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We’ll start the day strolling through San Pedro market, then it’s on to the Plaza de Armas. The conquistadors started building structures after putting aside their weapons. This plaza is an example of what happened when the conquistadors put aside their weapons and started building. They left a rich heritage of stunning works of art like this one to future generations. Legend has it that Manco Capac’s golden staff sank into the ground here, indicating where to found this sacred city. The magnificent plaza is surrounded in colonial arcades. It was the setting for many important events in Peru's history. The cathedral, built on the foundation of Viracocha Inka’s ancient palace, was created in the shape of a Latin cross in red andesite. Its Renaissance style exterior contrasts with the Baroque and Plateresque style inside. We’ll then continue on to the Coricancha Temple, or “Sun Temple,” the most important temple in the Inca Empire. Today, the Convent of Santo Domingo has been added on to the site. We’ll have lunch in town. Enjoy some free time this afternoon in the San Blas quarter and make some final purchases.

 

  • Wear comfortable, sturdy walking shoes.
  • The order of the visits can change.
  • Times are approximate.