Peru – Cuzco

View across Cuzco’s main plaza

Cuzco was the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th century until the 16th-century Spanish Conquest. The city sits at an elevation of around 3,400 metres and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Whilst there are some signs of its Inca past, much of the city is dominated by the influence of its period of Spanish occupation with its cobblestone streets and colonial architecture.

Today it is a popular destination for tourists, with around 2 million visitors a year, many on their way to/from Machu Picchu.

Cuzco Cathederal

There is plenty to do within the city, from chocolate making to visiting one of the highest Irish pubs in the world!

Cuzco Chocolate Chefs

We would highly recommend a walk through the San Pedro market which is alive with sites and smells as well as offering lots of food stalls for the adventurous.

Juice stalls in San Pedro market
Cornucopia of coloured corn!
The fresh meat area is not for the faint hearted!
Tough day at the market
We decided not to buy this outfit…

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