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Place Cusco

Cusco, often spelled Cuzco ([ˈkusko]; Quechua: Qusqu ([ˈqɔsqɔ])), is a city in southeastern Peru near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cusco Region and of the Cusco Province. The city is the seventh most populous in Peru and, in 2017, had a population of 428,450. Its elevation is around 3,400 m (11,200 ft).
The city was the capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th century until the 16th-century Spanish conquest. In 1983, Cusco was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO with the title “City of Cuzco”. It has become a major tourist destination, hosting nearly 2 million visitors a year. The Constitution of Peru (1993) designates it as the Historical Capital of Peru.

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2.04km
Peru’s Coca Museum

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Atlas Obscura 2019
2km
The Twelve-Angled Stone

Discover The Twelve-Angled Stone in Cusco, Peru: This geometric feat is a testament to the Incas' mesmerizing architectural abilities.

Atlas Obscura 2018
29.81km
A Pre-Inca Aqueduct Built By the Wari of Ancient Peru

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Atlas Obscura 2019
26.37km
Parque de la Papa

Discover Parque de la Papa in Chahuaytire, Peru: A highland eco-park celebrates more than a thousand varieties of tuber.

Brutalism
1.26km
Post Office
Post 2019
1.03km
The surprising works of art in Peru’s Cusco Cathedral
World Heritage Site 1983
2.12km
City of Cuzco

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Audio Guide
30.09km
Audio Guide
Inca Mineral Salt Farm tour – Maras in Cuzco Peru
en
Atlas Obscura 2018
2.93km
Rodadero Slides

Discover Rodadero Slides in Cusco, Peru: Did Inca children also slide down these smooth rocky slopes above Cusco?

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.55km
Coricancha

Discover Coricancha in Cusco, Peru: A Christian monastery stands on what was once a holy Incan temple.

Atlas Obscura 2019
1.27km
Tambomachay

Discover Tambomachay in Cusco, Peru: An Inca spa, military outpost or maybe… both?

Atlas Obscura 2019
2.09km
Plaza de Armas

Discover Plaza de Armas in Cusco, Peru: Built on the remains of one the Incas’ most important gathering spots, this square keeps the spirit of a fallen empire alive.

Audio Guide
3.19km
Audio Guide
Sacsaywaman Archeological Park
en es pt
Atlas Obscura 2019
2.08km
Cusco Cathedral

Discover Cusco Cathedral in Cusco, Peru: Situated on a sacred Inca site, this 16th-century cathedral took nearly 100 years to build.

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