Cusco attractions to visit

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Cusco attractions to visit

Santo Domingo / Koricancha Church and Convent

Koricancha, main temple of the sun god, was of the most awesome building of Inca Cusco City, with its walls entirely covered in sheets of gold. In 1532 the Spaniards built the Dominican church and convent over it. Both were destroyed by the 1650 earthquake and were rebuilt around 1681.

Saqsahuaman Archeological Inca Site

Location: two kilometers north east of Cusco City (a 10 minutes by car). The best known of its 33 archeological sites is the spectacular fortress of Saqsayhuaman, built from gigantic stones weighing between 90 and 128tons each, assembled with astonishing precision. It is said, however, not to have been for military use, but the most important ceremonial center of Hanan Qosqo, or upper Cusco. On the 24th of June each year it is the scene of Inti Raymi, or the Festival of the Sun.

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Part of the network of Inca roads, it is one the most important trekking routes in South America. Numerous ravines and water courses can be seen in route, created by glacial action. Walkers will also see 12 archeological monuments, including Qoriwachayrachina, Patallaqta, Runkuraqay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca, Intipunku, Intipata and Winayhuayana.

Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary.

Location: 110 kilometers north east of Cusco (four hours by train). An impressive Inca citadel built on a mountain, rich in flora and fauna. Its name in English means Old Mountain. It has also been called the lost city of the Incas, as it was unknown to the outside world until Hiram Bingham revealed its existence to the west in 1911. It was built in the 15thcentury and is attributed to Inca Pachacuteq.

The site divided into sectors covering approximately 20 hectares. The agricultural 20 hectares. The agricultural sector consists of terraces up to four meters high cut into the mountain sides. The urban sector is made up of open spaces and building, including the temple of the sun, the Intihuatana or solar observatory the temple of the three windows, the main temple and Condor sector. There is also an impressive carved monolith three meters high and seven meters across the base, known as the sacred stone

Altitude

  • The city: 3,399 m.a.s.l
  • Minimum: 532 m.a.s.l (Pilcopata)
  • Máximum: 4,801 m.a.s.l (Suykutambo)
  • Climate: Dryish and Cold
  • Average Annual Temperature: Maximum 19, 6 C (67, 3 F); Minimum 4, 2 C (39, 6 F)
  • Rainy Season (when the mountain are covered in greenery) November to March
  • Coldest part of the year (with occasional snow) June to July
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