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CITY TOUR

Half day tour: Begins: 1.30 p.m. Ends: 6:30 p.m. (Approximately)

CUSCO, a city full of magic and charm has many places to visit and on this half day tour, we will get to know the most important sites in the city center. We will visit the Cathedral and the Main Plaza, Qoricancha or the Sun Temple, the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the shrine of Q’enqo, the red fortress of Puca Pucara and the temple of water, Tambomachay.

Main Plaza:

When you arrive in Cusco, you will immediately become entranced with the quality of its stones. The Main Plaza has porticos and streets made of blue granite, the Cathedral and the Compania Church are made of pink stone. The sun plays with these colors during the day as well as the arches made of stone, some with Inca foundations. Observing thistransports you directly back in history to Inca times and at times to the Colonial Period. Everything merges in the stones which leaves you with a feeling of grandeur.

The Cathedral:

The Cathedral, known years ago as Kiswarkancha was constructed during the Renaissance period. The paintings found inside were created by the indigenous people of the region and contain a mix of influences from the various regional schools of art as well as the styles of Renaissance Europe. This came to be known as the “Cusco School of Painting”.

The main altar is completely covered in sheets of silver and the choir stall of the Cathedral is a masterpiece carved from cedar. It was predominantly built in the baroque style.

There you will find two icons from Cusqueña culture: The Maria Angola Bell which years ago, was heard for 30 km when rung, as well as “El Senor de los Temblores”, the patron saint of Cusco.

Qoricancha:

The temple of the sun is a synthesis of the Inca architecture and the religion of the Incas. There you can appreciate the precision of how the stones were joined and the harmony which came to the Inca culture. It is, without a doubt, the most beautiful and important temple in the Americas. It is said that in its gardens there were actual sized plants and animals made completely of gold. In reality, the entire site was covered with gold. It was built by Manco Capac (the first Inca) on a hill between the Chokechaka and Saphi rivers which are now Sol Avenue and Tullumayo Street.

This was the geographic center of the Inca Empire, “the navel of the world”.

Sacsayhuaman:

After visiting Sacsayhuaman you will be left with one question. How did they build it? The enormity of it all: the rocks, the walls, the beauty. The harmony which exists between this human creation and nature will stay in your mind forever.

Qenqo:

At first glance, this sanctuary, which contains in its centre a holy shrine created out of rock will fill you with respect to be in such a sacred place. While walking around, you will see that everything is full of mystery, a mystery of stone.

Puca Pucara:

The name means “Red Fortress”. It is believed that it served as an observation site as well as an administrative and military center.


SACRED VALLEY

Full day tour. Starts: 8:00 a.m. Until: 6:30 p.m. (approximately)

The Sacred Valley of the Incas is found close to the Inca capital of Cusco and the ancestral city of Machu Picchu. It stretches from Pisac to Ollantaytambo, along the Urubamba River. It was appreciated by the Incas because of its unparalleled geographic and weather qualities and it became one of the most important areas for the extraction of natural resources and the production of corn in the region.

For an entire day, we will explore the most impressive sites in the Valley: The ruins of Pisac as well as its traditional artisan market, the fortress of Ollantaytambo and finally, Chinchero.

Pisac:

Seen from above, the ruins of Pisac were built in the form of a partridge and its extensive system of terraces are the most beautiful in Cusco. Pisac is without a doubt, one of the most important archaeological centers of the region.

Since time in memorial, there has been a traditional market on Sundays in the town of Pisac. People from neighboring areas arrive all at the main plaza to sell or exchange their products.

Ollantaytambo:

According to legend, Ollantaytambo was a refuge for Ollanta, a warrior who won the heart of Cusi Ccoyllor, the daughter of the Inca, Pachacutec. The small village as well as the archaeological complex are full of mystery. The enormous walls of the fortress as well as the gigantic terraces mark the valley in your memory as something ancient, very ancient.

Chinchero:

Chinchero is one of the most typical villages in Cusco where many of the forgotten traditions have been preserved. It has a fairytale view and many Inca walls there. They still dye the wool with natural dyes, women wear braids and during the Sunday market, they still practice bartering. Its main plaza is a rare beauty.


MACHU PICCHU

Full day tour.

Two day and one night tour.

At Machu Picchu there are 2500 types of orchids. The orchid, a beautiful, exotic flower which lives for a very short period of time comes in all shapes, sizes and colors. We actually know very little about the tricks that these flowers use to encourage pollination. Some use their scent, others their color and others use their shape in order to attract the only type of insect that pollinates them. When you arrive at Machu Picchu you will surely see one of these flowers and you will note how fantastic it is to find this wonder within the most beautiful wonder of the world.