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Cusco City Tour

Cusco City Tour

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Cusco, the oldest continuously inhabited city in South America, the archaeological capital of America and the most cosmopolitan city in Peru, is full of contrasts, not only in its structures but in everything related to it; its culture, its celebrations, its food, the people who live in it, etc.; Here you can find people from all over the world. All this mixture has given Cusco its "rare beauty". A City Tour in Cusco is the perfect start to your visit to Machu Picchu and your experience with the Andean culture.This tour is an ideal option for people who want to learn a little more about our beautiful Inca culture. The Cusco City Tour  combines not only attractions belonging to the Inca Culture, but also attractions from the times of the colony. We offer guaranteed daily departures for single people or groups of all ages; The tour is done by tourist bus. Enjoy the most representative places of the city of Cusco and in just in a few hours, discover the beauty of this historical city.

 

The mysterious city of the Inca Empire is an excellent alternative to visit. It is a mixture of beautiful landscapes, history and impressive architectures that surprise and attract anyone. Get to know this wonderful city known as the navel of the world in only half a day! Explore the different archeological places as Qoricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay.

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Quick Itinerary

13:30 We pick you up from your hotel

13:50 Guided tour of the Cathedral of Cusco

14:30 Guided tour of the Qoricancha church

15:00 Visit the Sacsayhuman and guided tour

16:00 Quenqo guided tour

16:30 Guided tour of the Pukapukara ruins

17:00 Guided tour of the Tambomachay ruins

18:30 Cusco




Full Itinerary

Cusco City Tour

The tour starts at midday from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm with the pick-up from your Hotel, depending on the proximity to the historic center of the city. The first place to visit will be the imposing Cathedral of Cusco which houses important canvases and sculptures of the Cusco school, our professional guide will explain the most important points of this place and then go to the famous Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun) in which we can appreciate the mix between Inca buildings (with their perfectly polished stone walls) and Spanish (the church built on the Inca walls). After the visit to the Qoricancha we will go out of the city towards Sacsayhuaman where we will be able to appreciate huge stone blocks of up to 40 tons perfectly placed one on the other. Our guide will explain the importance of this place since before the arrival of the Spaniards and during the colony as this place witnessed one of the greatest battles between the Incas and Spaniards. We will continue towards the sector of Qenq'o (labyrinth) that takes this name for its roads that give the impression of being inside a labyrinth here the most important place will be an ancient ceremonial table that owes its importance to that this place was probably the last lodging or resting place of Pachacuteq. We will continue on our tourist bus to Puca Pucara (red fortress) which was an important control center for people who wanted to enter the city of Cusco in Inca times, given the importance of the city that was sacred all travelers had to first purify themselves of body and soul which could be done in Tambomachay last place we will visit where you can still appreciate the skill and knowledge in hydraulic engineering achieved by the Incas. The tour ends in the city of Cusco averaging approximately 18:30 hrs.



THIS TOUR INCLUDES:

  • Tourist transportation,
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide,


NOT INCLUDED:

  • Boleto turistico (tourist ticket) to the Cusco City Tour U$ 22,
  • Entrance fee to the Cathedral U$ 8
  • Entrance fee to the Qoricancha Church U$ 5
  • Tips to local staff.


REMEMBER TO CARRY:

  • Sneakers, shirts, pants, shorts, poncho (for the rainy season)
  • Sun hat, sunscreen, bottled water and personal medications
  • Extra money,
  • Camera


Cusco City Tour: Where I will See?

Cathedral

The Cathedral (Cathedral Basilica of the Virgin of the Assumption) is the first place you will visit, it is located in the Main Square of Cusco; It was built in 1560, on the Inca palace of Huiracocha; in this wonderful religious building you can see beautiful wood carvings, embossed silver works and approximately 300 paintings from the Cusquenian School.

 

The Qoricancha Temple

The Qoricancha Temple (Convent of Santo Domingo) is one of the most important religious centers of the empire of the Incas, and it is definitely one of the best examples of the fusion of the Inca and Spanish cultures. It is located 2 blocks from the Main Square of Cusco; It houses paintings of the Cusquenian School and Inca structures that are true works of art.

 

Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman is one of the most enigmatic places on the planet, its 3 overlapping platforms of 390 m long, were built with "huge stones carved" and fitted with incredible precision; You can appreciate stones up to nine meters high and more than 120 tons of weight. This place is the head of the puma created by the original layout of the imperial city of Cusco. Here the Inti Raymi or Sun Feast is celebrated, on June 24 of each year.

 

The Qenqo Archaeological Complex

It is located one km from Sacsayhuaman and will be its next stop, it was a center of worship, and ceremonial Inca; It was dedicated to Mother Earth. In this place a space called amphitheater stands out, since the Incas had to place their dead in their trapezoidal niches; At present, only half of the original structure remains.

 

The archaeological group of Puca Pucara

Puca Pucara will be the next place you will visit, it is 10 minutes from Qenqo and is known as the red fortress, thanks to the amount of iron present in its stones. It is deduced that this place was used as a military post and resting place, and it is possible that its function was to take care of Tambomachay: in this archaeological site you will be able to appreciate fountains, aqueducts and several Inca enclosures of great architectural quality.

 

Tambomachay

Tambomachay (tanpu mach'ay, or place of rest) is the last site of the City Tour Cusco, it is located only 100 meters from Puca Pucara; It was used as a center of worship and worship of water. The enclosure is formed by a set of finely carved rocks, falls and water, canals and aqueducts fed by nearby springs.