The Cathedral of Cuzco or Cathedral Basilica of the Virgin of the Assumption is the main temple of the city of Cuzco, in Peru and houses the headquarters of the Diocese of Cuzco. The Cathedral Basilica of Cuzco, next to the temples of Triunfo and the Sagrada Familia make up the Cathedral Complex, is located in the northeast sector of the current Plaza de Armas del Cuzco. In the place that was the Suntur Wasi, Palace of the Inca Wiracocha. The complex occupies an area of 3956 m2.
The gold enclosure, as it was known, was a sacred place where worship was given to the Inca god: the Inti (Sun), so that they could only enter fasting, barefoot and with a load on their backs as a sign of humility, according to indicated by the Inca high priest: Willaq Umu. The front was a majestic wall from the finest stonework, decorated only by a thin sheet of pure gold three meters high, with a roof of fine straw and delicately cut.
Sacsayhuamán (in Quechua Saqsaywaman, of saqsay, full or satisfied, and waman, hawk, that is, “satisfied hawk”) is an Inca “ceremonial fortress” located two kilometers north of the city of Cusco. It began to be built during the Pachacútec government, in the fifteenth century; However, it was Huayna Cápac who completed it in the 16th century. With the annihilation of the Inca nobility the techniques that allowed the construction of this monumental fortress or sanctuary disappeared from human memory.
Kenko or Qenqo, in Quechua Q’inqu (‘labyrinth’) is an archaeological center located in the city of Cusco, 2 km from the city of Cuzco (5 min. Northeast of Cuzco), in Peru at 3580 meters above sea level. It is made up of two places: El Grande, which is at the foot of the road that goes from Sacsayhuamán to Písac, and El Chico, which is 350 meters west of the previous one, on the hillside. This shrine is located on what is now known as the Socorro hill and covers an area that is a little over 3500 square meters.
In the field of archaeological constructions near the capital of the extinct empire, this town is visited. Puca Pucara receives its name in Quechua from “Red Fortress”, due to the red color that rocks acquire during twilight. Puca Pucara is another example of military architecture that also functioned as an administrative center, has platforms, overlapping terraces, stairways and passages.Peru’s Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca Mountain, has quickly risen to become a major touristic attraction for the country after being discovered for tourism only a few years ago.
Tambomachay in Spanish, or Tampumachay (Quechua: tampu mach’ay, ‘place of rest’), consists of an archeological site that was destined for the cult of water and so that the potentate of the Inca Empire could rest. It is located in the Andes mountain range, just 7 kilometers (15 minutes) NE of the Peruvian city of Cusco. At a height of 3 700 meters above sea level.
Visit of the imperial city, a living example of the mixture of Andean and Spanish culture., We begin our tour visiting the CATHEDRAL, where we will appreciate beautiful paintings of the Cusco painting, magnificent altarpieces and carvings, then we will go to the Temple of QORICANCHA, main center of worship to the Sun God, continuing the tour we will visit the FORTALEZA DE SACSAHUAMAN, imposing sample of Inca architecture and finally the archaeological sites of QENQO, PUCA PUCARA and TAMBOMACHAY.
Daily departures – Hotel pick-up starts at 1:00 pm
The tour starts: 1:30 pm. Culminates: 6.40p.m Approx
Places to visit:
Cathedral – 45 minutes
Qoricancha – 45 minutes
Sacsayhuaman – 1 hour
Qenqo – 25 minutes
Puca Pucara – 15 minutes
Tambomachay – 30 minutes
• Tourist transport
• Bilingual Guide