City Tour Cusco
The city tours is a half day program where you can take advantage of visiting the most important places of the city of Cusco as it is the colonial part and the Inca part, and know about the history of each place that is visited.
It begins with the pick up of your hotel, we will visit two places that is inside the city of Cusco and four archaeological places that are around the city.
1.- Cathedral of Cuzco or Cathedral Basilica of the Virgin of the Assumption is the main temple of the city of Cuzco, in Peru and houses the headquarters of the Diocese of Cuzco. The Cathedral Basilica of Cusco, which with the Temples of Triumph and the Sagrada Familia form the Set of the Cathedral, is located in the northeast sector of the current Plaza de Armas del Cusco. In the place that was the Suntur Wasi, Palacio del Inca Wiracocha. The complex occupies an area of 3956 mt2. It is the most important religious monument of the Historic Center of Cuzco
2.-Qoricancha.- The enclosure of gold; As it was known, was a sacred place where worship was given to the maximum Inca god: the Inti (Sun), so that they could only enter fasting, barefoot and with a burden on the back in humility, as indicated by the priest Major Willaq Umu.
The most outstanding is the type of architecture that shows in its temples of fine finish.
3.-Sacsayhuaman.- Quechua word meaning, saqsay, satiate, and waman, hawk that is, “sated falcon”) is a “ceremonial fortress” named after the first Spaniards who arrived in the City of Qosqo, located two kilometers To the north of the city of Cusco. It began to build during the government of Pachacuteq, in century XV; However, it was Huayna Capac who gave the finishing touch in the 16th century.
From the upper part, there is a unique panoramic view of the surroundings, including the city of Cusco. One appreciates the PUMA form of which is said that sacsayhuaman was the head.
4.-Quenqo.- The original name of this shrine is not known, the Spanish conquerors gave the name of Q’inqu, word of the Quechua that means ‘labyrinth’, by the subterranean galleries in the form of labyrinth and by the small channels Carved on the rocks in a zigzag shape.
This monument was described as an amphitheater, because it has a semicircular construction. In fact, the purpose of this construction, which could well be used as an altar, a court or a tomb, is ignored. It is presumed to be one of the most important sanctuaries in the Incanate.
Equally attractive is the labyrinth with its zigzag channels and its dumb stone to the center in front of which possibly prostrated the worshipers of Inti or sun god and the goddess Pacha Mama or Earth.
5.-Pucapucara.- Puca Pucara is a military building located near Cusco, in Peru. This fortress is composed of great walls, terraces and stairways and was part of the defensive set of Cusco in particular and the Inca Empire in general.
In the area of the archaeological constructions near the capital of the extinguished empire, it is visited this locality. Puca Pucara receives its name in Quechua from “Red Fort”, due to the red color that the rocks acquire during the twilight. Puca Pucara is another example of military architecture that also functioned as an administrative center, has terraces, terraces, stairways and passages.
6.-Tambomachay.- Tambomachay in Castilian or Tampumachay (Quechua: tampu mach’ay, resting place) is located near Cuzco, in Peru. It is an archaeological site that was destined to the cult of water and so that the head of the Inca Empire could rest. It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and several cascades of water that run through the rocks. What is surprising of this is that of a main waterfall, the Incas created two secondary cascades, which are exactly alike. That is, if one places two empty bottles, one in each waterfall, the two fill at the same time.
Here too there was a kind of royal garden whose irrigation came from a complicated system of channels especially made for such a function. Likewise it constituted an area of control of the people who came from the Antiseuyo, because there existed a control tower.
The Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha): Place of worship of the sun, moon, stars and other deities. After visiting the city, we’ll head to the Archaeological Park of.
Sacsayhuaman: The most important construction projects throughout Tahuantinsuyo.
- Qenqo: Ceremonial place in Inca times.
- Pucapucara: Fortress defense and we’ll finish our visit.
- Tambomachay: Where the Incas worshiped the water.
The tour lasts approximately 5:30 hours, normally starts at 01:20 p.m.
- Tourist transport.
- Professional guide.
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Entrance to the archaeological sites.
- Rain poncho (From November to March).
- Bring extra money.
- Small backpack.
The tour can be made on private or group basis, please consult your agency, “Gregory Tour“.