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Cusco ChocoMuseo: From Bean to Bar Chocolate Workshop
"Learn how to make your very own chocolate during this interactive tour of the museum and the chocolate workshop. A professional guidewill explain to you how to make chocolate from the bean to the bar. Understand the history behind the famous cocoa beans you will learn the different steps of the chocolate making process and participate to 4 of them: roasting the cocoa beans removing cocoa husk grinding the cocoa nibs on a metate with a mano and refining the cocoa paste in a melangeur.Finally you will prepare and savor delicious hot chocolates as well as creating your own chocolates with your choice of ingredients. You will be able to leave with all of your handmade chocolates unless of course
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Machu Picchu Full Day Tour by Train
"At 3:55am in the morning you will be picked up from your centrally located hotel in Cusco and driven to the train station at Ollantaytambo. Here you will catch the train that will take you to Machu Picchu. You will take the train at 6:40am to Aguas Calientes arriving around 8am. Your guide will meet you at the train station in Aguas Calientes to take you to the bus up to Machu Picchu. The bus ride is about 30 minutes. You should arrive at Machu Picchu around 8:45am and enter the site.During a guided your bilingual guide will explain all about the historical sanctuary of Machu Picchu and visit all the major sites within the lost city. The guided tour will take around 2:30-3 hours. You can climb the mountain of Huayna Picchu (tickets need to be purcha which is a 1.5 to 2 hours round trip hike. The entrance time is 10am to 11am so if you choose to take this tour your guided tour will be faster in order to finish in time to enter Huayna Picchu.After the Machu Picchu guided tour
From $410.00
 
Half-Day Cusco City Tour
"Cusco is a city that mixes the mysterious indigenous culture of the Incan civilization with modernity. Cusco is considered as the archaeological capital of not only Peru but of all the Americas. It is a city that has to be shown to the entire world with its ruins preserved in their traditional structure. The city was the capital and the heart of the Incan empire during the 14th and 15th centuries and today serves as the most visited tourist city in the country of Peru.The Passengers will be the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun Korikancha where the Incas used to worship the Sun God. The tour continues outside the city to go through the old constructions Incas of Kenko Tambomachay Puca Pucara and the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman strategically built on a hill overlooking Cusco. Famous for its large external walls
From $32.00

La Merced Church Tips (7)

La Merced

Esta iglesia perteneció a una de las congregaciones religiosas más antiguas de la ciudad del Cusco es la Orden de las Mercederias que estuvo muy vinculada a Diego de Almagro , socio y rival de Pizarro
El claustro mayor es una verdadera obra maestra del barroco cusqueño . Todo de piedra piedra que imita a las tallas de madera
Hay que ver el cuadro de la familia Mercedaria , el museo , la iglesia y los cuadros que tienen
This church belonged to one of the Religious Orders that arrived first yo Cusco . Is the Mercedarias Order that was very linked to Diego de Almagro , partner and rival of Pizarro
The Major Clisteris a real masterpiece of the Cuzco Baroque . All made of stone worked to imitate the wood carving
You must see the Mercedaria family tree , the museum , the church and the paintings they have

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elpariente
Mar 03, 2007

Iglesia de La Merced

It has a beautiful facade and lovely cloisters. The sacristy contains a small museum, including a beautiful solid-gold monstrance and the vaults contain the remains of no less than two of the most famous conquistadors: Diego de Almagro and Gonzalo Pizarro!

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kucha
Jun 08, 2006

The Iglesia y Convento de La Merced

The Iglesia y Convento de La Merced is one of the more interesting of the many churches that you can visit in Cusco. Most people only see the beautiful whitestone cloisters. Here you find a very peaceful garden and a museum of religious works including Cusquena paintings. These paintings also adorn the cloisters themselves. Also of note in the museum is the solid gold, pearl covered monstrance. The cloisters are open to the public for 50 cents from 9am to noon and from 2:30pm to 5pm from Monday to Saturday. The church itself is also very interesting but access is open only for worship from 7am to 9am and from 5pm to 7:30pm. I managed to enter while the church was temporarily open during a religious procession that I happened upon while walking along the street. I actually thought the church was a bit gloomy but it does have an ornate facade.

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Paul2001
Apr 06, 2006

La Merced church

This is probably the 3rd important church here in Cuzco after the cathedral and Jesuitic church.
You can visit the church itself in mass hours, or buy a ticket (1 USD) and visit the museum and monastery. Here are the tombs of Diego de Almagro and Gonzalo Pizarro.

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May 11, 2005
 
 
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Iglesia Merced

Great Convent and art in this church. Here is the courtyard. This is not the original church. The original one was destroyed in 1650 by an earthquake. The one presently at the site was built in 1654.

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Jim_Eliason
Jan 25, 2009

Iglesia Merced

A couple of examples of the art withn this church. The church inside is incredibly ornate but no photos are allowed.

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Jim_Eliason
Jun 18, 2006

La Merced

Much in the colonial mold of La Catedral and La Compania is Cusco's third most revered church. Unfortunately not on the Boleto Touristico and about $1.50 entrance fee.

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San Blas

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