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.
Posts Tagged: Afueras del Cusco
Cusco and the Sacred Valley are two of the best destinations to explore archaeological places, attractions, communities and mountains on horseback, allowing to discover the navel of the world in a different way. In addition to the recreational use of horses, tour operators offer a wide range of routes and circuits of all difficult levels, with… Read more »
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 Salkantay trek is probably one of the mountain route that cross most of the Peruvian eight natural regions. It starts at Mollepata and after setting the camp at the foothill of one of the most sacred mountains of the andes, the Salkantay. You ascend to the abra Salkantay at 4600masl, to start a huge… Read more »
Rafting on Apurímac river is one of the best adventure experiences that can be found in Cusco. The river, which means ‘the God who roars’, is located between Cusco and Apurimac, being a natural border between the two. It had great importance in the view of the Andean world because it is very close to… Read more »
On the Interoceanic Highway, that leads to the rainforest of Madre de Dios, there is a small town that hides a religious gem. A small chapel made of mud and thatched roof dedicated to the Virgen de la Natividad. The chapel has 235 years old, and only has a single tower. Next to its entry,… Read more »
Patallaqta is located at kilometer 88 of the railway linking Ollantaytambo to MachuPicchu. Patallaqta has a semicircle form and is raised next to a huge mountain. Patallacta is located on the edge of Urubamba River, at the beginning of the Inca Trail. It is part of a group of very rich archaeological sites, such as… Read more »
Apu Ausangate, with it 6.372 meters is the highest mountain of Cusco and the most important in the andean world. It is the origin of the waters that irrigate the valleys below. In its plains and hillsides there are small herder communities of llamas and alpacas, such as Pacchanta. Pacchanta is located in the upper parts of Tinke and It can only be reached by a dirt road from which you can get beautiful views of the holy apu. Pacchanta has several families of weavers who use natural dyes, alpaca… Read more »
Cusco is one of the great destinations of Peru for the practice of rafting. Most of these activities are offered in the Sacred Valley, where operators use different sections of the Urubamba River. From the highlands, as Chuquicahuana, or sections close to the valley as Pachar, Ollantaytambo or Huarán. There are experiences for every tastes… Read more »
Although folk art in Cusco is recognized in its textiles; There are master craftsmen who perform very well on clay. Using Inca expressions and symbols into modern and utility designs. Many of these teachers provide workshops in the techniques of pottery. From the early stages of labor, use of natural dyes, designs, the use of… Read more »