Cusco City Tour and Nearby Ruins
CUSCO CITY TOUR AND NEARBY RUINS
Transport and guide will pick you up at your hotel for the beginning of your tour. You will visit the Cathedral, Coricancha or Temple of the Sun, Sacsaywaman and nearby ruins. End of our services.
At proper time transfer back to your hotel.
Departure Days: Daily
Duration: 3 & ½ hs
Departure Hours: 9:00hs and 14:00hs
The Cathedral of Cusco
Or Cathedral Basilica of the Virgin of the Assumption is the main temple of the city of Cuzco and houses the headquarters of the Diocese of Cuzco. The Cathedral Basilica of Cusco, that with Triumph and the Holy Family temples conform the Body of the Cathedral, is located in the northeast sector of the current Plaza de Armas of Cusco. In the place that was the Sunturwasi, Palace of Viracocha Inca. The complex covers an area of 3956 m2. It is the most important religious monument of the historic center of Cuzco.
(Quechua: Quri Kancha “golden temple”), originally Inti Kancha (“Temple of the Sun”) is the Incan temple on which was built the Convent of Santo Domingo. It was one of the most revered and respected temples of the city of Cuzco in Peru.
(Quechua: Saqsaywaman of “saqsaw”, satiated, and “waman”, falcon, “the place where the hawk is satisfied”) is an Inca “ceremonial fortress” located two kilometers north of the city of Cuzco. It is said that the construction began during the rule of Pachacuti, in the fifteenth century but, however, it was Huayna Capac who gave the final touch in the sixteenth century. (en quechua Saqsaywaman, de saqsaw, lugar de saciarse, y waman, halcón, es decir, “Lugar donde se sacia el halcón”)
It is a walled complex on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, Peru, the former capital of the Inca Empire. Like many Inca constructions, the complex is made of large polished dry stone walls, with boulders carefully cut to fit together tightly without mortar.
The site, at an altitude of 3,701 m, was added as part of the city of Cusco to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983.
Because of its location high above Cusco and its immense terrace walls, this area of Saksaywaman is frequently referred to as a fortress.
On the other hand, due to the large plaza area, capable of holding thousands of people, some say that it is well designed for ceremonial activities and several of the large structures at the site may also have been used during rituals.
The original name of this shrine is not known, the Spaniards gave it the name of Q’inqu, the Quechua word meaning “maze” for the underground galleries shaped maze and small channels carved in rocks in the form of zigzag. This monument was described as an amphitheater, it has a semicircular construction. Indeed, the purpose of this construction, which could well be used as an altar, a court or a grave, is unknown. Presumably it was one of the most important sanctuaries in the empire. Equally attractive is the maze with its zigzag channels and center dumb stone against which possibly worshipers of sun god Inti and the earth goddess Pachamama prostrated.
Is a military construction located near Cusco in Peru. This fortress is composed of large walls, terraces and staircases and was part of the defensive set of Cusco in particular and the Inca Empire in general. Puca Pucara is named in Quechua “Red Fort” due to the red colour that rocks acquire during twilight. Puca Pucara is another example of military architecture which also worked as an administrative center, has platforms, superimposed terraces, stairways and passages.
In Castilian or Tampumachay (Quechua: tampu Mach’ay, resting place) is located near Cuzco, Peru. It is an archaeological site that was intended for the worship of water and for the head of the Inca Empire could rest. It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and several waterfalls that run through the rocks. The amazing thing about this is that of a main waterfall, the Incas created two secondary waterfalls, which are exactly the same. That is, if one places two empty bottles, one in each cascade, the two are filled simultaneously. Here also there was a kind of royal garden which came from a complicated irrigation canal system made especially for that function. It also constituted a control zone of people coming from Antisuyo, because there was a control tower.