The city of Cusco, Qosqo- The capital of the Inca Empire of Tahuantinsuyo, known at the time as the “Navel of the World.” Its founding by the Spanish dates back to 1534, and today, it is considered the archeological capital of America and a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Without a doubt, it is the most important tourist destination in Peru and, possibly, in South America, as the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu.
Cuzco is home to one of the 7 Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu, the most important expression of the Incas’ technology and work efforts in stone. You may get to Machu Picchu while enjoying the classic route by train, reveling in views from a helicopter or – why not? – following one of the Inca trails.
The history of our country can be summed up on the streets of this city. One only has to see it to appreciate the mixture of cultures, people, customs and architecture that are merely examples of the passage of the different periods, from pre-Inca to the present day, thus bringing together the history of Peru in a single place.
In addition to a great variety of archeological sites, history and culture, Cuzco is one of the best places to practice adventure sports, offering a variety of alternatives that can be combined with a cultural visit to the city and its environs.
Officially known as the Unique Tourist Ticket, this foreign tourist ticket for adults costs 130.00 soles (about U.S. $ 50) for students with ISIC card is 70.00 soles (about $ 27).The fee for peruvian adults is 70.00 Peruvian soles and college students with ID is 40.00 soles.
The tourist ticket is valid for 10 days and can be boughtd at the office of the OFEC, located on Avenida Sol 102 of. 103 (from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday 8 am-2 pm) or at any of the sites included in the tourist ticket.
City tour – Half Day
This circuit we initiate with the gathering of the tourists of its hotels to visit the following attractive Archaeological and religious places:
The Cathedral.- Colonial religious Monument of extraordinary artistic value,with its fabulous paintings and works “bread of gold”, wood carved and covered with worked silver.
Temple of Qoricancha. – “Temple of the Sun” its perfect architecture and the construction of stone reflects the fact that was the most important temple of the Inca empire.This circuit we initiate with the gathering of the tourists of its hotels to visit the following attractive Archaeological and religious places:
Sacsayhuaman.- This construction is attributed to the Incas of the last dynasties; it is located to 3 km of Cusco, in the high part. According to the announcers, it was a solar portable altar; this temple was constructed with great limestone stone blocks to protect the city from the attacks of the invaders of the east or Antis. Sacsayhuaman (in quechua) is formed for three great terraces superposed in zigzag form and bordered by enormous rock walls.
Qenqo.- Located to 1 kilometer from Sacsayhuaman, it was a ceremonial center since a giant monolith, of an animal is possibly appraised in the central part, that it was the main deity, where offerings were placed. In the inferior part, are other hornacinas and an altar that was used to perhaps embalm bodies or for sacrifices dedicated to their Gods.
PucaPucara.- Old inn, sentry post throughout the Inca ways. this construction is of rustic type conformed by side streets, houses, and patios.
Tambomachay.- It is located to 9 km of the city, known as the baths of the Inca by the form of their water sources, it also could be a temple dedicated to the cult of the water and purification for Inca. It has three platforms where offerings were placed.