Cusco, the Empire of the Incas is the main tourist destination of Peru and one of the most important in South America. Cusco is considered a magical city because you can be impregnated with its mysticism, culture, colonial churches and much more. Cusco Luxury Tour will captivate you through the beautiful and mistic city of Cusco. Cusco is located on the valley of the Huatanay River, in the southern highlands of Peru, and must have the denomination of "navel of the world" that has been the center of a vast red of roads that go to each one of the four regions that formed the "four parts of the world or Four of theirs" according to the Andean cosmovision, we are talking about the Tahuantinsuyo. Of course Cusco is also a colonial city, with splendid churches and old houses. Many consider that, precisely, that special mixture that makes a charming and attractive city for all visitors. The city of Cusco, was the capital of the Inca Empire, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 and is undoubtedly one of the most important destinations in the country. Among its streets are the Inca buildings, such as the Qoricancha and the Inca Roca Palace, along with colonial buildings of Andean Baroque style, such as the Cathedral and the Church of the Company; You can also visit the picturesque neighborhood of San Blas, where the workshops of the best artisans of the department can be found.
12:00 We pick you up from your hotel
12:15 We enjoy our buffet lunch
13:30 Starts the City Tour
13:45 Guided tour of the Cathedral of Cusco
14:30 Guided tour of the Qoricancha church
15:00 Visit Sacsayhuman for a guided tour
16:00 Quenqo guided tour
16:30 Guided tour of the Pukapukara ruins
17:00 Guided tour of the Tambomachay ruins
18:30 We arrive at Cusco
The city of Cusco from its origins and through its history, has occupied a prominent place in the cultural development of Peru. Founded between the XI and XII centuries, Cusco became the Capital of the Inca Empire and was the axis of the great territorial expansion of Tahuantinsuyo. The Spanish foundation of Cusco took place in March 1534, ordered by Francisco Pizarro. During the Viceroyalty, foundations were built, large mansions, imposing churches and convents with profusion of works of art in its interior. The Hispano Andina Cultural fusion manifests itself in Cusco at its maximum intensity, both through its architecture and its population, which proudly preserves its traditional customs. To all this is addednot mentioning a wonderful natural environment. Visiting Cusco is an unforgettable experience. Among the great variety of tourist resources that it has, there are those of a cultural landscape, esoteric adventure and fun. Cusco has a good infrastructure in terms of leisure, with a large number of restaurants , and atractions that make your Cusco Luxury Tour unforgettable. In our tour, we will know more about the beautiful and misticism city of Cusco.
Important place in the time of the Inca Empire. It is built on its Inca walls The Church of Santo Domingo. Qoricancha is an exceptional witness of the fusion of the Inca and western cultures, being one of the most important temples of Tahuantinsuyu, its finely polished stone walls served as a foundation for the construction of the Convent of Santo Domingo. The temple, whose sumptuous walls are said to have been covered by sheets of gold and silver, was dedicated to the cult of the sun, sometimes housing images of Thunder and Wiracocha, deities brought from different regions. The cult in the interior of the temple was restricted to the highest personalities of the time and even from far away representatives of the non-Inca populations from all over the Empire arrived to render worship and tribute to the Tahuantinsuyu gods.
Built in the 16th century, it has the Baroque style with a precious altar of seven tons of silver.Cathedral of Cusco or Cathedral of the Virgin of the Assumption is the main temple of the city of Cusco, in Peru and houses the headquarters of the Diocese of Cusco. The Cathedral of Cusco, next to the Temples of the Triumph and the Sacred Family make up the Cathedral Complex, is located in the northeast sector of the current Main Square Cusco. In the place that was the Suntur Wasi, Palace of the Inca Wiracocha. The complex occupies an area of 3956 m2. It is the most important religious monument of the Historical Center of Cusco.
It is a masterpiece of singular structure. This construction is attributed to the Incas of the last dynasties, is located after the Temple of San Cristobal or Qolcampata, in the high part of the city. According to the chroniclers, it was a solar shrine, others attributed to a place of defense of the city; The Spaniards were the ones who gave it the name of Fortress, for the formidable of its stone constructions is an imposing example of Inca military architecture, it is located 2 km from the city of Cusco. This fort was built with large blocks of granite to protect the city from the attacks of the invaders from the East or Antis. Sacsayhuaman (in Quechua, "satisfied hawk") is formed by three large terraces superimposed in a zigzag shape and bordered by huge rock walls of up to 300 m in length. Due to its proximity and elevation compared to Cusco and the size of its stones it served as a quarry for certain buildings of colonial Cusco. It has 3 bastions superposed one on another, noting the technique of assembling the stones. In the high part, there are foundations of what were three turrets, being the most enigmatic the Muruy Marca and it is given several meanings, among them, reservoir of water, related to astronomy. It occupies a fairly large area, where we can find scattered groups of walls, aqueducts, thrones and others.
It is an immense rocky promontory carved of steps, holes and gutters, probably made to deposit the sacred inca chicha (corn drink) that was consumed in the Inca rituals. Integrates this site, a semicircular garden defined by an isometric parameter with several large niches that surround a stone or wanka of little thickness enclosed in an enclosure, is a kind of image within its own chapel.Qenqo is divided in 2 important part and we will describe it in Qenqo - travel to cusco Peru.:
The archaeological site of Tambomachay is 8 km (15 min.) Northeast of Cusco, by paved road, and 1 km from Puca Pucara. It is located on the slopes of a hill near the main road to Antisuyo, on the Tambomachay river. It is also known as the "Tambo de la Caverna" and occupies an area of 437 square meters, located over 3,700 meters of altitude. Tambomachay apparently was the favorite manantial of the Inca, but at the same time, it was one of the pillars of the defensive system of the Cusco sacred valley. The name comes from two Quechua words: Tampu, which means collective accommodation and Mach'ay, which means resting place. However, according to other references, the word "machay" means "caverns", which would describe the peculiar environment of the place where these natural rock formations are appreciated, which according to the indigenous tradition, were the object of veneration or magical practices . Formed by a set of finely carved stone structures, aqueducts and waterfalls from springs and nearby hot springs (thought to be related to the cult of water) is one of the pillars of the Andean cosmovision. It is considered one of the shrines of the first ceque of Antisuyo. According to the chronicles, it was the preserve of Inca Yupanqui, which suggests that it was an area rich in animal species. The monument is notable for its architectural excellence. There are four terraces attached to the hill, built on the basis of irregular stone polyhedrons, masterfully assembled, and forming three parallel platforms. The stones have been perfectly fitted. It has four large niches or trapezoidal niches of two meters on average. In front of the construction there was a circular tower that had to have defense and communication purposes. Water itself was revered as the source of life. Tambomachay has an extraordinary hydraulic system. Two aqueducts artistically carved in the rock transport and maintain a constant flow of clean and clear water throughout the year, which comes from a pool that is at a higher level. This network of underground channels pours its waters into a small pool of stone at the lowest level. This pool had to be a liturgical source, where the Inca worshiped the water with the grandees of the Empire.
To start our tour, we will pick you up at your hotel at 12:00 p.m to take you to an exclusive restaurant located in the center of the city of Cusco. After our delicious and traditional lunch, we will start at 13:30 our guided City tour of Cusco. First we will visit the Cathedral where you will see the magnificent colonial architecture, also you will have the opportunity to appreciate the original paintings of the famous Cusquenian School.Then we will visit the sacred Temple of Qoricancha the Temple of the God Sun where we will observe one of the most religious centers of the Inca era on wich nowadays is located Santo Domingo convent.Finally we will visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas in where we will visit 4 of the most important places. At first, we will visit Sacsayhuaman (the puma head of the city of Cusco), here is celebrate every year the famous Inty Raimy Feast the Sun Feast and you will see the impressive works in large stones being the heaviest of 120 tons, transported by Inca workers. Then we will visit Qenqo the famous labyrinth of the Incas that was built to worship the Pachamama mother of the earth. Puca Pucara known as the red place was an administrative center. In Puca Pucara you will see enclosures, interior squares, baths, aqueducts, watchtowers and an easily recognizable Inca trail. Finally we will visit Tambomachay, a place dedicated to water. After knowing the most essential of Cusco and its surroundings we will take you back to your hotel.
You will have a complete briefing with your guide 1 or 2 days before your city tour in Cusco. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and you can take this opportunity to ask questions and do any final preparation.