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About Cusco

sobre-cusco-hotel-inka-andinaThe city of Cusco currently has many titles, which have been attributed for its history, archeology, anthropology and architecture of the city:

  • Cusco Cultural Heritage of Humanity
  • Cusco Archaeological Capital of America
  • Cusco Historical Capital of Peru
  • Cusco Navel of the World

Cusco is the navel of the world for the Inca Empire. It preserves a great cultural and architectural wealth, and the fusion between the local tradition and the Spanish culture, with the baroque Andean in its maximum expression. From this center are born all the roads or theirs that connect us with the nature, culture and local art of the department and that are directed towards all the cardinal points.

Next to Cusco is the Sacred Valley, one of the most beautiful places in Peru, crossed by the Urubamba River. The valley was the great pantry of the Incas and the place of agricultural experimentation, as seen in the circular platforms of Moray. In it are rich traditions of markets, weavers, where stands out the community of Chahuaytire and Huilloc, festivals and several of the most important archeological sites of Cusco, as Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and, en route to the Valley, Chinchero. Ollantaytambo, also, is one of the train stations that takes us to the great Inca work, Machu Picchu

Another important valley is the one that goes towards the southeast, towards Puno. The first 45 kilometers from Cusco cross a group of localities of personality and attractions very marked each other. Shortly after leaving the city, and after passing the Huatanay River, we arrive to the South Valley where Saylla, the capital of the chicharrón of pig, and Huasao, the well-known town of sorcerers and healers. The diversity of experiences continues with the archaeological site of Tipón, the locality of Oropesa, where most of the bread is consumed in the region and, perhaps most important of the trip, the so-called Baroque Route, formed by the beautiful churches Jesuits of Andahuaylillas, Huaro and Canincunca.

Wherever we go we will find a great cultural and historical wealth. Sometimes they are very little known places but of great beauty and interest, like Quillarumiyoc, or the temple dedicated to the moon that is at the height of Anchuasi, in the interoceanic that takes us to Abancay and to the coast. To get to this place is necessary to cross the generous Pampas de Anta, in which stands out the longest andenería of Peru, Zurite.

In addition, in all these places, Cusco offers you different activities as Ventura taking in Poroy the Action Valley Adventure Park.

koriancha-hotel-inka-andinaEl Templo del Koricancha

(En la Actualidad Templo de Santo Domingo o Templo del Sol).

Lugar importante en la época del Incanato. Esta construido sobre sus muros incas La Iglesia de Santo Domingo

Koricancha es testigo de excepción de la fusión de las culturas Inca y occidental, siendo uno de los más importantes templos del Tahuantinsuyu, sus muros de piedra finamente pulida sirvieron como cimiento para la construcción del Convento de Santo Domingo. El templo, cuyas suntuosas paredes se dice que estuvieron recubiertas por láminas de oro y plata, estuvo dedicado al culto del sol, albergando en ocasiones imágenes del Trueno y Wiracocha, deidades traídas de distintas regiones y momias de gobernantes. El culto en el interior del templo estaba restringido a las más altas personalidades de la época y hasta él llegaban desde lejos representantes de las poblaciones no incas de todo el Imperio para rendir culto y tributo a los dioses del Tahuantinsuyu.

The Temple of Koricancha

sacsayhuaman-hotel-inka-andinaIt is a masterpiece of singular structure. This construction is attributed to the Incas of the last dynasties, is located next to the Temple of San Cristóbal or Qolcampata, in the upper part of the city. According to the chroniclers, it was a solar shrine, others attributed to a place of defense of the city; The Spaniards were the ones who gave it the name of Fortaleza, for the formidable of its stone constructions is an imposing example of Inca military architecture, is located 2 km from the city of Cusco. This fort was built with large blocks of granite to protect the city from the attacks of the invaders of the East or Antis. Sacsayhuaman (in Quechua, ‘falcon satisfecho’) is formed by three large terraces superimposed in zigzag form and bordered by huge rock walls of up to 300 m in length. Because of its proximity and elevation with respect to Cusco and the size of its stones – up to 5 m high and 350 tons in weight – served as a quarry for certain buildings in colonial Cusco. It has 3 bulwarks superimposed on one another, noting the technique of the assembling of the stones. In the upper part, there are foundations of what were three towers, the most enigmatic being the Muruy Marca and it is given several meanings, among them, reservoir of water, related to astronomy. It occupies a fairly large area, where we can find scattered groups of walls, aqueducts, thrones and others.

The Cathedral of Cusco

catedral-cusco-hotel-inka-andina

Location: Plaza de Armas

Hours of Operation:

Shift Morning: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri-Wed-Sat)

Shift Afternoon: 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cost: S /. 16.00

Students: S /. 8.00

Located on one side of the “Plaza de Armas” of Cusco, it was erected on what was the most important temple in the time of the Inkas; That dedicated to the God Wiracocha. The platform of the construction has the form of a Latin Cross and is conformed by five ships of style Basilical.

It was built in 1560. Concluded and consecrated in 1668. Unlike most of the Cuzco temples, it suffered almost no damage as a result of the earthquake of 1650. Like that of Lima, the Cathedral of Cusco gathers features of Gothic, Mannerist Renaissance and Baroque. Flanked by two solid towers, its side facades are Mannerist, and the central, discreetly baroque.

It has splendid altars of Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical style. They are magnificent works of cusqueña craftsmanship its pulpit of carved wood and the stonework of the choir. Also worthy of mention is his collection of paintings from the Cuzco school with works by Diego Quispe Tito, Basilio Santa Cruz Pumacallo, Basilio Pacheco and Marcos Zapata, creator of a unique “last supper” in which the main dish is cuy asado.

San Blass neighborhood

san-blas-cusco-hotel-inka-andinaSan Blas, with its creeping alleys, has captured most of the popular artists of Cusco, we find there wonderful paintings and sculptures made by famous Cusco craftsmen, you can appreciate the art of Cuzco in clay of different forms, the pulpit of the Church of San Blas Where they would be impressed by the work done.

Very close to the City Center