Local Attractions

JW Marriott El Convento Cusco is located in the city center surrounded by the main historical and archaeological sites. There are many important monuments and popular tourist attractions not to be missed when visiting Cusco. Get ready to discover another site of Cusco by visiting the many archaeological complexes and temples available to the visitors.

San Blas Neighborhood
Located a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas, the San Blas neighborhood is known as the quarter of the artisans. It is full of workshops and shops of artists and craftsmen. In Inca times it was one of the most important districts of Cusco. Its name was "T'oqo-kachi" (T'oqo = hollow; kachi = salt) and it was inhabited by the Quechua nobility. San Blas is a district with a special personality, its construction and its narrow streets are attractive to tourists worldwide. In the square there is a church that is believed to be built on a rock sanctuary dedicated to the worship of "Illapa" (God of thunder, ray and lightning). Some clam it first opened in 1544 by the second bishop Juan Solano. Although some other versions say that it was opened after 1559 by the order of viceroy Andrés Hurtado de Mendoza. The church of San Blas is famous for its pulpit, skillfully carved from a single piece of wood almost 400 years ago.

Qenko Archaeological Complex
Quenko was a ceremonial center built at the request of Inca Huayna Capac, after the birth of his son Huascar. Quenko is worth visiting for its underground galleries and a semicircular amphitheater. Constructed around 1500 BC, Qenko or ""Labyrinth"" is considered a sacred ceremonial place to honor the Sun, Moon and Stars.

Pukapukara Archaeological Complex
Puca Pucara means "red fortress" in Qechua, because of the color its stones acquire at twilight. The complex contains several rooms, inner plazas, aqueducts, watchtowers and roads would have served as a tambo or rest and lodging. Every time the Inca visited Tambomachay, he was accompanied by a large entourage that stayed in Pukapukara.

Tambomachay Archaeological Complex
It is also known as the Baños del Inca (Baths of the Inca) because it was a spa dedicated to his relax. Tambomachay was also a space to worship water. It had an important religious function linked to water and land regeneration. The archaeological complex consists of a series of walls, aqueducts and waterfalls. A key feature is its hydraulic system of two aqueducts of cut rock that carry and maintain a constant flow of clean, clear water throughout the year. It was probably built around 1500 BC in close relation to Pukapukara.

Pikillacta Archeological Complex
The heyday of this pre Inca city is estimated between 800 and 1100 AD, during the period of the development of Wari regional confederation. It was the gateway to the Sacred City of the Incas. It has wide and straight streets and long blocks of rectangular buildings. It is surrounded by high clay mortar walls of wide foundations that thin towards the top. The western side features spheroidal buildings.

Tipon Archaeological Complex
According to legends, Tipon is one of the royal gardens built by Inca Wiracocha. Located at 10879ft above sea level, it is composed of twelve terraces flanked by perfectly polished stone walls. Its canals and ornamental waterfalls with flowers result in a breathtaking landscape. The site has different sectors: Tipon, Intiwatana Pukutuyuj, Pucara Moqo Cruz, Pitopujio Cemetery and Hatun Wayq'o, and others.

Andahuaylillas Temple
The Church of San Pedro de Andahuaylillas is known as the ""Sistine Chapel of America"" for its magnificent decoration. It was built in 1580, and has a simple façade in contrast with its rich Baroque interior: gilded altars, polychrome ceilings and walls completely covered in murals and paintings.

Raqchi Archaeological Complex
It was built in the fifteenth century. Historians consider it one of the most audacious Inca constructions. The center of the archaeological site of Raqchi is the remains of a magnificent temple built by the Incas during the Inca Pachacutec government. It was dedicated to the worship of god Viracocha Tici Pachayachachic Kon, and it signified their victory over the Chanca. The Viracocha temple is a masterpiece of architecture in stone and mud. It has a rectangular plant of 301ft long by 82ft wide. The most striking is a central 12 feet high adobe wall with a stone base. On both sides of the wall there are the bases of 22 cylindrical columns. The building also contained rooms for the Inca nobility. Other highlights are the colcas or food storehouses and a ceremonial place attached to water sources.

Choquequirao Archeological Complex
Choquequirao (Cot of Gold) is located in the regions of Apurimac and Cusco. It is a solid Inca complex that has become one of the most interesting, demanding, and unforgettable mountaineering trek just in the last decade. Getting to the Inca citadel of Choquequirao is a reward in itself. According to the chroniclers, Choquequirao was the last refuge of Manco Inca where he endured a resistance that lasted 40 years. The complex consists of 12 units, ceremonial ( Hanan) and low (Urin) sectors, craft and service sectors, an administration sector, an area of pens, areas dedicated to solar worship of ancestors and the mandatory ushnu or usno, ritual space always present in important buildings of the Inca culture.

Ausangate snowy peaks
It is a magnificent and demanding walk around the majestic snow-capped Ausangate (the highest mountain in Cordillera Vilcanota). The landscape is spectacular and diverse: geography, geology, erosion, glaciers, de-glaciation, wildlife and flora may be appreciated and enjoyed together with the picturesque customs of the Andean people of Perú. The circuit has two high points, one at 16732ft. above sea level, so it is necessary to acclimatize in Cusco first. Each day is a four to five hour walk in average. In Upis, (day camp) and at the end, in Pacchanta, trekkers may enjoy thermal waters.

Salkantay, the snow-capped
Is the guardian Apu of Cusco. It has an elevation of 20574ft. It has beautiful Andean landscapes and a pass at 16404ft. with a chance of seeing condors and alpacas in their natural habitat. The Salkantay is surrounded by deep valleys and gorges, which create an interesting and very exigent walk. This route offers the opportunity to bathe in natural hot springs from the depths of the earth, to see different fruit trees and a variety of orchids and to try coffee from La Convención, one of the tastiest of Peru.