City Tour full day Cusco

If you travel to Cusco you can not miss this tour, will allow you to know tourist sites, archaeological, its imposing temples and churches, beautiful streets in stone and its unforgettable customs in the market of supplies of San Pedro.

Itinerary: 

  • The Cathedral of Cusco,
  • Sacsayhuaman Fortress
  • Q’enqo,
  • Pukapukara 
  • Tambomachay and
  • Central Market

 1.- The Koricancha:

The Koricancha temple, the highest expression of Inca architecture and engineering considered the most important palace of the Inca empire, known as the Temple of the Sun, where the Convent of Santo Domingo is currently located; when detailing it we will realize that its façade and interior corresponds to the fusion between Inca and Spanish culture. Here we will also see very beautiful and artistic paintings.

2.- The Cathedral of Cusco:

The Basilica Cathedral of the Virgin of the Assumption, a construction of more than 550 years old and that is located in the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. It was specifically built in 1560 on the palace of the Inca Huiracocha.

Its structure is impressive and its facade is old. But its greatest treasures are located inside it, when you enter you will be able to enjoy more than 300 paintings of the Cusqueña School, and works in embossed silver and carved wood.

 3.- Sacsayhuaman:

In the surroundings of Cusco there is an enigmatic place called Sacsayhuaman that in the quechua word means «saqsay» that means (to zacear) and «huaman» that means (falcon) and together they are interpreted «where the falcon zacea». This impressive fortress is strategically built on a mountain from where you can appreciate the entire city of Cusco and is famous for its huge carved stones, some of which are 9 meters or 30 feet high and weigh more than 350 tons.

4.- Qenqo:

This enclosure is a center o ceremonial cults, dedicated to mother earth, has the archaeological groups of Q’enqo Grande and Q’enqo Chico Etymologically, it means labyrinth or zigzag, it fulfilled a pureply religious function. The history says that, this was a semicircular amphitheater with trapezoidal niches of cults where the Inca dead were placed for ceremonies, the dead were streched on the trapezoid structures that are there.

There is also a monolith that simulates to be a puma which measures approximately 6 meters.

5.- Puka Pukara:

Puka pukara or red fortress, because the calcareous stones with which it is built have acquired the reddish colouring of the very abundant iron terrain, It is accredited that it had the function of guarding Tambomachay, an important palace in the Inca empire. However, due to its architectural disposition and the existence of fountainsm aqueducts and multiple enclosures, it was a «tambo» that is to say, a collective lodge that offered lodging and food to traveleres, as well as the retinue that had to accompany the Inca in his retreat in Tambomachay

6.- Tambomachay:

Archaeological site that was destined as cult to the water and so that the chief of the Inca Empire could rest. This place is also called Baños del Inca (Inca Baths). It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and several waterfalls that run through the rocks. The surprising thing is that from a main waterfall, the Incas created 2 secondary waterfalls, which are exactly the same. That is to say, if one places two empty bottles, one in each waterfall, the 2 are filled at the same time.

 

7.- San Pedro Central Market

Located in the center of the city, the main purpose of this market is to sell the freshest products for the local inhabitants, has several sections of fruits and vegetables, a food section where the vast majority of inhabitants taste exquisite dishes, you can also appreciate the varieties of cheeses, breads, chocolates, coffee beans and also the unmissable section of crafts, where you can see an infinity of beautiful textiles, carved in stone and wood that you can take as a souvenir of your visit to our city.)

 What to take on a Machupicchu tour?

It is recommended to take:

  • A light backpack
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Biscuits and Chocolates
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sun block.
  • Impermeable in rainy season (October to March)
  • Cap, hat and sunglasses.
  • Windbreaker, trekking trousers
  • Shoes ideal for trekking