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Cusco was the capital of the great Inca Empire. Cusco city has so much history about Incas and Spanish; churches, Inca Sites and this city keeps a lot’ of traditions, people, music, dishes and much more. It is a combination of Inca and Spanish. Cusco is located southern Peru at 3400m/11,000 ft. and the type of weather is dry and wet seasons.
This fascinating City Tour in Cusco takes you through all the most important Inca archaeological sites and colonial city of Cusco. Including visits to the Temple of the Sun "Qoricancha ', and the most important colonial church' Cathedral of Cusco 'and the various Inca archaeological sites located outside of the city. You get to actually see an incredible mix of Inca art and Spanish art. Cusco is truly a fabulous place to visit the Andean world; and provide a mixture of the two Inca and Spanish cultures. Cusco has a completely different aspect to the rest of Peru; it keeps the Inca design with a colonial redesigns. You must do this tour when you are visiting Cusco and Cusco is usually one of the first ports of call for all visiting tourists.
Our tours start at 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We pick you up from your Hotel. We will visit The Cathedral church, Qoricancha Sun Temple, both places to visit we will walk from your hotel. And the other places which are outside of the city, we will drive to Sacsayhuaman Ruins, Qénqo ruins, Pucapucara ruins, and Tambomachay ruins, at each place we will stay for approximately forty minutes (40 minutes). Afterwards you will take you back to your hotel.
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The tour guide will meet you at your hotel one day before your tour to give you a briefing. They will tell you all about your tour, and answer any questions you may have. It is important to us that you ask any questions you may have so the tour guide will get you ready for your amazing tour.
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- Departures. Daily.
- Hours: 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
PLACES THAT ARE VISITED IN THE CITY:
- Koricancha Inca Temple.
OUTSIDE OF THE CITY:
- Sacsayhuaman - Inca fortress.
- Qenqo – Inca shrine.
- Pucapucara - Inca check point.
- Tambomachay (Water Temple).
Description of each places to be visited
The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin, also known as Cusco Cathedral, is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cusco. The cathedral is located on the Plaza de Armas. Building was completed in 1654, almost a hundred years after construction began.
Adjacent and joined to the cathedral is the smaller Iglesia del Triunfo, the first Christian church to be built in Cusco. The Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, also on the Plaza de Armas, was built at a similar time as the cathedral.
The Cathedral, in addition to its official status as a place of worship, has become a major repository of Cusco's colonial art. It also holds many archeological artifacts and relics. The cathedral was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the City of Cuzco listing in 1983.
The Religious complex of Coricancha (Qoricancha) In the Inca capital at Cusco contained the Temple of the sun which was not only the most sacred site or huaca in the Inca religion but was considered the very center of the Inca world. The site was also known as the Golden Enclosure and was dedicated to the highest gods in the Inca pantheon such as the Creator god viracocha, the moon goddess Quilla and especially to inti, the god of the sun. Little remains today except some sections of its fine stone walls which hint at the site's once massive size and the legendary stories which tell of the enormous quantity of gold used to decorate the temples and its golden garden.
Saqsaywaman one of the most imposing architectonic complexes inherited from the Inkan Society is precisely Saqsaywaman, which because of several of its qualities is considered as one of the best monuments that mankind built on the earth's surface. When the Spanish conquerors arrived first to these lands; they could not explain themselves how Peruvian "Indians" (ignorant, wild, without any ability of logical reasoning, one more animal species according to conquerors) could have built such a greatness. Their religious fanaticism led them to believe that all that was simply work of demons or malign spirits.
Still today, many people believe in the inability of ancient Quechuas to create such a wonder, so they suggest that they were made by beings of some other worlds, extraterrestrial beings with superior technology that made all that possible. However, our history and archaeology demonstrate that those objects of admiration are an undeniable work of the Inkas, Quechuas, Andean people or however pre-Hispanic inhabitants of this corner of the world would be named.
Qenqo is a large rock formation located a short distance from Sacsayhuaman. It is known as a huaca, or a natural structure given spiritual meaning by the Inca. However, Qenqo’s actual purpose and function is still left to the speculation of experts. Archaeological evidence suggests that it was most likely a temple of sorts used for celestial observation and ceremonial rituals.
The original Spanish conquistadors gave the structure the name of Qenqo, which is Quechua for labyrinth, due to the maze of zigzagging canals and stone steps on the outside of the rock. Qenqo is also comprised of a series of tunnels and caves, which display carvings and niches underground. Experts postulate that the caves and niches might have been used to prepare and store mummies of the lesser noble members of Inca society
Located about 11 kilometers (less than 7 miles) from Cusco city are the remnants of Pucapucara, which more than likely was used as the Emperor’s hunting lodge or a strategic lookout post between Cusco and the Sacred Valley. The semicircular outer wall with a wide esplanade on top resembles something like that of a European castle, but it is unlikely it served primarily as a defense fortress due to the fact that it seems to have had a relatively small garrison. It is also speculated that the site might have served as surveillance of transportation routes from Cusco to the Sacred Valley.
A short distance from Pucapucara is the site of Tambomachay, which has been nicknamed, “Bath of the Inca” due to thermal waters which are channeled through a series of intricately designed stone aqueducts and canals. The site is unique in that it is different than most other Inca aqueducts. Instead of being used for agricultural purposes, the remains of the structure indicate that it was most likely used as a place for ritual bathing of Inca elite.
The water flows over the polished stones from an unknown source and the site itself covers an area of about 5000 square feet (more than 460 square meters), making it a truly impressive testament to the level of craftsmanship and understanding of hydrology possessed by the Inca.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Round-trip transportation (tourist bus).
- English-speaking Tour Guide.
WHAT YOU NEED TO TAKE?
- Tickets to visit the Inca ruins (partial ticket cost is 70 soles include 4 places / full ticket cost is 130 soles includes 16 places).
- Ticket to visit the cathedral (the ticket cost 25 soles).
- Ticket to visit the temple of Qoricancha (the ticket cost 10 soles).
- Sun hat.
- Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended).
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho.
- Camera and films.
Note: Our tours are organized by Runas Expeditions.
Price: $180USD Per group from 1 to 6 people.
- 3-4 people: US$ 45 per person
- 5-9 people: US$ 40 per person
- 10 people: US$ 30 per person
- 11-16 people: US$ 25 per person
- Student Discount (only with active green ISIC card): US$25.00
- Under 18 years will pay as student: US$25.00
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