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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 […]

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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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