Ancient Ruins in Cusco

Ancient Ruins in Cusco, Peru

Cusco Ancient Ruins

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  • Sue H
    Dublin, OH15 contributions
    Beautiful ruins and views of Cusco. Incredible stone structures and nice walking paths with great views of Cusco.
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • Sue H
    Dublin, OH15 contributions
    Beautiful Cathedral and town square, San Pedro Market, Temple of the Sun, cobblestone street, great shops! So much fun!
    Written 16 May 2022
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  • Mighaile D
    3 contributions
    This is such a nice Ancient build, it shows a clear example that the Incas were incredible architects and made unbelievable templos around the city centre.
    Our guide show us each templo and explained all the history.
    Written 13 May 2022
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  • Erika
    Caracas, Venezuela9,630 contributions
    The entrance fee is included in the tourist ticket. You can spend 4 or 5 hours here.
    Try to arrive early to avoid tours.
    One of the most important works of irrigation on terraces of the Incas
    Written 12 April 2022
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  • Judith R
    Cincinnati, OH278 contributions
    A small site, easy to access from the road. This location does not afford the dramatic views of Cusco like Sacsayhuaman or Tambomachay. However, it is a Cultural Heritage (Patrimonio Cultural) site and the location of a mysterious altar within a tunnel as well as an intriguing monolith. Worth the visit unless you are incredibly short on time.
    Written 9 April 2022
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  • Stella
    Stockholm, Sweden2,110 contributions
    The title says it all. I found it casually on Google maps when I was looking for places to visit and this one popped up. After knowing the history it does sound interesting. Cool place to snap a picture but i have no idea what people mean by puma and snake. I didn’t see either.
    Written 21 February 2020
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  • Rafal W
    Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
    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
    Florida, NY456 contributions
    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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  • Medea7
    Denver, CO198 contributions
    Go early, without a group if you can. Local guides know a lovely path down through many other ruins and the Temple of the Moon (you'll need a tourist ticket.) Most tourists walk down along the highway, not a very pleasant experience given the level of traffic. Make sure your guide is familiar with the trail--it includes a turn not easily seen.
    Written 14 December 2021
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  • Erika
    Caracas, Venezuela9,630 contributions
    This is a walled city built before the incas. It seems small at the beginning but the complex is very big and impressive. You can spend 4 hours exploring.
    Take protection because the sun is very heavy.
    Entrance fee is included in the tourist ticket.
    Written 12 April 2022
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  • Rafal W
    Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
    There's few other Inca sites outside of Cuzco, that can be found here and there in area between Q'enqo and Tambomachay Usually, because they are located away of well trodden paths, not many tourists visiting them. Also, degree of their preservation is rather bad. Temple of the Moon is one of such a sites. Built around the massive bedrock outcrop, remains of old shrine are still used for shamanic ceremonies and Cuzco's dwellers and people from nearby villages coming in here for picnic. Not much left of temple's walls and rock carvings are heavily eroded, but site itself is quite romantic. On the one side of the rock there's big crevice that leads in to underground chamber or corridor. Although entering it is prohibited, locals sneaking inside of it, ignoring calls of the keeper of the temple . I couldn't find any information about this very place, and my knowledge of Inca history is rather superficial, therefore, this time I can't give you any interesting information or anecdotes regarding Temple of the Moon. To the south of shrine lays waterlogged meadows with muddy path leading to it, and to the east of them remains of old Inca road are still well visible. To the north of the outcrop some more rocks and small ravine can be found, and beyond them, there's another Inca site called Chukimarca, but I haven't visited it. Templo de la Luna and its surroundings is ideal place for somebody who's tired of busy and noisy cities and more popular and overcrowded historical sites. There's no ticket needed for this site. I found this place by a chance, wandering around area outside of the Cuzco.
    Written 8 April 2020
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  • Robert D
    Heers, Belgium170 contributions
    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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  • HullMick_13
    Hunton, UK208 contributions
    Although very busy with tour trips, going slightly out of time (late morning?) gives a better feel for this immense construction. Lovely friendly bars in courtyard outside.
    Written 7 November 2019
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