CUSCO TRAVEL.:. Apu Cusco Travel

cusco city toursCuzco is a beautiful city with well-preserved colonial architecture, evidence of a rich and complex history. The city itself represents the center of indigenous Quechua culture in the Andes, and by merely walking the streets one sees the layers of history. Spanish colonial buildings erected directly a top Incan walls line the square, while the modern tourist nightlife flourishes. Located in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba Valley of the Andes mountain range, it is the capital of the Cusco region, as well as the Cusco province.


A combination of Incan architecture with traces of Spanish influence has shaped a city that has amazed and makes all who visit fall in love with it. It has excellent hotels, great restaurants and a wide selection of crafts and artifacts. The city has an abundance of sites worth visiting including churches, squares and traditional neighborhoods. Cusco is also the starting point for exploring the Sacred Valley of the Incas, which includes a circuit of archaeological sites near the city (Sacsayhuaman, Kenko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay) and the beautiful southern circuit (with people and impressive Inca sites as Andahuaylillas Tipon and Racchi). All are a must see when visiting.


SACRED VALLEY

sacred valleyDue to its prodigious geography and an abundance of resources, the Vilcanota River Valley, also known as the Sacred Valley, was the ideal place for the development of Incan culture. Today, the towns along the river are still giving the sacred valley of the Incans charm, hard to find anywhere else on earth, combining ancestral tradition and nature in its purest form.

Six in the morning, in the small town of Yucay, as the sun begins to warm the earth, slender columns of white smoke exhibit a sign that people have begun a new day in the valley, as the houses emanate the aroma of freshly baked bread.

Between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, following the course of Vilcanota River, extends the Sacred Valley, the call of the Incas. Due to its extraordinary fertility, it houses both Pre-Hispanic ceremonial grounds, as well as the era’s administrative centers. A across its mountains and hills, the ancient inhabitants of the valley left evidence of their advanced knowledge of hydraulic engineering and agricultural experimentation: channels, complex systems of terraces or platforms and intricate irrigation networks, many of which are used even today by the people of the region.

MACHU PICCHU

cusco city toursReaching Machu Picchu is entering a different dimension. A place where mystic takes its true meaning. Apparently built to belittle the man amid to portentous nature, it is said that the Inca Pachacutec, ninth ruler of Tawantinsuyu, ordered the erection of Machu Picchu as a retreat; as a fortress that would prevent an eventual advance of the anti-settlers of the Amazon rainforest that threatened the Empire, or as a place dedicated to the worship of the sun, inhabited by virgins called acllas. However, beyond these interpretations, which still captivates visitors, as well as researchers, is the secret motive that prompted builders to erect this vast assembly in the first place in an unlikely location in the mountains, an extraordinary monument.

As guided by supernatural forces, the builders of Machu Picchu were extremely skilled in the design of its structure. The harmony of the rocks, finely wrought, and the precision with which they were placed are to this day admired and studied. However, what catches the eye of the traveler is the total harmony between the buildings and their natural surroundings. Each of the sites is in direct contact with the outside world, interpenetrating and feeding off their energy.

The set was erected on the mountain Machu Picchu, which means "Old Mountain" in Quechua. 400 feet above the Urubamba River, over another hill that is imposed as a guardian called Huayna Picchu or "Young Mountain", at the top and slopes down to architectural remains.

Highlights of the tour include, the Temple of the Three Windows, The Central Temple, The Priest’s House, and The Royal Tomb (which is located near the entrance gate to the citadel). The Temple of the Sun and the Tower are the only buildings in the entire circle. The Intihuatana or sundial is one of the main attractions. A stone carved in an irregular rectangular fashion claims the ability to "tie the sun to the earth” as the name implies in Quechua. According to experts this stone, arranged on top of a small hill, was the most important location of Machu Picchu.

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Apu Cusco Travel Management and Staff