Our tour starts in the Church of the Society of Jesus located in the Main Square of the archaeological capital of America.
Cusco, one of the most important cities in our country, is located at 3350 above sea level and its population, according to the 2007 census, is between 348 935 people. It is located in an exceptional natural setting, all the city is surrounded by mountains and magical mountain ranges. Ausangate is one of the most important and marks our tour towards the other temples on the Route of the Baroque.
All types of festivals are celebrated continuously in the city. They are linked to tradition, religion and the country. In each one of its districts we will be able to see a dances and typical traditions from our region all year. The most important and relevant party is the Inti Raymi or Party of the Sun, celebrated on June 24th, the day of the winter solstice, in honor of the Father Sun, main God of the Inca Empire.
Another feast of absolute importance in Cusco, is the feast of Corpus Christi. It usually happens in the month of June and is movable feast. In addition to the Holy consecrated host are fourteen Saints who appear in procession, as fourteen are the Incas of the Tawantinsuyo. The seven historic and proto historic Seven.
The festivity of the Lord of Qoyllorit’i takes place in the cycle of this feast two days before the Corpusat the rinconada of the ampay mountain Sinakara, district of Ocongate (Quispicanchi). Thousands of pilgrims organized in troupes of dancers come to this pilgrimage. This holiday has been declared Intangible Cultural heritage of humanity by Unesco. In the local mentality you must attend the Lord for three consecutive years. Share this festivity is to live an unforgettable experience spiritually.
Except for December, January, February and March when it rains heavily, the city presents a permanent blue sky, inviting its visitors to discover every corner of its small streets when they go for a walk. Ancient Cusco is toured easily and the warmth of our people will help you discover many of the treasures that are inside the traditional neighborhoods.
In spite of the earthquake of 1650, when most part of the architecture of the city was affected, it has been known how to keep the scale and proportion of the old city. Touring some of the streets like Hatun Rumiyoq (very close to the main square) where the famous 12 angled stone is located, or the street of Santa Catalina, narrow and wide, you can witness the wonderful communion between the colonial and the Inca architecture, a peculiar situation where one seems to be an imposition over the other. Today we can see them with that understanding, but beauty is imposed by judgment of reason.
In this context you can start your journey with the Route of the Andean Baroque, once you have finished your visit to the Compañía de Jesús Temple, you will go to what is called the South Valley, a trip by car that lasts approximately 45 minutes from downtown.