Day 8 - Cusco – City tour & Nearby ruins
Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning at leisure for you to explore the city and wonder around the cobble stone streets of this magical small city.
Around 1:00 pm you will start your tour visiting the Coricancha, also known as "The Temple of the Sun" (Quri Kancha 'Golden Temple), which was built by the Inca Pachacutec (1438 - 1572) and at the arrival of the Spaniards became the basis for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent.
Here, during the Inca empire reverence was surrendered to the sun (Inti), and there was a time when it was covered with gold. Then visit the Cathedral, the most imposing monument in the Plaza de Armas. Its construction began in 1560 and ended only in 1654.
Almost a century of construction. For this purpose hundreds of stones were extracted and transported from Sacsayhuaman fortress under the command of the Ecclesiastical Council. You will continue your tour to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic buildings of the Incas (located just minutes from town center) built by the Inca Pachacutec in the fifteenth century.
This is a huge fortress built with large stones whose transportation remains still a mystery. Each June 24th, during the winter solstice, the festival of Inti Raymi is recreated here, where the sun is worshipped. Continue to Quenqo, located 4 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Quenqo is an archaeological complex of mainly religious use where it is believed agricultural rituals were performed.
Finally get to know Puka Pucara, located 7 kilometers from the city of Cusco. Puka Pucara, which means "Red Fortress", was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple spaces, plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls and towers, and it is believed the entourage of the Inca used it while he rested in Tambomachay. Late in the afternoon you will return to your hotel