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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).

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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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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 […]

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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

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Qenco This is a sanctuary dedicated to the adoration of animals, and consists of ruins formed by a rocky site with stairs in zigzag, and a main building similar to a circular amphitheatre where 19 window sills are located as a way of seats. It is presumed that this place was a site of adoration, and supporting this presumption is the presence of an enormous stone block of 5.9m height that resembles the appearance of a puma. There is a labyrinthine entrance towards several underground galleries, passages, channels and stairs with signs of an earlier culture. These reveal themselves in a series of drawings and engravings including outstanding figures of pumas. It is located 4 km from the Main Square following the way to Sacsayhuaman.

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Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary

Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary  Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary Considered to be one of the most important archaeological jewels in the world, the Inca city of Machu Picchu is surrounded by an abundance of nature in a jungle brow region, with a wide variety of flora and fauna. In the area there is a project dedicated to studying and conserving the orchids native to Machu Picchu, which maintain genetic material and repopulate areas affected by fires and/or natural disasters within the Historic Sanctuary. So far, 9 species that are new to science have been reported, including the Oncidium koechliniana Collantes & Gerlach sp, and 75 species have been recorded in the area for the first time. There are various trails that can be followed in order to see the orchids in the Sanctuary. The main ones are: The Orchid Inca Trail, from km 88 in Qoriwayrachina to km 95, following the left bank of the Vilcanota River downstream. This is considered to be one of the richest trails in terms of Fuente  

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Sacsayhuamán Archaeological Complex (Cuzco)

Sacsayhuamán Archaeological Complex (Cuzco) Visiting Hours : Mon – Sun and public holidays 8.00 am – 5.00 pm. Location : 2 km north-east of Cuzco (10 minutes by car). Cusco The complex comprises 33 archaeological sites, the best known of which is the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. The building was probably used for religious purposes but, due to its location and style, the Spanish and contemporary writers assumed it was a military structure. The consensus among historians suggests that the construction of Saqsayhuaman began at the end of the 14th century and the beginning of the 15th century, under the leadership of Inca Pachactueq. In terms of how long the construction took, contemporary references indicate it took around 60 years. Saqsayhuaman would have held the most important temple in Hanan Qosqo or Upper Cuzco, dedicated to Andean cosmology, worship of the Inti (Sun), Quilla (Moon), Chaska (Stars), Illapa (Lightning) and the other divinities. The building qualifies as a cyclopean construction due to the size of its stones, some of which weigh between 90 and 128 tonnes. On 24 June each year, the fortress is the setting for the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun. Fuente  

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