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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 […]

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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. […]

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