Mystery and history among these narrow streets

The imperial city of Cusco not only has beautiful places to visit within the usual touristic routes, there are also impressive places that you can discover by our transport services in Cusco and Peru.

Among the streets of Cusco, you can find Inca temples and palaces, historical sculptures, colonial buildings, markets, squares and viewpoints, which offer a different perspective to understand the history of the city of Cusco.

All these places to visit do not require reservations or payment for admission, so you can visit these places at the time you want and stay there enjoying as long as you want.

That is why now, cusco transport, will bring you a list of most interesting attractive places to visit in the city of Cusco without tickets or reservations,.

Decide the place you want to visit and we take you there with confidence and safety.

1. White Christ.

It is a big sculpture of Christ located 15 minutes away from the main square, on the hill puka moqo, from this place you could have a panoramic view of the entire city of Cusco. By the way, on this hill were put the different types of sand that were brought from many parts of the tawantinsuyo during the Inca period. Its construction was in charge of Francisco Olazo Allende, a great sculptor and filmmaker from Cusco, who was commissioned by the Palestinian Arabic community of Cusco to execute this piece of art in 1945. This sculpture was a gift from this Palestinian Arabic community to the population of Cusco, because after the Second World War, many Arabs and Palestinians began to escape from their countries to get a better life, and precisely Cusco sheltered them for many years and in gratitude they sent to build this white Christ.

It has a height of 8 meters, the structure is made of metal and has plaster coating.

You can visit only this sculpture by our taxi service in Cusco or you can book our full day sightseeing of the inca city of cusco to visit the white christ and other tourist places too.

2. Sapantiana.

The Quechua word sapha means unique, while tiana means seat, in other words sapantiana means the unique seat. This place is named due to the existence of an Andean huaca (temple) in this place. After the Spanish conquest, all the huacas of Cusco were destroyed and sapantiana was not an exception. During the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the population of Cusco needed water for their homes and the Jesuits solved this problem of the city.

This catholic order decided to build a water channel that has an arch structure of 4 levels but this water channel needed to cross over the river p’ujru. This historic water channel has been bringing water to the city of Cusco until 1950. Currently you can appreciate this arc structured water channel in this place as well as the rest of the Andean temple of sapantiana which once was an important Inca temple.

Without a doubt this is a touristic icon of Cusco, and you can go there with our taxi and transfer service

3. San Cristobal viewpoint.

From this viewpoint you can have a panoramic view of Cusco from north to south, also on this side you can see the temple of San Cristobal, founded in 1546 and rebuilt after the earthquakes of 1650 and 1950, which also has a baroque style of construction.

But the most surprising detail about this viewpoint is its historical importance, bacause if we want to visit a place where the first people of the Inca culture settled, this place is Collcampata (the oldest Inca palace), and you can see only a part of its walls and high altars, made of stone, from this viewpoint.

 Here you can compare the different periods of Cusco’s history. Besides you can reach this viewpoint taking our private taxi service in Peru or booking our full day sightseeing tour in cusco, where you could visit other touristic places more.

4. 12-angles stone.

The techniques used for cutting and polishing stones for Inca constructions are still unbelievable. Currently, in the middle of Hatun Rumilloc street, we can appreciate a carved stone with 12 angles, which allows the support of the rest of the stones that compose the whole wall. This ancient building was once the palace of Inca Roca (sixth Inca of the Tawantinsuyo). Additionally, the entire wall you will see is made of green diorite stone, which means that it was an absolutely important structure of the Inca society.

Get your cameras ready, you won’t find pictures like these anywhere else.

5. San Francisco square.

If you want to know more about the variety of flora in Cusco, this square is for you, called the “Botanical Garden of Native Flora of the Plaza San Francisco”, has among its gardens many types of typical flora of the region like the q’ente (Cantua buxifoliamolle), cedroncillo (Aloysia citrodora), llaulli, and the famous queuña (Polylepis) that serves as a natural water storage. We can also find many other plants, shrubs and trees within the gardens.

This square also has an awesome history, because it was part of the main Inca square, then during the colonial period was built the Franciscan temple, and during the republic era was a very popular place for living. Even now here we can see the national school of “ciencias” (the first public school in Peru), the arch of Santa Clara, and the house of Clorinda Matto de Turner (an independence’s martyr).

6. Cusi cancha.

This place is an archaeological center located next to the qoricancha, where currently the facilities of the ministry of culture are located . This sacred space was possibly used to make the parties and rituals for worshipping wiracocha, also this ancient place may have been the birthplace of the Inca Tupac Inka Yupanqui.

In this area, despite the existence of Incan, viceroyalty, republican and contemporary constructions, there is a water channel that has resisted the pass of time, this water channel was the famous one that connected the sacred Inca square (nowadays Plaza de Armas) with the house of the sun “qorikancha”.

7. San blas.

Here was located the Inca neighborhood of “toq’o cachi” (salt hole) once, and since those years it is still an important place for the development of Cusco, because it is also known as the neighborhood of the artisans of Cusco.

Since colonial times, native people were formed artistically in this neighborhood. Great masters of art as Don Hilario Mendivil, Luis Aguayo and many more artists lived within these narrow streets.

Also in this square we can find the temple of San Blas, which has one of the best carved pulpits in the world. Besides, we can take you directly to this square by our transport service. Or if you want, reserve our full day tour in Cusco to visit San Blas square and ohter places more. Also we have “cusco walking tour” for travellers who love walking.

Don’t forget to take pictures of the water fountain!

8. San Pedro market.

If we want to know more about the society of Cusco, the best place to do it is the local market “San Pedro” (the oldest in Cusco). Its structure dates back to 1945, and it is open every day from 6 AM to 6PM, inside you will find 1180 commercial stands that offer fruits from the jungle, as well as potatoes and quinoa from the Andes. You can also find typical food from Cusco, fruit juices, soups and if you want,, you can buy handmade fabrics from Chinchero, natural salt from maras and many other souvenirs which you can give to all your friends and family.

Our company, Cusco transport, also designed several tours in Cusco, where you can visit also this San pedro market.

You can do here the best handicraft shopping

9. Waka pachatusa (known as round table).

This unique place is surrounded by carved stones, a Inca trail and good panoramic views of the entire valley of Cusco. Located in the Lucrepata urbanization, this huaca (andean temple) is belonging to the Antisuyo (one of the 4 ancient provinces of Tawantinsuyo). As well, t is one of the 328 Andean temples (huacas) that were put around the city of Cusco during Inca’s time.

All these Andean temples were connected by imaginary lines (seqes). these seqes were born from the coricancha (temple of the sun). We can also appreciate a ceremonial stone table, that holds some carved stairs, also in this area there is a giant stone used for Andean ceremonies.

The views from here are totally different!

The only way for visiting this andean temple is taking our service of private taxi in Cusco.

10. Pumacchupan (paccha).

According to the chronicles of the sixteenth century, the city of Cusco had the shape of a puma that was delimited between the tullumayo and saphi rivers. Precisely the spot where these two rivers merge is where we can nowadays find this beautiful park that includes a water fountain (paccha). It is also important to mention that this Quechua name of pumacchupan can be translated as “tail of the puma”.

Located at the beginning of Sol avenue, here you can appreciate a puma shaped sculpture of Cusco’s city. You can also walk under the waterfall withour getting wet. In addition, the proximity of this park to the handicraft center of Cusco allowes you to buy some souvenirs for family and friends.

Now as you will pick your favourite place to visit, we are happy to take care of your transportation in Cusco so you may comfortably go to visit the city. Just contact us!

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