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What is Cusco
Cuzco (also "Cusco", or "Qosqo" in Quechua), located in the Southern Sierras is a fascinating city that was the capital of the Incan Empire. Cuzco is a Unesco World Heritage Site and is one of Peru's most visited cities.
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"Further along the tracks near the bridge to Machu Picchu you will reach an ecological centre with rainforest walks that will consume about one hour of your time, you can reach this by following the road towards Machu Picchu as to avoid walking through the railway tunnel."
"I did the 4 day/3 night Inca trail to Machu Picchu with Pachamama Explorers last May."
"On March 14 , 2006 ,the controversy was reignited in part by the Hartford Courant reporting that the wife of former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo had accused Yale University of profiting from Peru's cultural heritage by claiming title to more than 250 museum-quality pieces that had been removed from Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham in 1912 and had been on display at Yale's Peabody Museum ever since."
"It usually takes a couple of days to get acclimatized before moving on from Cusco to explore the mountain villages of the Urubamba Valley (also known as the Sacred Valley), the Amazon basin, and, of course, Machu Picchu, but many visitors find Cusco so seductive that they either delay their plans to explore the surrounding region or add a few days to their trip to allow more time in the city."
"Innumerable travel agencies in Cusco will try to sell you a package tour of the city and region, including Machu Picchu and some of the Sacred Valley sights."
"This gives you your first view of Machu Picchu in the distance, not the classic postcard view unfortunately, but a much wider view taking in modern buildings and a winding road."
"You must use a licensed tour operator, one accredited by the Unidad de Gestión Santuario Histórico de Machu Picchu, the organization that oversees the trail, and which limits the number of hikers to 500 per day."
"The two- to four-day hike of the Inca Trail from near Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu is the region's (and possibly South America's) best-known outdoor expedition, but other trekking options abound in the area."
"For those who are fit and like to exert themselves, it is well worth the effort of scrambling and climbing up the west flank of the mountain to reach them from Pisac village.....you can hike into the ruins along a spectacular Inca pathway, through gateways and tunnels, experiencing as you walk a crescendo of stunning views of the Valley and Mount Pachatusan, to the south, beyond the river...." Anyway, signalsilence, you may want to heed Goodtime Bob's advice and spend more time in and around Cuzco and not concentrate solely on "the" Inca Trail to Machu Picchu."
"Machu Picchu ,the lost city of the Incas discovered centuries after the last Conquistador left, remains a web of riddles for the adventurer and the scientist to tackle."
"Cusco is higher than Machu Picchu."
"Again, though, the area is so rich and offers so much for travelers with time to do more than whiz through it that the area -- including Pisac, Urubamba, Ollantaytambo, Calca, Chinchero, and Moray -- is treated separately, along with the great Inca ruins of Machu Picchu."
"The government has not yet set any visitation limits, but conservationists have warned that if the popularity of the sight continues to grow, such limitations are probably in Machu Picchu's best interest."
"South America Cusco & Machu Picchu Travel Tips Internet, Mail & Shipping."
"Too often Cusco and Machu Picchu are sold as a three-day, two-night package -- and sometimes even a whirlwind tour of the Sacred Valley is incorporated into the third day."
A nice place to stay while in Cusco is the Andenes de Saphi hotel, a 5-10 minutes walk from the city centre. It's a small and sympathetic place that reflects the true spirit of this city. There are nice terrazas for lounging and post card writing and small rooms that can get chilly during nights but extra blankets are provided. A glass-roofed dining room is the centre of this hotel - when you sip your morning tea wrapped in your wind fleece and wait the temperatures to rise a bit, it feels lika a perfect place to get ready for you Inca tral or other eplorations. Check it out at www.andenesdesaphi.com
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