Suecia is a small, cosy, and familiar bed and breakfast hostal in a carefully restored and conditioned 16th century house. We are located just off the Main Square, at the very heart of Cusco.
Along more than twenty years we have developed a simple and affordable quality service, which has deserved prizes from Peruvian authorities as well as recommendations from several books for travellers.
We hope to host you in the fascinating and ancient capital of the Inkas.
We just changed our electric showers to a gas hot water system. We ensure you will enjoy really hot water all day long.
Cusco (also spelled Cuzco) is the main tourist destination of Peru. It is the name of a region and also of its capital city. It is located in the southern Peruvian Andes. The origins of the name come from Qusqu from its pronunciation in Quechua - the Inka’s imperial language.
Cusco was the former capital of the largest political organization of Pre Columbian America, the Inka Empire, which comprised territories that now belong to six nations: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. Because of this Pre Columbian heritage, Cusco landscape is full of Inka imperial architecture and other cultural remains. The heart of the city is built over the impressive foundations of Inka temples and palaces, such as the Qorikancha - the golden enclosure – the main temple which also housed the gods of the conquered peoples. The Inka sites that are close to the city include the temple of Saqsaywaman with its extraordinary megalithic masonry, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Pukapukara.
Within the Sacred Valley, in the Urubamba basin, are located the states of royal Inka families such as Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero and Yucay. Farther in the Urubamba basin is located Machu Picchu, an extraordinary city built on the top of a mountain where the Spanish conquerors never arrived. Machu Picchu combines the extraordinary work of men with an spectacular landscape and location. Because of this unique combination Machu Picchu has become the main tourist destination of the country.
However, Inka sites are not the only attraction of Cusco. Due to its importance in the colonial economy as the center of exchanges and roads that articulated the mines of Potosi and Huancavelica with the markets of coca, textiles and labor force, Cusco was a crucial node of the viceroyalty of Peru. Its colonial art and architecture are a unique development of the Latin-American baroque which departs from those to be found in Europe, Mexico or Lima. Its churches and palaces are extraordinarily rich and exuberant in this mestizo art. The city was also a primary center of painting production in order to be used as didactical tools for expanding Catholicism among indigenous peoples.
Cusco’s attractions are far from being contained in its cultural past. The living indigenous Quechua culture of the region is impressive in its heterogeneity and vitality. Indigenous music, dance, religion and festivities are to be found all over the city and the countryside. Quechua language is to be heard in almost every space of quotidian life in the city and the country. Quechua cults of the high Mountains and the Mother Earth were far from being “extirpated” by Catholic missionaries and are currently blossoming more than ever.
Cusco is also a region of extraordinary natural beauty which includes high snowpeaks, deep valleys, an extraordinary diversity of ecological niches which go hand in hand with a high variety of native domesticated products - such as potatoes, quinoa, oca, olluco, pumpkin, beans, chili, etc. -. Cusco’s privileged location is also a unique entrance gate to the marvels of the Amazon, such as the Manu Natural Reserve which is one of the richest spaces of biological mega-diversity in our world.