The Cusco City Tour

The traditional visit of cusco’s city is the first recommended tour as an introduction that will allow you a better understanding of what you might visit Following our route, we will visit the Convent of “Santo Domingo”, famous to be erected on top of the most religious important Incan temple (sun’s altar temple). The continuous excursions will be towards Sacsayhuamán, magnificent incan construction.

That will amaze you looking the examples of great builders. Located strategically on a hill that dominates the valley of Cusco, is famous by its enormous carved, united rocks with an amazing precision. Finally, our adventure leads to us towards two sites of ritual architecture like “Q’enco and Tambomachay “, in where we will glimpse the diverse cults that the Incas tried, around an intricate network of platforms, niches and sinks that to date continue spilling the water coming from springs of the heights.

Let’s get ready; then, to submerge us in the mystical and surprising world of the Incas and to be the witnesses of the energy that is come off these magical places.

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City Tour - Cusco

Cusco Cathedral.

The Cathedral dominates Cusco’s main square and covers the remains of the famous Inca Viracochas Palace. Construction commenced in 1559 and it took almost a hundred years to complete the work.

The Cathedral contains one of the city’s greatest collections of colonial art over 400 colonial paintings including ´The Last Supper” by Marcos Zapata which depicts Christ and the Apostles having a typical Cusqueñan supper of guinea pig with a glass of chicha! In the sacristy there is a painting of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, attributed to the Flemish painter Van Dyke. Ten smaller chapels surround the nave – the Chapel of El Señor de los Temblores (The Lord of the Earthquakes) and Immaculate Conception are worth a look.

Koricancha

The Colonial Church of Santo Domingo was built over the ruins of the Incan Temple of the Sun – the Qoricancha. The temples primary purpose was for Sun worship, though it also housed an observatory from which priests monitored celestial activities. The uninspiring Baroque decoration of Santo Domingo creates an incredible contrast to the

superbly crafted Inca masonry – the best example of which can be found in the curved wall beneath the West End of the Church. Since its construction in the Seventeenth Century the church has twice been almost completely destroyed by earthquakes, leaving the immaculately constructed Incan walls standing tall.

Koricancha means ‘golden courtyard’ and Conquistadors documented that during Incan times the walls of the temple were indeed lined with some 700 solid gold sheets! The temple was reportedly full of gold treasures; the most famous of all was the huge “Golden Sun Disc” – the holiest religious symbol in the empire. It was positioned to reflect the morning sun’s rays, filling the golden temple with a bright light and illuminated the mummies of the dead Inca rulers, who were seated in niches along the walls. Its existence was documented by the first Conquistadores to arrive but it mysteriously disappeared soon after and remains lost to this day.

Sacsayhuaman.

This construction is attributed to the Incas of the last dynasties, is located to 3km of the city of the Cusco, in the high part. According to the chroniclers it was a solar portable altar; this temple was constructed with great limestone stone blocks.

This is formed by three great terraces superposed in form of zigzag and bordered by enormous rock walls

Qenqo.

Located to a kilometer of Sacsayhuaman, it was a ceremonial center since a giant monolith, of an animal is possibly appraised in the central part, that it was the main deity, surrounded by niches, where offerings were placed.

In the inferior part, are other niches and an altar that was used to perhaps embalm the dead bodies?

PucaPucara.

Old inn, sentry post throughout the ways its construction is of rustic type conformed by side streets, houses, and patios.

Tambomachay.

It is located to 9 km. of the city, known like the baths of Inca by the form of its water sources, also it could be a temple dedicated to the cult of the water and purification for inka. It has three platforms with several niches where offerings were placed.

Included:

  • Professional bilingual English-Spanish guide.
  • Transportation.
  • Entrance fee to Catedral.
  • Entrance fee to Koricancha temple.
  • Boleto Turístico.

Not included:

  • Lunch and dinner.

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