Inkaterra La Casona Cusco Hotel is Cusco’s first luxury boutique hotel. It is a skilfully restored 16th century colonial manor house that reflects its original architecture and the meeting of cultures over the centuries. It was probably the first Spanish building in Cusco, centrally located on an Incan settlement near Cusco’s present-day main square, Plaza Las Nazarenas, later occupied by the conquistadores of Peru and their descendants. 11 suites surround a sumptuous courtyard, where the patina of time is tastefully preserved. All have fireplaces, heated floors and large bathtubs and are decorated with colonial furniture, pre-Columbian fabrics and original murals. The Yacu therapy room offers a variety of treatments and, like the hotel's restaurant, uses local produce. Contemporary conveniences create an ambience of comfort and exclusivity, the same enjoyed by the inhabitants of centuries past. Surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Andes, the hotel offers complete relaxation and serenity - an oasis in the bustling capital of the Inca Empire. La Casona is the ideal destination from which to discover the Andes region, with its villages, valleys, magic and mysticism.
This excursion includes visits to the main archaeological ruins around Cusco:
- Sacsayhuamán, which means "satisfied hawk" in Quechua and is considered a place of great religious and military significance. It is the most impressive ruin near Cusco and the site of an important festival, Inti Raymi (sun worship festival).
- Puca Pucará, or "red fort," an ancient hunting lodge characterized by the striking pink color of its rock walls.
- Qenko, which means "zigzag" in Quechua, a structure carved from a large limestone studded with niches, steps and carvings. -Tambomachay (Cavern Lodge), commonly called Inca baths because it was once the site of spiritual rituals.
This half-day visit will acquaint you with the Cathedral, the churches of San Blas and Santo Domingo, and the temple of Koricancha.
- The Cathedral is the symbol of the city and features 7 altarpieces and the lower choir completely carved in wood (Cusco cedar), while the main altar is entirely covered in layers of silver.
- San Blas Church is located in one of Cusco's most distinctive neighborhoods while Santo Domingo Church stands on the ruins of an Inca temple destroyed by the Spanish in the 17th century and is an excellent example of how Inca stone was incorporated into the structure of a colonial building.
- Koricancha is one of the most important temples of the Inca Empire, dedicated to Wiracocha, the Sun god. Its ancient pre-Inca construction was of rough quartz and lasted until the 12th century, when the Incas took control they called it the "golden courtyard.