Cuzco, Peru: Capital of the Incan Empire

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In Cusco, 2008

In my previous post on traveling in South America, I spoke about traveling up to the amazing Machu Picchu ruins in 2008. However, to get to Machu Picchu you have to go to the old Incan capital of Cuzco. It’s only from Cuzco that you will be able to make your journey to Machu Picchu and many other amazing historical sites around the town.

Cuzco in itself is a treasure. It’s a real combination of two worlds and cultures that has co-existed and merged to what has defined the city today. Almost everyone in Peru has made a visit to Cuzco to experience the amazing heritage sites that once were home to the ruling kingdom of ancient South America.

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Mysterious Machu Picchu

Whether you are visiting or living in Peru, a trip to the amazing Machu Picchu is a must-see. It seems quite unconvincing for those non-conventional travelers, because of how it is over-marketed, but I cannot express how amazing this experience is for the mind and soul. You can see a 100 photos and video clips of Machu Picchu, but it will come NOWHERE close to actually seeing it with your own two eyes and setting foot upon those once sacred grounds. The experience is mind blowing and spiritually moving in such a way you’ll never forget it.

 (Note: My posts from my time in South America are not well captured as I was a freshly graduated student, with no laptop, no digital camera and no smartphones existed yet to catch every moment. These pics are all my scanned photographs.)

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