City Tour in Cusco (Half Day)

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Cusco City Tour Details

A City Tour in Cuscos is an excellent way to gain an understanding of the city’s rich history and culture. As the ancient capital of the Incas, Cusco is steeped in mystery and hidden wonders. Visitors often view it as a gateway to the Sacred Valley of Incas and Machu Picchu, but the city’s enduring popularity is a testament to its own unique charm.

The name Cusco, derived from the Quechua word Qosqo, meaning the navel of the world, reflects the city’s strategic importance within the vast Inca empire.

This day tour from Cusco uncovers many fascinating facts, some of which are unknown even to locals. The tour begins at the impressive Cathedral of Cusco and continues to the ancient Inca temple of the sun, Coricancha (now known as Santo Domingo Church).

qoricancha

You will then be visiting the prime four archaeological sites – Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. 

We highly recommend doing a Cusco City Tour on your first day in the city. It would help you acclimatise to the altitude of Cusco. It would also serve as an introduction to Incas past. This would help you on your trip to Machu Picchu.

Do take a moment to see our review on TripAdvisor. 

Departure & Return Location

Plaza De Armas Cusco

Departure Time

10:00 AM / 01:00 PM

Price Includes

  • Bi-lingual Guide
  • All transportation

Price Excludes

  • Cusco Tourist Tickets
  • Meals

Recommended To Carry

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
Itinerary

Cusco City Tour

Qorikancha

Qorikancha was one of the most revered Inca temples dedicated to the sun, with a courtyard filled with gold statues.

When the Spanish captured the Incan emperor, Atahualpa, they demanded a ransom for his release, which was largely made up of gold from Qorikancha. Tragically, the Spanish killed Athahualpa after receiving the ransom. 

qoricancha_by_night

Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman, a beautiful stone fortress located on a hill overlooking Cusco, is one of the most popular tourist sites in the city.
 
The Incas built this impressive structure with incredible skill, precisely carving massive stones that fit together perfectly without the use of mortar.
 
The complex houses several significant sites, but the mystery remains as to how the Incas transported these large stone blocks to the site.
 

saqsayhuaman

Q’enqo

Q’enqo was a site used by the Incas for sacrificial and mummification rituals.

qenqo

Tambomachay

Tambomachay served as a spa to the elites of Incas. The natural spring water flows in even today from the nearby hot springs.

Tambomachay served as a spa for the elite of the Inca Empire, utilizing natural spring water from nearby hot springs.

tambomachay

Puca Pucara

Puca Pucara, named for its reddish hue at dusk, supposedly was a strategic military site used by the Incas to protect Cusco from invaders. It is located near Tambomachay.

puka_pukara

 

FAQs

 

Q: What is the best time to take the Cusco City Tour?

A: The best time to take the Cusco City Tour is in the morning, as the weather is usually clearer and the tourists are fewer.

 

Q: How long does the Cusco City Tour take?

A: The Cusco City Tour typically lasts for 4-5 hours.

 

Q: Is the Cusco City Tour suitable for children?

A: The Cusco City Tour is suitable for children aged 6 and above.

 

Q: Is there a restroom available during the Cusco City Tour?

A: There are restrooms available at some of the sites, but not at all of them. It is recommended to use the restroom before the tour starts.

A non-stopping crowd walks in front of the Company of Jesus's church during the day.

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