Taylor m asked in TravelLatin AmericaPeru · 1 decade ago

What is Cuzco Peru known for?

What is Cuzco most famous for?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    is very interesting how dumb can people be, from the honesty of jacob asking for his 10 points, to the stupidity of michaela thinking that cusco is ... maya! or james b talking about spaniards that didn't have anything to do with cusco.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    According to VIVA Travel Guides, Cuzco is known for being the gateway to the Inca Trail, here is the rest of the entry:

    http://www.vivatravelguides.com/south-america/peru...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Cuzco is the city in the peruvian mountains where the Machuu Pichuu the precolombian and largest Inca civilization was located, it is now a famous tourism spot and one of the seven new wonders of the world.

    Lic.Gregory Kearney Lawson.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Diego de Almagro (Almagro, Spain, c. 1475 – Cuzco, Peru, July 8, 1538), also known as El Adelantado and El Viejo (The Elder), was a Spanish conquistador and a companion and later rival of Francisco Pizarro. He participated in the Spanish conquest of Peru and is credited as the first European discoverer of Chile.

    Source(s): hey i graduated college.. i's gots knoledge and book smarts
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  • 1 decade ago

    Machu Picchu (Quechua: Machu Pikchu, "Old Peak"; pronounced ['mɑ.tʃu 'pik.tʃu]) is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,400 meters (7,875 ft) above sea level.[1] It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 km (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows. The river is a partially navigable headwater of the Amazon River. Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu is one of the most familiar symbols of the Inca Empire.

    Ollantaytambo is a town and an Inca archaeological site in southern Peru some 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco. It is located at an altitude of 2,792 meters above sea level in the district of Ollantaytambo, province of Urubamba, Cusco region. During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti who conquered the region, built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru it served as a stronghold for Manco Inca Yupanqui, leader of the Inca resistance. Nowadays it is an important tourist attraction on account of its Inca buildings and as one of the most common starting points for the three-day, four-night hike known as the Inca Trail.

    Ollantaytambo (2,800m)

    Ollantaytambo is an attractive little town located at the western end of the Sacred Valley (about two and a half hours by bus from Cusco). The town has been built on top of original Inca foundations and is the best surviving example of Inca town planning. The town is divided in canchas (blocks) which are almost entirely intact. Each cancha has only one entrance (usually a huge stone doorway) which leads into a central courtyard. The houses surround the courtyard. Good examples of this construction can be found behind the main plaza.

    The town is located at the foot of some spectacular Inca ruins (entrance with the Tourist Ticket 'Boleto Turistico') which protected the strategic entrance to the lower Urubamba Valley. The temple area is at the top of steep terracing which helped to provide excellent defenses. Stone used for these buildings was brought from a quarry high up on the opposite side of the Urubamba river - an incredible feat involving the efforts of thousands of workers. The complex was still under construction at the time of the conquest and was never completed.

    After Manco Inca was defeated by the Spanish at Sacsayhuaman following the unsuccessful siege of Cusco (1536) he retreated to Ollantaytambo. Francisco Pizarro's younger brother Hernando led a force of 70 cavalry, 30 foot soldiers and a large contingent of natives to capture Manco Inca. The Inca's forces, joined by neighboring jungle tribes, rained down showers of arrows, spears and rocks upon the unfortunate Spanish troops. In an intelligent move the Inca's flooded the plains below their stronghold making it difficult for the horses to maneuver. Hernando, uncharacteristically, ordered a hasty retreat. Ollantaytambo became the only place ever to have resisted attacks from the Spanish.

    However, their victory was short-lived when the Spanish returned with four times their previous force. Manco Inca retreated to his jungle stronghold in Vilcabamba and Ollantaytambo fell into the hands of the Spanish.

    Source(s): From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  • 1 decade ago

    Cuzco Peru, was the famous Inca Empire Capital, before the Spanish conquistadors conquered it. btw the inca were ahead of their time.

  • 1 decade ago

    Its one of the richest Mayan city states

    Source(s): my history class
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    cuzco

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    probably the san pedro!

    ...my friend spent a year there, beautiful place, visit the incan empire!

  • 1 decade ago

    Incans?

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