Day 43, Peru: Cusco, Capital of Inca Empire

Trip Start May 31, 2010
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Trip End Aug 26, 2010


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Monday, July 12, 2010

Cusco's altitude is around 3,400 m (11,200 ft) and I didn't think that I would have difficulty breathing due to the altitude.
But apart from that, Cusco is the historic capital of the Inca Empire. 
The many buildings constructed after the Hispanic invasion have a mixture of Spanish influence with Inca indigenous architecture. The Spanish destroyed many Inca buildings, temples and palaces. They used the remaining walls as bases for the construction of a new city. Cusco stands on layers of cultures, with the old Inca built on Killke structures, and the Spanish having replaced indigenous temples with Catholic churches, and palaces with mansions for the invaders.
Cusco is a very charming city and you can keep walking for hours in its paved streets with many art galleries and pleasant cafes and restaurants.
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