LOGOYACHAY WASI

Machu PicchuBed & Breakfast in Cuzco, Peru

Experience Peru from an Indigenous perspective...

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Bed and Breakfast provided in Cuzco - All year around

5 minutes walk from Plaza de Armas -

$20.00 per person, per night

Guided Excursions in and around Cuzco available: Sacred Valley of the Inkas: Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, Pisac...Circuit of the Four Lakes...Amazon...

A service of Mono Adventures in collaboration with Yachay Wasi

Email: yachaywasi@nyc.rr.com

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Cuzco"The Navel of the World" was the capital of the Inka empire. It is a mixture of ancient sites and colonial places, such as the Plaza de Armas with its cathedral built on an Inka palace, and Qorikancha, the Temple of the Sun. Inka foundations and walls can be seen through the city: the Stone of 12 angles in Calle Loreto illustrates the skills of these ancient builders.

Ollantaytambo, named for a local rebellious chieftain Ollanta, who had a forbidden love for one daughter of Inka Pachakutic, is the only town in Peru remaining as the Inkas laid it with its street plan in the trapezoid shape. Terraces in Ollantaytambo are aligned in such a way that they form shapes of animals, such as llama. Ollantay men, young and old, wear characteristic white hats and orange/red ponchos. ollantay men

Aguas Calientes features Thermal Baths with naturally hot mineral water available for bathing under the sky in two open pools.

The jungle covered ruins of Machu Picchu, the "Lost City", were uncovered in 1911. The high quality of the architecture shows that it was essentially a site of spiritual and ceremonial significance with shrines such as Intiwatana (place where the sun is tied) and the temple of the three windows. In 1983, Machu Picchu was selected as one of UNESCO 3windowsWorld Heritage Sites. Archeologist Hiram Bingham (1875-1956) saw Machu Picchu for the first time in 1911 after local Andean natives told him of the site. In his own words: ",...They sent a small boy with me as a guide...The little boy urged us to climb up a steep hill over what seemed to be a flight of stone steps. Surprise followed surprise in bewildering succession. We came to a great stairway of large granite blocks. Then we walked along a path to a clearing where the Indians had planted a small vegetable garden. Suddenly we found ourselves standing in front of the ruins of two of the finest and most interesting structures in Ancient America...The sight held me spellbound.", Lost City of the Incas by Hiram Bingham, 1948 - pg. 164, 166. Later on, Mr. Bingham returned with funds and equipment to clear the Sacred City of centuries old dirt and vegetation.

Saksaywaman
The fortress of Saqsaywaman, (multi-colored falcon), built at the beginning of the Inka empire, was a military and religious structure. Only the massive walls remain... In this site yearly on June 24, the festival of Inti Raymi (Homage to the Sun) is reenacted in front of a huge crowd sitting on these walls. This day is part of a week long celebration "Serenata al Qosqo" where dancers and musicians participate from all over Peru wearing the traditional costumes typical of the villages which they represent.


Acopia

Village of Acopia, Lakes Acopia and Pomacanchi are located in the beautiful Circuit of Four Lakes in the Department of Cuzco at an altitude of 3,600 meters (11,800 Ft). There are two other lakes: Asnacocha and Pampamarca.

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