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Tourism In Cusco

Cusco Peru


Canas Province

Suspension bridge of Q'eswachaka

Suspension Bridge. Cusco PeruAt 110 km. Southeast of the city of Cusco (1 hour 30 minutes by car), is up to the town of Combapata, from where it must travel 31 km. until the suspension bridge (45 minutes in car).

Bridge 33 km. long and 1.2 meters wide from which is possible to appreciate the Apurimac River Canyon in all its splendor. It is woven three days every second Sunday in June, by close to 1 000 community members that use ichu and chachacomo braided straw. The task of the pre Inca origin uses traditional techniques as part of ritual ceremonies and dances performed by the ayllus of area residents. The bridge ends on the fourth day, giving way to the songs and dances.


Province Courts

Raqchi Archaeological Complex

Temple of Wiracocha. Cusco PeruDates from the 15th century and is considered by the chroniclers as one of the boldest Inca constructions. It highlights the Wiracocha Temple, with 100 m long and 20 m wide, which is made up of adobe walls supported on foundations of volcanic stone. The complex also includes an area of housing to the inca nobility and dozens of circular tanks for the storage of food.


Raqchi village (3 485 m.)

Small populated farmers and potters in which a group of families hectares adapted their dwellings to receive tourists on a new experiential tourism program.


Province of Calca

Village of Pisac

Pisac. Cusco PeruPisac is well-known for its artisan market, but moreover Inca archeological remains between those who can appreciate an irrigation system, an astronomical observatory, a sundial or Intiwatana and platforms.


City of Calca

Situated in Calca are the archaeological complex of Huchu' and Qosqo or Cusco Chico, the thermo-medical baths of Machacancha (sulphurous thermal waters) and Minasmoqo (cold gaseous water). His landscapes are enhanced by the snow-capped Pitusiray and Sawasiray.


Province of La Convención

Quillabamba

Capital city of the province of La Convención about 1050 m. is an important center of trade of the valleys of Lares and La Convención. Its main activity is the production of coca, coffee, cocoa and fruit trees. The city was founded July 25, 1857 and has a special atmosphere of Valley where they develop various sports activities.


Archaeological Ensemble of Choquequirao

Archaeological Center Choquequirao. Cusco Peru At 93 km. from the city of Abancay (Apurímac region), is reaches the village of Cachora, from where are crossed 30 km. more (2 days on foot, walking an average of 8 hours each day).

Choquequirao (chuqui k'iraw, "cradle of gold") could be one of the citadels lost in the Valley of Vilcabamba, where the Incas took refuge in 1536. The complex consists of nine stone architectural groups. It has hundreds of terraces, bedrooms and irrigation systems. The buildings are distributed around a town square.


Paucartambo Province

Tres Cruces (Three Crosses)

Paucartambo. Cusco PeruAt 109 km. southeast of the city of Cusco, take the partially paved road (3 hours by car) to the town of Paucartambo, from which it must follow 45 km. until the viewpoint of Tres Cruces (2 hours and 30 minutes pick-up double traction on a road in not very good).

Tres Cruces is a natural viewpoint located on the edge of the Manu Biosphere reserve. In this place is called white lightning phenomenon that occurs when the sun rises on the horizon. At that time light passes through the humid atmosphere and distorts as it pass through a Prism. The effect is three Suns, one which jumps from one side to the other. This occurs during winter (June, July) solstice sunrises.


Quispicanchis Province

Town of Oropesa

At 24 km. southwest of the city of Cusco (30 minutes by car). Oropesa is traditionally known as the "land of bread". There are numerous home ovens dedicated to the production of delicious farmer bread "chutas".


Pikillacta

Piquillacta. Cusco PeruPre Incan city, whose height is estimated between 800 and 1100 A.C, during the period corresponding to the development of the regional Confederation Huari. It was the gateway to the Holy City of the Incas.

It has large straight streets and large buildings of rectangular blocks. It is surrounded by walls and spheroidal buildings in the West. The walls are high, made of boxes and mud mortar and its foundations will streamline as they manage to height.


Andahuaylillas Temple

Known as the "Sistine Chapel of America", dates from 1580 and presents a simple faade contrasts with the baroque interior richness expressed in the altars golden, murals, paintings and polychrome ceilings.


Tipón Archaeological Complex

25 Km. Southeast of the city of Cusco (45 minutes by car) to 3 316 m above sea level. Access is through the paved road Cusco-Puno, taking a paved exit altitude km. 20.5.

According to legends, Tipón is one of the Royal gardens which ordered building Wiracocha. It consists of twelve terraces flanked by perfectly polished stone walls and huge terraces, canals and ornamental water falls to the flora of the place offer the visitor an impressive landscape. The site is composed of different sectors: Tipón itself, Intiwatana, Pukutuyuj and Pucara, Cruz Moqo, the cemetery of Pitopujio, Hatun Wayqo, among others.


Urubamba Province

Urubamba Town (2 871 m.)

Located in the heart of the Sacred Valley. In Pre-Hispanic times was a very important agricultural Centre. Today its economy is based on agriculture and tourism, to be one of the areas more welcoming of the Valley. This town has good tourist infrastructure.


Chinchero Village (3 772 m.)

View of Chincheros. Cusco Peru Stresses the church built during the years of the colony, in which you can see beautiful canvases from the Cusco School. Sunday is a fair in which merchants and peasants exchanged their products, using even barter (Exchange). In the area there are important archaeological remains.


Town of Maras

Town of Maras. Cusco PeruIt was an important settlement during the Viceroyalty; demonstrate the Church and the houses that still preserved the indigenous nobility coats on their facades.
Currently its main activity is agriculture.


Town of Yucay to 68 km.

North of the city of Cusco (1 hour 30 minutes by car).
According to legend, it was personal property of the Inca Huayna Capac. Since ancient times it was considered a very important center of hydraulic technology, and agricultural production. In this town you can see the Palace of Inca Manco Sayri Tupac.


Salineras of Maras

Salineras of Maras. Cusco PeruCalls also Salinas of Maras. There are mine salt whose exploitation is as old as the Tahuantinsuyo. Villagers channelled the saline water which emanates from the soil - water one-eyed called "Qoripujio" - towards pools that, by effects of the Sun, evaporates leaving on the surface the salt which is then treated to sell in the local market. The view of approximately three thousand wells is spectacular. Residents show the visitors their ancestral techniques and allowed to intervene in the collection.


Archaeological Ensemble of Moray

Archaeological Ensemble of Moray. Cusco PeruIt is made up of 4 slightly elliptical galleries, to which residents are called "muyus". Th elargest structure has a depth of 45 metres and height of each platform average 1.80 metres. Considered that the place was an important agricultural experimentation Center during the Inca period. On the use of platforms concentric and due to the temperatures at each level are different each other, have reproduced all ecological floors covering the Empire of Tahuantinsuyo.


Archaeological Ensemble of Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo. Cusco PeruIt was built during the Ica period as a fortified area that includes a temple, platforms and urban sector. We can distinguish two sectors: one called "Aragama Ayllu", area linked to the cult and religion; and the second "Qosqo Ayllu" set dedicated to housing. Ollantaytambo was an important administrative centre which probably served also military, such as show its walls and towers.

Also there are traces of old roads and aqueducts. Ollantaytambo town is called "Living Inca people", because its inhabitants maintain long-standing customs. Since Ollantaytambo can visit the village of Willoc, whose inhabitants of quechua language are distinguished by their red clothing which identify them as members of an ayllu unique and different from the rest of the region.


Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu. Cusco PeruAt 110 km. Northwest of the city of Cusco (4 hours by train), until you reach the village of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes), from where are crossed 8 km. more to the Citadel (20 minutes by bus).

Machu Picchu is an impressive Inca Citadel located on a mountain. Translated into the Spanish means Old Mountain ".

Machu Picchu. Cusco PeruAlso been called "The Lost City of the Incas", because it was a mystery until it was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The construction of the Citadel dates from the 15th century and is attributed to the Inca Pachacútec. The archaeological ensemble is divided into two sectors covering 20 hectares approximately. The agricultural sector presents terraces built on the slopes of the mountains, which reach up to 4 metres in height. The urban sector consists of several buildings and squares, which include the so-called Sun Temple, the Intihuatana or solar observatory, the Temple of three Windows, the main temple and the so-called Condor Sector. Also, is an impressive monolithic piece carved 3 meters high and 7-meter base, known as the sacred rock. Blocks of stone extracted from the surrounding areas were used to build Machupicchu. Walls finishing presents different qualities and techniques. One of the best achieved walls is the central wall of the main temple, in which the blocks fit perfectly.

The Machupicchu Historic Sanctuary is not only invaluable archaeologically, but is also associated with very rich fauna and flora. In 1983 it was declared Cultural Heritage and Natural of humanity by UNESCO.


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