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  • Matvl
    4,283 contributions
    This is a fascinating archaeological site that shows the incredible construction abilities of the Inca. It really needs a guide to bring it to life - the signage and interpretation on site isn’t brilliant hence 4/5. Well worth a visit though. Also some amazing views of Cusco City!
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Matvl
    4,283 contributions
    The centre of Cusco is lovely - magnificent buildings, fascinating history, clean and safe. So much to see, try and do. Definitely worth wandering through; or with a guide to really bring it to life.
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Matvl
    4,283 contributions
    The Plaza is amazing - fascinating buildings and a load of history; but also beautiful. Plenty of stores and people watching. A tad irritating with some nagging vendors who do well if firmly told ‘no thanks’. But lovely none the less.
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Titus A
    Brighton, UK15 contributions
    Fascinating tour of the magnificent Inca Baroque & art work with Marco from Heidi travel. Look for roast Guinea pig in the Last Supper, the puma, condor & snake in the Virgin Mary (whose eyes follow you like the Mona Lisa).
    Written August 7, 2022
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  • eli d
    Los Angeles, CA101 contributions
    You need to be in form to climb all the way there, but worth it. It is a beautiful tour in Cusco and kind of a loop from the center and coming back from the other side.
    Written July 3, 2022
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  • Matvl
    4,283 contributions
    This is a fascinating complex to visit - so many layers of history and so much so understand about Cusco before, during and after the Inca’s. The interpretation is good but not brilliant - so it does help to have a guide with you though this is not crucial. Well worth exploring however.
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Willowbroom Sam
    Houston, TX1,213 contributions
    Great Architecture and Water System. According to history the two brothers of Incas were at loggerheads. The father wanted the sons to make peace. So one son went to meet the other and was ambushed (at the behest of the father). But he prevailed and killed his half-brother(?) and was forced to arrest and exile his father here. I could not find reference to this but this is what the guide told me. A beautiful palace with irrigation systems was built. There are two sources of water with exclusive hydraulic engineering. One source comes from the mountains and one from a natural spring. The spring is providing water at 50 liters per second. Stepped terraces are available but the guide told me it was most likely that only garden flowers were grown. I did see a place for food storage. I did it trek further up due to lack of time .
    Written July 31, 2022
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  • sanguru1969
    Jacksonville, FL122 contributions
    Great basilica that has really historic architecture and draws a really big crowd for mass services multiple times per day.
    Written July 16, 2021
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  • drew d
    Beacon, NY398 contributions
    It's a mini of Christ the Redeemer in Rio and Christ the King in Lisbon. It's smaller but NOT small, it's still quite large. Overlooks the city of Cusco and next to it are 3 crucifixes representing Christ and the 2 sinners. Beautiful views of the city.
    Written July 13, 2022
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  • BFGutch
    41 contributions
    I am glad we went, but after visiting the Cusco Cathedral, it seems a little under - whelming. You can't take photos of the tapestries, but photos are allowed in other parts.
    Written April 24, 2021
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  • Matvl
    4,283 contributions
    Another fascinating site to visit - but one that really needs some work to bring it to life (guide or book or interpretation f some sort) - the details on site are minimal which sort of lets it down a bit because it is pretty amazing!
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Stella
    Stockholm, Sweden2,110 contributions
    The title says it all. I found it casually on Google maps when I was looking for places to visit and this one popped up. After knowing the history it does sound interesting. Cool place to snap a picture but i have no idea what people mean by puma and snake. I didn’t see either.
    Written February 21, 2020
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  • Glenn H
    Mount Gambier, Australia180 contributions
    In centre of Cusco Town Square is the great statute and a photo with same is a must. The scenery behind the statute in most directions are great to include in your photo.
    Written June 26, 2019
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  • DPMALLIC
    London, UK2,298 contributions
    This is a very busy road, starting from Plaza de Armas towards the bus station and full of lively activities. There are many money exchange places along this road.
    Written July 11, 2019
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  • Rafal W
    Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
    After wandering for a while around Cuzco's Centro Historico I'd decided to take a little walk to the ruins I've spotted two days earlier, on my way from Pisac. Weather was just fine, so I thought that little stroll outside of the town and away of its crowds would be good idea. Puka Pukara is one of many Inca sites scattered around countryside outside of Cuzco. Fortress was built on the top of the small hill near Tambomachay, about 8 km to the north of Cuzco, probably in times of Pachacutec i.e. somewhere between 1438 and 1471. The name of the site comes from the colour of the material it was built of; puka = red, pukara = fortress, which, in time of it construction was red, but faded away with passage of time To be honest, there's not much left of the fortress apart from curtain walls and humble remains of few buildings and something that looks like small shrine or sacred site. That's all what survived the fall of Inca Empire. What is the real attraction of this place is its location, as from the hillock it was built on, there is a beautiful view at nearby mountain ranges and valley below them. Like I mentioned before, me, and handful other tourist I'd met on my way to fhe fortress, we'd just took a stroll to the place, but I've noticed on my way from Puka Pukara to Q'enqo, that sightseeing buses from Cuzco were stopping there. I'd also seen some minibuses from local tour agencies going to and fro. And from little conversation with locals I'd learned that it is possible to book a horse ride with a guide around Inca sites.
    Written March 30, 2020
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