is it Cusco or Cuzco????? Aaargh.
I am curious - why does it matter to you?
Why does it matter? Because I think the least one can do when travelling to another country is to spell/pronounce its and its cities' and towns' name/s correctly. Etiquette, if you will.
That's my short answer - just be thankful I'm not expounding on the long-er version :-) :-) :-)
I happen to agree with you. How many people spell Chile, chili or Buenos Aires wrong? I have to look up Machu Picchu everytime I spell it but I think it is important. (Hint: Google is your friend.) It is too bad that there is no editing feature on our comments on TripAdvisor. However, it shows one is serious about where he/she is going and respect for those who are locals, IMO.
RR, a gal after my own heart! I think that we Americans are not only appallingly geographically ( and spelling :-)) challenged but also don't seem to care about it, when we really should. Too many years of being "the world power" ( don't want to get into any political rhetoric or debate here, so that remark, shall I say, is tongue-in-cheek given current affairs? :-) ), has made us quite oblivious to the fact that we are not the be-all and end-all of this world we all inhabit. American children - and adults - can't name world capitals, show where Madagascar is located on a map, think Indian is the language of India, pronounce names of places atrociously ( our own leader says Eye-Rack), will say a sextant is something to do with pornography ( yes, that's happened), and in spite of all this ignorance ( I've just given a few random examples!), we blithely carry on, impervious to the spectacle we make of ourselves or to the fact that some of the most "deprived" or "third world' or "under-developed" countries of the world also have populations far more in touch with global events and facts than the average person on Main Street, USA.
By the way, Reina, Google has been my loyal and trustworthy assistant for many years, :-) and I read prolifically and endlessly, but because I wanted to hear from a Peruvian poster about the correct spelling of Cusco, I posted the question. That's why I also wanted to know about our local expert, Xochitl's name - how it is pronounced.
Catch ya later!
By the way, Paulo Coelho, in his book, "Veronika decides to die" has written hilariously about how foreigners think the capital of Brazil is Buenos Aires!
"By the way, Paulo Coelho, in his book, "Veronika decides to die" has written hilariously about how foreigners think the capital of Brazil is Buenos Aires!"
I'll have to look into that book. However, of all my Latin American travels Chile is my favorite. I've been to Buenos Aires twice. I will be going to Santiago for my fifth time this November. I have a four day trip in Lima on the way home from Chile. I've bought a couple of guidebooks on Peru and it sounds wonderful. Who knows? It may rise to the top of my Latin American destinations? I have always wanted to go to Machu Picchu but my health can't tolerate the altitude, I believe.
I found this info :
Though earlier inhabitants had other names for it as capital of the Inca empire, it was named Qosco (from a Quechuan word meaning "navel" or "center" of the world). That name dates back to the 11th or 12th centuries. The Spanish changed the spelling to Cuzco, later the"z" was dropped in favor of an "s" due to differing pronunciations of the letter. Near the end of the 20th century, a movement to restore the original name was launched and in 1990, the city officially stated that the name was to be Qosco.
So, in spanish it is Cusco, in english Cuzco and in quechua Qosco.
In Peru we write it in Spanish = Cusco
Reina... did you check with your doc about going to MP? Mind and body are so closely related that if you don't have any absolute contraindications to walking at higher altitudes, you could very well visit MP. I'm a bit apprehensive too, but I'm trying to get really fit before we leave. As that old saw goes: where there's a will, there's a way :-)
Good luck and have fun on your trip!