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.

Templo de Santo Domingo

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

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

Plaza Kusipata
A festival food stand

We ended the afternoon at the Cusco city market.

San Pedro, the Cusco city market

This market reminded me very much of the City Market in Indianapolis, Indiana, where I grew up.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.