According to a report by PromPerú and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (MINCETUR), last year the Imperial City received 1 million 411 thousand 279 tourists. And even during February and December, months considered with lower flow of visitors, Cusco receives 3 thousand tourists a day, thus becoming a true magnet of tourism.
Why tourists visit Cuzco?
National and foreign tourists travel to Cuzco to learn about their customs, traditions and their famous trekking routes. However, these are not the only reasons why tourists decide to pack their bags and go to the “navel of the world”
The gastronomy of Cuzco
Cuzco gastronomy is recognized internationally because it includes ancestral ingredients such as corn and potatoes, the latter was cultivated by the Inca culture, reaching to develop more than 3 thousand types. The most requested dishes by tourists are “timpo”, “chuño cola”, “kapche cheese”, “pepián de cuy”, “Saralawa” and “Adobo”.
The folklore of the Imperial City
The Imperial City is heir to various dances native to the Incas. In addition, they have a marked influence on the part of the Catholic religion because their parties are accompanied by music, singing and multicolored costumes. The “Kachampa”, “Sijlla”, “Chunchos”, “Pusamorenos” and “Llameros” are their main representative dances.
Cuzco invites tourists to experience true adrenaline by practicing adventure sports. Not only do we refer to trekking, there is also mountain biking, zip line or canopy to the sacred valley, rafting and bungee jumping along the road to poroy. In this way, it is shown that the Imperial City is perfect for every adventurer.
The Inti Raymi ceremony
The Inti Raymi ceremony is the representation of the most important festival of the Inca Empire. They worshiped their Sun god with the arrival of the winter solstice, date in which the star is located at a point farther from Earth. This majestic event takes place every June 24 at the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuamán.
The cusqueña crafts
Tourists are fascinated by the ceramics, silverware and imagery of Cuzco and this type of crafts are influenced by the Andean and colonial. For example, the district of Chinchero in Urubamba exhibits a textile factory with pre-Hispanic features. This is an extraordinary way of knowing the lifestyle of the people of ancient Peru.
The Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu
Many go to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu for being one of the 7 wonders of the world, for the extraordinary landscape that forms the Machu Picchu mountain and the Huayna Picchu mountain, for the good energy that the place gives off and for getting to know the mystery that surrounds the most important construction of the Inca Empire.
Plus: Cuzco has the best accommodations
The hotel industry in the department of Cuzco has experienced a remarkable and enviable growth. The luxury hotels in Machu Picchu have impressive rooms, sophisticated facilities and the best services for those who seek to rest after sightseeing, the best example of this is the Machu Picchu Casa del Sol hotel.
These are the main reasons why Cuzco receives thousands of tourists. Without a doubt, it is a magnificent experience that every person deserves to enjoy.