowds approaching 100,000. Many events not only take place in Cusco, but also within the surrounding Andean highlands and around the Sacred Valley, where numerous lively fiestas and public holidays are celebrated with great fervour and excitement. In the city itself, the Plaza de Armas is often where leading festivals are staged and much of the action is to be found. Soccer fans should not overlook the football matches at the Estadio Garcilaso de la Vega stadium and its home team of Cienciano. El Senor de los Temblores (Lord of the Earthquakes) - late March / early April, a colourful procession held on the Monday prior to Easter, remembering the historic Peruvian earthquake of 1650 Crucix Vigil - May 2nd and 3rd, various […]

Peru: World’s leading Culinary Destination and World’s Leading Tourism Website

  Dec. 08. The edition of the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) placed Peru as the 2014 World’s Leading Culinary Destination and government-run official tourism website (Peru.travel) was pronounced the World’s Leading Tourism Authority Website 2014, confirmed on Monday the Foreign Trade and Tourism minister, Magali Silva.  The ceremony took place in the Caribbean island of Anguilla, said Silva.“The WTA are considered a quality trademark in the tourism sector. That means some of those, who achieve these awards, place their product as the best of the world, and at the same time, they become references for the rest of the trademarks,” she added.Magali Silva emphasized this is the third time Peru wins the World’s Leading Culinary Destination and congratulated the recognition earned by the official website peru.travel.The site has been translated into 8 different languages. Visitor from all over the world can access tourism-related content by official sources and updated information about Peru’s main destinations and attractions.“Receiving this type of award do not only showcase our country at an international level, [but] it also encourages us to continue to work more in order to gain excellence and turn Peru into one of the most important tourist destinations,” the minister explained.“In this […]

The Archaeological Capital of the Americas – Some Advice

Cuzco (spelled Cusco in Spanish) is a short flight from Lima. It is best to get on an early morning flight, because the weather often causes afternoon flights to be canceled. After an early morning breakfast at the hotel, you may have to leave the hotel before 6:00 am, arriving in Cuzco at mid-morning to check-in at a hotel in Cuzco. The rest of the morning will probably be free, followed by lunch at the hotel and a tour of Cuzco and the Sacred Valley in the afternoon. At over 11,000 feet elevation, Cuzco is surrounded by the Andes Mountains. The Lonely Planet Guide to Peru says, “Going to Peru and missing Cuzco is as unthinkable as visiting Egypt and skipping the Pyramids.” Visitors travel to Cuzco to see a unique city, but also to step back in time to an ancient culture very different from the 21st century. Lima is a Spanish city, and Cuzco is a Quechuan one. Cuzco is South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city. This ancient city was once the capital of the Inca empire, and many residents are of Quechuan (native Peruvian) descent. The Inca civilization permeates the city, with huge stone walls, narrow stepped streets, and […]

Cusco’s Plaza de Armas – History & Background

The Plaza de Armas was called ‘Huacaypata’ after its construction during the Inca Empire. The original plaza was twice the current size, and functioned as the cultural center of Inca life. Cuzco, which was the capital of the Inca Empire, was designed in the shape of a Puma to reflect their Inca animal mythology. Historians proclaim the plaza was intentionally built at the location of the heart of the Puma, in the center of the city. The location of the Plaza is no coincidence. The Plaza is used for most of the city’s events, gatherings, and festivals. Historians feel that the Plaza functioned as the cultural center, or “heart,” of the Inca Empire. In 1532 Spanish Conquistador Francisco Pizarro defeated the Inca Empire and took control of Cuzco, renaming the Plaza to “Plaza de Armas.” The Spanish reduced the size of the Plaza by building two Churches, la Catedral and la Compañia. La Catedral was built where the palace of Inca Wirancocha once stood. La Compañia was built in 1571 by the Jesuits during the time of Wayna Capac, the last ruler of the unconquered empire. An earthquake in 1650 destroyed the church leading to its immediate reconstruction, which resulted […]

Cusco’s Plaza de Armas – A Great Public Space

Plaza de Armas is the center of the Historic section in Cuzco. WHY IT WORKS Plaza de Armas is a beautifully landscaped plaza that includes a mixture of patterned trees and benches. The abundant shade, benches, sitting walls and steps make the plaza a popular lunchtime destination. The steps at the entry of the two Spanish Churches are also great for sitting, and are often used for elevated speaker platforms. Historically, the Plaza has served as the city’s primary meeting place. There are numerous cafes, restaurants, and stores spilling out into the Plaza. Many of the restaurants have outdoor tables, and there is constant entertainment throughout the day and night. WHAT MAKES PLAZA DE ARMAS A GREAT PLACE? Access & Linkages: People often cross through the Plaza as a short cut away from traffic or to avoid the curvy roads of Cuzco. The Plaza is most accessible by foot, but people often arrive by car. The most common meeting location for tourist groups is at the entrance stairs of La Cathedral in the Plaza. The Plaza is located at the center of the City and is accessible from all directions, making it a great meeting location. Comfort & Image: At […]

About Peru World Heritage Cradle of South American Civilization

World Heritage Cradle of South American Civilization Peru’s culture is one and many at the same time. Modern-day Peruvians are heirs to traditions of civilizations that flourished for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. The resulting cultural blend was further enhanced by African and Asian contributions, which also took root in this land. Qhapaq Ñan The Qhapac Ñan, which in Quechua means “The Great Road”, is made up of a complex road system (pre-Incan and Incan roads) which the Incas unified and built during the fifteenth century as part of a major political, military, ideological, and administrative project known as Tawantinsuyu. This network of roads allowed access to the information and movement of goods that was the lifeblood of the entire region. It made it possible for the Incas in Cuzco to administer territories located thousands of kilometres away. They used these roads to send chasquis, or messengers, receive the benefit of tributes or migrant work, and mobilize the armies.  City Of Cusco Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Cusco, located in the south of the Peruvian Andes (3,250 masl – 10,663 fasl), is the country’s leading tourist destination and one of the most important cities […]

City of Cuzco

City of Cuzco Situated in the Peruvian Andes, Cuzco developed, under the Inca ruler Pachacutec, into a complex urban centre with distinct religious and administrative functions. It was surrounded by clearly delineated areas for agricultural, artisan and industrial production. When the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century, they preserved the basic structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city. Fuente