Cusco, the navel of the world (Peru)
Cusco, also called “Rome of the Incas” is, no doubt, the most beautiful village of Latin America (my point of view, of course).
You have to visit this village, as well its environs and may be it will be a short trip, because you must to live in Cusco!
Today, it is a wonderful colonial village that it’s visited in a walking tour.
Living between the earth and the sky, the people from this area live their life join with the sacred things.
Sited in the south of the Andes Mountains, the Cusco village is the principal tourist destiny of Peru and one of the most important of America. Called by the Incas “House and Resident of the gods”, Cusco became capital of the one of the biggest pre-Columbian empires: el Tawantinsuyu. Its name quechua, Qosco, mean “navel of the world“, because its immense net of roads that beginning in the village, connected practically with all South America, from southern Colombia to northern Argentina.
Cusco, mystical capital of the Inca Empire, conserves faithfully its rock walls, evocating the great Son of the Sun. It is the Village of the monuments and historical relics, cradle of myths and legends, which revives each step of their century roads.
That visit is unforgettable, and it enable us to clarify certain Inca mysteries, Cusco, located in the valley of the River Huatanay, in the Andes, southwest of Peru, at 3360 meters height, it was the center of the Empire and of the Andes world.
The story of the imperial village begins in the XII century, when the first Inca, Manco Capac, establish Cusco as consequence of the mandate of the God Sun.
The Mars 23 of 1534, Francisco Pizzarro manage the Spanish foundation of Cusco.
Today, the capital archaeological of America, is a village open for all the world, receive with open arms all the visitors, that look their bizarre fusion between the urban environment with the pre-Columbian monuments, like the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), the Ajlla Wasi, the Amaru Cancha (circle of the snake), the Kiswar Kancha, and many more, as well the jewels of miscegenation, the Cathedral, the Church and the convent of the Merced and the San Blas church.
The village it is rounded by amazing archaeological vestiges, like the city of Machu Picchu, the fortress of Saqsaywaman, the Ollaytambo complex and the lovely villages of Pisac, Calca and Yucay, conserve the ancestral traditions.
It has also the magnificent temples and big houses carefully made above the rocks, and a very rich gastronomy, which combine with a masterly manner the native recipes, like the “choclo”, tender corn, the potatoes and the peper with the pork and lamb meat introduced by the Spanish people.
Also knew as the handicraft state, San Blas is the lovelier place of the town, its incline stretch streets, zigzag between the old houses built with the rocks of the Inca walls, and mild plots. The church, built in 1563, is the oldest of Cusco and it has a wonderful pulpit considered as the best expression of grave in wood of the colonial period…
Lands of vast landscapes, rich in history and with a fascinated geography, Cusco is, no doubt, a village that all travelers want to know.