Cusco & The Sacred Valley

Cusco quickly became one of our favourite places we visited on our recent trip to South America. We spent nearly a week here before and after our 5-day trek to Salkantay and Machu Picchu. Cusco felt like a second home; we spent more time here than any other during our 6-week trip. We fell in love. It has a sort of charm that gets under your skin and stays with you long after you’ve left.

This is of course after we got used to walking up and down all the hills. The high altitude makes it difficult to do anything here, you learn to respect your surroundings. Because we were about to undertake a 5-day trek into the mountains, we tried to walk up as many hills as we could.

The city is built into the valley, so on multiple occasions, we were rewarded with views of the city below. We eventually acclimatized to the altitude, and the hills no longer became a burden.

Cusco is the gateway to Machu Picchu and the birthplace of the Incas. There are many ruins in the surrounding areas that can be visited in a single day. The highlight of this is Sacsayhuaman, which is just on top of the hills overlooking the city. It was the capital city of the Inca, and what remains of this city is spectacular. There are many other great ruins nearby, in what is known as the Sacred Valley. From our base in Cusco, we explored Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, (more)

Cusco itself is a great place to spend a couple days.  The combination of Inca and Spanish history, with the modern-day twist that Peru does so well, leaves you wanting more. We would definitely go back.

Cusco:

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Taking a moment to admire the view. 2017.

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Cusco Staircase. 2017.

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Central Cusco. 2017.

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Cusco Rooftops. 2017.

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Rob and Norma above the city of Cusco. 2017.

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Cusco from above. 2017.

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Cusco Streets at night. 2017.

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Norma sitting on top of the world. 2017.

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Dark skies above Cusco. 2017

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Central Plaza of Cusco. 2017.

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The streets of Cusco. 2017.

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Cusco from above. 2017.

Sacsayhuaman:

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Sacsayhuaman. 2017.

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Sacsayhuaman above Cusco. 2017.

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Wandering through the ruins. 2017.

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Sacsayhuaman. 2017.

 

The Sacred Valley: 

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Tambomachay Incan ruins. 2017.

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Puca Pucara Inca Fortress. 2017

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Tambomachay Incan ruins. 2017.

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The view from the Puca Pucara Inca Fortress. 2017

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Q’enqo Inca ruin. 2017.

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Q’enqo Inca ruin. 2017.

 

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