Tag Archives: Cusco

Tipon: cult to water

It is one of the most amazing expressions of hydraulic engineering of the Incas. Besides it agriculture importance, it plays an important role in their cult to water, which originates in the Pachatusan mountain, the main Apu of Cusco city. It was probably built by Amaru Inca and the most peculiar thing is that the […]

Qorikancha

The “Golden Palace” was one of Cusco’s most important temples. In it, they worshipped the Sun king (Inti). In 1633, the Dominicans built their convent on top of it, which was generously decorated by the Incas with gold. It is also known as the Santo Domingo convent. The cedar decorations of the dome, the Spanish […]

Inca Trail

Between the Sacred Valley (km 82) and Machu Picchu, there is a trail that goes through mountains, valleys and cloud forests. The Inca Trail is a walk of 42 kilometers long, usually made in 4 days and stopping at 3 camp sites to sleep. The first day you walk next to the Vilcanota River and […]

San Jeronimo

The San Jeronimo church is located in the higher area of the main square. It was built in the XVI century and has a bulrush but no tower. It seems that the indigenous elite was installed in San Jeronimo, so they built this beautifull church for them. The interesting thing about this temple are the […]

Piquillaqta

Nos encontramos ante uno de los templos wari (600 – 900 dC), con influencia inca, más importantes de la región Cusco. Piquillaqta forma parte de un enorme complejo que incluyen más de 800 construcciones y en el que se calcula llegaron a vivir más de 10 mil personas. Se aprecian varios sistemas de canales y […]

Mercado San Pedro

En la plaza de San Pedro, junto a la iglesia del mismo nombre, se encuentra este mercado al que acuden diariamente miles de personas de los barrios de la ciudad y las comunidades campesinas aledañas. Hay de todo: buenos puestos de quesos, artesanías, complementos para trajes tradicionales, telas, puestos de curanderos y brujería, tiendas de […]

Corpus Christi

Antiguamente, los incas recorrían las callejuelas y plazas del Cusco con las momias de sus gobernantes formando grandes peregrinaciones. Esta costumbre ha cambiado con la influencia de tradiciones católicas y andinas posteriores, dando lugar a una de las fiestas más masivas de la ciudad: el Corpus Christi. En el mes de junio, uno de los […]

The Museum of Waka de Huaro

This small museum is situated in the village of Huaro, known by the beauty and majesty of its church murals. The museum contains many stone remains from different cultures, such as monoliths, zoomorphic figures, magic stones, cooking and farming tools, and extraordinary petrogliphs. It is directed by anthropologist Renato Davila who shows his particular version […]

The Lord of Qoyllor Riti

Some of the most important festivals of the department of Cusco are celebrated in June. The best known is perhaps the Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun, but the one with the greatest devotion and attendance is the Qoyllor Riti, considered to be one of the largest pilgrimages in America. On this festival around […]

Via Ferrata: Climbing up the Pachar Walls

The Pachar community is located just 5 minutes from Ollantaytambo. In its mountains, near the highway, you can find one of the most exciting aventure experiences in Peru: the via ferrata, or system of stairs and high technology cables through which you can climb up to 300 meters high. There are two ways to experience […]

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