Cusco is one of the most amazing cities in the world! It is surrounded by mystery, hidden in the heart of ancient stone walls that were once part of palaces and temples. The enigmatic city hides its mystery not only in the remaining walls, but also in the design of the ancient city: the doorways to the palaces, the narrow streets and the perfect union of the stonewalls. Cusco is a unique city which is connected tight to the Andean world, the cosmos and other believes like, at base of knowledge, to the high level of spirituality, medicine and arts as well.
Green Peru Adventures offers you a free walking tour through the city, with the idea of opening a door to discover the enigma that this city encloses.
Our manager dedicated part of his life travelling around the world, looking for connections between the ancient world and Cusco. Surprisingly, he found a similarity in the Granit construction with the most remarkable constructions of the ancient world. Now, Roland Leonardo is established in Cusco. He keeps his interest in this amazing city and his wish to share his knowledge with the people of the world. His multilingual competence enables him to give a different, close and logic explanation of the Cusco’s mystery.
Along the tour, you will participate colaborating with your opinion and ideas. This will bring you another understanding of the Andean culture and ancient architecture. We will walk around the most important streets and places, where we will have a closer look at the granite wall’s architecture as well as at the kind of granite that has been used. Furthermore, we will discover the amazing stone work and the perfection of their constructions.
The Walking Tour starts at the main Plaza de Armas, giving you a short explanation of the importance of this central place. We will walk by Loreto Street, one of the original streets of the ancient city, surrounded both sides by amazing granite stone walls. Next, we will arrive to one of the most amazing palaces and religious centers of the ancient and modern world: the Qorikancha (Quechua: Kiricancha, Spanish: El Dorado, English: Golden Place).
Here, we will have a close look at the Temple of the Sun, one of the most perfect constructions in town and the mysterious way in which it was built. We will walk around and take a look at the outside walls as well. Afterwards, we will go to a very narrow street and discover the inside of the builing’s construction bases. We will be able to appreciate how the ancient urbanization used to be. Furthermore, we will discover the walls of Maruri Street and be surprised about their grade of inclination.
After passing Arequipa Street, we will discover a special street corner and observe the way the wall was made. Then, arriving at Santa Catalina Ancha Street and going to the right to the Inca Roca Palace, we will discover the most impressive Green Granite wall. We will see stones with 12, 13 and 15 angles, animal shaped figures consisting of only a few stones, one of the most beautiful doorways in Cusco and probably the descriptions of the ancient world.
During this tour, you will receive an explanation of symbolism, architecture and history. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to discuss and interact about what we have seen. We will do this in a beautiful coffee place, which contributes to different social projects.