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“Up close and personal with history”

Convento de Santo Domingo
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Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park and Cusco Sites
Ranked #24 of 176 things to do in Cusco
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 8, 2013

The temple of the sun is literally inside a convent. This is what happens when you build great architecture and the Spanish decide they'd like to repurpose it. For a very reasonable fee, you can explore the temple, see the former water ways, admire the cathedral and enjoy the lawn.

Thank Ace_Coco
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

This tour is not included in the boleto touristico but its not very expensive.

It's an interesting tour and many of the ruins have been excavated and are visible throughout.

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Reviewed January 1, 2013

This was a great primer on Incan history and the history of the area. I would recommend spending the extra cash and get a guide. Ours did a wonderful job of helping us to focus in the critical information in all the signs and things to read.

Thank jkunk
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

This temple - which Spanish built over and completely covered at the time of the conquest - has some of the most beautiful Inca stone work in Cuzco. Going with a guide is a must to really understand the Inca and Spanish history. Don't miss it!

Thank Julie B
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

This place looks impressive from the outside. It is at least worth walking over to get some great pictures. If you are at all into the history, art, or story of the Inca then I think you will enjoy stopping here. I do not think that you need a guide. We opted to see this as part of a tour but like most tours, I wished we had more time alone to explore the architecture and art.

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