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Cusco: Breathtaking in More Ways than One Part 2

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A February 2006 trip to Cusco by lashr1999

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Quote: It is easy to see why Cusco is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a beautiful city in South America, with aesthetic and cultural appeal. It has a history of Incan legends that fascinate many.

Saqsaywaman

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Saqsaywaman is pronounced as "sexy woman" for those of us who are non-natives. The site was used both as a site of worship and a military fortress. The site of Saqsaywaman was completed in 1508. It took 50 to 60 years to complete. It is said that 20 to 30 thousand men were involved in constructing the site. In addition, several thousand lives were lost during the construction. Our guide presented us with several theories of why Saqsaywaman was constructed the way it was. One states that Cusco was planned in the shape of a Puma, which symbolized life. The main city forms the body of the puma. The river Tullumayo forms the spine of the puma. The ruins of Saqsaywaman forms the head of the p...Read More

The Cathedral

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Koricancha-Temple of the Sun, Cathedral of Santo Domingo (Cusco Cathedral) Photo, Cusco, Peru
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The Cathedral was built on top of the foundation of Inca Wirachocha’s Palace. Stones from the Saqsaywaman site were used in its construction. The cathedral in Cusco is very impressive and ornate. It is surrounded by several chaples. In fact, you buy your ticket to enter at the Capilla de la Sagrada Familia. Then, you exit the Cathedral and pass through the Capilla del Triunfo which is the oldest church in Cusco. One thing to remember is the tourist ticket does not cover entry into the cathedral. You have to purchase a separate ticket to enter here. The cathedral has various painting and other items covered in gold and silver leaf. The statues themselves have very ornate dress and have cloth cloth...Read More

Koricancha-Temple of the Sun, Cathedral of Santo Domingo (Cusco Cathedral)

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Attraction | "The Koricancha-Convent of Santo Domingo"

Koricancha-Temple of the Sun, Cathedral of Santo Domingo (Cusco Cathedral) Photo, Cusco, Peru
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The Koricancha and Convent of Santo Domingo has a rich history and story attached to it. Our guide told us part of the history of the site. The Koricancha was a temple built by the Incas to worship Inti, their Sun god. It has been said the walls were covered in gold and shows of wealth. There was a huge figure of a Sun god made in all gold. The god was said to have a rounded face with thunder and flames of fire. In addition, the temple housed special Incan mummies that were decorated in gold and gems and were taken out on special occasions for processions. The people considered these mummies to be like saints living with god. The people were controlled by the priest religion and these mummies. They we...Read More

Koricancha-Temple of the Sun, Cathedral of Santo Domingo (Cusco Cathedral)
Plaza De Armas
Cusco, Peru

Puka Pukara

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Puka Pukara is a historical Peruvian site that is found 4-5 miles away from Cusco on the road to Pisac. At first the site seems like a bunch of serpentine stucco walls encircling an overgrown garden of grass. However, you understand the significance of the site when a guide or a book you read explains the history. Puka Pukara had many functions in its time. It used to contain fountains, canals, baths, various rooms, and towers. Due to this, it was though that Puka Pukara was used as a sort of hunting lodge or resting place for travelers. Here, weary travelers could stop off to rest, eat, or drink. Another function of Puka Pukara is that it may have been used as a fortress. In fact, t...Read More

Abandoned at the Chicharia

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Coming back from Ollantaytambo and heading back to Cusco we decided to ask our guide if he could take us to a Chicharia. The guide said he knew of one and would take us there since we were a good group. What is a Chicharia, you may ask. It is a place that sells chicha which is traditional corn liquor that people in Peru drink. Chicha sort of tastes like the liquid in a can of corn with liquor in it. It is cloudy, tart, has a big foamy head, and gets its color from the corn being used to make it. Our guide said to find a traditional Chicharia look for a broomstick with red ribbons, flowers, and corn attached to it. Newer ones have signs to tell you chicha is served there. ...Read More