Cusco in Peru, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire is another enchanting Latin American city. The tiled version of ‘Himno al Cusco’, (Cusco Anthem) adorned with the city’s flag and coat of arms, is on display in the city centre for all to enjoy.
As far as I can see there are no other English translations of this online. The song was composed by Cusqueño musicians Luis Nieto Miranda and Roberto Ojeda Campana.
Clearly and rightly so, this is a city full of pride.
Cusco. Cusco is your sacred name
like the sun of immortal Incario *,
everyone carries you in their heart
like a hymn and triumphal flag.
Invincible bastion of your race
the people stand to salute you
and the homeland that is honoured in your lineage
places a laurel before you.
Eternal Cusco, your golden relics
were worked by goldsmiths of the sun.
Your exploits carved the centuries
and your imaged was sculpted by glory.
Rise to your feet, nations
that shoot your songs of stars
and may the world pay you homage
tilting its banners in your honour.
* Incan Rule