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Overview

During this tour, you will learn about the most important pre-Hispanic culture in South America: the Inkas. Throughout the city, there are many examples of architecture from Inkan times, but you will also learn about the Spanish conquest, the colonial period and the Republic of Peru, as architecture from all of those time periods is also still intact.

Daily departures available from 1:30 p.m. and tours last approximately 4.5 hours.

For private tours, start times can vary as per the needs of the clients.

Level: easy. People of all ages are welcome.

Tour stops/places of interest

Cathedral

The Main Cathedral in Cusco was built between 1560 and 1664 out of large slabs of red granite taken from the Inkan site, Sacsayhuaman.  It houses important collections of gold and silver work from the colonial period, elaborate engraved wooden altars, and a beautiful collection of oil canvas paintings from the Cusco School of Art.

Qoricancha

The convent of Santo Domingo was built on the spectacular Qoricancha, meaning site of gold.  This was the most important Inka temple in Cusco as it was dedicated to worshipping the Sun God, Inti. It was also an observatory where priests kept track of major celestial events. The walls were lined with solid gold sheets but the fine stonework beneath is all that remains now, because the conquerors looted the temple, taking all of the gold.

Sacsayhuaman

This is one of the most impressive sites built by the Inkas.  It is typically referred to as a fortress, however, it is not certain what its main function was.  Current research suggests that it was more likely to have been used as a temple, as Inkan tombs have been discovered in its vicinity. The site is a marvelous archaeological feat, with huge stones used to construct the walls, the largest of which weighing over 300 tons. Even now, after it has been destroyed, one can easily imagine its greatness when it stood in its full glory.

Q'enqo

meaning zigzag or labyrinth. This site contains the most impressive carved rocks in the Cusco area.  Although some are difficult to see, some of the carvings that have been identified are of llamas, condors, and snakes. There are several channels on top of the rock, which were probably used for pouring Chicha (a local drink made from fermented corn) through, during ceremonies.  Inside the rock there are a number of caves and passageways as well as an alter which was used for the sacrificing llamas.

PukaPukara

meaning red fortresses.  This is a small site and little is known about it. Although the name suggests that it was a fortress, it does not appear to have any defensive purpose.

Tambomachay

This site is thought to have been a temple dedicated to worshipping Water. There are some very impressive aqueducts, canals, and waterfalls carved into the stone designed to channel water flowing from a nearby stream.

Included
  • Pick up from your hotel in Cusco (the tour ends in the Main Square or you can be dropped off at your hotel)
  • Private transport
  • Spanish and English-speaking professional guide
Not Included
  • Entrance tickets/pass to the archeological sites (you will buy these tickets with your guide on the day).
    • 70 soles partial ticket (lasts 2 days): Saqsayhuaman, Pukapucara, Tambomachay, Qenqo
    • Entrance fee to the Cathedral (25 soles) and the Qoricancha Temple (10 soles).
  • Travel Insurance – we strongly recommended that you purchase travel insurance for the duration of your trip

Tips

What you should bring
  • Copy of Passport
  • ISIC card (isic.org) if applicable
  • Day pack
  • Water bottle (recommended 1 liter)
  • Snack
  • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
  • Rain gear: a good raincoat or a plastic rain poncho
  • Camera

Every Day Of The Year

We have group trips for ONE DAY TOUR every day of the year. Availability: Make your reservation (reserve at least one day in advance). Take advantage of our group prices and let yourself be enchanted by the magic of the Inca culture.

Private Service Price
  • USD$ 150.00 total (not per person) for a group between 2-5 people
  • USD$ 215.00 total (not per person) for a group between 6-10 people
  • USD$ 300.00 total (not per person) for a group between + 10 people