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URCOS (3150 m.a.s.l.)
It is 48 km (1 hour and 15 minutes) to the south of Cusco following the paved road to Puno. At the entrance of the town there is a small but beautiful lagoon where, as the legend says, the Inca Huascar threw a big gold chain to avoid the Spaniards took it. Urcos has a beautiful main square with a stone church decorated with mural paintings: the Baptism of Christ made by the renacentist Indian painter Cusi Huaman, and an astonishing iron sculpture representing the Indian resistance. Nearby we find the ruins of Tipon (23 Km to the south of Cusco along the way to Urcos)

 
 
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CALCA (2930 m.a.s.l.)
Picturesque town of Inca origin dominated by the impressive snowy peaks of Pitusiray and Sawasiray. It is at 50 km (1 hour) to the northeast of Cusco by the paved road, in the valley of Urubamba. It is the most important market of the valley due to its location as it has connections to several valleys such as the valley in Lares in the tropical area. It has a beautiful colonial church and in its constructions we usually find inca foundations. At the surroundings we find the archaeological complex of Huchuy Qosqo: the sulphurous thermal medicinal baths of Machacancha and the fountain of cold water in Minasmoqo.


URUBAMBA (2871 m.a.s.l.)
It is a town of Inca origin at 76 km (1 hour and 15 minutes) to Cusco by Pisac, and 57 km (45 minutes) by Chinchero. It is located in the heart of the valley and surrounded by beautiful landscapes among which the snowy peak of Chicon and the fields outstand. It was one of the most important agricultural centers in the Inca Empire. In its square there is a colonial church. There are also several hotels, taverns and rural restaurants.


CHUQUIPAMPA (The plain of the lances)
Plain grounds located in the main area built over the three terraces and the hill of the slide. It was a very crowded place where groups of "ńustas" offered in honor to the Sun during the sunrise and where they exchanged many of the products stored in the storages of the area. Recent excavations have discovered tributes to the land and remains of honouring that show the religious importance of this place. Nowadays, people celebrate the Inti Raymi here the same day that we celebrate the solstice of winter and the Christian Corpus Christi.


COLLACONCHO
At about 100 meters to the northeast of Suchuna, we find Collaconcho or the "tired stone". According to the father Cobo, this would be the fifth huaca of the fourth Ceque of the Chinchaysuyo. The legend says that this stone fell three times killing many people when it was moved to be part of the walls in Sacsayhuaman. For this reason, they decided to leave it in the same place it fell. In fact it was a rocky natural formation that the Incas carved after some time. The famous "Inca Throne" is part of Collaconcho.


BIG AND SMALL CHINCANA
This is how we call to those caves formed by the water erosion over the limy rocks. The Small Chincana is situated at 150 meters to the northeast of the slide of Rodadero. It is narrow and its low altitude forces the visitor to creep to get to it. The Big Chincana is at two hundred meters to the north of the small one but it is not accessible as it is flooded. Some chroniclers believe that they were underground passages that create a connection with the Amarucancha and other places in the city.


SALAPUNCU OR LACO
Over the old road of the Sacred Valley, at 600 meters far from Quenco, there is a prominent rock outstanding in the hill. The cuts in the rocks seem entrance doors to carved rooms in the interior of the strong construction. At the top of this rocky formation there is a carved cylinder not so high that was probably an Intihuatana. Besides, we can admire remains of bird and feline sculptures that were deformed by the extirpators of idolatries.


NATURAL CAVES
There are two inner rooms carved in the rock, or, in fact, produced by the treatment of natural caves. The first one is at the level of the ground and the other is at medium high. They represent an important work of lithic sculpture and they have cubicles, steps, cornices, niches, puddles and other ornaments. In the gallery of high access there is a carving of a snake of huge head.


COYA
It is eight minutes far from Pisac. It is a nice town and has a typical square like in Cusco with white houses and blue doors. The square is very big. If you have time, we recommend to take a seat in one of the benches and admire the mountains. Here they kept some old buildings such as the town hill. In the square there is a monument dedicated to the writer from Cusco Clorinda Matto de Turner famous for the traditions and novels about the life in Cusco that she wrote at the end of XIX century.


LAMAY
After Coya we find Lamay. This place is known by its thermal baths. To get there you should take a detour by a path for carriages that takes five minutes. It is an open-air pool.


HUCH'UY QUSQU (The small Cusco)
This "mini city" was built over the left side of Urubamba river. It is known as the small Cusco due to, according to the researchers, the fact that it reproduces the exact shape of Cusco but in small size. Its constructions call the attention by the refined finishes and because, as Angles Vargas says, it is the only place where, up to the information we have, there is a house of three floors. It is possible to get there by car through a detour leaving from Lamay, and also on foot from Calca. It is four or five hours walking.


HUAYOCARI FARM
The farm of Huayocari is located in the province of Urubamba at 64 km of the road Cusco-Urubamba. They mainly dedicated to the grow of the "huge white corn" to export. Sir Jose Orihuela Yábar built the second house in 1950 in order to exhibit there his art collection. Now, this collection, can be visited in the archbishopric of Cusco. The family Lambarri Orihuela decided to open their house farm to the public and they offer lunches and dinners. It is necessary to organize the visits previously.



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