Visit the most important tourist places in the city of Cusco reliving the ancient history and culture inherited from the Incas. In this half-day tour you will get to know the Coricancha, Sacsayhuamán, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. All clear samples of the impressive stone work of the Incas.
9:00 a.m. / 10:00 a.m. / 11:00 a.m. / 1:00 p.m.
The tour begins with the pick up from the hotel depending on the proximity to the historic center of Cusco. The first place to visit will be the famous Coricancha (Temple of the Sun) in which we will be able to appreciate the mixture between Inca constructions (with its perfectly polished stone walls) and Spanish (the church built on the Inca walls).
After the visit to the Coricancha we will go out of the city towards Sacsayhuamán where we will be able to appreciate enormous stone blocks of up to 40 tons perfectly placed one on top of the other. Our guide will explain the importance of this place since before the arrival of the Spanish and during the colony, since this place witnessed one of the greatest battles between the Incas and the Spanish.
We will continue towards the sector of Qenqo (labyrinth) that bears this name for its paths that give the impression of being inside a labyrinth here the most important place will be an old ceremonial table that owes its importance to the fact that this place was probably the last resting place or Pachacuteq's resting place.
We will continue in our tourist bus to Puca Pucara (red fortress) which was an important control center for people who wanted to enter the city of Cusco in Inca times, given the importance of the city that was sacred, all travelers had to first purify themselves. of body and soul which they could do in Tambomachay, the last place we will visit where you can still appreciate the skill and knowledge in hydraulic engineering achieved by the Incas.
The tour ends near the main square of Cusco.
According to the chroniclers, the coricancha was one of the most impressive buildings in Inca Cusco: it had entire walls covered with gold sheets inside because it was the main temple of the Sun god.
The complex encompasses 33 archaeological sites. The best known is Saqsayhuaman, it is presumed that its construction was of a religious nature, but due to its location and style it was considered by the Spanish and chroniclers as a military building.
Qenqo or Labyrinth is considered a sacred place. It is presumed that ceremonies were officiated in honor of the Sun, the Moon and the stars. Outside there is a semicircular amphitheater with trapezoidal niches and a six-meter monolith that simulates being a puma.
The complex has numerous enclosures, interior squares, aqueducts, watchtowers and paths. It would have served as a tambo or place of rest and lodging. According to the story, every time the Inca was about to visit Tambomachay, he was accompanied by a large entourage that stayed in Puca Pucara. Because of its appearance they call it a fortress.
Tambomachay would have fulfilled an important religious function linked to water and the regeneration of the land. The place has an approximate extension of half a hectare and the material used for its construction was limestone with polygonal-style rigs.