Thursday, April 13, 2017

Our Free Tour is good for:

Every day at Free Tours by Foot we offer ORIGINAL WALKING TOURS withOUT the following things:
  • No Alpaca tasting
  • No Chocolate tasting
  • No Pisco Sours
  • No Beer tasting
  • No Restaurants
All above featurings are OUT from our free tour organization, since we want to do original service, withOUT publicity stunts.
Because of this reason our walking tours are good for:
  • Tourists who are interested in history.
  • Tourists who love culture.
On the other hand our walking tours are NOT good for:
  • Tourists that want to kill time.
  • People who don't like history.
  • People who want to shop.
  • Attendees who want a shopping walking tour.
Before coming to our walking tours make a wise decision as per your expectations as simple as that.
Please follow the following free tour departures:
From Monday to Saturday at 10am - 1pm - 3:30pm.
On Sunday we have only one free tour departure at 10am (updated since April 2nd, 2017  - before 12.20pm)
Meet us at Plaza Regocijo-Kusipata right in front of the CITY HALL.
Look for the YELLOW VESTS with FTF logo.

Tour Guides: Richard & Elvis, NO other names.


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The Cathedral in the nith time - Cusco city




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

THE CULTURES OF ANCIENT PERU - MUST KNOW



THE DISTANT PAST
The territory on ancient Peru had been well travelled for more than 10,000 years before the arrival of the Spaniards in the land of the Incas.
At Lauricocha an archaeological site situated at altitude of 13,000 feet in the central Andes, caves have been found in which the first Peruvians found shelter.
In the south they also took refuge in caves, such as those found at Toquepala. Cultural evidence at both sites largely confined to projectile points shipped form stones. The walls of Toquepala’s caves are painted with hunting scenes which date to the early hunting and gathering period.
The Incas’ remotest ancestors were hunters and gatherers. Primitive groups along the pacific coast were especially adept at extracting marine products from the bountiful coastal waters.
They were the descendants of groups of originated in Asia crossed the Bering Strait into North America during the last ice age.
These early Asiatic people dispersed throughout the continent, bringing with them from their native lands the cultural traditions which, by the second millennium BC, would evolve into the first significant Andean civilizations.
Bown with post-firing painting of a human with the body of a feline.
The post-firing technique was often employed by Paracas Culture.
The Vessels were painted with a variety of colours by mixing mineral  pigments with plat resin.
Paracas-Cavers culture, 700 B.C. - 100A.D. 


THE FIRST SINGS OF CIVILIZATION
Miniature stone warrior holding
 a shield and club and wearing a nose  ornament.
Moche Culture, A.D. 50 - 800
During the second millennium BC. , several thousand years after the first humans occupation on the region, the first signs of sedentary civilization began to emerge in Peru, following a shift from hunting and gathering activities to intensive to marine exploitation and then to agriculture. One result of this early manifestation of a more complex social structure was population growth, which in turn necessitated a search for improved irrigation, cultivation and food storage techniques.
Architectural evidence is the best measure of the beginnings of civilization.
Enormous monuments began to rise along the central coast and in the northern region of Peru. Las Haldas for example (around 4000 years old), is a vast pre-ceramic site on the north of coast which included residential areas for the elite as well as ceremonial and communal centers, and the ruins of Caral are even older, apparently dating form 5,000 years ago. Early monumental public architecture emerged in Peru as result of the wishes of the elite, who evidently benefited from the construction of these imposing edifices.
Essentially religious in nature, these structures elevated the prestige of the elite and ensured that their orders would be carefully obeyed. The primary objective of the ruling elite was to increase their own privileges by gaining preferential access to available resources. A secondary result of such rule was the maintenance of the community and guaranteeing for society as a whole.

Double-chambered whistling pitcher shaped like a pair of drums.

ANCIENT  PERUVIAN CIVILIZATION
The people from the Andes built large and complex cities, irrigated entire coastal valleys, worked with gold and other metals, wove textiles of intricate beauty, made by clay vessels so vivid that they were sculpture than pottery and mummified their dead.
They did not, however, develop a formal system that we can read today, and most of what we know about them has been learned through a  legacy of architectural remains and the objects of stone, clay, gold, textile and other material which they were buried with their dead. The Spaniards reported on their experiences with the Incas during the conquest and their writings provide us with another valuable source of information.
Researchers have studied artifacts and identified successive artistic styles in their efforts to establish a cultural chronology for their various people on Ancient Peru.
In the past 60 years more sites than ever before have been excavated by professional archaeologists and these have dated to through scientific methods. In the cases of several cultures, we now understand a great deal about people who produced their artifacts, their way of life, their political structures, and even something of their history. In other cases, however, our knowledge remains limited.
And yet, during the thousands of years that people have lived in Peru, inter-regional trade and evolving socio-cultural complexities have led to the spread of similar artistic styles over a wide are. Scholars call the phenomenon of an artistic style which gains widespread acceptance an archaeological horizon: a term used approximate contemporary between distant sites.
In the central Andes Peru, a series of major time periods has been established around the horizon concept. After a nearly period of hunting and gathering, known as the pre-ceramic period, comes the initial period, which is marked by the first use of pottery. This is followed by five periods which cover relatively widespread artistic styles(Early, Middle and Late Horizon), as well as intervening periods of extensive influence of the Inca Empire, and the middle horizon probably reflects a smaller-scale states that were nevertheless fairly large.
The broad similarities between early horizon cultures were most likely due to the adoption of religious cults by emerging elites in different regions of the Andes. The following cultural sequence has been simplified, and includes only the best known cultures, whith emphasis on the coastal and regions. Learn more about Pre - Inca Culture with best private walking tour guided company.


CHAVIN, 10000 – 200 B.C.
Chavin Culture, 1000-200 B.C.
In the first millennium B.C.  A new architectural and artistic style spread across Peru.
Its beginning may be traced back to the Cupisnique style of the northern Peruvian coast. Similar deities and animal figures have been found on pottery and textiles throughout the country. These elements were brought together and reached their fullest expression and the site known as Chavin de Huantar. It is though that Chavin as the main center of a religious cult, and objects featuring Chavin iconography have been found throughout the Andes. Located at the headwaters of one of the large tributaries of the Amazon which emerge from the high Andes, Chavin could only be reached from the coast by crossing the towering peaks of the Cordillera Negra and the Cordillera Blanca.

Chavin and Cupisnique are characterized by a complex, almost baroque, style which combines human figures with zoomorphic attributes, typically featuring menacing fangs, claws, or beaks. Many of the images were engraved around stone columns or shafts, making them difficult to interpret, and intended for leaders of the cult.
Laern more about our cultures by having a private walking tour to the museum of Pre-Colombian Art.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

TARIFAS DE ENTRADAS A MACHUPICCHU

Este blog esta dedicado a todos los turistas de habla hispana.

Para hacer su reserva en la modalidad ADULTOS debe ingresar a www.machupicchu.gob.pe y seguir los siguientes pasos:

ESCOJA EL CENTRO ARQUEOLÓGICO, LA RUTA, LA FECHA Y EL NÚMERO DE PERSONAS (EXTRANJEROS O CIUDADANOS CAN).
CAN: Comunidad Andina de Naciones (Perú, Bolivia, Colombia y Ecuador)

Tenemos 5 “RUTAS”, las diferencias son las siguientes:

1.   Ruta Ciudad Inka Machupicchu: Escoja esta opción si Ud. desea ingresar a la ciudadela de Machupicchu, desde el cual podrá obtener fotos de las clásicas postales de Machupicchu.
  •  Adulto extrangero s/. 128.00
  •  Estudiante extranjero s/64.00
  •  Adulto CAN s/.65.00
  •  Estudiante CAN s/.32.00

 2.   Ruta Machupicchu y Museo: Escoja esta opción si Ud. desea visitar la ciudadela de Machupicchu y el Museo Manuel Chavez Ballón.
El Museo además de contar con piezas arqueológicas y muestras fotográficas, cuenta con un jardín botánico de orquídeas y plantas silvestres de la zona. Se ubica en el kilómetro 112 de la vía férrea, lugar denominado como “Puente Ruinas”, frente a la antigua estación de tren, al pie de la Montaña de Machupicchu. Horario de atención: Lunes a Domingo de 09:00 a 16:30.
  • Adulto Extranjero s/.150.00
  • Estudiante Extranjero s/.75.00
  • Adulto CAN s/.87.00
  • Estudiante CANs/.43.00


También puede adquirir su boleto de solo MUSEO en Puentes Ruinas al precio de:
  • Adultos: s/.22.00
  • Estudiante: s/.11.00

3.   Machupicchu-Huaynapicchu G1: Escoja esta opción si Ud. desea visitar la ciudadela de Machupicchu, el Templo de la Luna y el Huaynapicchu en el horario de 07:00 a 08:00am (200 personas). El ascenso a la montaña Huaynapicchu lleva un aproximado de 1hr y 15 min. Aproxim. Esta ruta es aconsejable para los jóvenes aventureros.





4.   Machupicchu -Huaynapicchu G2: Escoja esta opción si Ud. desea visitar la ciudadela de Machupicchu, el Templo de la Luna y el Huaynapicchu en el horario de 10:00 a 11:00am (200 personas).

·         Adulto Extranjero s/.152.00
·         Estudiante Extranjero s/.76.00
·         Adulto CAN s/.91:00
·         Estudiante CAN s/.46.00

5.   Machupicchu - Montaña: Escoja esta opción si Ud. desea visitar la ciudadela de Machupicchu Machupicchu y realizar el ascenso a la Montaña denominada “Machupicchu” (son puras escalinatas) desde el cual podrá apreciar todo la ciudadela de Machupicchu y disfrutar de una hermosa vista así también realizar tomas fotográficas panorámicas. El ascenso a la Montaña denominada "Machupicchu" toma un tiempo de 1h y 50 minutos aproximadamente. Esta ruta es aconsejable para personas que se encuentren en buen estado físico.


Horario de Ingreso:  De 07:00hs a 12:00hs

  • Adulto Extranjero S/. 142.00
  • Estudiante Extranjero S/.71.00
  • Adulto CAN S/.81:00
  • Estudiante CAN S/.41.00
Todos los precios publicados son en NUEVOS SOLES (moneda Peruana) Si se encuentra en Perú puede realizar su reserva en nuestra página web www.machupicchu.gob.pe y realizar el pago en cualquier oficina del Banco de la Nación del Perú a nivel Nacional el pago es en efectivo y Soles (moneda Peruana) de Lunes a Viernes de 8:00 - 17:30 hrs Y Sábados de 9:00 - 13:00hrs, es necesario presentar el FORMATO DE RESERVA impreso.
Recuerde que toda reserva es válida por 6 horas, tiempo en el que debe realizar el pago caso contrario la reserva sera cancelada. Toda venta esta sujeta a la disponibilidad de espacios y las tarifas publicadas son en Nuevos Soles (Moneda Peruana).


ESTUDIANTES:

La venta de boletos para estudiantes y/o menores de edad (8 a 17 años), por el momento SOLO puede comprar de manera presencial en:
ü  Nuestras oficinas del Ministerio de Cultura Cusco ubicadas en Av. De la Cultura Nº238 Condominio Huascar-Wanchaq de Lunes a Sábado de 07:00 a 18:30hr (No se atiende días festivos).
ü  A través de una agencia de viajes o guía autorizado que podrá encontrar en nuestra página web http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/ en la opción Consultas/Agencias/Guías.
ü  Recuerde que para estudiantes Peruanos necesitan acreditar con el carné Universitario CON FECHA VIGENTE y para estudiantes Extranjeros con carné ISIC original con fecha vigente, en caso de menores de edad (8 a 17 años) solo necesita acreditar con el DNI, partida de nacimiento o pasaporte.
ü  Menores de 7 años no pagan solo tienen que acreditar en la puerta de ingreso.

 La tarifa de estudiantes es la mitad de precio, de acuerdo a la ruta elegida.


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Friday, December 23, 2016

Santuranticuy - Sale of Saints

Santuranticuy (means sale of saints), is the Traditional Folk Art Fair in Cusco city, and it is part of the celebrations in Cusco's Christmas.


It takes place on December 24 of each year in Plaza de Armas of Cusco.
It is one of the biggest celebrations, where craftsmen come from all regions of Peru to exhibit their crafts that make allusion to Saints and the typical Manuelito Child.


It is also customary to buy dresses for the Child Jesus and candles for the Christmas celebration.


The Christmas crafts made from various techniques such as wood, ceramics, silverware, imaginería and others.

The Christmas in Cusco, does not go unnoticed, the whole town joins to the choral presentations, and makes decorations on the balconies of historic center and people build manger or "births" in their homes, institutions, churches and other premises.



The mangers are decorated with native flora of Cusco brought from the field and the people, usually, put in their manger small animals that sell in the fair. Who want, can participate in the contest of Cusqueños Births that organizes EMUFEC (Municipal Corporation Celebrations Cusco).


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What is the BOLETO TURISTICO?


The best way to get entry tickets for almost all sites in Cusco and Sacred Valley areas is to purchase a Boleto Turistico – Tourist Ticket. Most of the major archeaological sites can only be visited with the boleto.

The full "Boleto General" ticket covers 16 archeological and cultural sites in all Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Southern Valley. It costs S/ 130 and is valid for 10 days. If you are planning on visiting several sites over more than 1 or 2 days, this is really the only way to go. Students 25 years and under and carrying an ISIC ID and chilren can buy the BT Estudiante for S/ 70. For Peruvian nationals, boletos are S/ 70 for the Boleto General and S/ 40 for the Boleto de Estudiante.

Alternatively, there are 3 partial boletos (divided as circuits or "circuitos") that can be purchased separately which allow you to visit a sub-set of sites. The partial boletos are valid for 2 days. Each circuit is S/ 70. For students if you stll want the partial it is still 70 soles.

Circuit I (good for 1 day):
  •  Sacsayhuaman
  •  Qenqo
  •  Pucapucara
  •  Tambomachay

Circuit II (good for 2 days):
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Regional History
  • Museum of Popular Art
  • Museum at Qoriqancha
  • Pachacutec statue
  • Native Music and Dance show at Qosqo Center of Native Art
  • Tipon
  • Piquillaqta

Circuit III (good for two days):
  • Pisaq
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Moray

Note that several of the major sites, including Sacsayhuaman, Pisaq, Ollantaytambo and Chinchero do not have individual visit tickets and can only be seen by purchasing a Boleto Turistico. Smaller sites such as Tipon and Moray however can be visited separately.
Tickets can be purchased on Avenida el Sol in an office right next to the iPeru office. Or at the entry of any of the sites included on the Boleto Turistico. Address is: Av. Sol 103 Of. 102 Galerias Turisticas.

Note: The following sites or museums are NOT part of the Boleto Turistico
  • Machupicchu: 130 soles
  • Museo Inca: 15 soles
  • Temple of Kiricancha: 15 soles
  • All Churches including the Cathedral: The Catedral cost 25 soles for students 15 soles, The church of the Jesuits cost 12 soles and other ones got also that average Price of 10 to 15 soles, you can always buy them at any church.
  • Note, you can also buy the Religious Boleto Turistico for all churches which is 30 soles valid for some days.

The official Boleto Turisco website (only one) is http://www.cosituc.gob.pe/

All customers can choose any of those touristic spots and ask for a tour guide in Cusco city, the service will be powered by IM WAY TOURS – Richard & Elvis - Creators of

Monday, December 12, 2016

Inca Architechture

A little bit about the mind-blowing inca architechture


Pachacuti the Sapa Inca and ruler of all the Incas built the incredible complex of Machu Picchu. As Pachacuti was quiet a macho man, for after he named himself Sapa Inca, he drank out of the skull of the pitifully defeated Chanca leader, he made sure that the city reflected his power and reverence to the Gods. The Incas built a 15,000 mile road called the Inca trail in order to communicate from this city center to the other colonies.

Mapi


Inca trail

The architecture in Machu Picchu continues to astound visitors. The stones for the entire complex were cut so intricately and finely that even today, the stones remain solid and together, so neatly arranged that it is difficult to slide a piece of paper in between the stones. All the buildings in Picchu abide by classic Inca architecture. For instance, the buildings have irregular walls, gates are in trapezoidal shape and niches and sculptures are used as part of the architectural design and decoration.

The urban center of Machu Picchu is separated in two sections. The first section is split into 5 compounds in the south. The Main Entrance offers a great vantage point to the rest of the city, displaying the south side with 5 distinct compounds and the north part with 22 sites within. The second compound, Sunturhuasi 9, displays a crescent-shaped site with an impressive decorated window. There is also a Royal Tomb at this site.

Royal Tomb
Machu Picchu is also famed as a citadel of the platforms, stairways and water fountains. There are more than a hundred stairs, some with a hundred steps or more. In the northwestern section of Machu Picchu, there remain 17 springs arranged delicately so to direct water to flow smoothly from the top section to the lower section of the compound. This compound was believed to have served as the royal housing with 12 compounds and 2 courtyards for the llamas and gardens.


The Incas were obsessed with symmetry. All the homes in Machu Picchu were shaped like pentagonal prisms and did not have roofs. The complexity of this mammoth design is spectacular even amidst today’s skyscrapers and towers.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

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