- High in the Peruvian Andes
- Inca and Spanish structures
- Signs of damage from 1950 earthquake are still visible
- Dignity and beauty of the Inca culture
More than 3,000 years old, Cusco is one of the oldest cities in South America. It was the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th century until Spanish conquest in the 16th century.
The ruins of the old Inca city became the foundation for the Spanish architecture seen today, and many of the stone walls that line the streets were built by the Incas.
Situated in the Peruvian Andes the elevation is approximately 11,200 feet. A very magical place of many contrasts. Inca traditional beliefs and strong Catholic ties to the Vatican coexist. After mass in one of the Spanish built Roman Catholic churches one can visit the local shaman for herbal medicines and/or talismans. The thin fresh air turns cold and crisp after the sun sets. The morning sun quickly warms the the streets during the day. Terracotta washed countryside contrasts with bright colours of textiles, pottery, doorways, handcrafts and art.
So beautiful it will have you gasping for air.