The White Christ is undoubtedly one of the most famous monuments in Cusco, it is a statue of a Jesus Christ almost 80 meters high that rests very close to Sacsayhuaman and that is one of the favorite places among tourists to visit and take some nice pictures or simply be able to appreciate Cusco from this beautiful viewpoint.
Did you know his story? Now we tell you.
History of the White Christ
The white Christ is a beautiful white statue located on the Pukamoqo hill, donated by the Palestinian Arabs who migrated to this part of Peru as a refuge after the Second World War. The appearance of the effigy is very similar to the Christ the Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, like this with his arms outstretched in the air. This is a much smaller version but it also retains its own charm.
According to Inca legends, it is known that the Pukamoqo hill was a site dedicated to spirituality. This urban myth refers to the ground that you step on when you arrive at this tourist attraction, contains samples of the four suyos of the Inca Empire, we are talking about the Tawantinsuyo. This fantastic tourist destination is a must stop for tourists arriving for the first time in Cusco, there is no entrance fee and being on a high site, it is considered a strategic viewpoint.
Where is the White Christ located?
The Cristo Blanco monument is located just 2 kilometers on foot from the city of Cusco, a few steps from the entrance gate to the archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman. Geographically it is located at 3,575 meters above sea level.
How to get to the White Christ?
From the center of the city of Cusco, we can choose to reach the White Christ in 3 ways:
On foot – From the Plaza de Armas you must go up in a straight line towards the San Blas neighborhood. Then you must take the streets ‘Siete angelitos’ or ‘Atoqsayk’uchi’ until you reach the main road (Circunvalación road). Finally, you must walk along the track until you reach the White Christ. The journey takes 40 minutes on average.
By taxi – The trip takes approximately 15 minutes. The price of the service is approximately 15 soles from the city center.
By public transport bus – At the location of the “Mercado Rosaspata” the buses of the companies “Señor del Huerto” or “Cristo Blanco” arrive, which will take you to the monument in approximately 30 minutes. The buses follow the Circunvalación highway. The price of the service is 1 sun.
What can we visit nearby?
The Sacsayhuaman Fortress or “Saqsaywaman” is an Inca archaeological site whose construction dates back to the 15th century. It is one of the most incredible Inca empire buildings in the world. This Inca architectural achievement represents a magnificent building since it is the most extensive ceremonial center built by the Incas during their empire.
Qenqo is the name given to the Inca archaeological center located on the outskirts of the city of Cusco. This archaeological site is famous for its underground tunnels. According to history, it is said that Qenqo was an Inca site where religious ceremonies were held. In addition, it is also known as the forest of Qenqo
Puca Pucara is an old Inca military construction located in the city of Cusco. This fortress is made up of large walls, terraces and stairways. In Puca Pucara you will be able to appreciate different constructions, among them are: squares, enclosures, bathrooms, terraces. The constructions of this complex are characterized by being made of limestone.
Tambomachay, is one of the most important archaeological sites in the city of Cusco. Formerly, this place was known as the “Inca spa”. The main function of this archaeological complex was to provide water to the nearby archaeological sites and also served as a resting place for the Inca ruler, right there is the main waterfall known as “the baths of the Inca”, which until today its waters flow completely normal.
Do not hesitate and visit this beautiful statue that will undoubtedly take your breath away. If you are looking to schedule your tour of the city of Cusco. Check out our tours!