Today, we pick you up at your hotel for your tour of Cusco and its most important archeological sites. Cusco, known as the Imperial City, and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is home to Inca structures with a smattering of colonial influence. You start your tour at the iconic San Pedro market, a local market where you can explore the myriad colors, flavors, textures and traditions of modern Cusco.
The visit continues with the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and cult center of the Sun God, above which the order of the Dominicans built a church. It remains standing to this day. Still standing to this day, this temple/church really is a remarkable building and an amalgamation of the two cultures. From there, we ascend to the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, an impressive example of Inca military architecture. Afterwards, you will explore Q’enqo archeological site, where important Inca ceremonies took place before moving on to the Plaza de Armas, home to the Cathedral, and the centerpiece of the city.
This afternoon, you will live a one-of-a-kind experience at the Planetarium of Cusco. Located only fifteen minutes from the city center we offer a learning experience of cosmic proportions. We will learn about the important relationship between the Andean man and the cosmos, how that evolved through the ages, and the importance and significance of the night skies to cultures past and present. Like many cultures, the Incans were fascinated by the constellations and celestial displays and here we can gain an explanation of what the beliefs and cultures were in relation to the night sky.
Thanks to special equipment, a starry sky, and constellation drawings will be projected, which will allow you to see the wonders of the universe up close. Finally, you will go to the exterior of the Planetarium where, if weather permits, you will be able to witness what is known as “the oldest show in the world”, observing the stars and constellations through telescopes and other astronomical observation instruments.