Welcome to Cuzco. A city that has to be seen to be understood. The Spanish came, the Spanish conquered, and the Spanish transformed this place, but only partially. It’s a fusion. Massive churches and beautiful colonial balconies are mixed with 30 foot walls which at one point were the foundations of old Incan temples. This city has architecture and a heritage that can make anybody interested in history.
Before coming to Peru I had just casually lumped Incans, Mayans and Aztecs together my whole life. I had seen that classic Machu Picchu picture a few times and knew a bit about terraces, but that was it. I quickly smartened up.
Every single day I was in Peru I learned something new about the Incans, and every single day I was even more fascinated. Machu Picchu was just the icing on the cake.
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