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Awanakancha Textile Center and Qorikancha Ruins from Cusco

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    After pickup from your downtown Cusco hotel, visit the Coricancha, also known as the 'Temple of the Sun,' built under the orders of Inca Pachacútec (1438-1471) and used as a base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. Learn from your guide how the Sun (Inti, in Quechua) was worshiped during the Inca Empire, and how the temple's walls were fully covered with gold sheets and the courtyards were planted with golden corn and life-size llamas.
    Head to the Cathedral, the most impressive building on the Main Square. Hear how the Ecclesiastical Chapter ordered the extraction and transportation of thousands of stones from the Sacsayhuamán fortress for the Cathedral's construction, which took nearly a century to complete. Then visit Sacsayhuamán, built in the 15th century with megalithic blocks. The transportation and erection of the blocks continue to be a fascinating mystery.
    Continue to Qenqo, an archaeological complex mainly used for religious purposes, and explore Puka Pukara, also known as the Red Fortress. Presumably used for military purposes, see the complex's many rooms, squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls and towers with your guide.
    Finally, reach Awana Kancha (en route to Pisac), after a scenic trip to the valley. See the farm of South American camelids and showroom of textiles, where local families show the entire traditional process of weaving and making garments. Your tour will conclude with drop-off back at your hotel.
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    Reviewed 6 May 2018

    My husband and I booked this tour for one reason: to see the alpacas and llamas at Awanakancha. We were pleasantly surprised to have the full tour to ourselves, and our guide Oscar and driver Mario were wonderful! They tailored the tour to our interests...More

    Date of experience: April 2018
    Thank Rhiannon M
    LimaToursMKT, LimaTours Team at LimaTours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

    Dear Rihannon M, We are glad you enjoyed your stay in Peru and especially the visit to Awanakancha to see and learn about the wonderful llamas and alpacas. Thank you for your words and your trust in us, we hope to see you again soon!

    Reviewed 18 March 2018

    Our tour was operated by Lima Tours. A driver picked us up form our Cusco hotel, and we proceeded to pickup other travelers and guide. Edgar, our guide was very knowledgeable and thorough in the explanation of what to expect during the tour and the...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    1  Thank hermilo1987
    LimaToursMKT, LimaTours Team at LimaTours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

    Dear Hermilo, Thank you for your review. It fills us with joy that you keep a great memory from your trip to Peru. We plan our tours to provide the best experiences to our guests and to transmit the local spirit, which we hope remains...More

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