day 12: Cusco and its surrounding areas
You are finally in Cusco, the navel of the world for the Quechuas.
The capital of the Inca Empire, classified in the patrimony of the humanity, knew how to preserve its historical city center with the paved streets and its walls of perfectly cut stones.
During the day you will visit the famous imperial city with notably the Plaza de Armas.
Testimony of the architectural mastery of the Incas you will have the occasion to discover the stone with the 12 angles, construction inca where the stones are perfectly imbricated, what raises numbers of interrogations.
Visit of the impressive colonial cathedral, whose construction began in 1559 and which lasted nearly hundred years.
Direction the temple of the Gold, or "Coricancha" in Quechua; you will discover there the foundations of the monastery of Santo Domingo as well as the colonial church.
Visit of the impressive colonial cathedral, whose construction began in 1559 and lasted almost one hundred years.
2:00 pm: Departure in private vehicle to the discovery of the principal archaeological sites around Cusco of which the most known: the fortress of Saqsayhuaman, site intended to protect the city.
You will also visit, during the day, the ceremonial baths of Tambomachay, dedicated to the cult of the water and the gods. Then your way will continue with the visit of the fortress of Puka Pukara, with the pinkish colors in the sunset as well as the ceremonial site of Q' enko, place of worship for the Incas where the sacrifices, of which the mummification of the Inca nobles, were realized.
Free lunch and dinner.
Night in Cusco.
Steps: Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu PicchuSan Pedro MarketPuka PukaraQ'enqoSaqsayhuamanTambomachay