Visit to the capital city of the Incan Empire “El Tawantinsuyo,” from where the four parts of the Empire (called “suyos”) were managed: Chinchaysuyo (to the north), Contisuyo (to the West), the Collasuyo (to the south) and Antisuyo (to the east). Incan roads spread to all regions from the “Plaza” (main square). It’s for this reason that Cusco means “navel of the world.”
We’ll visit the Temple of the Sun “El Qorikancha,” a place where the sun, one of the Incas major gods, was worshiped. Some stories say that when the conquerors arrived in the city, the temple was coated entirely in gold. Inside, you’ll have a chance to admire perfectly shaped stones and you’ll see how the conquerors built what stands now as the Convent of Santo Domingo, on the base of this Incan temple. Then we’ll head to the Artisans’ Quarters of San Blas to visit its church and its particularly impressive carved woodwork.
On our way to the Cathedral, we will stop in the Hatun Rumiyoc street where the famous Twelve Angular stone is located. Upon arrival at the Cuzco Cathedral, you’ll discover many different paintings of the so-called Cuzqueño Art School, with images portraying historical events throughout the times of the South American conquest and colonization.