Cusco City Tour

Cusco City Tour

Cusco is a city with a special charm, whose Spanish Colonial and Inca structures tell an epic tale of the rise and fall of two great empires. During this 4-5 hour tour you’ll see the most significant Inca ruins in and around Cusco as well as appreciate the grandeur of the main square’s cathedral.

  • Duration1 Day
  • CategoryCultural
  • DeparturesDaily Departures Between 1:30 - 2:00pm
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Fountain in the Plaza de Armas Main Square of Cusco, Peru.
Traditionally dressed girl in the street in Cusco, Peru.
View of Koricancha, the Inca Sun Temple, in Cusco, Peru.
Interior view of the Inca Sun Temple of Koricancha in Cusco,
Tourist at the Inca Fortress of Sacsayhuaman in Cusco, Peru.
The Inca ruins of Tambomachay just outside of Cusco, Peru.
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Cusco City Tour
1 Day Program


Cusco City Proper & Outskirts

You’ll be picked up at your hotel at 1:30pm for a tour of Cusco’s historical monuments, with transport between the sites provided by tourist bus.

In the Plaza de Armas, or Main Square, of Cusco, we’ll see the 17th century baroque Cathedral built on the site where Inca Wiracocha’s palace once stood, in part with stones taken from Sacsayhuamán Fortress. It boats an altar of solid silver, paintings by the lauded Cusco School (including Zapata’s last supper with Andean guinea pig gracing the table),the largest bell in South America, known as the María Angola, and various chapels filled with masterpieces of precious materials, including the Señor de Temblores (Lord of the Earthquakes), credited with saving Cusco during the 1650 earthquake.

We’ll then move backwards in time to the prior religious center of Cusco and most sacred spot in Cusco during Inca times, Qoricancha (Golden Temple), the Temple of the Sun, where offerings were rendered to the supreme Inca deity, Inti (Sun). Though its gold was looted by the Spanish, you’ll still get a chance to see some of the finest Inca stonework in Cusco.

We’ll then move along the outskirts of Cusco, where you’ll marvel at the massive stones which form Sacsayhuaman Fortress before we continue on to Qenqo (Labyrinth/Zigzag), a shrine dedicated to the earth deity Pachamama and astronomical calendar, Tambomachay (Resting Place), the “Inca Baths” with its artificial waterfalls, canals, and aqueducts channeled through the terraced rocks, supplied by nearby springs, and Puka Pucara, believed to have been a fortress protecting the entry to Tambomachay.

You´ll be dropped off at your hotel around 6pm.

What's included on this day?

  • Transportation
  • Professional Guide

What's not included on this day?

  • Tourist ticket for entry to archeological sites (obligatory, US$24)
  • Entrance to the Koricancha (optional, US$4)
  • Entrance to the cathedral (optional, US$9)

Additional information of this tour

Tour Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Professional Guide

Not Included:

  • Tourist ticket for entry to archeological sites (Obligatory Expense, approx. US$24*)
  • Entrance to the Koricancha (Optional Expense, approx. US$4*)
  • Entrance to the cathedral (Optional Expense, approx US$9*)

(these price approximations were last updated Jan 1st, 2012 and may have varied somewhat.)

Recommended for this tour:

  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle
  • Spending Money

Entry to the archeological sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley is controlled by the Tourist Ticket. The General Tourist Ticket is good for 10 days, costs approximately S/.130 ($45) and includes entry to the sites within and on the outskirts of Cusco visited during this tour (Sacsayhuamán, Qorikancha, Tambomachay, Q’enko, Puka Pukara) and well as archeological sites within the Sacred Valley. If you are planning on touring sites in the Sacred Valley as well, the General Tourist Ticket is necessary.

If you are only planning on visiting the sites included in this tour, and not those in the city of Cusco, then you may opt for the Partial Tourist Ticket for the Cusco sites which costs S/.70 ($24) and is sufficient for this tour.

Tourist tickets can be bought at the first archeological site you visit where it is necessary for entrance and there is a student discount of 50% with valid ISIC card, up to 25 years old.

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