Cuzco city

Cuzco City - PERU

The ancient Inca capital's cobblestone streets house artisan shops, world-class restaurants and raucous discos.

Cusco ciudad - Cuzco City, Peru

cuzco city

At an elevation of 11,024 ft, Cuzco sublimely combines the Inca legacy with Spanish colonial architecture. History puts Manco Capac founding the city of Cuzco around 1100 A.D. Legend says that in the beginning the land was in darkness and the great Lord Sun took pity on these wretched creatures and sent to earth his own son, Manco Capac, "to spread civilization and enlightenment". The goddess Moon sent her daughter Mama Ocllo to be his bride. They appeared on earth emerging from the waters of Lake Titicaca. Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo began a long odyssey searching for the place where to found their kingdom. At length they came to a fertile valley where Manco Capac repeating the test assigned by the Sun, plunged his golden staff into the ground, this time it sank deep into the soil and disappeared, where they found their capital and called it Cuzco "navel of earth".

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Cuzco Travel and Tours Peru

Cuzco Tours, Travel and Adventures
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VISIT CUZCO

The ancient Inca capital's cobblestone streets house artisan shops, world-class restaurants and raucous discos.

Cusco ciudad - Cuzco City, Peru

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Visit in Cuzco city:

• Main Square. When the Incas ruled Cusco, it was known as the Huacaypata, or “place of weeping or of meeting”, and was the backdrop to sacred ceremonies held there. It has likewise been the stage to several key historical events.

• The Cathedral. Built in the 16th century, this landmark is really three churches in one as well as a depository of valuable masterpieces – more than 1200 are on display -, ranging from gold leafed altars, a wood carved choir and a painting with an interesting interpretation of the Last Supper, where the artist included, among the food served, a Guinea pig, which is traditional meal of Cusco.

• Church of Our Lady of Mercy. This church is headquarters of the Order of Mercy (Mercedarians) in Peru. It is an excellent example of architecture coming out of the time when Peru was a Spanish viceroyalty. On its interior walls hang flawlessly restored paintings from the Cusco School. Yet, the highlight of it all is the pure-gold custody, studded with diamonds, rubies, pearls and other gemstones, which is said to be a replica of the one in the Cathedral of Toledo, Spain.

• Church of the Company of Jesus. A Jesuit church, located to one side of the Main Square. Inside are priceless works of art, delicate wood religious statues and uncommon places tucked away in corners of the building, like its underground chapel dedicated to praying for the dead, its sacristy and its aerial corridors that reach to the central cupola.

• Saint Dominic Convent. Build overtop the remains of the Incan Qoricancha, or Temple of the Sun, which according to the Incas was the exact center of the world. A tour of the place includes the remaining sections of the old Incan temple, royal apartments, three other minor temples (dedicated to the moon, the stars and the rainbow) and the circular tower, which is the signature of this landmark.

• San Blas, quarter and church. A charming section of town where Cusco’s artisans live and work. It used to be known as the Incan quarter of T’oqokachi. Visit the church there to see a nice collection of paintings.

• Archbishop Palace and the 12-angle stone. Built during the Colony on the palace foundations of one of the Incan Emperors, Inca Roca, and exhibiting definite Arabic influences, it is currently site of the Museum of Religious Art. Next to the Archbishop Palace on Hatunrumiyoc Street, is an ancient Incan wall, a famous example of the notable stone work of the Incas, who accomplished themselves in polishing and fitting together blocks of stone. This is the wall that contains the celebrated “Twelveangle” stone, famous for the perfect fit of each one of its corners.

• Larco Museum of Pre-Columbian Art. Another nice collection (450 works of art) are on display here, done between 1250 B.C. and 1532 A.D.

• Sacsayhuamán archeological complex: the Fortress, Qenko, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay. There are 33 archeological sites within this area, yet obviously the most important is Sacsayhuamán itself. Its name means “house of the sun”, and every June 24th, the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun is celebrated at this spot. Other sites include: 1) Qenko, which means “labyrinth”, that researchers believe was built around 1500 A.D. and may have been the center of sun, moon and star worship, 2) Pukapukara features chambers, inner plazas, aqueducts, stairways and trails and seems to have served as a tambo, or an inn, where the Incan Emperor might have stopped and rested for the night, and 3) Tambomachay, which some historians hypothesize that might have been a place for water worship and earth regeneration.

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Puno Travel and Tours Peru

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VISIT PUNO

The small port of Puno is departure point to make tours to Lake Titicaca’s various islands or to surrounding archaeological sites. The Puno town was founded on November 4, 1668, near the site of the colonial silver mine of Laykakota.

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Visit in Puno city:

• Cathedral of Puno. Built in the 17th century, it is a fine example of Spanish Baroque, yet the architects incorporated Andean elements,
 conferring on this monument a mixed quality.

• Balcony of the Count of Lemos. Built at the end of the 17th century, it is said that the Viceroy Count of
 Lemos was given lodgings at this mansion when he arrived at the area to stamp out a rebellion. It is now a cultural center and an art gallery.

• The Museum Ship Yavarí. It is an iron ship built in Great Britain in 1862 and commissioned by the Peruvian government to patrol Lake Titicaca. It took six years to transport the 2,766 pieces from the Pacific coast to the plateau.

 The museum exhibits the original engine, equipment and other pieces, and it is currently considered the largest ship of its generation still in operation in the world.
 
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Ayacucho Travel and Tours Peru

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VISIT AYACUCHO

Ayacucho is very well known for its artisans that have inherited from their ancestors all they know. This city counts with many churches and temples. During the Holy Week the city is crowded with many Christians from all the country..

Ayacucho it's alson known as the City of Churches - Ayacucho City, Peru

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Places to visit in the city of Ayacucho:

• Colonial churches. There are 33 churches and each one possesses an extremely ornate altar. The following are the stand-outs: the Cathedral (1612), Church of the Company of Jesus (XVII century), Church of Saint Christopher (1540), which is the oldest in the city, Church of Saint Francis of Assisi (1552), Church and Convent of Saint Claire (1568), Church of Saint Teresa (1688); Church and Convent of Saint Dominic (1548), and the Church of Our Lady of Mercy (1541).

• Colonial casonas (mansions). Main traits of these buildings are their wide hallways, stone portals of great detail and walls featuring animal motifs, mainly pumas and serpents. The most important among these mansions are: Casona Vivanco (XVII century), Casona Ruíz de Ochoa (XVII century), Casona Boza y Solís (1740) and the Casona de Castilla y Zamora (1677), now home of the San Cristóbal de Huamanga National University.

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