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Kids in Cusco
  Central Plaza – Stand with the kids in the central plaza, and you are, according to 800 year old Inca beliefs, literally in the navel of the Universe, the center of its four quarters. (The word "Cusco" means navel in Quechua.) A beautiful spot today, at one time it gloried in its importance, bathing itself in so much gold the Conquistadors thought they were hallucinating. You might feel a little dizzy yourself: the city is 11,000 feet above sea level, so take it slow.
    The Cathedral – Another 400 year-old structure from the earliest colonial period, built in response to the political importance of Cusco in the Inca Empire. This has a magnificent colonial art collection.
  Koricancha – Inside the Convento de Santo Domingo are ruins of the Koricancha, the Inca Temple of the Sun. Imagine these enormous stone walls covered in gold – and you'll know why the Spanish liked Peru so much.

Down the hill from the Convento de Santo Domingo, the Museo de Sitio del Koricancha has a good model of what the Koricancha looked like. The grassy area around the museum is a fine place for kids to run around.

    Iglesia San Cristobal – From the plaza outside the church of San Cristobal, you have a great vista of Cusco, a sea of red tile roofs, surrounded by high mountains, sparkling in the high mountain air. Climb up the bell tower for an even better view. Kids need to stretch their legs – it's a nice walk to the church from the center of town.
  Tip: In Cusco, buy a Boleto Turistico, a tourist ticket for entrance into many of the sites in and around Cusco. The ticket includes Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Tambomachay, Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Chincherro, the cathedral, Museo de Sitio del Koricancha, Museo Historico Regional. The ticket is good for ten days and kid's tickets are half price.
kids books peru
The Inca Empire  
The Inca Empire
Sandra Newman

Get to know the great Inca civilization – Cusco, the center of the empire that extended 2,500 miles, was ruled by the Inca emperor, the city had amazingly constructed palaces, temples, schools, houses, history and leaders of the Inca, fall of Cusco to the Spanish. (Picture book)


You Wouldn't Want to Be an Inca Mummy!
Colin Hynson, David Antram

Humorous, handy tips for the Sapa Inca, emperor of the empire – how to live like a god and worship in your own temple (the Koricancha), leading religious ceremonies and commanding the army, and after you die, your body is mummified, paraded through the streets of Cusco, and returned to your own palace where you sit on a golden throne and continue to "live" in style. (Picture book)


You Wouldn't Want to Be and Inca Mummy
Lawrence Kovas, Farah Rizvi

Discover the culture and geography of the Inca – history, religion, festivals and food, cities, clothing and textiles, with 25 different projects – make an Inca battle club, miniature rope bridge, herbal tea, dried potatoes, and more. (Activity book)



In 1533, just how did Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro conquer Cusco, capital of the Inca empire, with just a few hundred men? Pizarro tricked the Inca, then looted the city's palaces and temples. Good for older kids. (Chapter book)


(More children's books on other Peru pages)
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