Peru - Cuzco - Pachacutec Statue

Cuzco

Cuzco was the capital of the Inca Empire and is South America’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Inca-built walls line the central streets and many of the Spanish colonial buildings are built on Inca foundations. Before hiking the Inca Trail, I spent a day in Cuzco acclimating to the altitude (11,200 feet) and wandering the city’s streets. After the hike I visited the city’s museums, my favorite being the Casa Concha Museum. This museum is dedicated to the history of Machu Picchu and houses artifacts taken from the site by Hiram Bingham during his excavation in 1912. (If you’re interested in learning about Machu Picchu, I highly recommend reading Turn Right at Machu Picchu.)