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Places to Visit

City and around the City

San Pedro Market

Located a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, is an unmissable destination for visitors who want a direct experience with the local people and their customs. San Pedro market offers a variety of local products such as fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, juices, breads, handicraft and many interesting things. A place where you can buy and enjoy local fruits like Chirimoya, lucuma and local breads called chutas.

San Blas Neighborhood

A traditional neighborhood near the main square of Cusco, San Blas is known as the artisans district and, through its narrow streets and colonial houses painted in white with blue balconies, you will find many art galleries with replicas of the colonial Cuzquenian painting school and religious imagery of world-renowned local artists.

Cathedral of Cusco

Located in the main Square of the city, is a jewel of colonial architecture and it was erected over ancient Inca palaces of the Kiswarcancha and the Suntur Wasi. The construction of the present church started in 1559 and lasted until 1669. In its interior keeps and impressionant artistic work which combine different icons of the Andean religiosity with the Christian religion. And a clear example is the painting of the last supper with Andean elements as the guinea pig (cuy) that appears on the table replacing the lamb. and many other more that decorate the walls of the Cathedral, all of them belong to the artistic current called now the cuzquenian school painted during the XVII and XVIII century, In addition there are beautiful altars gilded with gold and some of them with silver plates and there are beautiful religious images of saints and virgins elaborated by talented indigenous hands. That decorated the chapels of the church

La Compañia De Jesus

The church is mainly made with andesites and has the most beautiful and well made facade among the churches in the city

  • la Merced
  • Santo domingo
  • San Blas
  • san francisco
  • Santa Catalina
  • San Cristóbal y mirador

MUSEUMS

INCA Museum

A remarkable colonial houses built in the early seventeenth century, belonged to the Spanish Admiral Francisco Alderete Maldonado. therefore is known as thethe admiral house. The museum houses valuable historical documents and show a vast collection of objects from the pre-Inca period, Inca textiles, Inca pottery, farming tools and instruments of Incas music. Paint and metal objects of colonial and republican times.

Museo de Arte Precolombino

The Museo de Arte Precolombino (MAP) IS dedicated to the display of archaeological artifacts and examples of pre-Columbian artworks drawn from all regions of pre-Columbian Peru. Its located in Nazarenas Square and has aron 11 rooms with permanent display exhibitions of some 450 individual representative artifacts.

Regional and historic Museum Casa Garcilaso

A colonial house that belonged to the chronicler Inca Garcilaso de la Vega Chimpu Ocllo, he was born on April 12, 1539, he was son of Captain Garcilaso de la Vega y Vargas and Inca Princess Isabel Ñusta Chimpu Ocllo,Garzilazo wrote two major works “The Royal Commentaries” and “Florida del Inca”. The house was built on Inca walls, unique example of colonial architecture and Renaissance.

The museum has 14 exhibition halls, with items ranging from the Pleistocene period, Precerámico and Inca. With samples of ceramics, metal objects, rugs and colonial with a great show of paintings from the Cuzco School from the early sixteenth century to the eighteenth century and are the earliest works of Flemish art in Cusco and pieces belonging to Diego Quispe Tito.

La Casa Concha Museum

La Concha house is an old colonial mansion important Cusco. It was built on the palace of Inca Yupanqui Túpac Inca, the son of Pachacutec, above this palace was built a colonial house belonged to Marquéz Diego Salvatierra and Santiago shell, which consists of 4 courtyards were built. The walls of the house are decorated with mural paintings of St. Christopher, St. Michael the Archangel and others.

The museum houses the collection of artifacts found at Machu Picchu were returned by Yale University.

CENTROS ARQUEOLOGICOS

Qoricancha

Located within the city of Cusco, the ancient temple of Coricancha was the most important sacred Inca temple where worshipped various gods especially the Inti (Sun). Its precincts finely carved in stone and perfectly joined, were once richly adorned with golden and silver plates and housed the embalmed bodies of the Inca kings dressed in their most precious jewels. With the arrival of the conquistadors, The Qoricancha was stripped of its wealth and some of its precincts were knocked down to build the colonial church of Santo Domingo. But it is still possible to admire its solid walls stony witnesses of a glorious past.

Sacsayhuaman

Located at 2 Kms from the city. It is the remains and foundations of a colossal Inca building built during the reign the sovereign inca Pachacutec in the 15th century. According to the colonial Chronicles was a temple dedicated to the Sun God, and in its construction more than 20,000 men worked to erect its walls with huge limestone blocks that weigh between 80 to 100 tons in addition to being perfectly assembled on each other.

Every June 24th is celebrated the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun, and in September the Warachicuy .. (Evidence of initiation of adulthood).

Qenqo

Located at 3 km from the city. It was a sacred shrine of the Inca era, built around a rocky outcrop, in where the Incas carved stone altars for worshipping their gods with religious and magical ceremonies.

Puca Pucara

At 7 km of the Cusco city. Puca Pucara was an important administrative center to control the entry to Tambomachay’s Shrine and the Inca trail to the Sacred valley.Its name means red fortress in the Quechua local languaje, and it is composed of buildings,granaries and religious areas.its location provides and spectacular views over the Cusco valley..

Tambomachay

At 8 Km from the city, the water fountains of Tambomachay have played an important religious function linked to water and the regeneration of life during the Inca period. The walls of polygonal style perfectly together and decorated with trapezoidal openings present to us its important role in the Andean religiosity.

SACRED VALLEY

Pisac

Pisac is the gateway to the famous Sacred Valley, where the Incas erected on the mountain a magnificent Citadel that consists of agricultural terraces, walls, warehouses, buildings and temples joined by an inca trail neatly built on cliffs and tunnels accompanied by spectacular views of the beautiful Urubamba valley. This Citadel was erected in the 15th century by order of the ninth inca King Pachacutec and should fulfill an important role in the Inca era, due to its strategic location and the quality of its architecture in their temples.

In colonial times the Citadel was abandoned and its inhabitants were forced to live in the new colonial villages known as Reductions created in the year 1572 by the Spanish as part of its policy regime of creating small villages agglomerated around a Christian Church and a central square. Currently in Pisac square every Sunday there is a traditional fair where the indigenous communities of the Sacred Valley practice the barter of their products.

Ollantaytambo

It is located 60 km northwest of the city of Cusco and with a height of 2.850 meters above sea level, this impressive Inca construction was erected in the fifteenth century during the reign of the Inca Pachacutec and shows an amazing architecture in its buildings ,such as the temple of the sun, built with giant stone blocks perfectly joined crowning the mountain, and in the lower part is possible to see the remains of the ancient Inca citadel, composed by royal buildings , cobbled streets crossed by canals where the water still runs as in ancient times.

Salt Mines of Maras

The salt mines of Maras is composed of more than 3,000 small ponds constructed on the mountain slope in terraces and are exploited since ancient times. Every year during the dry season the local people start to work collecting the salty water that emerge from mountain bowels like a water source, and is directed by tiny canals to fill the ponds. The salty water contained in the ponds are gradually evaporated by the sun heat and after the salt is collected to be commercialized in the local and international market.
Its consumption is highly recommended by its content of minerals suitable for human organism. and it is known as the pink salt of Maras.

Moray

It is located 67 kilometers from the city of Cusco. It is a formidable archaeological complex with concentric circular terraces built in a natural depression, taking the form of a gigantic amphitheater. These terraces formed a large agricultural laboratory, in which the ancient Peruvians experienced and got improvements in agricultural production, also has Andean religious importance that inspires a great mysticism. Now is used also as a center of the Ritual offerings to the Mother Earth (Pachamama).

Chinchero

This village is located 28 km from Cusco on the way to Urubamba. In where you will find the remains of the royal hacienda of Tupac Inca Yupanqui, and the beautiful colonial temple built over the remains of an important Inca temple. One of the main attraction is its Sunday market, originally dedicated to the barter of products between the people from the valleys and the highlands. Nowadays, the market is a true spectacle of color and movement that causes the tourist fascination with its offer of crafts and elaborated textile garments made with the purest pre-Columbian style.

Pikillacta

The pre-inca Pikillacta Citadel belonged to the Wari Empire and had as its main centre the Department of Ayacucho including the Cusco area.The Pikillacta Citadel was built around the year 750 dc. And it stands out for the harmonic and symmetrical distribution of its buildings separated by streets perfectly aligned and distributed by sectors, such as the main square, its urban and religious area, besides having a well-organized system of roads. Its architecture is simple with rustic style walls, it was elaborate with stone settled on mud mortar and some of its most important buildings were plastered with gypsum and boast a considerable height. Pikillacta means the village of fleas in the quechua language and it was put in the colonial era due to the amount of existing buildings.

Tipon

The archaeological site of Tipon is located at 23 kilometers to the south of the city of Cusco, in the district of Oropesa, and shows the excellence Inca engineering to build their agricultural terraces, beautifully distributed and irrigated by canals of water carefully worked. The water was brought from the mountain through canals and aqueducts built with great skill, to provide the city with this vital element, there are also some water sources wonderfully worked that probably were used as places of worship to the water.
emple of Andahuaylillas

Located at a distance of about 41 kilometers from Cusco’s city. The colonial church of Andahuaylillas boasts a wonderful interior decoration of mural paintings and art canvasses dedicated to St Peter and St Paul belonging to the Cuzco school of the eighteenth century. Also it has beautiful golden altars of baroque style dedicated to various saints and virgins.and is without any doubt one of the most beautiful chapels of the Peruvian colonial art, considered by many as the Sistine chapel of America.

Temple of Huaro

At 41 kilometers from the Cusco city is the church of San Juan Bautista Huaro , built in the second half of the sixteenth century. In its interior stands out its altar carved in wood and gilded with gold leaf of renaissance style, and its magnificent murals painted by the native artist Tadeo Escalante that show representations of hell, heaven, and the judgment where it shows an impeccable originality. Is there where the hell appear with depictions of evil beings who torment sinners that fall to the underworld on their way to death. And also the death is represented as a skeleton holding a scythe and at his feet the symbols of power such as the crown, the papal tiara which reminds us that everything in the life is vanity

These murals were instruments used to evangelize the indigenous and keep them faithful in the new Christian doctrine.

Chapel of Canincunca

It is a small chapel built at the beginning of the XVII century, in devotion to the virgin Mary known as Purificada very popular in the southern Peruvian Andean, it has mural paintings that decorate its interior walls and friezes with beautiful textiles patterns.

MACHUPICCHU

  • Machupicchu Inca citadel
  • Huaynapicchu (Montaña Joven)
  • Machupicchu (Montaña Vieja)
  • Thermal Baths

EXCURCIONS AND TREKKING

  • Inca trail
  • Salkantay Trek
  • Lares

An unforgettable route for adventurers who want more direct contact with the local people and their traditions. The route crosses the Peruvian Andes, offering spectacular views of mountains, lakes, valleys and villages inhabited by indigenous people who have lived there for hundreds of years and continue to share the cultural wealth inherited from their ancestors. Travelers will then continue by train along the Urubamba Valley to Machu Picchu.

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