City Tour in 14 Pictures – Cusco, Peru

Other posts about this trip to Peru and Chile:

LATAM Airlines 767-300 Business Class, Miami, FL (MIA) to Lima, Peru (LIM)

Palacio del Inka, Cusco, Peru – A Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel

Machu Picchu – Trip Report

The Sacred Valley (Valle Sagrado) of the Inka- Trip Report

LATAM Airlines 787-8 Business Class Lima, Peru (LIM) to Santiago, Chile (SCL)

First Look – American Airlines Renovated D-15 Admirals Club, Miami International (MIA)

Before venturing to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, I first toured the central district of Cusco.  I figured it would be good to stay close to home while getting used to the altitude.

On the day I arrived in Cusco, I went to the T’ikariy Tours desk in the lobby of my hotel, the Palacio del Inka.  The agent arranged a walking tour for the next afternoon.

The tour began at the Church of Santo Domingo across the street from the hotel.

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Templo de Santo Domingo

This church is built on the remains of the Inca Temple of the Sun.

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Temple of the Sun ruins in Templo de Santo Domingo
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View of Cusco from Templo de Santo Domingo
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Walkway between Inka walls beside the hotel
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The large stone purportedly has the largest number of corners (12) of any stone in Cusco.
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Plaza Mayor, the central square
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Plaza Mayor
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Templo de la Compania de Jesus on Plaza Mayor
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Basílica Catedral de Cusco, Plaza Mayor

The Cusco Cathedral has a large painting of the last supper in which the Judas figure is given the face of Francisco Pizarro.  Photos are not permitted inside the cathedral.

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Plaza Kusipata
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A festival food stand

We ended the afternoon at the Cusco city market.

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San Pedro, the Cusco city market

This market reminded me very much of the City Market in Indianapolis, Indiana, my hometown.2016-11-01-16-27-54img_1490

There are many more sights and attractions in Cusco.  This walking tour gave me a chance to see some of them, learn a little of the history of Cusco, and become somewhat accustomed to the 11,200 foot altitude before the trip to Machu Picchu.

 

 

 

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