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Cusco City Tour

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  • We are a local company located in the heart of Peru, Cusco, the imperial city of the Incas. We have for you the most fair prices, since we are an operating Agency that counts with professional and experienced local guides in long walks and expeditions all over Peru. If you are booking a tour with us you are generating work and helping the poorest villages and children, as we are the only agency that supports native peoples.
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    This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in Private groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

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    Duration : 1 Day Tour
    Availability : Daily Departures
    Departure Location : Cusco
    Destination : Archaeological sites
    Min Age : 6+
    Max People : 12 PER GROUP
    Activity

    Trip styles

    Tour Cultural
    Mountain altitude

    Max. Altitude

    3850 M. / 12631 FT.

    Half day

    Tour
    easy

    Activity Level

    EASY
    TOUR DESCRIPTION

    Cusco City Tour Half Day

    Be inspired as you walk through the ancestral streets and plazas of Cusco! You can walk through each historical era in this royal city; it is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Americas! We can trace time from Native Americans to Incans to Spaniards and now to modern-day citizens of Cusco. Besides its historical importance, Cusco is a breath-taking city with a living culture and a cuisine highly-acclaimed on the world stage!

    For your first day in this majestic city, we recommend visiting all nearby archaeological sites and admiring the surrounding landscape. Cusco maintains its customs, traditions, the mysteries, and tales about a legendary past as a city.

    Cusco holds excellent cultural richness. This tour is highly recommended for those who would like to know more about our culture. You will enjoy and visit the Main Plaza, the Historical Center, Main Cathedral of CuscoCoricancha (Temple of the Sun) & Santo Domingo Convent, and the archaeological sites of SaqsaywamanTambomachayQenqo, and Puca Pucara.

    Why Take the Cusco City Tour?

    • Cusco, Peru’s cultural capital, offers its visitors a rich historical legacy.
    • Cusco holds various titles, including UNESCO World Heritage Site, Archaeological Capital of America, Historical Capital of Peru, and Navel of the World.
    • The Inti Raymi or ‘’Sun Festival’’ is celebrated in Cusco.
    • During the Viceroyalty in Cusco, houses and colonial churches and convents with magnificent art pieces were built on top of Incan walls and foundations.
    TOUR ITINERARY

    Cusco City Tour Full Itininerary

    Places we will arrive
    Cusco´s Cathedra
    Koricancha Temple
    Saqsayhuaman
    Q`enqo
    Puka Pukara
    Tambomachay

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco at 13:20 – 13:50 hrs to begin your City Tour. First, we will visit the main Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas where you will have the opportunity to see a wide range of paintings from Cusco’s School of Art, old writings, and works in gold leaf and embossed silver. Once finished, you will continue on to Koricancha or the ‘’Temple of the Sun’’ to appreciate its architecture and perfect stone constructions only seen in Inca temples of high importance. Continuing on, we will head outside the city to visit the archaeological circuit of 4 sites: Saqsaywaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. At Saqsaywaman, you will see its famous stones all carefully carved and enormous in size. At Q’enqo, you will learn some more about this archaeological site’s religious importance in the Inca times. At Puca Pucara, you will see an ancient military construction, part of Cusco’s ancient defense system. Lastly, at Tambomachay, you will see a temple dedicated to the Water Cult with fountains that still work in today.Your return to Cusco will be at approximately 18:30 hrs.

    Cusco´s Cathedral

    Located in Cusco´s Main Square, the cathedral is a colonial monument of great artistic value. It was built on top of the Wiracocha Inca Palace and houses works of carved wood such as the choir, pulpit and altars, beautiful paintings from the Cusquenian School of Art (including a Last Supper painting in which Christ and His disciples eat cuy – guinea pig!) and works of embossed silver. This cathedral flanks the grandiose Plaza de Armas – the historical and cultural heart of Cusco.

    Koricancha Temple and Santo Domingo Convent

    This religious center was built to worship the Sun, the most revered deity during the Inca Empire. Inside the temple, you will find smaller temples dedicated to the sun, moon, stars, etc. Outside are beautiful, regal gardens and fountains on the grounds of the monumental temple. Here, the combination of the extraordinary Inca architecture and the Spanish colonial architecture is what stands out the most. In addition, the Cusquenian School of Art´s gallery offers you the opportunity to appreciate some of their colonial art pieces.

    Saqsayhuaman

    Located 2 km from Cusco City, this fortress was built using enormous carved rocks joined with compelling precision. It is composed of three overlapping platforms with an average length of 360 meters. In its construction, you can see stones as big as 9 meters in height! From here, you can enjoy a spectacular view of Cusco city along with the beautiful landscape formed by the surrounding mountains.

    Q`enqo

    Located 1 km from Saqsaywaman, this complex was an Inca ceremonial cult center. The most prominent feature of this complex is an open space called the amphitheater. Back in its day, you would have found Inca mummies in the 19 trapezoidal niches found here. Today, the amphitheater is half of its original height.

    Puka Pukara

    This complex is known as the ´´ red fortress´´ due to its reddish tints resulting from the vast amounts of iron in its rocks. It is thought that this fortress was perhaps an old tambo (dairy farm?) that served both as a resting and guarding spot to protect Tambomachay. Here you can see attractive architecture, fountains, aqueducts, and several Incan enclosures.

    Tambomachay

    This complex is made up of a combination of finely carved stones, waterfalls, and aqueducts to carry water coming from nearby springs and hot springs. For this reason, Tambomachay is associated with the water cult. In front of this construction, there is a tower that is said to have served as a guarding post and communication tower.

    ADDITIONAL TRIP INFO
    INCLUDED
    Packing List
    What Is Included?
    What is included in the Cusco City Tour?
    • Pre-departure briefing.
    • Experienced Guide
    • Medical Kit
    • Customer Service 24/7.
    • All Transport
    What Is Not Included?
    • Boleto Turistico (Tourist Ticket) for entrance to archeological sites
    • Travel Insurance
    • Tips for our staff.
    • Additional costs or delays out of control of the management.
    • Personal clothing and gear
    • Entrance to Koricancha
    • Entrance to Cusco’s Cathedral
    • Snacks
    • Original Passport
    • Walking boots
    • Waterproof jacket / rain poncho
    • Warm jacket
    • Hat and gloves
    • T-shirts
    • Comfortable trousers
    • Sun hat
    • Sun cream (factor 35 or higher)
    • Insect repellant
    • Toiletries and hand sanitiser
    • Personal medication
    • Camera and film with extra batteries
    • Torch with spare batteries
    • Daypack
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