Cusco, “the Imperial City”, is situated in the lower reaches of the Andes mountains in Peru. Founded by the Spanish in 1533, Cusco is now a major tourist attraction, attracting visitors to see the pre-Columbian and colonial buildings in the city, and to nearby Macchu Pichu and the Ullantaytampu fortress. The city was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. A drastic transformation has taken place in the former quiet, mountainous city, once the capital of the Inca Empire, to produce a busy, modern metropolis. Expatriates in Cusco will find the many international visitors help create a cosmopolitan atmosphere within the former Inca capital, but searching for fellow expats and friendship may best be conducted through the InterNations website. Registration with InterNations opens up access to a global community of expatriates who share a common ethos and professional standing, and you may find others living in the Cusco area willing to organize and join in with social events and form friendships.
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Moving to Cusco as an expatriate can be unsettling, especially if this is your first relocation. Peruvians are a friendly people, but language and cultural differences may make you feel isolated, and despite the mix of nationalities due to the high visiting population, your expatriation-related questions could remain unanswered. This is where InterNations can help. The global membership includes expats who have a great deal of experience and know the pitfalls of moving to a new country. Finding and getting in touch with trusted InterNations members who have lived in Peru or even Cusco itself can be very reassuring, enabling you to find answers to your questions on moving to Cusco. For more general matters, the InterNations online Expat Magazine contains information on the relocation process within its many articles, and it is recommended that you read through the magazine before relocating, and refer back as necessary to find information on such topics as for example culture shock during your first few weeks of living in Cusco.
Cusco is an important commercial center in Peru. A new airport is planned to improve transportation links, and with large investments in hotels, Cusco is attracting business executives and tourists alike. The traditional industries of Cusco are cotton garment production, sugar refining and the manufacturing of chocolate. Brewing is another significant industry, and sampling the locally made beer with fellow expats working in Cusco is certainly a good way to break the ice and form friendships. Networking via the InterNations portal to find expatriates working in the Cusco region for both business and pleasure is well worth your while. You can, for example, use our platform to arrange visits to the many Inca sites nearby together with like-minded expats in Cusco. The first Christian church in Cusco, the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, is similarly worth a visit, as are the many craft shops and artisan workshops on Barrio de San Blas, whilst the steep and narrow streets themselves are well worth exploring as a group, making your time as an expat working in Cusco a memorable experience.