We’re travelers. We’ve traveled a lot, relatively speaking. And when Nduku planned this trip, we knew that we had to finally go to South America. And when we settled on Peru, it was a no brainer that we would visit Machu Picchu. The trick was squeezing in the time considering it’s on the other side of the country. Our journey to Machu Picchu started with a trip and overnight stay in Cuzco.
Since 1976, the preferred local spelling of the city has been Cusco, to reflect current pronunciation in Spanish and Quechua; since 1990, local authorities adopted Qosqo as the spelling, to be more closely aligned with the Quechua language.
Cuzco sits in a valley with development climbing some of the hillsides. The walk down to the center of the city was pretty steep, relatively speaking.