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“Cuzco, Peru” by K.J.S.Chatrath

 

Cuzco is a city in south-eastern Peru, near the Urumba Valley of the Andean mountain range. It is the capital of the Cuzco Region as well as the Cuzco Province. The city has a population of 358,935 (2007 figures) and  its elevation is around 3,400 m (11,200 ft). It was  the site of the historic capital of the Inca Empire and was declared a World Heritage Sitte by UNESCO in  1983. It is a major tourist destination and receives almost 2 million visitors a year.                                                                                 peru-sept-oct-2010-1189-cuzco-400-40

Even though the elevation of the city is considerable, one does not feel any problem with breathing and the fiftyplus travellers should not find any difficulty in visiting this amazing city.

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Plaza de Armasor the “Square of the warrior” in the Inca era, is the most important and imposing part of the town. This plaza has been the scene of several important events in the history of this city, such as the proclamation by the Spanish conqueror Fransisco Pizzarro about the  conquest of Cuzco. Similarly, the Plaza de Armas was the scene of the death of Tupac Amaru II, considered the indigenous leader of the resistance.  The Spanish built stone arcades around the plaza which can be seen even this day. The main Cathedral and the Church of La Compañía both open directly onto this Plaza. The walls of the city  especially near the Plaza de Armas date back to the Inca period.

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Monumento Pachacuteq, on the Avenue  Sol, is a statue of the Inca warrior King Pachacuteq. The statue is placed on a cylindrical base and the total monument is over 22 m high.

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Another statue, with unfortunate graffiti on the wall.

 

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A view of the town.

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 An impressive statue with tribal featured mother and child.

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When I visited Peru, elections awere near at hand. Here is a group of dancers in the main plaza dancing in favour of a candidate.

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And these were the supporters of another candidate.

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A quiet scene in one of the streets.

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(Text with inputs from the internet.)

 Photos  and copyright K.J.S.Chatrath

IMPORTANT: This website does not sell any hotel rooms/air tickets/packages/insurance cover etc.  It is intended only for providing information to the Fifty+/younger travellers and sharing of travel experiences. The above information is being shared only for the convenience of the readers who are advised to double check the information and satisfy themselves before taking any decision.

I am happy to share with you about the starting of another website by me:       www.gravematters.in 

Grave matters….matters of graves…graves and cemeteries….tombs and graves…cemeteries and graveyards….photos of gravestones from all over the world…inscriptions from all over the world…sad, inspirational and some with a sense humour… I look forward to receiving your encouragement and advice.

These photographs are also available without watermark and in high resolution. Please contact chatrath@gmail.com.

 

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