Cusco City Tour
This fabuolous half day cusco city tour takes you around all the most important sites of Cusco town.
The first Spaniards arrived in the city on November 15th, 1533. Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, officially discovered Cusco on March 23, 1534, naming it the “Very noble and great city of Cusco”. The many buildings constructed after the Spanish conquest are of Spanish influence with a mix of Inca architecture, including the Santa Clara and San Blas barrios. The Spanish undertook the construction of a new city on the foundations of the old Inca city, replacing temples with churches and palaces with mansions for the conquerors.
During the colony, the city of Cusco was very prosperous thanks to the agriculture, cattle raising, mining as well as the trade with Spain. This allowed the construction of many churches and convents, and even a Cathedral, university and an Archbishopric. Often, Spanish buildings were juxtaposed atop the massive stone walls built by the Inca.
Cusco City Tour :: Itinerary
At 1.30pm we will pick you up from your hotel and take you to start the tour. We will visit as part of the tour:
- Koricancha: We first visit the exquisite architectural feats of the ancient “Koricancha” Temple.
- The Main Cathedral: The first stone was placed to begin construction of the cathedral in 1560. It is a marvel of religious art, home to approximately 300 paintings from the Cusqueña School.
- Saqsayhuaman: The archaeological complex of Saqsayhuamán is a majestic place with impressive works in stone, some up to 120 tons. (40 minutes)
- Q’enqo (Labyrinth): A religious center dedicated to the adoration of the Earth. (30 minutes)
- Puca Pucara (reddish place): that was used as a military control center. (20 minutes)
- Tambomachay (Temple of the Water): a center of adoration and worship of water. (20 minutes)
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