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Cusco Tour–Embrace the storied capital of the Inca Empire and gateway to the sacred city of Machu Picchu, Cusco (also spelled Cuzco) is one of the undisputed highlights of South America. Stately and historic, with stone streets and building foundations laid by the Incas more than 5 centuries ago, the town is much more than a mere history lesson.
Cusco looks and feels like the very definition of an Andean capital. It’s a fascinating blend of pre-Columbian and colonial history and contemporary mestizo culture. The Incas made Qosqo (meaning “navel of the world” in Quechua) the political, military, and cultural center of their empire, which stretched up and down the Andes, from Ecuador through Bolivia and all the way to Chile.
Cusco was the empire’s holy city, and it was also the epicenter of the legendary Inca network of roads connecting all points in the empire. The Spanish conquistadors understood that it was essential to topple the capital city to take control of the region, a feat they ultimately accomplished after an epic battle at Sacsayhuamán. The Spaniards razed most Inca buildings and monuments, but, in many cases, they found the structures so well engineered that they built upon the very foundations of Inca Cusco. Many perfectly constructed Inca stone walls, examples of unrivaled stonemasonry, still stand.
After a devastating earthquake in 1650, Cusco became a largely baroque city. The result is a city that showcases plainly evident layers of history. Cusco’s highlights include both Inca ruins, such as Sacsayhuamán, a seemingly impregnable temple in the upper Cusco on a hill overlooking the city, and Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun, and colonial-era baroque and Renaissance churches and mansions.
Today Cusco thrives as one of the most vibrant expressions of Amerindian and mestizo culture anywhere in the Americas. Every June, the city is packed during Inti Raymi, the celebration of the winter solstice and the sun god, a deeply religious festival that is also a magical display of pre-Columbian music and dance. Cusco is the handicrafts center of Peru, and its streets and markets teem with merchants and their extraordinary textiles, many hand-woven using the exact techniques of their ancestors… Let us take you there!
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This trip is officially operated by Peru Summit Adventures, a 100% local tour operator based in Cusco.
A day on leisure in the ancient capital of the incan empire entitled a World´s Heritage site by UNESCO. In the morning you will explore the stunning fortress-temple Sacasayhuaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, and Tampumachay. About midday you will have a great lunch at one of the typical restaurants, after having the lunch we continue exploring the Cusco’s antique streets, and we arrive walking to the extraordinary Temple of the sun Qoricancha, the most important religous site of the Incas in the lower Cusco This sumptuous temple’s walls and floors were allegedly once covered by sheets of solid gold. This temple was once one of the most important religious site of the Incan people in the city of Cusco. On this tour we also visit a local market where you taste fresh-baked Chuta bread, and you’ll see some local bizarre items, articles for different purposes and aims, then you go walking to the main square in which you will feel at the puma’s heart, (because Cusco the capital of the incan Empire was designed in a puma shape), and from here wou will see the colonial buildings, the cathedral and the other chuches around, eventually we go back to the hotel.
Full day guided tour in the Sacred Valley, visiting important Incan sites, as Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero along with the visits to the local interesting places ( e.g, chicheria a place where you’ll try local typical corn beer and play frog game). In the morning we will go to the hotel to pick you up then to drive to the Sacred Valley with several stops along the way to enjoy the unique views. Later on we will arrive to Pisaq archaeological center; in which, you will enjoy the rich history about the place, offered by our tour guide. After that you will continue driving through the Sacred Valley, until Urubamba town, where you will have lunch at one of the restaurants, afterwards, we will visit the Ollantaytambo Incan site; in which, you will be amazed by the stunning temple of the sun and the other constructions from the Incan time. After visiting this place we will come back to Cusco, on the way we will stop at Chinchero to visit its Incan temples, and colonial church, eventually we will drive back to Cusco.
From US$ 240/ 2 Days.
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