18 February 2020

Cusco, Cuzco

Written by Published in In Pictures

A photographic journey into the history of the imperial city of Cusco, its tradition, and an exploration of its Inca roots.

Cusco, a city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 and home to Machu Picchu – one of the Seven Wonders of the World – can be discovered within an hour and forty-five minute flight from Lima, Peru. The emblematic energy of the place can be felt from the very first moment one sets foot on its ancestral lands.


 DSC0719The bright sun upon rising iluminates a beautiful balcony from viceregal era in downtown Cusco.


The mountains of the sacred valley, an inmaculate sky, and a splendid natural path take us on a journey to Maras and let us appreciate the people of the area working in their food harvest.


Once a year in July, the devotees of the Virgin of Carmen dress in masks, dance, and sing to demonstrate their religious fervor.

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The puma was considered a sacred animal by the Incas, and it is still possible to observe some cult manifestations for the feline in many parts of the city, such as the Puma Stone of the palace walls.

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Located in the main square of Cusco, the Jesus' Company Church was built where the palace of the Inca Huayna Capac stood.

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Outside the ceremonial fortress of the Sacsayhuaman Temple, children walk around with their pets, the llamas. 

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Visitors can be seen walking along the paths of the majestic and imposing Machu Picchu Sanctuary. 

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Ending the day in Ollantaytambo, the Temple of the Sun - in the highest area of the temple, an impressive sunset reminds us of the strength of the sun's rays during the day as we bid it farewell.

About the Photographer


Diego Yamashiro is a Peruvian-Japanese photographer and artist with a fashion designer background. He has had the opportunity to dress famous actors and performers from the United States and beyond in his Peruvian-made textile designs.

Follow Diego's journey on Instagram, Facebook, or on Di-Uai.com.

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