Cusco is the gateway to the Inca Trail, the number one magnet for visitors to Peru.
High up in the Andes, Cusco is a staging post before the Trail as hikers get used to the altitude ahead of the strenuous activity that lies ahead.
I visited way back in 2001 at the tail end of a three-week trip to the fabulous country, as well as a side trip to La Paz in Bolivia.
I actually very nearly never made it to Machu Picchu, at least on foot, due to poor planning. Read that particular story by clicking INCAS.
Cusco is a beautiful Spanish colonial city that is well worth a linger for a few days, as I hope these photographs testify.
Puno to Cusco Train
We arrived from Puno on Lake Titicaca by train, with the final descent into the city amongst the most spectacular in the world at the time as the train engaged a number of switchbacks to lessen the strains noof the steep descent.