Day 6: Cusco (B)
This morning the tour starts at Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic constructions of the Incas (located just minutes from the city, it is a World Cultural Heritage Site listed by UNESCO) built by Pachacutec in the 15th century. It is a huge fortress made of large stones which transportation is still a mystery. Return to the city to continue your tour along the San Blas neighborhood, originally inhabited by the Inca nobility who built impressive stone constructions within walking distance of the Plaza de Armas.
Unmistakable Inca walls can still be seen at the base of many buildings. Today the neighborhood is a delightful cluster of cobblestone streets popular among artisans who sell their handcrafts on the street. Continue to the cathedral. This is the most impressive monument in the Plaza de Armas. Its construction began in 1560 and ended only in 1654. It took nearly a century to complete. The tour ends at the Coricancha also known as “The Temple of the Sun”(or Quri Kancha ‘Golden Temple’). In the afternoon, visit the Coffee Museum, where you will have an introduction to the history of coffee and its importance in Peru. Learn the production process, different kinds of coffee beans and finally prepare and taste coffee according to different methods of extraction.
The tour continues in ´ChocoMuseo´, there you will know the process of cultivation and harvesting based on the renowned cacao of the Peruvian jungle. You will learn and participate in the process of roasting, peeling and grinding and will create a cacao-based drink as well as a chocolate with your own style in a mold of your choice. Finally, you will head to the ´Republica del Pisco´, where you will have an introduction to the history and international influence of the national distillate, also know about the Pisco grape and its process of transformation.
The tour would not be complete without a tasting of Pisco, so, accompanied by a taster, you will try and enjoy different aromas of different brands accompanied by typical Peruvian dishes where you will experience characteristic textures, flavors and sensations of Peru.