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Address: Pampa del Castillo at Plazoleta Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
Description: This ruin was once the most important temple of the Incas, which was later...
This ruin was once the most important temple of the Incas, which was later used as a base for the Church of Santo Domingo when the Spanish conquered the city.
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Beautiful example of old Spanish church build on old Inca temple

beautiful, the best views are from the outside! there you can really appreciate the Inca and Spanish culture together. Inside is nothing to write home about, so you loose the real... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Lima Region, Peru
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Lima Region, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

beautiful, the best views are from the outside! there you can really appreciate the Inca and Spanish culture together. Inside is nothing to write home about, so you loose the real mystic There is a school playground or park at the base that offers an interesting view of Cuzco life.

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The site was across the street from my hotel, it is very centrally located, and is amazing the masonry of the place. Inside the location, it is possible to see what was the temple and what the Monastery and Church, is today on top of it. Must be seen, with a guide.

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Manchester, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Great grounds and tour guides available within walking distance in center of Cusco. Mixture of current Catholic use and life of the Incas.

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Santiago, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

beautiful, but the best views are from the outside!, there you can really appreciate the inca and spanish culture bend together. The inside is "touristic", so you loose the real mystic

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This Temple is beautiful. There are so many beautiful places that you could spend hours here taking photos and admiring the interior. The outside is also attractive and if you're lucky you'll get to listen to the humming bird while you're leaning on the wall overlooking the grassed area.

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

My partner and I decided to visit Machu Picchu this year. At mid 60's we did not want to leave it too long. So with Tauck tours we climbed Temple of the Sun. Shortness of breath is an interesting sensation when you think you are fit. Both of us exercise regularly, despite it we both noted the lower oxygen concentration.... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Visited here as part of a private tour with 5 other friends. Our guide's great explanation of the Inca building methods and the purposes of each of the Inca rooms brought the place to life. Without a guide of some kind I don't think you would get much out walking through without explanation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

250 steps at a 3800 meters altitude.View is spectacular. Made a few stops before reaching the top. Coming down is a little easier. Not much to see at the Temple of the Water.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The Spaniards used the superb Inca foundations to build their own structures. Here one sees the 17th century Santo Domingo Monastery built on one of the most important Inca temples.

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Englewood, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

When we got to the Temple of the Sun I was not really ready to take on any more input about the Incas and their history. I was tired and needed to take a break so I did just that. I sat down in the hallway and just took it all in. What a relief that was. This is the... More 

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