"Cusco - 'The navel of the Earth'" Cusco by al2401
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In the 12th century, as legend has it, the first Inca Manco was directed by the sun god Inti to found the qosq'o or 'navel of the earth'. The city flourished especially under the hands of the ninth Inca Pachacutec but was lost to the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizzaro on the murder of the 12th Inca Atahualpa.
This fascinating city has an interesting meld of Inca and Colonial architecture with colonial buildings built on remains of Inca walls. It is easy to explore with most roads leading to the Plaza de Armas.
Cusco is situated at 3,300 metres above sea level and you will need to aclimatise to the altitude. For exploring the city the best way is to take a taxi (extremely cheap) to a high point such as St Cristobal or San Blas and wander downhill at leisure.
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