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Cusco City Tour Half Day

Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire called Tawantinsuyo and is a living museum overflowing with our country’s history and culture. You can see the different stages of History from ancient times to the Conquest until modern days. There are numerous archeological sites, Cathedrals, museums, night clubs in the social scene and many shops to explore. Cusco is the most important tourist destination in Peru as it is the gateway to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, not to mention a lot of fun. You can see the different stages of the history from ancient times to the Conquest until modern times. Visit the most interesting sites in and around Cusco such as the Cusco Cathedral, the Koricancha, which was once filled with gold until plundered by invaders, Sacsayhuaman fortress and its military Inca architecture, and the archaeological sites of QenqoPucapucara and Tambomachay. There are also places to do amazing treks, and discover superb landscapes and more.

Itinerary

CUSCO CITY TOUR – PRIVATE GUIDED TOURS EVERY DAY

In the morning (9 am) or afternoon (1pm)

In the  morning or afternoon, we will Tour the Imperial City of Cusco, a living museum with a mix of Andean and Spanish culture. You will visit Koricancha, the ancient Inca Palace and the main worship center of the Sun God, which was once filled with gold until plundered by invaders. Our tour continues to the unmatched archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman fortress and its military Inca architecture, which dominates the city and is constructed with 100 ton boulders, the heaviest being 126 tons, not native to the area. (A Mystery) Finally, we explore the archaeological sites of Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay before heading back to your hotel in Cusco by early evening.

Koricancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo

The convent was built on the spectacular Coricancha ‘Field of gold’. This was the most important temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun and the walls of which were lined with solid sheets of gold. All that remains now is the fine stonework; the conquistadors took the rest and destroyed the temple to build the convent. Coricancha was also an observatory, where priests kept track of major celestial events. Today it houses an impressive collection of canvas paintings from the Cusco School of art. 

Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman (which means ‘satisfied falcon’) is one of the most impressive sites built by the Incas. It is generally referred to as a Fortress. The stones in the wall are incredible and the largest one weighs 128 tons, and nobody can explain how they moved these boulders. The Incas viewed Cusco as having a puma shape and Sacsayhuaman was the head. Sacsayhuaman is still used today for the Inti Raymi festival held to celebrate the winter solstice on the 24th of June.

Q’enqo

The site of Q’enqo (meaning ‘maze’ in quechua) contains the very impressive hand-carved stones. There are carvings everywhere, although some are very indistinct, such as a llama, a condor and snakes have been identified. There are many zigzag channels on top of the natural rock, probably used for pouring sacrificial chicha (a local liquor made from corn). Below the rock, there are a number of caves and passageways , an altar which was used for the sacrifices of llamas, and mummifications of buried people have been discovered.

Pukapukara

Puka Pukara is translated to ‘the red fortress’ in quechua. This is a small site and although the name suggests that it was a fortress, it does not appear to have had any defensive purpose but theorize that it could have been used to protect the water source at Tambomachay.

Tambomachay

The name means “place of rest” in quechua. It was the royal hacienda of the Inca Yupanqui when he went to hunt in the surrounding area. This site was also thought to have been used as a Temple to the Water. There are some interesting aquaducts, canals and cascades sculpted out of stone, designed to channel water flowing from a nearby stream.

Inclusions

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation to visit all Inca sites
  • Tax
  • Water

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED   

  • Entrance to Archeological sites: Purchase the Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket) of 70 soles (about $22 USD), at the first site you enter. This can be used for 1 day to visit archeological sites in the Cusco region.  (See important info, for other options)
  • Entrance of Qoricancha ( 10 Soles per person)
  • Meals

Price

Please Note:  The Cusco City Tour is only offered to our clients doing at least a 2-day tour or trek to Machu Picchu.

No. OF PEOPLEPRICE
Group from 1 to 6 people$ 127 USD for the total group (not per person)
Group from 7 to 12 people$ 157 USD for the total group (not per person)

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

ENTRANCE FEES

  • Entrance to Archeological sites: The Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket)  soles (about $40 USD), at the first site you enter. This can be used for 10 days to visit all sites in the Cusco region.  (See important info)
  • Entrance of Koricancha (10 Soles per person).
  • Meals

Important Info

The Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket)

You have the Option to Purchase a 1 Day or a 10 Day Boleto Turistico. 

The partial ticket, or 1-Day ticket costs 70 soles (about  $20 USD) and is valid for 1 day. You can visit as many sites as you like in one day with no further charge. There are no discounts with this ticket.

Both tourist tickets, 1-day or 10-day, allows the access to different archeological sites in and around Cusco, the Sacred Valley, various museums in Cusco, the Main Cathedral, the Qoricancha and more.  This is the best way to visit all the archeological sites of the region and the Sacred Valley. Most of the main archeological sites are not accessible for free.

The general ticket, or 10-Day Ticket is 130 soles (about $38 USD) and is valid for 10 days. This is the cheapest and most convenient way to plan to see different sites in a few days.

Here is a list of sites where you can use your Boleto Touristico:

  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Qenqo
  • Pucapucara
  • Tambomachay
  • Pisaq
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Moray
  • Tipon
  • Piquillaqta
  • Pachacutec Monument
  • Cusco’s Native Art Center
  • Museum of popular Art
  • Museum of contemporary Art
  • Museum of Regional History

Note : The entrance ticket to the main archeological sites such as Sacsaywaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Tipón and Moray cannot be sold individually; you Must buy the Boleto turístico to visit them. You can get it in Avenida el Sol near our office or at the time you enter the first site that you are visiting. YOU MUST PAY IN SOLES, NO CREDIT CARDS OR US DOLLARS ARE ACCEPTED. 

ImportantThese entrances are not included in the Boleto Touristico.  

  • The entrance to Qoricancha or Santo Domingo Convent (10 soles)
  • The entrance to the Cathedral (25 soles)

Packing list

WHAT TO BRING FOR CUSCO CITY TOUR?

  • Passport
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Some money for souvenirs
  • Money in soles to purchase boleto touristico y entrance Koricancha (80 soles)
  • Original passport
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