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Top 10 Things to Do in Cusco

The ancient city of Cuzco is one of the most important cities in modern Peru, and also served as the historic capital of the Inca Empire during the period before the country was conquered by the Spanish conquistadors. With over two million visitors to Cuzco every year, there is a strong tourist industry in the city, and here are some of the best tourist sites and activities that visitors can enjoy in and around the city: Sacsayhuaman – Located on the hill above the modern city of Cuzco, this stunning site enjoys spectacular views over the valley and holds the remains of a fortress temple which was made from remarkable cut stone that fits together almost seamlessly, without requiring any mortar or cement to keep the walls in place. Santo Domingo Cathedral – The first major religious building built in Cuzco following the Spanish occupation of the country, this cathedral was built on the foundations of an Inca temple in the city. It is a beautiful place to see some of the best colonial art in Cuzco, along with the legendary Black Christ statue which is revered by the locals. Cristo Blanco – Set on the hill above Cuzco near the site at Sacsayhuaman, this […]

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Inca Empire Archaeological Sites – The Ruins of the Inca Empire

The Inca Empire ruled over the Andean mountains and beyond of what are today the modern countries of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, including an area of nearly one million square kilometers (about 386,000 square miles) and extending a length of 4,000 kilometers (2500 miles) from north to south along the great South American continent. Archaeological sites of the Incan empire range in size and complexity from villages to temples to lonely waystations to isolated ritual burial sites and enormous metropolises like Cuzco: but the best known and most visited of these sites are the ceremonial centers such as Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo. From the 12 Archaeological sites presented, 10 of them are located in Perú. And from those 10, 8 are in Cuzco. Which makes your trip to Cuzco even more amazing. 1.  Ollantaytambo (Peru) Ollantaytambo is an Incan royal  estate and ceremonial center,  built for Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui  in the 15th century AD. It is  remarkable for its pinkish color,  and its storage facilities,  granaries built into the side of the  nearby mountain.     2.  Coricancha (Peru)  The Coricancha was the religious  center of the Inca empire at  Cuzco, the starting point of the  shrine and pilgrimage route of the  Inca ceque system. […]

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About Peru World Heritage Cradle of South American Civilization

World Heritage Cradle of South American Civilization Peru’s culture is one and many at the same time. Modern-day Peruvians are heirs to traditions of civilizations that flourished for centuries before the arrival of the Europeans. The resulting cultural blend was further enhanced by African and Asian contributions, which also took root in this land. Qhapaq Ñan The Qhapac Ñan, which in Quechua means «The Great Road», is made up of a complex road system (pre-Incan and Incan roads) which the Incas unified and built during the fifteenth century as part of a major political, military, ideological, and administrative project known as Tawantinsuyu. This network of roads allowed access to the information and movement of goods that was the lifeblood of the entire region. It made it possible for the Incas in Cuzco to administer territories located thousands of kilometres away. They used these roads to send chasquis, or messengers, receive the benefit of tributes or migrant work, and mobilize the armies.  City Of Cusco Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Cusco, located in the south of the Peruvian Andes (3,250 masl – 10,663 fasl), is the country’s leading tourist destination and one of the most important cities […]

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City of Cuzco

City of Cuzco Situated in the Peruvian Andes, Cuzco developed, under the Inca ruler Pachacutec, into a complex urban centre with distinct religious and administrative functions. It was surrounded by clearly delineated areas for agricultural, artisan and industrial production. When the Spaniards conquered it in the 16th century, they preserved the basic structure but built Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city. Fuente

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                                 This was an Inca sanctuary dedicated to the cult of the water, and it was a reserved place for the Inca. It is known as the «Baños del Inca» (Inca’s spa). Its construction of fine lithic finish is a startling example of incredible hydraulic engineering. Consisting of a group of walls that are united by stairs, there are springs that cascade to a pool through several channels. The waterfalls in these ruins form part of a terrace to the second wall where the drainage cascades on the first and forms a small pool. The window sills, hole or niches are of 2m height, and was the place, according to the historians, that the Inca and the important people of his court offered water rites to the god Inti (sun). It is located 8 km from the Main Square.

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Qenco This is a sanctuary dedicated to the adoration of animals, and consists of ruins formed by a rocky site with stairs in zigzag, and a main building similar to a circular amphitheatre where 19 window sills are located as a way of seats. It is presumed that this place was a site of adoration, and supporting this presumption is the presence of an enormous stone block of 5.9m height that resembles the appearance of a puma. There is a labyrinthine entrance towards several underground galleries, passages, channels and stairs with signs of an earlier culture. These reveal themselves in a series of drawings and engravings including outstanding figures of pumas. It is located 4 km from the Main Square following the way to Sacsayhuaman.

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