Cusco


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Cusco



Cusco Peru

Situated in the Peruvian Andes, Cusco was developed under the Inca ruler Pachacutec, into a complex urban sprawl with distinct religious and administrative functions. It was surrounded by areas clearly designated for agricultural, artisan and industrial production. When the Spaniards conquered Cusco in the 16th century, they preserved the basic structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the great Inca city ruins.


At 11,154 ft above sea level, Cusc rest in a fertile alluvial valley fed by several rivers in the heart of the Central Peruvian Andes of South America. Under the rule of the 15th century Inca Pachacuteq, the city was redesigned and remodeled after a pre-Inca occupation process of over 3,000 years. Cusco quickly became the capital of the Tawantinsuyu Inca Empire, which covered much of the South American Andes between the 15th and 16th centuries AD.

Cusco Peru


The Imperial city if the Incas was developed with a complex urban purpose in mind. Distinct religious and administrative functions show in the architecture through religious and government buildings accompanied by the exclusive abodes for royal families, all forming an unprecedented symbolic urban compound. The ruins show a stone construction technology with exceptional aesthetic and structural properties, such as the Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha, the Aqllahuasi, the Sunturcancha, the Kusicancha and a series of very finely finished buildings that shape the Inca compound as an indivisible unity of the Inca's urban structure. The noble city was clearly kept apart from the areas designated for agricultural, artisan and industrial production as well as surrounding neighborhoods.


With the Spanish conquest in the 16th century came great change to the area. The urban structure of the Inca imperial city of Cusco was preserved and temples, monasteries and manor houses were built over the Inca city. Cusco Peru They were mostly of baroque style with local adaptations, which created a unique mix of configuration, perfectly representing a fusion of different periods and cultures. The city’s remarkable syncretism is evident not only in its physical structure but also in the Viceroyalty's artistic expression.


Beyond being a facinating meld of cultures, influences and history, Cusco is important for its population’s customs and traditions, many of which still keep their ancestral origins. The Cusco area boasts an impressive showing of relics especially its plan. Walls of meticulously cut granite or andesite with streets running throughout and the ruins of the Sun Temple. Of the colonial city, there remain the freshly whitewashed squat houses, the palace and the marvelous Baroque churches which achieved the impossible fusion of the Plateresco, Mudejar or Churrigueresco styles with that of the Inca tradition.




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Cusco Accommodations



La Casona Cusco

La Casona Cusco
Inkaterra presents the first Relais & Chateaux hotel in Peru (2010), an exquisite 16th century mansion meticulously restored. Inkaterra La Casona is a colonial manor house —perhaps the first Spanish construction in Cusco— centrally located on an Incan settlement near Cusco’s present-day main square, later occupied by the conquistadors of Peru and their descendants.

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Palacio Nazarenas Cusco

Palacio Nazarenas Cusco
Set in a tranquil plaza behind Cusco's main square, this former palace and convent emerged from years of restoration to become one of the city's most exclusive hotels. This intimate urban retreat has just 55 suites, each enriched with oxygen to assist with acclimatization and with its own private bar stocked with fresh, local garnishes.

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