OVERVIEW: Discover the magic and beauty of Cusco City, the capital of the Incan Empire. Formerly the center of the vast Incan domain, the breathtaking and magical Cusco City remains a highlight of any Peru vacation. The impeccably constructed Inca roads stretch to all regions from the downtown Cusco City (Plaza de Armas) that was considered to be “the navel” of the world.
This tour encapsulates some of the great Incan ancient architecture of Cusco. Some of the sights include: the Saqsayhuaman Fortress and nearby Tambomachay (the Inca’s bath) with its spectacular “Incan masonry”, Puca Pucara, the Koricancha Temple of the Sun and the San Francisco market. Cusco City has some of the finest Incan buildings in the city where many churches, restaurants, government buildings, and bars still inhabit them today.
ITINERARY: 1:30 p.m.
- Meet at the Plaza de Armas or get picked up from your hotel. Meet your tour guide and board the motor coach.
built a new after a major earthquake in 1650, the Spanish Cathedral is the focal point of the Plaza de Armas. The cathedral has UNESCO World Heritage Status under the city of Cusco since 1983.
The Incan Temple Of the Sun, Koricancha
Originally named Inti Kancha (‘Temple of the Sun’), it was the most important temple in the Inca Empire, dedicated primarily to Inti, the Sun God. The walls and floors once covered in gold, the Spanish described the temple as “fabulous beyond belief.”
The Incan Fortress, Sacsayhuaman
At an altitude of 2701 meters (12, 142 ft.), this pre-Incan and Incan walled complex still remains a mystery. Each massive stone of the complex weighs between 90 and 150 tons and is thought to have been a place for religious and military functions.
The Ampitheater ruins of Q’enqo
This large limestone outcrop was used for ceremonial rituals and has etchings of puma, llama, snakes and condors. A series of caves and tunnels with altars can also be explored at this site.
Puka Pucara Red Fortress
Most likely an overnight lodging-barracks-quarters before arriving to Cusco, It consists of a red andesitic structure with numerous enclosures, rooms, stairways and water channels.
The Bath of the Inca, Tambomachay
This was a shrine dedicated to the worship and cultivation of water and consists of a series of aqueducts, canals, and waterfalls that run through terraced rocks.
Arrive back to Plaza de Armas.
* Traffic, weather, and time of year may affect the duration and schedule of this tour.
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