City Tour Cusco

City Tour of Cusco


Duration
Full day

Places
Cusco

Visit Cusco City

Cusco, or in the native Quechua language, Qosqo. The city of Cusco is located in the southeast of Peru, at more than 3,400 meters (10,200 feet) above sea level. Named originally as the historical capital of Peru, it has a population of half a million residents.

Cusco was considered the ancient capital of the Inca empire, and was declared “Patrimonio de la Humanidad”, or World Heritage, in 1983 by UNESCO. It was been presented numerous accolades for the otherworldliness of its monuments and archeological sites.

Within the streets and plazas of Cusco, you can find numerous churches, museums, and temples which we will visit in the Cusco City Tour.

Temple Coricancha

Temple Coricancha – Temple of the Sun

Coricancha was the Inca´s religious center, and in this place, there were grand performances of respect and devotion for the Incan god of the sun, Inti, in the native language. For this reason, it´s called Temple of the Sun. There are also various sites in honor of the moon, the stars, Venus, among other Inca gods. During the Spanish invasion, the land was given to Juan Pizarro, and was afterward dedicated to the order of Santo Domingo, which it still is today.

The Cathedral of Cusco

The Cathedral of Cusco

The Cathedral of Cusco is located in the main plaza of the city, and was constructed with stones from the fort of Sacsayhuaman in 1539 in the same location that Suntur Wasi was occupying – The Palace of Inca Wiracocha. The exterior of the Cathedral possesses an iconic Renaissance style, while the interior was completed in a combination of the Baroque, Gothic and Cuscueñan Plateresco styles. There are also many beautiful paintings inside by the Cuscueñan School of Painting. (Escuela Cuzqueña de Pintura)

The Fort of Sacsayhuaman

The Fort of Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman, a name in Quechua which means “Satisfied Falcon,” was established locally just outside Cusco, and shares the name with the mountain on which it is located. Made of megalithic walls, it was built with stones originally from Lacustre. Included in the fort are four complexes, which date back to the fifteenth century, during the time of Inca Pachacútec’s government.

Qenqo

Qenqo

Fort Qenqo, which in the Quechua language means labyrinth, is an archeological site flowered with massive rocks, with cracks in the interiors. Arranged in the shape of a semicircle, the rocks have a very special purpose, which seemed to have been carrying out religious ceremonies and sacrifices for the purpose of the well-being of agriculture.

Puka Pukara

Puka Pukara

In Quechua, Puka Pukara means Red Fort. The construction’s strategic location and design were intended to make a point of not only the connection to the city and Tahuantinsuyo in the Sacred Valley, but of who was in control.

Tambomachay

Tambomachay

Established as a dairy farm, this location is definitely one for resting. It consists principally of a water spring, whose source, to this day, has not been found.

The City Tour Cusco Includes:

  • Guide and shared transportation
  • Tickets for entry to the places mentioned

The City Tour Cusco Does Not Includes:

  • Personal expenses

 

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