CITY TOUR CUSCO
Your tour guide will meet and pick you up from your hotel lobby10 minutes before to begin your tour, and then enjoy your visit to the main tourist attractions of the city of Cusco,
Our first point to visit will be Sacsayhuaman, Quechua name wich means “satisfied hawk” was built with huge blocks of stone. In the time of the Incas it was called the “sun house” and it was a religious center of great importance.
Then we will visit Q’enqo Inca site to see its fascinating Incan altars”Qenqo” it`s a quechua word that means “Labyrinth” coined by the Spaniards for its labyrinthine underground galleries and for the small canals carved in zigzag.
Then we will visit the main local market of San Pedro, where we will familiarize ourselves with the local flavor by experiencing the products of the Cusco area.
Continuing with the tour, we will visit the Q’oricancha, or the Temple of the Sun. At the Q’oricancha you will be able to compare and contrast the building methods of the Incan culture and Catholicism. This was the key spiritual center of the Incas, which leads to all four quarters of the Inca Empire. There is also a bronze, high altar to be seen.
To finish our tour we will visit the main square of Cusco, we will make a short walk through the main and tipycal streets of the city where we can see walls and buildings from the Inka period that are still well preserved (Hatun Rumiyoy “Stone of the 12 angles, Loreto street and Intikijllu street”.
QORIKANCHA.- The convent was built on the spectacular Qorikancha place of gold, the most important dedicated to the worship of the sun, whose walls were covered with sheets of gold. The convent stands on a foundation of polished stone structures, the most finely crafted in Cusco, the Inca Empire. Its gate is an excellent example of Renaissance and its unique tower, baroque, prominent on the tiled roofs of the city. Like all churches, it has an important collection of paintings of the Cusquenian School.
MAIN SQUARE OF CUSCO – PLAZA DE ARMAS.- In our visit to the main square we can see the cathedral of Cusco, the temple of the company of Jesus that in the Inca times these were palaces of the Inca rulers, main streets such as the stone of the 12 angles, walls, palaces and buildings from the Inka period that are still well preserved, and we can take very beautiful photos inside this sacred square.
SACSAYHUAMAN.- Imposing example of Inca military architecture, this fortress was built using large slabs of granite and dedicated to the safeguard of the city of Cusco from attacks by invaders from the east or Antis. Sacsayhuaman (in Quechua “satisfied falcon”) is made up of three large terraces which overlap in a “zigzag” and flanked by enormous stone ramparts of up to 300 mt of length. Due to its proximity and elevation with respect to Cusco and the dimensions of the stones of up to 5 mt. High and 350 tons, this served as a quarry for certain structures in the colonial city of Cusco.
Q`ENQO.– Located four kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco, Qenqo is a ritual center built on a singular outcrop of limestone, with underground galleys and a semicircular amphitheater with the archaeological groups of Q’enqo Grande and Q’enqo Chico. , meaning labyrinth or zigzag, fulfilled a purely religious function, being on the outside an amphitheater in semicircular form with trapezoidal niches and a monolith that simulates being a cougar which measures approximately six meters.
SAN PEDRO MARKET.- Local market San Pedro is one of the oldest in Cusco, Founded in 1925 and still remains the largest concentration point for the supply of essential materials for Cusco and visitors without doubt a cultural experience and Experiential fascinating and fun to learn about the Andean culture, Listen to the Quechua language pronounced correctly, We can see gestures and habits common in the Andean culture, Feel the mixture of smells of local products and flowers finally see handmade garments and some places where they make, in a typical way.