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“Under the Radar Gem!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Centro Historico de Cusco

Centro Historico de Cusco
Cusco 084, Peru
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$72*
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Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour
Ranked #1 of 139 things to do in Cusco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Under the Radar Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Cusco is very beautiful and has less tourists than other major cities. The Plaza de Armas, Saqsayhuaman, Cristo Blanco, Moray, Salineras, and the Pisac Market are all a must-see for those who are stopping here on their way to Machu Picchu. As I was staying with a Peruvian because I was volunteering, I was lucky to get a personal tour of these attractions. Driving on unpaved roads to Moray and Salineras are absolutely stunning, especially with the Andes as the backdrop. Breathtaking beauty!

Visited August 2013
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“History history history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Wow what amazing things to see here it took us two full days just to get round Cusco historic town. Definitely go with a guide their knowledge is second to none. But I would recommend going for a wander after your guided tour on your own pop in and out of the stores stop for a drink a one of the many cafes just remember to check your bill. Well worth a trip.

Visited August 2013
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“Cross between Colonial and Inca - Magical”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

The dichotomy of the Colonial period of Peru clashes directly with the mystery of the Inca in the Historical Center of Cusco. Where Imperial Build, closely knit stones of the Inca form the foundations of later Colonial (Spaniard) build leaves one in utter awe of the ancient Inca builders and their society. Great city, amazing cross architecture, wonderful vibe and people located in a dizzying 11,000 feet above sea level!

Visited August 2013
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“Beautiful Highland Inca Capital”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Cusco is a beautiful city at an altitude over 10,000 feet. You need to take precautions for the altitude. It was the capital of the Inca and there is evidence of Inca stonework everywhere. The Spaniards used the Inca stone work for the foundations of their later structures. Cusco is a city of beautiful churches and your should visit the Cathedral on the main square. Not to put to fine a point on it, but the Inca statute on the main square is not so bad. The locals are very proud of their Inca ancestors. Cusco has several fine hotels and restaurants. There are fine shops along with those selling tourist mementos. Cusco is much less populated than Lima (500,000 vs. 9 million) and was sunny during our visit and not as gloomy as Lima was. You can catch a train to Machu Picchu from Cusco, although our group took it from Ollantaytambo. We think Cusco is a must if you are visiting Peru.

Visited May 2013
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“Marvelous Cuzco!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

This city is very interesting, with ancient buildings, narrow streets, typical Andean markets, and the marvelous Plaza de Armas originally built by the Incas, and much more. Also, the surrounding areas are worth seeing such as Saqsayhuaman ruins and Ollantaytambo which, during the Inca period, was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region and built the town.
Cuzco is a great treat for the Inca interested tourist

Visited October 2012
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