Awanakancha Textile Center and Qorikancha Ruins from Cusco

5 hr, 30 min

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Discover Peruvian culture on a half-day tour from Cusco to the Awana Kancha textile center. Begin with a visit to Cusco's Temple of the Sun as well as the impressive Cathedral. Then take a look into the culture and craftsmanship of weaving at Awana Kancha, which translates directly to ‘Palace of Weaving.’ After seeing how the furs from alpacas, llamas, vicuñas and guanacos are made into textiles, conclude with drop-off back at your hotel.
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Itinerary Details

After pickup from your downtown Cusco hotel, visit the Coricancha, also known as the 'Temple of the Sun,' built under the orders of Inca Pachacútec (1438-1471) and used as a base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. Learn from your guide how the Sun (Inti, in Quechua) was worshiped during the Inca Empire, and how the temple's walls were fully covered with gold sheets and the courtyards were planted with golden corn and life-size llamas.

Head to the Cathedral, the most impressive building on the Main Square. Hear how the Ecclesiastical Chapter ordered the extraction and transportation of thousands of stones from the Sacsayhuamán fortress for the Cathedral's construction, which took nearly a century to complete. Then visit Sacsayhuamán, built in the 15th century with megalithic blocks. The transportation and erection of the blocks continue to be a fascinating mystery.

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After pickup from your downtown Cusco hotel, visit the Coricancha, also known as the 'Temple of the Sun,' built under the orders of Inca Pachacútec (1438-1471) and used as a base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. Learn from your guide how the Sun (Inti, in Quechua) was worshiped during the Inca Empire, and how the temple's walls were fully covered with gold sheets and the courtyards were planted with golden corn and life-size llamas.

Head to the Cathedral, the most impressive building on the Main Square. Hear how the Ecclesiastical Chapter ordered the extraction and transportation of thousands of stones from the Sacsayhuamán fortress for the Cathedral's construction, which took nearly a century to complete. Then visit Sacsayhuamán, built in the 15th century with megalithic blocks. The transportation and erection of the blocks continue to be a fascinating mystery.

Continue to Qenqo, an archaeological complex mainly used for religious purposes, and explore Puka Pukara, also known as the Red Fortress. Presumably used for military purposes, see the complex's many rooms, squares, bathrooms, aqueducts, walls and towers with your guide.

Finally, reach Awana Kancha (en route to Pisac), after a scenic trip to the valley. See the farm of South American camelids and showroom of textiles, where local families show the entire traditional process of weaving and making garments. Your tour will conclude with drop-off back at your hotel.

Important Details

Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Awana Kancha
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure Point
Cusco hotels
9:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • It is important to inform us the name of the hotel where you are staying in order to coordinate your activity
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Rates do not apply for Peruvians or foreign passengers who stay in Peru for more than 60 days because sales taxes are not included in the above total and, if applicable, will be collected by the local operator.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.