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Tourism in Cusco

Cusco Peru

Province of Cusco

Plaza de Armas

Inti Raymi. Cusco Peru At the time of the Incas was called "huacaypata" quechua word which means crying or meeting place. Many historical events at this location were. During the development of the great Inca State or Tahuntinsuyo; in pre-Hispanic times was where sacred ceremonies took place. During the conquest and settlement were killed Tupac Amaru I and Túpac Amaru II. It was an important ceremonial site which held annually the Inti Raymi or Sun holiday.

Place where Francisco Pizarro proclaimed the conquest of Cusco. With the arrival of the Spaniards, the square was transformed; stone arches were built and erected buildings surrounding until today.

Cathedral of Cusco City

Cathedral. Cusco PeruIn 1539, erected in "Suntur Wasi" (House of God) today triumph Church later between the years 1560 and 1664 ordered the construction of a new Cathedral on the site of "Kiswar kancha", Palace of Inca Wiracocha; its design consists of a Latin cross plan, its faade is Renaissance, and it has in its interior decoration with cedar and Alder wood carvings. Emphasizes the sizes of the choir, pulpit and made altars and furniture, has a valuable collection of canvases of the Cusco school by his side stood two auxiliary chapels of the triumph, Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

Temple and convent of San Francisco

Founded in 1645, he has two facades and unique Tower in old Spanish style stonework. Inside the convent, he stresses a monumental canvas work of Juan Espinoza de los Monteros. It measures 12 x 9 meters and portrays the genealogy of the Franciscan family.

Archbishop's Palace and Stone of Twelve Angles

The building is a viceregal construction of Arab influence, which was erected on the grounds of the Palace of Inca Roca. He is currently the seat of the Museum of religious art. An ancient Inca wall was part of the Palace of Inca Roca and who exemplifies admirable work Inca polishing and placed each stone can be seen in the Hatunrumiyoc Street. This structure is the so-called "stone of the twelve angles", famous for the perfect work and Assembly of its corners.

The Admiral Palace

Ancient House, current location of the Inca Museum. It houses an important archaeological collection that includes pieces of pottery, jewellery, textiles and mummies.

Inca Garcilaso de la Vega House

Born in April 12, 1539, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega was son of the Spanish Captain Garcilaso de la Vega and Vargas and the Cusco Princess Chimpu Ocllo. "Was the author of two books:" Royal Comments and "La Florida of the Inca, both driven by the need to rescue the history of the Inca Empire. The House is nowadays seat of the Regional historical Museum, which brings together a collection of canvases from the Cusco School.


Santo Domingo convent and church, Koricancha. Cusco PeruThe name means place of gold, this set is located in Qosqo Wanka (lot of stones), religious place of the Killki.

In Quechua time was dedicated to the worship of the Sun and different deities of Tahuantinsuyo, this archaeological complex was the most important "Hurin Qosqo", it is built with fine stone structures on which the Santo Domingo convent has been built.

Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Complex

Sacsayhuaman. Cusco PeruThe area covers 33 archaeological sites; the best known is the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. This would have actually been a construction of a religious nature, but because of its location and style was considered by the Spaniards and chroniclers as military building. There would have been located the most important temple of Hanan Qosqo or Cusco above, dedicated to Andean cosmology, the veneration of Inti (Sun), Quilla (Moon), Chaska (stars), Llapa (ray) and the other divinities. Rated you of cyclopean by the size of its stones, some of which weigh between 90 and 128 tonnes. Every June 24 is the scene of Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun.

Quenko Archaeological Complex

Dates of 1500 a.d. Qenko or "Labyrinth" is considered a sacred place post-office ceremonies in honor of the Sun, Moon and stars.

Pukapura Archaeological Complex

The complex has numerous enclosures, interior spaces, aqueducts, watchtowers and roads; It would have served as tambo or place of rest and accommodation. As it has that the Inca was preparing to visit Tambomachay, he was accompanied by a large Entourage housed in Pukapukara. Fortified appearance they called her strength.

Tambomachay Archaeological Complex

Tambomachay. Cusco PeruTambomachay would have fulfilled an important religious function linked to water and land regeneration. It is estimated that it was built around 1500 a.d., close ties with Pukapukara. The site has an approximate area of half a hectare and the material used for its construction was the limestone with polygonal style gear.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Cusco PeruIt is part of the Inca trails (Qhapaq Ñan) network. It is one of the most important trekking routes in South America. The routes are numerous streams and glacial water courses. The twelve archaeological monuments which can be seen include Qoriwachayrachina, Lima, Runkuraqay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Intipunku, Intipata and Wiñayhuayna.

The location of the tour varies according to the section that you want to walk. The most popular route starts km. 82 of the railway line height Cusco - Machu Picchu (40 Km) until you reach the Citadel of Machu Picchu. Another possibility, which takes less time, is the so-called sacred path started at km. 104 of the same route.

Theme Park of South American Camelid: Awanakancha

Exhibition of camelid including llamas, vicuñas and alpacas in their natural environment and realization of fabrics with fibers from wool. It is also possible to observe some agricultural terraces of the Inca age and species of flora of the area.

Acomayo Province

The Four Lakes Circuit

At 107 km. from the city of Cusco (2 hours by car) to the village of Pomacanchi, from where are crossed 2.5 km. more to the lagoon of the same name (10 minutes by car).

Located in the upper part of the Vilcanota River. The first circuit is called Pomacanchi and has a maximum depth of 140 m. around it are abundant natural grasses, medicinal species (cattails, mirmi, etc.) and fish (trout, Silversides, huitas, ccarachis, ch'iñis and you CARP). The second is a small lake called Acopia, located in the vicinity of the village of the same name. Their varieties of flora and fauna are very similar to the Pomacanchi lagoon. The third is the Asnaqocha lagoon or "lagoon of smelly" named in Quechua and concentrated little variety of flora and fauna. The fourth lagoon is the highest in the circuit (3 750 m above sea level.), called Pampamarca and is home to large variety of wildlife like parihuanas and ducks, due to the abundance of the Cattail surrounding. The practice of sport fishing is particularly in Pampamarca.



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