Cusco, Peru, aug 22 - 29 and sep 1 - 3, 2012

Cusco was the capital of the Incan empire. The Spanish conquered it in the 16th century and destroyed most of the Incan buildings, basically everything but the foundations. What makes Cusco so special is that the colonial buildings where all built on the remains of the Incan structures. Today Cusco is unfortunately overrun by tourists from all over the world, but it still has a certain charm. Beautiful small alleyways, impressive colonial churches and the lovely Plaza de Armas. It was the perfect base for us to explore the Sacred Valley. There are very impressive Incan sites to visit, such as the terraces of Moray, the ruins of Ollantaytambo or the absolutely bizarre salt pans of Maras.

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