Since I did spend some days in Arequipa area I wasn't suffering from altitude sickness in Cusco, that sits om 3300m. (Or did the local coca tea really help?) Cusco plays an important role in Inca history. Statues, walls and ruins make you aware of that. During a free walking tour I got overloaded with information about this former Inca capital and the Inca history. Being a touristic gateway to Machu Picchu, the city has adapted to the steady stream of tourists. I climbed the surrounding hills to have a great view on the valley of Cusco.
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Places in Peru