Piquillacta: The Wari fortress of the Sacred Valley

Posted 29/11/13 by & filed under Monuments and History.

Located about 30 kilometers from Cusco, Piquillacta is the best known archaeological complex of Wari culture outside its capital, located in Ayacucho. The Wari Empire thrived between the years 500 A.D. and 1000 A.D. and although the center of Wari’s empire was mainly located in the province of Huanta (Ayacucho), there are evidences that its… Read more »

The sacred Huaca of Tambomachay

Posted 22/11/13 by & filed under Hotel Cuzco, Monuments and History.

As viceregal functionary Juan Polo de Ondegardo y Zárate once told in his book Treaty and investigation about the superstitions of the Indians (1559), “the city of Cuzco was home and dwelling of gods, and thus there was not, in all of it, a fountain, a passage or wall that did not held mystery”. From… Read more »

Juliaca: a town of history

Posted 13/11/13 by & filed under Monuments and History.

The history of Juliaca -from the quechua word xullasca, which means covered in snow- goes back thousand of years. The first evidence of life ever found was from the year 10000 a.C of hunters and gatherers. The reason for this, it is believed, was the weather -less aggressive in those years- which contributed to the… Read more »

Urcos: el centro de las partes altas

Posted 17/09/13 by & filed under Monuments and History.

Urcos es una localidad comercial, abastece a las comunidades de altura en torno al Ausangate, a los pueblos del valle de Ocongate y es lugar importante en la ruta de Cusco a Puno. Todos sus caminos confluyen en su activa Plaza de Armas, donde se ubican muchos puestos de venta de productos y artesanías, y… Read more »

The Plaza de Armas of Cusco

Posted 05/07/13 by & filed under Blog, Monuments and History.

The current Plaza de Armas corresponded to the administrative and political center of the Inca empire. Before it was a swampy area that the incas worked and transformed in the XII century, raising in time the palaces on which Huayna Cápac and Pachacútec lived between other leaders.

Huacarpay lagoon

Posted 06/06/13 by & filed under Blog, Monuments and History.

This beautiful lagoon, surrounded by grasses and rushes, is located 26 kilometers from Cusco, in the so-called South Valley. Some people go to swim in it, others to observe the variety of birds that live there or to spend a quiet field day.

The Misti Volcano

Posted 28/05/13 by & filed under Blog, Monuments and History.

Misti is one of the most important icons of the city of Arequipa. From anywhere you are standing it is possible to observe this volcano, which has, over the centuries, extracted the Ashlar stone, with what they have built the main monuments, churches and mansions of the city. It lies in the Valley of Chili,… Read more »

Patapampa Viewpoint

Posted 20/05/13 by & filed under Blog, Monuments and History.

On the road between Arequipa and the Colca Canyon, shortly after passing the national reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca, is the viewpoint of Patapampa, the highest point of the trip to Chivay at 4,910 meters above the sea level.

Yanque church

Posted 08/05/13 by & filed under Blog, Monuments and History.

About eight kilometers from Chivay is the Inmaculada Concepción Church in the locality of Yanque, considered a cultural heritage of the nation. This town of farmers and shepherds is located in the route that goes from Chivay to the viewpoint of the condors, and is a mandatory stop for travelers who come to contemplate the… Read more »