Author: Checklist Viajero
You only need a day to travel the Andean Baroque Route, an unconventional circuit in Cusco that you can visit in guided plans or on your own, as we did.
The starting point is the temple of the Company of Jesus, located in the Plaza de Armas of Cusco. Upon entering, the main altar covered in gold leaf and the art pieces of the Cusco School attract attention. Another of its best kept treasures is the view of the square from its bell towers.
Jewels of the South Valley
We take a taxi that in an hour reaches the second point of the route: the chapel of the Purified Virgin of Canicunca, located in the district of Huaro, in the province of Quispicanchis. When getting out of the car, the view to the lagoon of Urcos steals several minutes of the visit.
Although its facade does not surprise like the previous one, it is its interior walls -colorful wide- which impacts us. Even the roofs show images in reddish, golden and green tones. But the most curious thing is that the main altarpiece has a painted Virgin instead of the typical sculptural figure.
We advance one kilometer to the southwest and find the church of Huaro, with a thousand meters of mural painting, the only fresco of the whole route and the work of the Cusquenian Tadeo Escalante on the final judgment, one of the best of the Andean Baroque, or perhaps the best.
The last temple of the circuit is eight minutes by car, in the district of Andahuaylillas (Quispicanchis). It is known as the Sistine Chapel of America for the artistic wealth that houses and has been recently restored.
We do not know what impresses more, whether the altar made in gold leaf or the huge murals used to evangelize the Indians or that cover of the baptistery that has the phrase “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Spirit. Santo “in five languages, including Quechua, Aymara and Puquina.
• Admission to the four temples of the Baroque route is S/ 15 per national traveler. Children under 10 do not pay.
Milagros Vera, Checklist blogger Traveler and frequent visitor to Cusco advises you:
– Carry your ID because there are different prices for Peruvians and foreigners. You must present it at the time of purchase.
– Lunch in the South Valley, which offers good gastronomic options such as the duck of the town of Lucre or the giant loaves called chuta that are made in Oropesa.
– Try to stay very close to the Plaza de Armas. Besides being the starting point of the proposed route, it is a must-see that you must enjoy day and night.