Activities in Cusco

Cusco

Cusco is the historical capital of Peru, and recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. At 3200 meters above sea level, it will offer a challenging race amidst a historical backdrop.
 
Cusco is a city waiting to be explored. Outside of race day, Cusco’s Imperial City and its various temples and tourist spots such as Koricancha, La Catedral and La Piedra de 12 Ángulos, as well as its various Squares such as San Blas, Kusipata, and other places like the San Pedro Market can be easily explored on foot. Cusco has a variety of hotels and accommodations, as well as a diverse gastronomy that masterfully combines the products of the Andes, which is reflected in its many restaurants and cafes.
 
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Imperial City Of Cusco

La Plaza de Armas

The heart of the historic center of Cusco, there you will find the Cathedral of Cusco and the Church of the Company of Jesus. I invite you to sit on the benches and have a beer looking at the sky.

El Barrio de San Blas

Located in the Historic Center, passing the square a steep 10-minute climb. A very nice and charming neighborhood, surrounded by small craft shops and the Church of San Blas.

La Piedra de los 12 Angulos

It is one of the symbols of the city of Cusco. It is made of green diorite, a stone widely used in Inca constructions. Located a few minutes from the Plaza.

Koricancha

3,398 m.s.n.m – Located in the Cusco District, a few minutes from your hotel.

The great house or chamber of the Sun and other deities. Discovered after the 1950 earthquake, after the walls built by the Dominicans fell and showed the Inca walls.

Translated as "The courtyard or corral of gold." The Inka Manko Qhapag built his house, around 1200 AD, on the ruins of a pre-inka construction, called Warikancha. It was rebuilt in the Inka Yupanki (Pachakuti) government. After the conquest, it was ceded to the Dominicans, where the temple and convent were built.

Pukapukara

3,800 m.a.s.l - Located on the right end of the track that leads to Saqsaywaman, 7km from the city of Cusco
"Red or red fortress", resting place (tambo) where armies, travelers, officials, messengers (chaskis) among others spent the next day to continue their journey. In the central part, there was an unshu (ceremonial platform) to carry out different rituals and to the north of the complex you can see a section of the Inca trail (Qhapaq Nan) to Antisuyo.

During the race, you will delight in pedaling to the maximum when you see how it appears while taking the climb.

Tambomachay or Tampumach'ay

3,806 m.a.s.l - Located 7km from the city of Cusco, on the road that leads to Saqsaywaman

They indicate that its original name would be Quinuapuquio, "quinoa spring". It has waterfalls that were intended for the performance of rites and control of the water resource by the power group or panaca. This water is used today by the people of San Sebastian.

Saqsaywaman

3,610 m.s.n.m - Located north of the city of Cusco, Cusco district

Every time we can we pass by, a phenomenal set of giant stones that you are going to see them after the frist climb in GFNY.

Also called the other royal house of the Sun, it is the head of the great cougar of the city of the Inka Qosko. Built during the reign of the Inka Yupanki (Pachakuti). It was a sacred space, dedicated mainly to the Sun. It is presumed that more than 20 thousand inkas worked in construction and it was left unfinished by the conquest.

A Few Hours From Cusco

Tipon

Located in the Oropesa District, 21km from the City of Cusco

It is a wonder of hydraulic engineering. Archaeological complex built on a volcanic area, has an extension of 239 hectares. It was a great Inka citadel, multifunctional in character.

PISAC or P'ISAQ

3,014 – 3,404 m.s.n.m – Located in Pisac district

Archaeological site, located in the province of Calqa, on what is now called "The Sacred Valley of the Inkas". It occupies an important place strategically speaking because it dominates the roads that lead to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, the Paucartambo and Vilcanta basins (it controls access to Antisuyo). P’isaq is surrounded by 12 ayllus (peasant communities) located on the perimeter of the park.

P’isaq is under the Protection of Cultural and Monumental Heritage.

Before reaching the ruins, there is a climb of 6k, if you want to do it by bike I guarantee you will not be disappointed. After visiting the ruins, go to the artisan market.

Moray

3,526 m.s.n.m - Located at the base of Cerro Wañinmarca, Pampa de Maras, northeast of the Maras district
Every time I go, I am impressed by the circular platforms, it is believed that it was an agricultural experimental center, which tried to standardize the production of corn and coca. Moray has a depth of 140 meters and the platforms 22 meters. It is made up of 5 sectors, springs and lithosculptures

Maras

3,020 m.s.n.m - Located in the Maras district, within a small ravine with a steep slope

The richest salt in the world comes from Las salineras de Maras, which are salt evaporation wells. Currently there are more than 4,500 wells, which according to local traditions go from family to family and cannot be sold.
Watch them from the viewpoint, as the peasants work it, one comes to understand various forms of life very different from one's own.

Ollantaytambo

2,922 m.s.n.m - Located at the margin of the Rio Patakancha district of Urubamba.

A pre-Inca citadel where you get go sleep, this is an Inca resting place! The square, the walls, the narrow streets invite you to stay a few days and look at the stars, plus you ge to eat delicious food. Do not miss the restaurant APU Veronika!
The citadel is surrounded by the ruins which invite you to roam around and discover its functionality as well as the distribution of water sources, the most famous el Baño de la Nusta.

Thermal Baths of Cocalmayo

1,500 m.a.s.l - Located in the district of Santa Teresa, province of La Convención, Forrest. 

Although it is a few hours from Cusco, you'll love bringing your family here. And get into these magical pools at night while looking at the stars, where the waters reach a temperature of 44C.

Machu Picchu, The Seventh Wonder Of The World

3,460 m.s.n.m – Located in Urubamba province, near the Jungle.
Our main attraction, and one of my favorites, every time I go I feel total magnetism towards the pachapapa (earth).

Built before the fifteenth century, called "The Old Mountain", declared a Historic Sanctuary and Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity, with an area of ​​32,592 hectares.

Just behind the Machu Picchu Citadel and overlooking the torrential Urubamba River stands Huayna Picchu Mountain, which means ‘Young Peak’ in the Quechua language.