Cusco, the magnet that attracts the world:
Some know Cusco as the world´s belly, others know it as the archeological capital of the Americas, but for most, Cusco is known as the capital of the Incan empire. For us, Cusco is a blend of mystery, history and mysticism. It’s a magnet for travelers looking to discover the mysterious citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the great wonders of the world, and, at the same time, for travelers wanting to connect with its people, surrounding themselves with the mystical energy from a culture that for centuries has amazed the world.
Travelers want to discover Cusco and Tierra Viva will be there to receive them.
Cusco is 3,400 meters above sea level and encompasses a territory of 72,000 km2, at the intersection of the Andes and the Amazon. Several routes link it directly with the department of Abancay, Puno and Puerto Maldonado, with Ayacucho and Arequipa its nearest neighbors.
Cusco’s climate is friendly throughout most of the year. The months between April and December are sunny, making it an ideal time to visit the city. The rest of the year can be rather rainy, but not so much as an impediment to miss out on the attractions of Cusco.
Cusco has an endless list of places to visit, so take note:
The Sacred Valley of the Incas:
The Sacred Valley of Cusco has a series of towns, tourist attractions and natural wealth that every traveler should visit. Likewise, the valley has a mild climate, spectacular views of the mountains and permanent contact with the flora and fauna of the area. Some places you should visit in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco are: Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero, among others.
Hands down, this is the main tourist attraction of Peru, with over 1 million visitors a year. It is considered one of the world’s wonders and a pride for all of Peru.
The 12 angles stone:
An engineering marvel of the Incans that leaves any admirer in awe. You can´t leave Cuzco without seeing this stone.
The Cathedral (Main Square):
Built in 1560, this Cathedral was constructed on top of one of the Inca Wiracocha´s palaces. It has a great deal of colonial wealth and paintings throughout the area.
The Church of the Society of Jesus (Main Square):
Built on the Inca´s Huayna Capac Palace, it is considered a stunning work of baroque architecture.
The Merced Church (Mantas Street):
This church highlights a 1.30 meter gold monstrance decorated with 1,500 diamonds, making it one of the largest and most valuable in the world.
The convent of Santa Catalina (Santa Catalina Angosta Street):
A beautiful colonial building with an interesting museum of religious art inside that deserves to be visited.S