Experience an unforgettable half-day journey through time and culture: Explore Cusco city and its rich heritage on a fascinating city tour. Your guide will give you a thorough tour of each site along the way, teaching you about the architecture and ancient traditions, as well as the customs that the locals continue to practice today. The tour begins at 12:00 pm and ends at approximately 18:00 pm.
About this activity:
Full Itinerary: The Ultimate Cusco City Tour
Pick up from your hotel about 12:00 pm and will begin the tour at the most important temple of the Inca Empire, the Sun Temple, known as the Qorikancha. Here, you can observe detailed and intact architecture, and within the temple you will see smaller temples dedicated to the moon, rainbow, stars, lightning and thunder, among others.
From there, we will walk to an important religious site ‘The Cathedral’ located at the main square.
Then we will go by car to Sacsaywaman, the Spanish considered it a military fortress because of its location and the way it was built.
Next, we will visit Qenqo, a site built in a natural rock formation which was created to represent the Andean constellations and the concept of the three worlds, each one representing sacred animals: the condor, puma, and snake.
After that we will travel to Puka Pukara, which was a shelter for travelers coming to Cusco from the Amazon. It was also a military center and used to protect the nearby temple located at Tambomachay.
Our last stop is Tambomachay, known as the Temple of Water, where the Incas practiced religious traditions tied to water in order to rejuvenate the land. This tradition is known as the fountain of eternal youth.
From there, we will return to the city and drop you off at your hotel at around 6:00 pm.
What to Bring:
- Trekking shoes or light hiking boots
- A small day backpack to carry your personal belongings
- Comfortable clothing
- Money for the tourist pass and Qoricancha entrance ticket
- Rain jacket or plastic poncho
- Water and snacks
Services included in your trip:
- Official tour guide fluent in English
- Partial tourist pass
- Entrance ticket to Qoricancha and Cathedral
Services excluded in your trip:
FAQs The Ultimate Cusco City Tour
- A guided tour of important places
- All transport from your arrival
- Professionally guided tour
- Personal expenses
- Tips to guide and driver