Cusco City Tour – Half Day

Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and is a UNESCO World Heritage city with many beautiful sites to see.  Come join us on a wonderful tour of the city taking in some of the most important archaeological sites – the Cathedral, Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay. This 4 hour tour will captivate your imagination with its interesting history and cultural background of this region.

Duration – 1 Day
Difficulty – Easy

Description

  • 4 hour tour of the most important sites of Cusco
  • Daily departures
  • Historical tour with English speaking guides
  • Amazing Inca sites!

Short Itinerary

The Cathedral
Koricancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo
Sacsayhuaman
Q’enqo
Puka Pukara
Tambomachay

* We can arrange a customised itinerary for you to include the Inca Trail Trek, contact us for more information.

Tour Itinerary

The Cathedral

The Cathedral was built between 1560 and 1664 out of large slabs of red granite taken from the Inca construction of Sacsayhuaman. It houses important collections of gold and silver work of the colonial period, elaborately engraved wooden altars and a beautiful collection of oil on canvas paintings from the Escuela Cusqueña.

Koricancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo

The convent was built on the spectacular Coricancha ‘site of gold’. This was the most important temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun and whose walls were lined with solid sheets of gold. All that remains now is the fine stonework, the conquistadors took the rest. Coricancha was also an observatory, where priests kept track of major celestial events. Today it houses an impressive collection of canvas paintings from the Escuela Cusqueña.

Sacsayhuaman 

Sacsayhuaman (which means ‘satisfied falcon’) is one of the most impressive sites built by the Incas. It is generally referred to as a fortress, however it is not certain what its main function was. Current research suggests that it was more likely to be used as a temple, as Inca tombs have been discovered in the area.

The site is a marvellous archaeological feat, even now after it was destroyed, one can only imagine its greatness when it stood in full glory. The stones in the wall are incredible and the largest weighs in at over 300 tonnes.

The Incas envisioned Cusco as having a puma shape – Sacsayhuaman was the head. The magnificent zigzag walls are the major attraction. The grounds surrounding Sacsayhuaman are still used today for the colourful festival of Inti Raymi which is held on the 24th June every year.

Q’enqo

The site of Q’enqo (meaning ‘zigzag’ or ‘labyrinth’) contains the most impressive carved rocks in the Cusco area. There are carvings everywhere, although some are a little indistinct: a llama, a condor and snakes have been identified. There are many zigzag channels on top of the rock, probably used for pouring sacrificial chicha (a local wine made from maize). Inside the rock there are a number of caves and passageways and an alter which was used for the sacrifices of llamas.

Puka Pukara

Puka Pukara translates to ‘the red fortress’. This is a small site and although the name suggests that it was a fortress, it does not appear to have any defensive purpose.

Tambomachay

This site was thought to have been used as a Temple to the Water. There are some very impressive aqueducts, canals and cascades carved in stone, designed to channel water flowing from a nearby stream.

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Tour Prices

Options Available

Group Service Private Service
Join other travelers on the tour. Departs daily with collection from central Cusco hotel between 1.10-1.20pm.

US$ 20 per person

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No other persons except your group. Departs daily. You have a Private English Speaking Guide and Private Driver at your disposal for the tour.

Tour start time: 9am or 1.30pm

1-6 persons : US$ 160 in total

7-13 persons : US$ 210 in total

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Included

  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Professional Driver
  • Transportation
  • Collection from Hotel in Cusco with group and private service (return to hotel included with only private service / group service ends Plaza de Armas)

Excluded

  • Entrance fees – You need to purchase the Boleto de Turistico at the first site you enter (Soles 130 per person; valid for 10 days and allows you entrance into 16 various sites around Cusco and the Sacred Valley or the 1 Day Boleto Turistico primarily only for the Cusco sites – price could change without notice)
  • The Cathedral (Soles 25 per person – price could change without notice)
  • Koricancha (Soles 10 per person – price could change without notice)
  • Gratuities/tips

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