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    South by South America Tour – Peru Part 6

    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    Cuzco, Peru

    The Minor Basilica de la Merced in Cuzco, Peru.
    The Minor Basilica de la Merced in Cuzco, Peru.

    Layered and torn flyers in Cuzco, Peru.
    Layered and torn flyers in Cuzco, Peru.

    The back lanes of Cuzco, Peru.
    The back lanes of Cuzco, Peru.

    Today, I just took it easy and went out for a stroll around the quaint cobblestone streets of central Cuzco, where I bought a ticket to Machu Picchu and marveled at all of the glitzy hotels, restaurants and shops that cater to tourists from all over the world–especially old, white Europeans. Not surprisingly, a crazy amount of hawkers and touts ply the streets trying to sell everything from meals, souvenirs, and massages to tours and much more. “Cuzco, is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range. It is the capital of the Cuzco Region and of the Cuzco Province. In 2017, the city had a population of 428,450. Located on the eastern end of the Knot of Cuzco, its elevation is around 11,200 feet. The site was the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th century until the Spanish conquest in the 16th-century. 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 two million visitors per year. The Constitution of Peru designates Cuzco as the Historical Capital of Peru.”—Wikipedia

    Words and photos ©2019 Arcane Candy.

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