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Our full day horse riding Cusco tour will give you the opportunity to know the imposing archaeological Inca sites outside the city of Cusco. A different and amusing way to enjoy the city tour in Cusco!
Our 1 day horse riding Cusco tour includes numerous archaelogical sites located around the city of Cusco.
The Archaeological site of Q’enqo are the remains of what was once a sacred place which the Inca Gods like the Sun, the Moon, the Apus and the Pachamama were revered at. Even after the destruction by the Spanish, we can still enjoy amazing rests which represent that this place was a very important one. Just about 4 km from Cusco, and nearby other important Inca sites, Q’enqo still maintains many mysteries around it. As its name traduced says the ‘labyrinth’, makes reference to its underground galleries below its stone structures and its zigzag stone channels, which are one of its main attractions.
One of the main archaeological precincts near Cusco, because of its high platform it is denominated as a fortress. Until this day, it’s true purpose remains uncertain. It’s name from quechua means ‘Red fortress’, this is because of the land’s color and the limestone rocks of the buildings that acquire this reddish hue due to the rays of twilight. According to history, the complex served as a bath and a resting place for the Inca.
Due to its location, it belongs to one of the important centers in the ‘ceques’ or imaginary roots that started from Cusco and served to organize their sanctuaries and important centers. A series of canals, aqueducts and even waterfalls run through the r The purpose of the place was to provide water to sites around or nearby such as the Inca baths. It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run through the terraced rocks. Situated very near from the Timpuc Puquiu natural springs which were channeled through three waterfalls that still flow today. Until today, the site’s purpose is uncertain. It could have been a military outpost guarding the approaches to Cusco or as imperial baths. Also, some people believed it served with a religious aim, since almost all the sacred water fountains in the main Incan temples like Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Machu Picchu. Sources reach Tambomachay, one of the nine ceques built along the Road of Antisuyu. Sacrifices were made too.
The denominated ‘Temple of the Monkeys’, Kusilluchayoq is an archaeological site situated near Balconcillo. Without a doubt, this is a place with a high archeological value, such as many other sites like Machu Picchu; its hallways and galleries are connected between them. Its carved walls used to house niches, and observe water piles remains. A great feline sculpture, probably a puma. For its cercany to the Moon Temple this area it’s still used to realice magic or religious rituals, as the offerings shows.
The perfect spot to connect yourself with nature It is a big hill with two caves inside it. The caves contain alters and cracks in the walls that let in sunlight or more significantly moonlight that strikes the alters on certain nights. Above the cave, the temple lights up completely on full moon, especially on the nights closer to the winter solstice. This is thanks to the small opening. Many people leave their offerings to the Moon Goddess, particularly couples who want to get pregnant.
Our 1 day horse riding Cusco tour will include the visit to the archeological sites around the Sacsayhuaman complex, where we will start from. Beginning with your pick up from your hotels in Cusco at 9:00 am, we will drive you in our private vehicle to Sacsayhuaman, where we will head to the horse ranch to meet our horses and rangers. Once we are ready we will start our horseback ride through the surroundings of Sacsayhuaman, enjoying the incredible landscapes and peace this place offers us. First, we will be visiting the archeological site of Q’enqo, as we know this was a Inca gods worship center. Here we will enter the small complex to have a short explanation about the site. Also you will observe the immense eucalyptus forest next to it (a very famous place to take pictures).
Next, we will be heading to Puka Pukara. At our arrival at the Red Fortress, we will have time to ride around the site and of course being able to enter the archeological site, enjoy the beautiful landscapes, and take some pictures as well.
Then will be the time of Tambomachay, very near from Puka Pukara. Tambomachay, is one of the most important sites in the Inca period, because of the perfect balance between its stone walls and nature, and its water fountain sources, which it’s believed were sacred. You will enjoy the views as the interesting explanation of our guide while we pass through this short but very beautiful place. Now it’s our turn to visit Kusiyuchalloq, we will visit the 3 main sectors of the archaeological site. Starting with the denominated ‘Zoomorphic Sculptures’, passing to the next one called ‘Water Mirror’ because of the presence of carved rocks, water channels, and a font. And the last one one considered as ‘Enclosures’ which have a monolith or sacrifice bench.
From here we will be heading to our last destination, the ‘Temple of the Moon’. We finally arrive at our last destination, the imponent Temple of the Moon or also known as the fertility temple. This incredible place that ‘s completely open to the general visitors, it’s the perfect place to connect with nature and have a great time relaxing and doing any other activity. After getting the time to ride with our horses around the temple and the surroundings, you must know there are many other small temples around, we will have the chance to meet some while we pass. At the end of our horse riding Cusco tour it will be time to say goodbye to these amazing animals that have carried us on this amusing ride through the most important temples.
The best horseback riding in Cusco!