The Cusco city tour is one of the must-do tours when traveling to the imperial city of the Incas. This tour will enable you to see the most relevant attractions surrounding the imperial city; immerse yourself in the magic and fill yourself with many anecdotes by taking this tour. You will also visit archaeological sites that are outside the city as Sacsayhuaman a megalithic construction, Qenko considered an underground chamber where mummification was made, Puca Pucara or red wall and Tambomachay or Inca baths, important archaeological sites of the religious character of the Inca culture.
|Type of service||Shared|
|Start Location||Your Hotel in Cusco|
|Start Time||13:00 h|
|Tour Duration||6 h Approx.|
The Cusco city tour starts with the pick up from your respective hotels and meeting points, between 1 pm to 1 pm: 30 h to then initiate the tour by the Seat of Arms here the guide explained to us about history, soon we will happen to visit the temple of the Sun known like Qoricancha, finishing this route within the city we will approach our mobility to go to the archaeological places that are outside the city, initiating by Saqsayhuman with their mysterious megalithic construction, we will visit Qenqo and Tambomachay to the distance we appreciated Puka pukara, culminating this route between the 18:30 h approximately.
Cusco’s Main Square
The initial stop is in the center or “Plaza de Armas” of Cusco, here all kinds of ceremonies were held and the victories of the Inca army were celebrated. After the Spanish conquest, it was transformed into a square by the new rulers, who built Catholic temples and mansions on the ruins of the old Inca palaces. Also surrounded by majestic cathedrals, we will find the Basilica Cathedral of the Virgin of the Assumption, construction of more than 550 years old, which was built specifically in 1560 on the Inca palace Huiracocha. Another detail that also in this square, was executed Tupac Amaru II in 1781 (the William Wallace Andino)
The Qoricancha Temple
Qoricancha, Ccorichancha (in Quechua: Quri Kancha, ‘Golden Temple or Precinct of Gold’) also known as the Convent of Santo Domingo, is the second religious site to be visited. This was the main Inca temple, which was later destroyed by the conquistadors during the colonization process.
This golden enclosure, as it was known, was a sacred place where they worshiped the Inca god: the Inti (Sun), so you could only enter fasting, barefoot, and with a load on your back as a sign of humility. The front was a majestic wall made of the finest stone, decorated only with a fine sheet of pure gold, three meters high, with a roof of fine and delicately cut straw. Here the fusion between the Spanish Inca culture will be highlighted. We will also see artistic paintings belonging to the colony.
Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park
In the surroundings of Cusco are the third stop, an enigmatic place called Sacsayhuaman. It is an Inca “ceremonial fortress” located two kilometers north of the city of Cusco. It is a structure made of enormous stones carved in granite, approximately 9 meters high and weighing around 100 tons almost in perfect position. With the annihilation of the Inca nobility, the techniques that allowed the construction of this monumental fortress or sanctuary disappeared from human memory;
If you take the Cusco City Tour, on June 24th, you will be able to enjoy the “Fiesta del sol” or Inti Raymi, an annual and emblematic celebration that is unique in the world.
Archaeological Park of Qenqo
Qenko or labyrinth, in the time of the Inca was another center dedicated to the rite has an amphitheater of the semicircular form where they were placed to the dead and their underground galleries. It is said that here were performed cults and ceremonies dedicated to the mother earth, which is destroyed by the passage of time, but not so much as to call it ruins.
Puca Pucara receives its name in Quechua of “Red Fortress”, due to the red color that the rocks acquire during the dusk or dawn this coloration is due to the iron, it is possible to emphasize that it was a military construction or fortress and that it is made up of great walls, terraces, and stairways and was part of the defensive set of the Cusco in particular of the Inca Empire.
Tambomachay Archaeological Park
Tambomachay in Spanish, or Tampumachay which in the local language would be, ‘place of rest’ consists of an archaeological site destined for the cult of water and so that the Inca and his army could rest. It is located only 100 meters from Puca Pucara. It is composed of carved rocks, which form a beautiful set of channels and waterfalls, which are currently active from springs.
What does the Cusco City tour include?
- Tourist transportation.
- Pick up from your hotel (your hotel must be near the main square of Cusco or the historical center, if it is in an urban area we will coordinate a meeting point).
- Professional tourist guide in Spanish and English.
The City tour does not include:
- Admission to different attractions to be visited (You can buy the entrance ticket in each archaeological site).
- Services not described in our program.
What Entrance Tickets you need for the City tour in Cusco
Entrance tickets to Qoricancha 15.00 soles or 5 USD for the first point (we can arrange this at the entrance, coordinate with the guide who will help you at all times) for national and foreign tourists.
ADDITIONALLY, we require the partial or general tourist ticket according to your travel itinerary in the city of Cusco.
There are two types of income this will depend on the number of days you stay in the city of Cusco.
Partial tourist ticket
If you only want to do the City Tour in the city of Cusco, you will require the “Partial Tourist Ticket” in which the entrance fees to Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay are included:
Adult Foreign Price: s/. 70.00
National Adult Price: s/. 40.00
General tourist ticket
If you want to do this tour and many others we recommend you buy this ticket
With the general tourist ticket, you will not only be able to visit: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay, in addition, this ticket includes the entrance to Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, Tipon, Pikillaqta, and museum within the city of Cusco like The site museum of Qoricancha, Regional Historical Museum, Contemporary Art Museum and the Monument to the Inca Pachacutec.
Adult Foreign Price: s/. 130.00
National Adult Price: s/. 70.00
What places do we visit on the Cusco city tour?
- Plaza de Armas
- Puca Pucara
- The climate of Cusco is temperate. The days are usually sunny. However, rains can occur at any time. It is advisable to bring a rain poncho.
- The city of Cusco is located at 3,399 meters above sea level at this altitude, it is recommended to drink coca tea or Muña (Wild Mint) to fight altitude sickness.
- Bring plenty of water, snacks, and cash.
- It is also advisable to use sunscreen and wear a hat or cap.
Cusco city tour map
Please zoom in on the map and click on the green buttons to see the pictures of the places that you will visit.