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Half-day city tour of Cusco and Sacsayhuaman

The Historic Center of Cusco is an incredible testimony of the overlapping of Inca and Hispanic architectures; Is a part of the city, continuously inhabited since before 1400.. It is known by some chroniclers, and now by satellite images, that the first urban layout of the city, had the form of a puma.

The arrival of the Spaniards produced in this environment, not only an artistic, architectural, pictorial, and folkloric mixture, but also human, combining characteristics of each culture. One of the most notorious and amazing characteristics of the fusion of cultures, is the architecture; Since the polished and carved stone lithic material is the main component of ancient colonial mansions, palaces, churches and convents built on ancient Inca walls and constructions.

per adult from

$39

AUD

Duration

4 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Professional Tour Guide
    • Transportation for the group
    • hot drinks on board
    • Oxygen
    • Assistant on
    What's excluded :
    • Entrance Ticket to the cathedral (25 soles)
    • Entrance Ticket to Qoricancha (15 Soles)
    • Entrance Ticket To Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara & Tambomachay (70 soles)
    • Entry/Admission - Sacsayhuaman
    • Entry/Admission - Q'enqo
    • Entry/Admission - Tambomachay
    • Entry/Admission - Qorikancha
    • Entry/Admission - Cusco Cathedral
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Sacsayhuaman, Cusco 08000 Peru

    Visitors to this magnificent Inca fortress, which overlooks the city of Cusco, cannot fail to be impressed by the beauty and monumental scale of this important Inca construction. Sacsayhuaman can be variously translated as 'speckled falcon' or 'speckled head'. The last interpretation refers to the belief that the city of Cusco was set out in the form of a puma whose head was the hill of Sacsayhuaman. The origins are uncertain but the fortress is generally attributed to the period of Inca Pachacuti, the man who essentially founded the Inca empire.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Q'enqo, Cusco Peru

    This is one of the finest examples of a rock artfully carved insitu showing complex patterns of steps, seats, geometric reliefs and a puma design. The rock is an excellent example of the Inca 'Rock Worship'. In Inca cosmological beliefs the Incas held large rocky outcrops in reverence, as if they possessed some hidden spiritual force. On top of the rock are zigzag channels which served to course chicha (local maize beer) or sacrificed llama blood for purposes of divination; the speed and route of the liquid, in conjunction with the patterns made in the rock, gave the answers to the priest's invocations.

    Inside the rock are large niches and a possible altar. This may have been a place where the mummies of lesser royalty were kept along with gold and precious objects

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Pucapucara, Cusco 08003, Peru

    Situated on a hill with superb views over the surrounding countryside Puca Pucara was more likely a tambo, or kind of post house than an actual fortress. Travelers may have lodged here with their goods and animals before entering or leaving Cusco. An alternative theory is that it served as a guard post controlling the flow of people and produce between Cusco and the Sacred Valley

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Tambomachay, Cusco Peru

    Commonly referred to as the 'Banos del Inca' or Inca baths, Tambomachay was a site for ritual bathing. The excellent quality of the stonework suggests that its use was restricted to the higher nobility, who maybe only used the baths on ceremonial occasions. The ruins basically consist of 3 tired platforms. The top one holds four trapezoidal niches that perhaps were used as seats; on the next level an underground spring emerges directly from a hole at the base of the stonework and from here cascades down to the bottom platform, creating a cold shower just high enough for an Inca to stand under. On this platform the spring water splits into two channels, both pouring the last metre down to ground level

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Qorikancha, Santo Domingo s/n, Cusco 08000, Peru

    Today’s site is a bizarre combination of Inca and colonial architecture, topped with a roof of glass and metal. In Inca times, Qorikancha (Quechua for ‘Golden Courtyard’) was literally covered with gold. The temple walls were lined with some 700 solid-gold sheets, each weighing about 2kg. There were life-sized gold and silver replicas of corn, which were ceremonially ‘planted’ in agricultural rituals. Also reported were solid-gold treasures, such as altars, llamas and babies, as well as a replica of the sun. But within months of the arrival of the first conquistadors, this incredible wealth had all been looted and melted down.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Cusco Cathedral, Portal Belen Plaza de Armas, Cusco 08002 Peru

    The cathedral is one of the city’s greatest repositories of colonial art, especially for works from the escuela cuzqueña (Cuzco school), noted for its decorative combination of 17th-century European devotional painting styles with the color palette and iconography of indigenous Andean artists. A classic example is the frequent portrayal of the Virgin Mary wearing a mountain-shaped skirt with a river running around its hem, identifying her with Pachamama (Mother Earth).

    Duration: 35 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    1:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Groups limited to 10 persons while the Pandemic is active by the W.H.O.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Andina Expeditions

Activity ID: V-175409P3

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