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    Once the capital of the Inca empire in Peru and the longest continually inhabited city in the Americas, Cusco, high up in the Andes, is now a Unesco World Heritage Site. But it’s not just its beauty that makes visitors feel light-headed.

    At nearly 3,400m above sea level, it’s higher than Machu Picchu, 74km south-east, so factor in a day’s rest on arrival to acclimatise and don’t try to do too much. You’re going to need every bit of breath you’ve got for the cobbled hills, grand plazas, ornate churches, museums, galleries, street markets and the remains of Inca temples. Keep stopping at the many cafes for altitude-sickness-busting coca tea.

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