Cusco - Peru

Coordinates: 13°30′30″S, 71°58′20″W FoodCusco is one of the andean cities of Peru where visitors may taste many spices, of different origins, and agricultural produce, mostly organic, treated and grown in environmental friendly and traditional ways, frequently using ancient techniques such as the "Chaquitajlla" (hands and foot soil remover). As headquarters to the Inca Empire, Cusco was always an important agricultural production region, and a natural reserve for thousands of Peruvian originary species, including hundreds of native potato varieties.During recent years, driven by Per

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Constance CW :

Having heard about the recent earthquake which struck the epi-centre of Ica, my heart goes out to all Peruvians affected by this unfortunate disaster. Having said that, I am somewhat concerned about my upcoming trip to Cusco (Peru) for a volunteer project sometime mid October 07. Can anyone tell me if and how this earthquake has affected Cusco, if at all? What about in the not too recent past of the 1974 earthquake - is Cusco sheltered from such occurences? I have searched the web but no mention is made of Cusco in the articles I have read so far. Any information will be much appreciated. Thanks!

Travel_Expert :
"Hi Constance, no Cuzco is not affected. Cuzco is fine, they didnt even noticed anything there, the earth did not shake. In Lima all flights have been opened now so things are ok. There were no damages at the airport, people are flying as normal and then from Lima you fly straight to Cuzco. All the damage is in the south of Lima, very very far from Cuzco. Even the 1974 earthquake did not affect Cuzco as it was in Huaraz, north of Lima. Just be calm, everything is perfect in Lima and Cuzco so you will have no problem whatsoever. Thanks for your nice words, people here are shocked, we have lost more than 450 peruvians."
dendronbat :
"Why are you concerned? That is like being concerned about driving from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh in October because a bridge collapsed in Minnesota in July. First of all the earthquake was caused by a fault in the Earth's crust caused by the collision of the Nazca and south America tectonic plates. The fault line is near the coast of Peru. We also have fault lines running along the US Pacific coast. I am sure the folks in Colorado are not worried about that. Cusco is far, far from this tectonic activity. Even the night of the quake and the morning after there was no delay in flights in Lima or any other transportation services in Lima. So why would anything at all be affected in Peru by October????"
Damitz III :
"while nothing in cuzco may have been damaged, it is not true that they didnt even feel it. People in Cuzco felt the earthquake but it wasnt bad or anything. My grandma lives in Cuzco and she called us to say that she felt something but barely anything got damaged."
alfie7177 :
"Ica was effected the most. we need to get as much AID & SUPPLIES to the people down there. pls help in any way possible."
catlovelyrus :
"no, cusco is not affected. but they did feel the earthquake."
STL Biker :
"cusco is not affected"
Rae-Rae :

I am going to Peru. I am going with my husband, who is from Lima. We will visit his family and then we all will go to Cusco for...i think...10 days. What other things are there to see in Cusco besides Machu Picchu (which of course I am planning to see)? Any and all advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks Everyone has such great answers, this is going to be very hard to choose best answer.

umoanev :
"In Cusco you have Saccashuaman ruins, Pisac market, and plenty of other ruins to visit like Oyantaytambo. The town of aguas calientes (just before going to Machu Pichu) is great. Be careful with the height, I recommned not eating carbs when you reach Cusco as they are difficult to digest with the altutide problem. No bread, no potatoes and no chocolate please. Drink tea (coca tea is great and healthy) and rest the first day and take it easy. In Cusco you'll find wonderful alpaca and silver shops, try Ilaria for silver jewelry and try Alpaca 101 for Alpaca sweaters. I don't say anything about Lima as your husband probably knows everything there is to know. Have a great trip!"
Jeff B :
"You're going to love Peru, it's my favorite place to visit. 1. Don't bother with traveler's checks. You'll spend more time at the bank cashing them and paying an outrageous service fee. 2. Leave your valuables at the hotel or house. Only take enough money with you that you need. 3. Avoid at all costs drinking the water. Sometimes it's difficult if the food or drinks from the restaurant is made with tap water. You won't die but it will ruin your vacation having diarreha and a fever the entire time. 4. If you're going to Machu Piccu, buy a low cost rain poncho ahead of time, otherwise you'll get soaked buying one there (no pun intended hahah) If your husband is from Peru then he's smart about safety. Stick with him or his family members. When departing back to the USA - arrive at the Jorge Chavez airport plenty of time in advance. The airport is always packed and the lines move slow. If you're traveling to Cusco by train (and there is a good chance you are) don't forget the batteries for your camera. The train ride is spectacular. FYI - They shut the water off in Cusco at 11pm. Have a great time!"
thatgirlatstate :
"First, have an amazing trip! I spent four weeks in Peru and it was life altering. That said, there isn't a lot to do in Cusco. I spent most of my time shopping, eating and walking around. There are a few amazing chuches that warrant a visit, even if you're not religious. Outside of Cusco there is more to do. Visit the Inca ruins at Sacsayhuaman and Ollantaytambo and then go to Pisac and visit the markets there. Here's a link:. And give yourself at least two days to visit Machu Picchu. We only had one afternoon to visit and it was not enough. When you go to visit Machu Picchu, you'll likely stay in Aguas Calientes and while you're there, ask about going to the hot springs. Locals can point you in the right direction. It's a nice diversion after a long day on the mountain. Enjoy your trip!!"
Globetrotter :
"Cusco is the best place to travel from, to see other places. Around Cusco, and in Cusco itself, you can visit: 1)Sacsayhuaman,which are walls built in a zig-zag way 2)Qenqo, historic place 3)Puka Pukara, old fortress 4)Tambomachay 5) Qorikancha , the convent of Santo Domingo, built over an Inca temple, to name a few places. From Cusco, get a tour to take you along the Valle de Sagrado (Sacred Valley), to visit many interesting places. Cusco is the Springboard to many interesting sites. It is very touristy, has some good restaurants. "Inka Restaurant" in Plaza de Armas of Cusco, serves great food. We went there twice because we liked the food. Hope this encourages you and get you interested."
Tedel :
"I always suggest including visiting both the zoo and the National museum in the to-do llist of Lima. Don't forget Peru has got many species that you won't be able to see anywhere else and that in the museum you have quite a bunch of Peruvian history summarized. Enjoy"
ronnie m :

I have one night at the Sancutary Lodge and one spare day. Will I get more out of staying in a cheaper place in AC or returning to Cusco?

kel b :
"return to cusco"
Pauline N :
"Go to Cusco, there is so much more to see and do there. Enjoy your stay."
ncborgie :
"Cusco, no question. They don't charge you a fake tax, for one thing."
thropster :
"Aguas Calientes has very little going for it. Even the hot springs aren't worth going in, as they reek of urine! The town itself is nothing other than cheap and nasty hostels and restaurants (if they can be called restaurants?). Although we saw the funniest thing on a menu in one of them, but that's a different story. On the other hand you have Cuzco which is the most interesting place you'll go to in a long while. The only trouble you're gonna have is that 1 day in Cuzco simply isn't enough!!! You have untold amounts of architectural wonders, plus surrounding Inca ruins like Saccsayhuaman, Pukapukara etc. An excellent horse-back adventure will take you around all of them in 4 hours! Well worth it!"


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A story about volunteering with the children of Aldea Yanapay in Cusco, Peru

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In the midst of questioning what to do about the crumbling king of Peruvian ruins, Machu Picchu, (see…) a new Incan hero has been discovered and declared an ecotourism site. Guillermo Torres , mayor of the town of Kimbiri (Cusco), has announced the discovery of Manco Pata, an ancient fortress located in a rural community near the village of Lobo

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Machu Picchu (Quechua: Machu Pikchu "Old Peak") is a pre-Columbian Inca city located at 2,430 m (7,970 ft) altitude on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, about 70 km (44 mi) northwest of Cusco.Machu Picchu is probably the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire. It is often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas"The site w

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