Sights in Cuzco

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Iglesia Jesus Maria

Iglesia Jesus Maria

Yohay Elam

The town of Cuzco is rich with ruins. You'll notice fine Incan stonework everywhere from your hostel to the walls of Loreto Street. Interested in Andean religious art? The Cathedral, Church and Convent of La Merced, Church and Convent of Santo Domingo, San Blas Church, Church and Convent of San Francisco, Archbishop´s Palace are full of artifacts, architecture and icons. Prefer historic sites? Exploring Machu Picchu, the Urubamba Sacred Valley, Kenko, Sacsayhuaman, Pisac and Ollantaytambo will keep even the most ardent historians busy.

Go. It's an incredible place.

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Iglesia Jesus Maria

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Iglesia Jesus Maria
Iglesia Jesus Maria
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Left of the Cathedral, this church goes back to 1733. Entrance for tourists via the Iglesia el Triunfo.

It is open for worshippers from early in the morning, until 10:00. Afterwards, it is open for tourists. You can go in quitely and politely as one of the worshippers, and save the ticket.

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address:Plaza de Armas

Coricancha

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Coricancha
Coricancha
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What you see now is only the stonework, imagine that many of the kilometer long walls were covered with gold in Inca times and you can start to imagine what sort of impression it made on visitors to the Inca kings.
Especially of interest, is the perfect architecture, with the precise trapezodial doors, windows and walls.

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Qenko

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Between Tambo Machay and Sacsa, these ruins are great. It consists of a large limestone rock with carvings, including zigzagging channels.

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Iglesia el Triunfo.

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To the right of the cathedral. to enter the Cathedral and the Jesus Maria, you pass through the entrance of the el Triunfo. It is the oldest church in Cuzco and dates from 1536.

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Museo de Arte Religiosa

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Fine collection of religious art.

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address:Hatunrumiyoc
openings:8am-11:30am and 3pm-5pm. closed on sundays.

Museo de Historia Regional

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Located in the home of de la Vega, the famous chronicler of the city, this museum has an okay collection of archeological finds from the region.

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openings:8am - 5:30 pm, closed sundays

Cathedral

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Cathedral
Cathedral
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One of the cities best repositories of colonial art, the Cathedral was begun in 1559. Entrance for tourists via the Iglesia el Triunfo.
Like the Jesus Maria, it can be visited free of charge up to 10:00. The early morning is the time for the worshippers, not for the tourists. Just go in quitely and politely as one of the worshippers and walk around freely.
An interesting painting in the cathedral is the one of last supper. It was done by Esquela Cuzquena. The main dish is the guinea pig (cuy in Spanish), which steals the show.

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address:Plaze de Armas

Archeological Museum

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Building in colonial style with archeological finds from the region. Has a lot of potential...

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address:corner Tucuman/Ataud

Sacsayhuaman

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The "Puma Teeth"
The "Puma Teeth"
photo by: Lyn Coles (www.pachamama.net)

About 1 hour's walk from the city centre, Sacsayhuaman (or Sacsaywaman) is the best Incan ruin in the immediate vicinity of Cuzco. Climb the steep street of Resbalosa and turn right at the top. Continue until you reach a hairpin bend in the road. This is where the old Inca road from Cuzco to Sacsa begins. Follow this road.

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Tambo Machay

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Tambo Machay
Tambo Machay
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8 km from Cuzco, this ruin can be reached by taking the bus to Pisac and ask the driver to get off at Tambo Machay. The site is 300 meters off the main road and gives a good view over the Puca Pucara ruins.

Tambo Machay is a ceremonial bath and is locally known as El Bano del Inca.

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Museo Inka

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This museum has a great collection of Inca artifacts. It has good explanations of the development of the Inca culture.
Tickets are 10 soles per adult, and less for students. Tours are available in English and Spanish, at no additional cost.

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tel:221956
openingHours:Mon-Fri 8:00-17:00, Sat. 9:00-17:00
address:Huayruropata 1223
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