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Cusco City Tour
Cusi Wasi Tours
Your home in the Inka's land
Description:
Cusco is known as the archaeological capital of America because pre-columbian cultures settled
here about 3,000 years ago. The Inkas thought of Cusco as the navel of the world and in the
15th century they crafted their enormous empire stretching from Argentina to Colombia. It has
been proclaimed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site of Humanity due to its history, archaeology
and culture.

Itinerary:
Daily departure. Pick-up at hotel around 1:30pm and return at 6pm. This tour visits the following
sites:

THE CATHEDRAL
Admire its baroque style cedar wood carvings of the choir and the pulpit as well as its altar of
seven tons of silver. The cathedral is a repository of colonial paintings from 17th century artists of
the Cusco School. It also boasts Peru´s biggest church bell: the Maria Angola.

THE QORICANCHA
This temple was dedicated to the Inka´s Gods especially to Inti (the Sun). The walls were
covered in sheets of solid gold, and the courtyard was filled with golden statues. Spanish reports
tell of its opulence that was 'fabulous beyond belief'. The majority of the gold collected to fill the
ransom room for the Inka Atahualpa was collected from Qoricancha.

SACSAYHUAMAN
This site is located 3 km outside Cusco. It might have been a fortification made of huge stones.
There is still mystery about how it was constructed since a piece of paper will not fit between the
stones. This precision, combined with the rounded corners of the limestone blocks, the variety of
their interlocking shapes and the way the walls lean inward, is thought to have helped the ruins
survive devastating earthquakes in Cusco.

QENQO
A ceremonial center 1 km from Sacsayhuamán. A giant monolith is surrounded by a wall with 19
niches where offerings were placed. Underground lies a burial chamber used to embalm bodies
or devote sacrifices to the deities.

PUKA PUKARA
This site, 6 km away from Cusco, seems to have been a military checkpoint on the Inka trail that
led from Cusco to the Sacred Valley. Its construction is rustic with narrow streets, houses and
courtyards.

TAMBOMACHAY
It is 8 km from Cusco and consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run
through the terraced rocks. Its function is uncertain; it may have served as a military outpost
guarding the approaches to Cusco, as a spa resort for the Inka's political elite, or both.

Includes:
  • Pick up from Cusi Wasi between 1:30 and 2pm
  • Professional bilingual guide (English / Spanish)
  • Modern and comfortable bus

Not included:
  • Tourist ticket*: S/.70 (around US$26). For Peruvians it's S/. 40
  • Entrance to the Cathedral: S/. 25 (around US$9). For Peruvians it's S/. 12.50
  • Entrance to the Temple of the Sun: S/.10 (around US$4)

We recommend that you bring:
  • (Video) camera
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, hats or caps
  • Light snacks
  • A warm coat for the return in the late afternoon

Cost per person: US$ 15    make reservations

* Tourist Ticket:
There are three different circuits for which you need to buy a tourist ticket to get entrance:
- Circuit 1: Cusco's monuments,
- Circuit 2: Cusco's museums,
- Circuit 3: Sacred Valley.
Each circuit costs S/. 70 and has a validity of 10 days. For S/. 130 (around US$49), you have
access to all three circuits. There are discounts for Peruvians (50%) and students with an ISIC
card.

Further information on: http://cosituc.gob.pe