Cusco Ancient Ruins

Ancient Ruins in Cusco, Peru

Cusco Ancient Ruins

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  • Andrew M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    beautiful landscapes.... You have to walk and be in contact with nature, the views of the city from this sanctuary are wonderful
    Written 20 April 2024
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  • Hellen M
    Moldova2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As an art lover what I expected happened ! When I first looked at it the eclectism style with reliefs pushed me to travel more . I didn’t want to leave the facade of the building just because it kept me looking at it ! I recommend you all to visit !
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • sttly
    Fort Lauderdale, FL132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a very interesting site. The Spanish buildings were built on a native buildings which are now exposed and there is information about how they were built. Of all the sites we saw this was the only one that explained/showed this. Admission is 15 soles, less than $4 when we were there and is well worth that.
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • Ectoplasm Fantasia
    Birmingham, UK1,441 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved this.

    The water on the stones was especially nice to see.

    A pleasant stroll along the path to see the stones and at an easy pace - no hills which makes a difference.
    Written 19 August 2023
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  • Candace Larkin
    Avignon, France2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tipon is a great place to visit! The incredible Incan ruins are a must-see, and the stunning mountain views are breathtaking. The locals are friendly and welcoming, and the food is delicious. The activities available are varied, from walking and hiking to rafting and zip-lining. The accommodations are comfortable and reasonably priced, making it a great place for families to stay. We had a wonderful time exploring the ruins, trying the local cuisine, and taking advantage of the outdoor activities. We highly recommend Tipon to any family looking for a unique and exciting vacation destination.
    Written 23 March 2023
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  • TheExplorerFamily
    Somerset, NJ6,451 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an archaeological site near Cuzco, and is one of the largest Huacas (Holy Places). The Quechua name “Qenko” means labyrinth, and in ancient times it was believed that the place was built to invoke Kaypacha – a legendary snake who gives birth to life.

    The Spanish actually named this place, but almost completely destroyed it, so its purpose is not known. It was believed to be a place where human sacrifices and mummification took place. What we saw was a complex of subterranean canals, passageways, and a semi-circular structure – pretty much in ruins. Some areas of the Canyon were very narrow, and we could only pass one at a time. We spent half an hour here.

    It was nice, but skip it if you are short on time.
    Written 21 September 2023
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  • Komator
    Barcelona, Spain898 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    In the middle of Cusco you'll find this wall made by the Incas. You're walking and one side you have this old wall, all stones perfectly aligned. There's nothing else to do… just walk, see it and, touch it.
    Written 5 February 2023
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  • Rafal W
    Skoki, Poland1,401 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    After wandering for a while around Cuzco's Centro Historico I'd decided to take a little walk to the ruins I've spotted two days earlier, on my way from Pisac. Weather was just fine, so I thought that little stroll outside of the town and away of its crowds would be good idea. Puka Pukara is one of many Inca sites scattered around countryside outside of Cuzco. Fortress was built on the top of the small hill near Tambomachay, about 8 km to the north of Cuzco, probably in times of Pachacutec i.e. somewhere between 1438 and 1471. The name of the site comes from the colour of the material it was built of; puka = red, pukara = fortress, which, in time of it construction was red, but faded away with passage of time To be honest, there's not much left of the fortress apart from curtain walls and humble remains of few buildings and something that looks like small shrine or sacred site. That's all what survived the fall of Inca Empire. What is the real attraction of this place is its location, as from the hillock it was built on, there is a beautiful view at nearby mountain ranges and valley below them. Like I mentioned before, me, and handful other tourist I'd met on my way to fhe fortress, we'd just took a stroll to the place, but I've noticed on my way from Puka Pukara to Q'enqo, that sightseeing buses from Cuzco were stopping there. I'd also seen some minibuses from local tour agencies going to and fro. And from little conversation with locals I'd learned that it is possible to book a horse ride with a guide around Inca sites.
    Written 30 March 2020
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  • Pete S
    Tampa, FL533 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Went on 7 day tour of macchu Picchu Cusco and Lima with gate one travel, the tour guide Ron did a fantastic job, whoever you go with get a guide to explain everything and go to the highest point and work down. You will get awesome pictures. Trip was better than I expected. Plan properly and you will have a great time.
    Written 31 October 2019
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  • Willowbroom Sam
    Houston, TX1,231 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A huge town surrounded by big walls. Per the guide, this was pre Inca, I.e. the Wari dynasty. A beautiful princess of the town said she would marry the person who got water to the village. Two men competed and one was successful in getting water from the huanatay lake. One can see two channels in the mountains.

    The town was built like a perfect rectangle with rectangular homes and absolutely straight pathways/ walkways. Almost three floor high walls and homes.

    The guide told us that seven columns were found and each column had the skeleton of a man. And that this was an honor for the men to give up their lives for building the erect columns.

    Gypsum plastering is found in walls and floors. Sh was also found leading tk the belief that the volcanic mountain behind the city may have erupted making the people abandon the place.

    He told me that the place was eventually used by Incas as a concentration camp for prisoners.

    A visit with a tour guide is a must. Otherwise one will just see some old broken ruins and cannot appreciate the history.
    Written 31 July 2022
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  • Kinshuk P
    Bengaluru, India68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you have the time make the trip after you probably have done Pisac, Urubamba, Chinchero and other significant Inca ruins like MP. This one has some great city overlooking views and stylish ruins if you are historically inclined
    Written 14 June 2014
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  • Scott B
    San Antonio, TX12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    On a guided tour with National Geographic. We arrived after hours so we had the place to ourselves. Had traditional Peruvian food of potatoes, vegetable pasta, and Alpaca. My wife and I have gotten where we love the juice they serve in Peru.
    The restaurant is beautiful, and the service was first rate. Food, company, and atmosphere all made for a memorable experience. Highly recommend.
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • Robert D
    Heers, Belgium178 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you like architecture and want to see / know how the houses were build by the Inca's, then this is the place to be.
    There are no tourists at all. You can walkd freely around. It is quite a big place. Take about 3-4 hours.
    If possible take a guide, he/she can can give you all the necessary information:
    How and why the houses were build .
    It is very impressive
    Written 7 November 2016
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  • Jack Low
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our tour with the Eder to the Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley was very well organised and enjoyable. We got picked up punctually for our tasty breakfast, and we were given plenty of information on the excursions throughout the day. It was reassuring to know Eder had oxygen available in case the altitude got too much (something to be mindful of!). Lunch was provided too on the way back which was great. Would recommend doing the tour with Eder, we all had a great day!
    Written 3 May 2023
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