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Peru: Cuzco department

Peru: Cuzco department

Location: South East of the Country. 

Extension: 72 104 km2. 

Capital: Cuzco (3360 masl) 

Altitude: 

- Minimum: 532 masl (Pilcopata) 

- Maximum: 4801 masl (Suyckutambi)

 

Cuzco City

Inca walls, colorful costumes, churches built on top of palaces, citadels lost in the Andean heights, legendary roads -all the beauty of a glorious past that enfolds the visitor who arrives in Cuzco.

 

Cuzco, capital of the Inca Empire

Nestling in the southeastern Andes, the city of Cuzco is Peru's premier tourist attractions and one of the main destinations in the Americas.

 

Angels of Cuzco

In Cuzco, the Madonnas sport rosy cheeks like Andean matrons, while the angels are clad in gold and wear Flemish-style hats.

 

Andahuaylillas Churches

If Michael Angelo had worn a poncho and the Andean chullo cap, he would have undoubtedly signed his works on the walls of the church of Andahuaylillas.

 

Turismo participativo

Heritage trails of Ollantaytambo | Participative tourism at Sacred Valley

 

Nature and Culture

- Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary 

- Manu National Park.

 

Adventure Sports

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu | The loop to Salkantay

 

Cuzco Region Tourism

This circuit combines the archaeological and cultural legacy of Cuzco  with Peru's greatest natural treasure: the Manu National Park. 

 

Visitors are advised to take the one-hour flight to Cuzco, where recent arrivals should rest up due to the high altitude. Cuzco is a unique example of the blend of native and colonial architecture, where visitors will find colonial constructions built on top of Inca foundations. The surrounding region also features many attractions: the town and church of Andahuaylillas, the Ollantaytambo fortress and the town of Pisac are just a few of the many attractions to be found in Cuzco, which are crowned by a visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu. 

 

From Cuzco the road heads down to the Manu National Park, a journey that can take from 9-12 hours down to the villages of Atalaya and Shintuya, from where one continues by boat for another 5-6 hours. There are also 30-minute flights from Cuzco to Boca Manu, from where the boat ride takes 4-6 hours. The Manu teems with record numbers of species of plants, birds, insects, butterflies, mammals and reptiles, and is doted with an extraordinary diversity of eco-systems. The area is best visited from May to August. Visitors should bring insect repellent and sunblock.