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  • Address: Plaza Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
  • Hours: Mon - Sat 8:30am - 5:30pm, Sun 2pm - 5pm
  • Admission: Adults: 6 Nuevos Soles
The Inca site of Qorikancha forms the foundations of the colonial church of Santo Domingo, creating an unusual combination of monolithic Inca and arched colonial architecture.

Qorikancha means ‘Golden Courtyard’, and in Inca times the temple walls were clad with 700 sheets of solid gold, proving a tempting lure for the conquistadors. The gold sheets and gold and silver statues are gone, melted down and recast by the Spanish, but the impressively hewn curved wall of basalt stonework remains.

The temple complex is thought to have been built by the first Inca emperor, Manco Capac, 100 years before the coming of the Spaniards. It was built as an observatory and religious temple to the sun, housing the mummified bodies of the Inca rulers.

When you enter the courtyard, imagine the octagonal front clad with solid gold, flanked by temples to the moon and the stars draped in solid silver.

Practical Info

Qorikancha is a couple of blocks southwest of Cusco’s city center, best reached by strolling down pedestrianized Loreto and Pampa del Castillo.

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City Tour of Cusco and Archeological Sites, Cusco, null
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City Tour of Cusco and Archeological Sites

Visit the charming city of Cusco, historic capital of the Inca Empire. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Cusco City Small-Group Tour, Cusco, Half-day Tours
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Cusco City Small-Group Tour

This Cusco city tour involves visiting Cusco´s highlights. Start off by visiting Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo and Tambomachay. After exploring these sites, you will ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Private Cusco City Tour Including Workshop or Spa Session, Cusco, City Tours
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Private Cusco City Tour Including Workshop or Spa Session

Discover the best of Cusco City and its amazing history of the Incas, its precious temples and get under the skin of the Peruvian and Andean culture. At the ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Private Cusco Walking Tour: Inca Museum, Qorikancha and San Pedro Market, Cusco, Private ... 
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Private Cusco Walking Tour: Inca Museum, Qorikancha and San Pedro Market

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This fabulous half day tour takes you around all the most important sites of Cusco, including visits to the Inca Museum, the Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha) and ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $59.00
Private Full Day City Tour of Cusco, Cusco, Walking Tours
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Private Full Day City Tour of Cusco

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Visit the highlights of the city of Cusco on a private tour. You will see Inca Streets, the local food market, the cathedral, the Temple of the Sun, ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.00
Half-Day Cusco City Tour, Cusco, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-Day Cusco City Tour

Located in the Huatanay River Valley in the Southern portion of Peru, Cusco is known as the archaeological capital of the Americas. Surrounded by mountains it ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.00
Private Half-Day Tour of Cusco and Its Surroundings, Cusco, City Tours
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Private Half-Day Tour of Cusco and Its Surroundings

Come and enjoy the beauty of one of the most amazing cities in the world. Vsit the famous Cathedral of Cusco, the Temple of Qoriqancha, the fantastic fortress ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $190.00
Private Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing including San Pedro Market and Archaeological Sites, Cusco, ... 
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Private Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing including San Pedro Market and Archaeological Sites

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This 4.5-hour private tour will take you on a sightseeing tour of Cusco, 'The Capital of the old Incan Empire' and important archaeological site. Get immersed ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $143.00
Private Walking Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing and San Pedro Market, Cusco, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Walking Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing and San Pedro Market

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Visit the city of Cusco, 'The Capital of the old Incan Empire' on this 4-hour private, walking tour. You will be picked up from your hotel to see the main ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00
Cusco City Sightseeing Tour, Cusco, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Cusco City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 58 Reviews

Discover the magic and beauty of Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire. The flawlessly built Incan roads spread to all regions from the “Plaza” which was ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.99

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