One of the key places that I wanted to visit in my recent whirlwind South American trip was Cusco and of course Machu Picchu. Cusco is the historic capital city of the Inca Empire until Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 16th century. So, for the Inca Empire, Cusco was the center of the earth and you can see a lot of heritage all over the city of Cusco. Cusco is located in a gently sloped hills surrounded by high Andean peaks. Since it is located at high altitude (above 11,000 feet), it is not easy to walk up and down on the hills. But, to see the best view of the old town, it is necessary for you to go a bit up the hills. One of the best places is the Campanario De La Plaza San Cristobal which is right next to the San Cristobal Church. There is a fairly large platform where you can have amazing view of the old town. You can see endless red tiled roof on the hills and the famous Plaza de Armas of Cusco.