Cusco – a Gateway to Machu Picchu, Peru

Cusco – a Gateway to Machu Picchu, Peru

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Cusco’s imperial city enchants its visitors. History of Cusco can be seen in its streets, squares, valleys and towns. Stunning destinations and examples of fine engineering by Inca stonemasons can be seen in Choquequirao, Saysayhuamán, Kenko, Tambomachay, Ollantaytambo and Machu Picchu, the Inca jewel built with the wisdom of the ancient Peruvians in an ecological environment. Cuzco, also spelled Cusco or Kosko, Quechua Qosqo is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the Western Hemisphere. Formerly the capital of the extensive Inca empire, it retains much of its highly crafted early stone architecture, which is typically preserved in the foundations and lower stories of Spanish colonial structures. Cuzco was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.

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Moray – Extreme Inca Landscaping

Moray – Extreme Inca Landscaping

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Moray lies 74 km from the city of Cusco on a high plateau at about 3500 m (11,500 ft). The magnificent series of terrace circles set into the ground that were once used by the Incas for experimentation with crops. Three enormous pits, each with beautifully curved sides that staircase down like the interiors of titanic flowerpots, have been carved out of the earth to depths of up to 100 feet and more. Air temperatures between the top and bottom layers can differ by more than 20 degrees. It is believed that the terraces, built over containing walls filled with fertile earth and watered by complex irrigation systems, enabled the Incas to grow more than 250 plant species.

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