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Belen is the oldest convent in the city, dedicated to the gathering of the mestizo, was founded on April 30, 1550. Belen Temple with two towers, has a marked flavor silver facade. It has a door high and wide, with an arch and doors typically studded with nails of bronze, like almost all the churches and mansions of the city. Above the door open a long span of light, with an arc that is also semicircular.
It was built in the early years of the conquest by the Indian chief Christopher Paulla, lord of Qolqanpata, to show their devotion to Christianity. The statue of the patron saint is huge and is paraded in a procession on the feast of Corpus Christi.
Founded in 1605, the church and monastery had to be rebuilt after the earthquake of 1650. The church treasures beautiful Baroque altars and a magnificent pulpit. The altars were the work of masters Diego Oquendo and Pedro Martinez de Oviedo (both XVII century.) Its oil paintings are signed by Juan Espinoza de los Monteros and Lorenzo Sanchez de Medina in the second third of the seventeenth century.
The Church and Convent of Santo Domingo are, without doubt, amongst the most beautiful examples of Spanish architecture superimposed on Inca constructions to be found in Cusco. This complex was built over the Qoricancha or Korikancha, meaning the Temple of the Sun.
La Compañía de Jesus, or Jesuit Cathedral, is a splendid stone construction housing, amongst other treasures, a collection of unique paintings. It was built over what was formerly the Amaru Cancha ("Fence of the Serpent") close to Cusco's main square.
The Cathedral of Cusco was originally built inside the Inca structure of the Suntur Wasi (currently the Church of El Triunfo). Years later, the Cathedral was ordered to be rebuilt in the Kiswarcancha (Palace of Inca Wiracocha).
In Apu Ausangate, you can appreciate authentic nature, beautiful landscapes and places, nice snow-covered mountains and attractive lagoons as well as people of the place and their daily activities, hot springs that make your trip as an unforgettable experience.
Manu National Park, is a biosphere reserve located in Madre de Dios and Cusco. This important ecotourism destination is part of sustainable development, contributing to biodiversity conservation of flora n fauna, environmental awareness, development of native communities and their cultures.
Archeological Site of Tipon, located at 25 kilometers from Cuzco. According to the legends, Tipon is one of the royal gardens built by Wiracocha. It has twelve terraces with walls of perfectly polished stone and huge platform, canals and water falls that have an impressing landscape along with the flora of that place.
Archeological Site of Raqchi or Wiracocha, located at 112 kilometers from Cuzco. Known as the temple of Wiracocha. It is one of the audacious works of engineering of the Incas. It dates back from the 15th., century.
Archeological Site of Tambomachay, located at 9 kilometers from Cuzco. The place has a surface extension of a half hectare and was built around the year 1500 a.C. According to researchers, Tambomachay had an important religious function linked to the water and the regeneration of the earth.
Archeological Site of Pukapukara - Puca Pucara, located at 7 kilometers from Cuzco. A place used as "tambo" or rest place and hostel. According to the stories, everytime the Inca visited Tambomachay, he was accompanied by a great commitive that stayed in Pukapukara.
Archeological Site of Qenko - Kenko, located at 6 kilometers from Cuzco. A religious center with a semi-circular amphitheater and seats of stone. It was considered a sacred place where ceremonies to honor the sun, moon and stars were carried out.
The Temple of the Three Windows is one of the foundations with the longest history in the sacred lost city of Machu Picchu. According to the native indigenous folklore, the city was build up with the purpose to hide the Inca civilization from the Spanish conquerors, and this location was without a doubt more than ideal for such shelter. This Temple held a great spiritual value for the civilization but also has a very important historical meaning.
The Temple of the Condor has its location in the South East of the urban sector of the Citadel, which has a peculiarity in its architecture to show a series of irregularities in the architecture of the different buildings whose purpose was the melt with the environment, producing a fusion with the profile offered by the rocks of the surrounding area.
The guanaco is the wildest of the Andean camelids, standing around 1.80 meters tall. It is also found in the highlands of Argentina and Chile.
The vicuña runs wild, features extremely fine fur which is in such demand that poachers have driven it to the verge of extinction.
The alpaca, whose fiber is popular in the textile industry, stands 1.50 meters tall. Its meat is also being promoted in the foodstuffs processing industry.
The llama is appreciated as a pack animal (which can carry up to 60 kg), stands around 1.90 meters tall and comes in a variety of up to 50 colors.
The complex, perched on a hilltop overlooking the town, features buildings such as the Temple of the Sun, the Mañaracay or Royal Chamber, the Incahuatana and the Princess' Baths. The upper section features a fortress made up of a series of carved stone terraces built to protect the valley from possible invasion by warring jungle tribes. One of the best-preserved areas lies north of the Hanan Huacaypata square: an area of 15 blocks of houses built on top of carved stone walls.
This lost city was the place where the last Incas who escaped from Cusco, they took refuge and resisted 40 years of Spanish invasion. After Manco Inka's defeat in Cusco, the survivors of the once powerful Inca Empire fled to Choquequirao.
It is one of the few natural salts that are rich in flavor and history. The Incas produced it 600 years ago. That is why it is so successful in restaurants in Lima and Cusco, and also overseas.
Salkantay is the highest peak of the Cordillera Vilcabamba. The name Salkantay means 'Savage Mountain' which may refer to the swirling clouds that rise up from the jungle lowlands and engulf the peak.
The Stone of Twelve Angles, is indeed just that a embedded stone in an Inca wall, carved in a way that has twelve angles that make it easy to fit exactly with the other adjacent stones forming the wall.