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1. City Tour and 4 Ruins

Length of the Tour: 5 hours

Location: Cusco

Height: 3400 – 3700 msnm / 11,155 – 12,140 ft

Difficulty Level: Easy – Mild

Departures: Daily

Visit the city of Cusco and its main archaeological sites in approximately 5 hours. You will be amazed by the imperial Inca architecture and the temples surrounding the Qoricancha or “Temple of the Sun”. You will visit the Cathedral of Cusco built in 1560, its construction took 100 years and it was built over the foundations of the Palace of the Inca Wiracocha (eighth Inca), it houses more than 300 canvases from the Cusco Art School. You will visit the Archaeological Site of Sacsayhuaman, where the Inti Raymi is celebrated every year and it’s the admiration of the whole world for its huge boulders of more than 100 tons. You will also see the Archaeological Sites of Qenqo, a sacred place for ceremonies and mummification, the military construction of Puca Pucara or Red Fortress and finally Tambomachay, the temple dedicated to the cult of water.

We will start the tour in the afternoon with the visit of the Cusco Cathedral (or Basilica of the Virgin of the Assumption), which is located in front of the Plaza de Armas (Main Square) and is the most important religious monument in the city of Cusco. Its construction took about 100 years and in 1983 it was declared as World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Next we will see the Qoricancha or Temple of the Sun, located a few blocks from the Plaza de Armas. It was the main Inca temple that was later destroyed by the Spaniards during the colonization process. The golden enclosure, as it was known, was a sacred place where worship was rendered to the main Inca God, the Sun.

Later we will visit the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a ceremonial center located 2km away from the city, with an area of ​​approximately 3,100 hectares. Its megalithic walls still cause the admiration of many. From the fortress you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Cusco and every year the Inti Raymi Fest is celebrated here.

Then we will proceed with the visit to the archaeological sites of Qenqo, which was a sanctuary and worship center, Puca Pucara or Red Fortress, which was a military construction and administrative center, its name is after the red color of its rocks; and finally Tambomachay, a temple dedicated to the worship of water and a place of rest.

-Pick up at the hotel

-Private transfer

-Private guide

-Entrance ticket to the Qoricancha (15 soles per person – approx. $4-$5 USD)

-Entrance ticket to the Cathedral (25 soles per person – approx. $6-$7 USD)

-Cusco Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turístico) – Full circuit 130 soles (approx. $34 USD) or Partial circuit 70 soles (approx. $19 USD)

-Weather is usually sunny during the day, however we recommend wearing warm clothes for the afternoon and waterproof coats or poncho during the rainy season.

-Comfortable clothing and shoes.

-Bring water and snacks with you.

-Wear sunblock, we recommend the use of hats and sunglasses as well.

-Do not forget your personal documents.

-Bring some cash in case you wish to purchase some souveniers, drinks or snacks.

$85 USD – Fixed price, 1-6 people.

*Tours are flexible and can be tailored to your preference 

2. Walking Tour

Length of the Tour: 4 hours

Location: Cusco

Height: 3400 msnm / 11,150 ft

Difficulty Level: Easy

Departures: Daily

One way to enjoy and get familiar with the city of Cusco is by foot. This tour will take you through Saint Peter’s Market, the Main Square, the Archbishop’s Palace and the San Blas Neighborhood.

The Guide will pick you up at your hotel and will start the tour with the San Pedro market, which was designed by French architect, Gustave Eiffel, and inaugurated in 1925. We will have the opportunity to observe the great variety of agricultural products, crafts and typical dishes offered to the public at affordable prices.

We will visit the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral of Cusco on the outside. As we walk towards the picturesque neighborhood of San Blas or the craftsmen’s neighborhood, we will visit the interior of the Archbishop’s Palace of Cusco, that was built on the foundations of the Inca Roca Palace (sixth Inca) and we will be able to see the 12-angle stone. We will continue our tour up to the San Blas neighborhood, where we will visit workshops and art galleries and finally the Temple of San Blas built in 1544, which has an impressive pulpit carved in cedar wood by the indigenous artist Juan Tomás Tuyro Tupac.

-Private guide

-Transfer from San Blas (last stop of the visit) to your hotel

-Entrance ticket to the Archbishop’s Museum

-Entrance ticket to the Temple of San Blas  

*Both tickets cost 15 soles (approx. $4-$5 USD)

-Weather is usually sunny during the day, however we recommend wearing warm clothes for the afternoon and waterproof coats or poncho during the rainy season.

-Comfortable clothing and shoes.

-Bring water and snacks with you.

-Wear sunblock, we recommend the use of hats and sunglasses as well.

-Do not forget your personal documents.

-Bring some cash in case you wish to purchase some souveniers, drinks or snacks.

$70 USD – Fixed price, 1-6 people.