Cuzco, located at about 10,000 feet above sea level, is Peru’s archaeological capital. As the former capital of the mighty Inca Empire and later an important colonial settlement, Cuzco offers innumerable examples of Inca masonry and colonial architecture. Sometimes styles mix as conquistadores used to build their religious buildings over the foundations of Inca temples.
Manor houses, cobblestone streets, emblazoned facades, palaces and ornamental churches create a colonial atmosphere that pervades the city. Traditional indigenous markets and Inca villages and ruins can be found in the famous Sacred Valley of the Incas, located one hour from the city. The Sacred Valley is also a prime area for outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding and paragliding.
Machu Picchu archaeological complex is located 75 miles from Cuzco (3½ hours by train). The ruins are situated on the eastern slope of Machu Picchu Hill, overlooking the Urubamba River and surrounded by imposing mountains and an exuberant semi-tropical jungle. With several altars, temples, staircases and terraces, this is one of the most extraordinary sites in the world.
Cuzco is situated in the heart of the Andes, in southeastern Peru, an hour by air from Lima. Days are normally warm and sunny with temperatures dropping into the 30s at night. Rainy season is November through March.
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