A DISTINCT EXCURSION
“The Tour Corridor South, is one of the most interesting because it allows to learn about the past of Peru, the pre-Inca period and the presence of the Church of the time”
VISITED PLACES IN THE TOUR CORRIDOR SOUTH
- Stops in different places, depending on the guide
Early in the morning, we will first pick you up at your hotel and then direct ourselves to the archaeological complex of Pikillaqta. This pre-Inca site is one of the most famous and best preserved of all the ancient cities that have existed in Peru. However, there are still many other aged buildings in the country, each of them bearing witness to specific knowledge and technologies that then contributed to the rise of the largest empire in the Western Hemisphere.
The pre-Incas people who occupied the Cusco Valley were relatively peaceful. They sought to dominate the natural resources of the region. Pikillaqta was developed between the years 600 and 1000 AD. by the Wari culture from the central Andes (Ayacucho). Pikillaqta then have extended to the south, in the high Andean regions such as Cusco and Sicuani.
Inside the church, there are two different divisions within the single nave. Each of these parts corresponds to a step of the construction of the building. A main arc separates these two sections. The oldest is Mudejar style, an architectural style mixing Arab and Christian elements, developed between the 13th and 16th centuries.
This one is at the bottom, where the altar stands and ends at the entrance of the church, up to the facade. The church also has two pulpits; the oldest is under the main vault and the other in the opposite wall, outward. The quantity of frescoes that cover the walls and especially the ceiling with geometric patterns, flowers and golden ornaments is impressive.
THE BAROQUE ALTAR
The baroque altar is carved in cedar wood and covered with gold leaf. In its central part, there is the image of the “Virgen del Rosario”. The tabernacle, meanwhile, is covered with raised silver plates and includes a mirror placed to reflect the light of the candles and one that enters through the door to assist in the interior lighting.
At the back, next to the altar, is the sacristy, which consists of a drawer where the sacred garments and chasubles with precious metal embroidery are arranged.
This sacristy also kept interesting gold and silver jewels that were stolen in 1992 but have never been recovered. Finally, there are other altars and chapels on the sides, where an interesting collection of anonymous paintings by the School of Cusco depicting St. Peter’s life rests.
Finally, on the arch, we can see a painting of the “Virgen de la Asuncion” attributed to the Spanish painter Esteban Murillo.
The “Wiraqocha Temple” was a grandiose construction for its time. Indeed, it was architecturally classified as “kallanka”, a long building, a kind of shed. It was a building completely covered by a wooden and “ichu”, grazing vegetation, roof. With 92 meters (302 feet) long and 25.25 meters (83 feet) wide, the temple had a central wall made of carved stones, at the base, and adobe at the top, which was about three (3) meters. The base of this wall was 1.65 meters thick, while the top was 1.30 meters high.
Today, there are only 12 meters left. A century ago, it was 15 meters. According to a hypothetical reconstruction of Santiago Agurto, the original wall was approximately of 16.60 meters. The side walls were 1.20 meters thick and were to reach about 3 meters. The roof was to be most impressive, covering more than 2500 square meters and having an inclination of nearly 50◦. To support it, circular columns, whose bases are still between the central wall and the lateral ones, were 1.60 meters in diameter and about 9.80 meters in height.
- Entree to visit the archaeological complexes
Do not hesitate to consult us to obtain further information about touristic lunches. It exists several options and different costs. Know that we benefit of preferential tariffs, reserved for agencies, which are more economic than the price you could pay on the place, at the restaurant.
TICKET TO VISIT THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMPLEXES IN THE TOUR CORRIDOR SOUTH
- The purchase of a total ticket allows you to visit different archaeological complexes, museums, palaces and other places of interest. The ticket is valid for 10 days.
- The cost of the ticket differs depending on your situation: adult, student with ISIC card or minor.
- COST: US$ 44.00
- Ticket Andahuaylillas US $ 10.00
- The purchase of a partial ticket allows you to visit only three (3) archaeological complexes.
- COST: US$ 24.00
- If you sojourn many days in Cusco, we suggest you to buy the total ticket. This way, if you plan to visit other places of interest, the ticket will be more advantageous.
- Any day of the week
PRIVATE SERVICE IN ENGLISH
- Students receive a US $ 20.00 only with a valid Isic Card Less than 10 years
- To Juan Angel Escriba Casavilca
- D.N.I. 09414084
- Place – Cusco – Peru.
- It is the best option for both sides
PERU CREDIT BANK
- Account Number: 285-2072340-1-23
- To: CAMPING TOURS E.I.R.L.
- Cusco Agency.
- 8% more
- The account is in the name of the company:
- 7% more if you pay with paypal
- We will pick you up at your hotel between 06:00
DURATION OF THE TOUR
- The Tour Corridor South begins at 06:00 and ends approximately at 17:30.
- Services of the Tour Corridor South in private group are fully operated by the Camping Tours’ team.
WHAT TO BRING
- Original passport
- Rain suit
- Money (PEN Peruvian soles) for the lunch and for personal purchases
- Walking shoes
NOTICE: The private services are different and more flexible; you can change the schedule for more convenience, ask for more photo stops along the way and visit other places of interest in the Tour Corredor South, approved by your guide (additional fees).