Cusco city tour 4 ruins (half day)
Our tour begins in the Plaza de Armas where we will visit the Cathedral of Cusco, then, we will walk to the Inca Qoricancha Museum, then we will take the tourist transport to visit the archaeological sites of Sacsaywaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay.
On the return route we will visit the artisan market of Sacsayhuaman.
According to the Inca conception, the Qorikancha was the religious center of Cusco, geographical and political center. The temple of the Qorikancha, was the place where the Inti god (sun) paid homage to the maximum Inca god. “Qori” means gold worked, its Castilianized form is cori. “Kancha” means fenced place, limited by walls. The name of the place corresponds approximately to “fenced place containing gold”.
We will visit:
- The Temple of the Sun
- The Temple of the Moon
- The Temple of the Stars
- The Temple of Illapa (Thunder)
- The Temple of K’uichy (Rainbow)
- Inti Pampa
- Solar Garden
Sacsayhuamán (in Quechua foreign language, Saqsaywaman word comes from, from saqsay, place to be satiated, and waman, hawk, that is, “Place where the hawk is satiated”) is a “ceremonial fortress” Inca two kilometers north of the city of Cusco. Construction began during the government of Pachaqutek, in the fifteenth century; however, it was Huayna Cápac who gave the final touch in the 16th century. With the annihilation of the Inca nobility disappeared from human memory the techniques that allowed the construction of this monumental fortress or sanctuary; which produced the admiration of Pizarro and his men. Pedro Sancho, secretary of Pizarro, left a first description of the building, but the most detailed is that of the Inca Garcilazo de la Vega (mestizo chronicler). The “ceremonial fortress” of Sacsayhuaman is, with its megalithic walls, the greatest architectural work that the Incas did during its apogee. From the fortress there is a unique and panoramic view of the surroundings, including the city of Cuzco.
The area where this construction is located corresponds to the head of the sacred animal, and one of the translations that this word has is, precisely, puma head. Pachacútec Inca Yupanqui, the ninth Inca, redesigned the city and gave it the shape of a cougar lying down.
What is left of the archaeological complex of Q’enqo are carved rocks that could not be destroyed by the Spanish people, little is left of the paths and aqueducts, nor are the enclosures, the deposits or the liturgical baths, Our tour will be through:
- The Hall of Sacrifices
- Intiwatana and Astronomical Observatory
- The Zigzag Canal
- The amphitheater
Tambomachay in Spanish or Tampumachay (Quechua: tampu mach’ay, place of rest) is located near Cusco, in Peru. It is an archeological site that was destined to the cult to the water and so that the head of the Inca Empire could rest. It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and several waterfalls that run along the rocks. The surprising thing about this is that from 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 waterfall, the two are filled at the same time.
Here there was also a kind of royal garden whose irrigation came from a complicated system of channels specially made for such a function. It also constituted a control zone for people coming from Antisuyo, because there was a control tower there.
- Transfers to and from the hotel in a modern tourist car.
- Professional guide in English or Spanish.
- First aid medical kit.
- Tourist Ticket s / 70.00 PEN per person (U$22.00 aprox)
- Catedral´s entry ticket / 25.00 PEN per person (U$ 8.00)
- Qoricancha s entry ticket / 15.00 PEN per person (U$ 4.50 aprox)
Private tour price for 3 pax U $ 70.00
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