Cuzco, a tourist jewel in the Andes. [English]

By noviembre 12th, 2010

Cusco - Peru.

Cusco - Peru.

Cusco, which is like a magnet for tourists for its Inca ruins, but also for its ancient crafts and salt ponds of the Andes.

It is located to 3,350 meters above sea level, southeast of the country. Its cobblestone streets that invited to walk also around the main attraction. The visit to this archaeological site is worth, and initial discomfort felt by the visitor because of the height are scared for a cup of mate de coca, a tea made from coca leaves and works as a restorative.

Those who by discomfort prefer to stay elsewhere can find a range of hotels in the valley of Urubamba on the way to Machu Picchu, where they can move at 2,700 feet. In this site is the eponymous river running through eucalyptus forests and orchards and whose clear skies and intense heat is an invitation to visit him in most of the year.

Moray- Cusco

Moray- Cusco

Another interesting place in Cusco is Maras, which are coming out of Urubamba. This is a set of 3,000 pools at the foot of the hills, of which salt is extracted for human consumption since the time of the Incas.

The villagers of Maras and Pichincoto soaked in the pools -from the waist down-to manually collect the salt crystals to the surface. Monthly draw up to 200 kilos of salt.

Near the salt you can visit the archaeological site of Moray, consisting of a circular stands 50 meters deep, where the ancient Peruvians were investigating the characteristics of their crops, especially tubers.

Source:’elTiempo.com’

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