Photo: Melissa Biggs, Calles
The city of Cusco, Perú (altitude: 3,400 meters) is modern as well as Indigenous and proud of its roots.
Cusco is located near the Urubamba Valley (Sacred Valley) of the Andes mountain range.
Cusco was the capital of the Inca empire and as such it houses countless archaeological monuments. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and hosts visitors from all over the world.
Transportation – The airport is at the edge of the city. There are daily internal flights to and from Lima, Arequipa and small jungle airstrips in the Amazon. The airport receives more than 400 weekly flights, which makes Cusco the second most connected city in the country, after the capital, Lima.
Bus service is available at the Terminal Terrestre is about a 20 minute walk on Avenida Sol.
Cusco is connected to Machu Picchu and Puno by rail.
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