This morning you will be met for your private, half-day Cusco Walking Tour. which starts with a visit to the bustling Plaza de Armas. The plaza was the scene of several important events in the history, including Francisco Pizarro’s proclamation of the conquest of Cusco. Similarly, the Plaza witnessed the execution of Tupac Amaru II, considered to be the most important post-conquest indigenous resistance leader.
Along the plaza stands the Cathedral, an imposing building constructed on the foundations of the palace of Viracocha Inca and built between 1560 and 1664. A look inside demonstrates different architectural styles, ranging from the late-Gothic to Baroque. The cathedral is home to outstanding examples of religious art, especially paintings from the distinctive colonial-era “Cusco School,” such as The Last Supper depicting Jesus and the Twelve Apostles feasting on guinea pig, a traditional Andean delicacy.
Visit Korikancha, or “Temple of the Sun,” the most important place of worship dedicated to the Sun deity during the Inca Empire. Plates of gold once covered its walls made up of tightly fitting, rectangular, exquisitely polished stones. The Spanish built the still functioning convent and church of Santo Domingo directly on top of the pre-Columbian foundations.
The Museo Inka, also known as the Archaeological Museum of Cusco, houses an important collection of artifacts that trace Peruvian history from pre-Inca civilizations and demonstrate the impact of the Conquest and colonial times on these native cultures. After lunch at a local restaurant, you can spend the afternoon at leisure and continue your exploration of this beautiful city.
This evening, you will meet the guides from Mountain Lodges of Peru for a briefing to prepare you for the journey to Machu Picchu. The next several days will be a multi-activity travel experience and you can tailor your adventure by choosing various activities on offer each day. Every activity is designed to be unique, authentic and highly experiential, allowing you to design your own adventure.
Palacio del InkaMeals: Breakfast / Lunch