This tour in to the ruins of Cusco starts at 2:00 pm. until 7:00 pm.
This circuit began with the gathering of the tourists of its hotels in the city of
Cusco and then visit the following archaeological and religious attractions of Cusco: The Cathedral: Colonial religious monument of extraordinary artistic value, with its fabulous paintings and works on “gold leaf”, carved wood and covered with
-Koricancha Temple: Also called “Temple of the Sun” perfect architecture and stone
constructions show that was the most important temple of the Inca empire located
in the city of Cusco.
-Sacsayhuaman: In the Inca era was called “house of the sun” and was a great
religious center of great importance This construction is attributed to the Incas
of the past dynasties, is located 5 km from the city of Cusco.
-Qenqo: Located one kilometer of Sacsayhuaman was a ceremonial center as seen in the
middle of a giant monolith, possibly that of an animal which was the main deity,
surrounded by niches where offerings were placed.
-PucaPucara: Old inn, checkpoint that existed along the Inca roads. Its construction is of rustic type consists of streets, houses, and patios.
-Tambomachay:It is located 9 km . of the city of Cusco , known as the Inca bath ,
by the form of their water sources , could also be a temple dedicated to the
worship of water, then return to our visit to the city of Cusco.
• Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish)
• Tourist transport.
It was one of the most worshiped and respected temples of the city. “The gold precinct”, as it was known, was a sacred place where people venerated the maximum Incan god: the INTI. For that reason, people could only get there fasting, barefooted and with some load on their backs as a sign of humility, in compliance with the indications of the main priest “Wilaq Umuo”. According to the history, when the Spaniards broke into the temple, they did not respect any of the aforementioned rules.
Sacsayhuamán is one of the most amazing Incan constructions for tourists. Its Quechua name means “satisfied falcon”, it was the falcon that guarded the capital of the empire, since it was possible to overlook Cusco from the hill in where it was erected. If, as it is known, Cusco was designed with the shape of a lying puma, Sacsayhuamán would be its head, and the Coricancha would correspond to the feline’s genitalia.
It is said that the work was started by Pachacútec and continued by Túpac Yupanqui, even though some chroniclers state that it was Huayna Cápac who gave it the final touch. Inca Garcilaso de la Vega says that Apu Huallpa Rimachi was the main architect, and that Inca Maricanhi, Acahuana Inca and Calla Cunchuy successively took control of the works.
At 4 and 6 km, 5 minutes to the northeast of Cusco, by asphalted road, we can find the two archaeological sites of Quenko: Quenko Grande, which is located near the road that goes from Sacsayhuamán to Písac; and Quenko Chico, which is located at 350 meters to the west from the latter, on the hillside. Both of them are worship places whose nature has not been deciphered yet, but in which we can highlight the Inca’s predilection for stone and their thoroughness with regard to the carving process.
These sites are limestone outcrops on which intricate mythical representations had been carved. It is believed that it was destined to the worship of the land. Its Quechua name means zigzag, probably due to the labyrinthine underground galleries, or due to the small channels carved on rocks with that shape.
A typical colonial town located at 100 km, about 4 hours to the east of Cusco. To get there we have to take the paved road to Puno. Passing Huacarpay, we take a firm path to go into the northeast (alternative route to Pisac) and continue up to the villages of Huancarani and Huambutio. Finally we go down until the fertile valley of Paucartambo.
Its old bridge, its beautiful church, narrow and stony streets, small squares and big houses with balconies and wide halls: Paucartambo still keeps a strong colonial air. Besides, it is one of the towns with more dancers and dances associated to the Corpus and the pilgrimage of Qoyllur Ritti.
From this town, the road goes up towards Acjanaco and Tres Cruces (in the south borders of the National Park of Manu) from where we can admire the most beautiful sunrises in the world. From Acjanaco we go down by the valley of Kosñipata as far as the village of Atalaya Shintuya in the bed of Madre De Dios River. In Paucartambo, we find rustic restaurants and hotels.
It is recommendable to take warm clothes.
Apparently, it was one of the favorite resting-places of the Incas, used as a resting watering place and, at the same time, it was one of the pillars of the defense system of the Valley of Cusco.
Its name derives from two Quechua words: Tampu, which means collective lodging; and Mach’ay, which means resting-place. However, according to other references, the word “machay” means “caves”, which would describe the particular environment of the place in where it is possible to appreciate these natural rocky formations that, according to the indigenous tradition, were object of worship or magical customs.
It is composed of a set of stone structures finely carved, aqueducts and water falls originating from near springs and thermal sources; that is why people think it was related to the worship of water, one of the pillars of the Andean conception of the world. It is considered one of the Indian temples of the first Antisuyo ceque.
According to the chronicles, it was the game preserve of Inca Yupanqui, which makes us think that it was an area rich in animal species.