We will pick you up from your hotel at 8 am in our private van to start our adventure. Our first stop is at the Large White Statue on top of the hill called Cristo Blanco, which is lit up 24 hours a day, looking over Cusco. There, we start our tour at the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman (Not Sexy woman), with its impressive Inca Military construction, built to protect the city from invaders. Then, we explore the archaeological sites of Q’enqo, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay, which are on the way to Pisac in the Sacred Valley.
Next, we stop at Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary, which has a variety of rescued and protected Peruvian wildlife, including Pumas, Andean Condors (a sacred bird in Peru), and more. Then, we head to the mirador of Taray to appreciate an overhead view of the Urubamba Valley. Next, we head to the Pisac archaeological site, where you can see the biggest Inca cemetery with more than 2,000 tombs. There we can see the hand-carved farming terraces on the side of the Mountain, explore the Inca tunnel, and the religious site of this famous Inca ruin. Here we will spend approximately 2 hours exploring the Inca city.
Then, we visit the colorful market of Pisac, in the Inca Village that is famous for it being the largest pre-Columbian style handicraft and textile market in the region of Cusco. There you will be able to appreciate a mixture of colors, Inca Culture, and Tradition. You will have plenty of opportunities to test your bartering skills, interact with the local artisans, and purchase their hand-made souvenirs. You will discover Alpaca goods of all types, such as sweaters, shawls, hats, gloves, spreads, woven textile rugs, local silver jewelry, decorations, alpaca rugs, artwork, and trinkets of all types. Be sure to try the homemade pizza and empanadas made in large old fashioned Inca ovens. There, you can stop for lunch and try out all of the local food. We will return to Cusco at approximately 4 or 5 pm.
Sacsayhuaman (which means satisfied falcon) is one impressive site built by the Inca as a Fortress. The stones in the wall are incredible, with the largest weighing in at 128 tons, and nobody being able to explain how they moved them into place.
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.
The site of Q’enqo (meaning ‘maze’ in Quechua) contains the impressive hand-carved stones. Everywhere carvings have been identified of llamas, condors, and snakes. There are many zigzag grooves 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 lamas, and mummifications of buried people have been discovered.
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.
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.
Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary
CCOCHAHUASI ANIMAL SANCTUARY is a family-run private organization, dedicated to rescuing and looking after animals which have suffered mistreatment, poachers or illegal hunters who commercialize protected species. The Sanctuary hosts the magnificent Condors, Pumas, llamas, Alpacas, and numerous other rare and endangered animal species of Peru. It is definitely worth the visit.
Located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley, you will find Pisac. It is a traditional Inca Village that is famous for being the largest pre-Columbian style handicraft market in the region. At this colorful Inca market, you will be able to interact with locals who make these hand-made items. You can shop for Alpaca goods, blankets, rugs, local jewelry, and much more. If you don’t feel like shopping, taking in the atmosphere is a great way to experience the market as well.
Pisac is very impressive, and we will explore the Inca Tunnel and the largest ancient Inca cemetery with more than 2,000 tombs. Further down the mountain is the Temple Complex constructed from pink granite, featuring a sun temple, ceremonial altars, water channels, and wells. The ruin is surrounded by agricultural terraces that blend into the natural shape of the mountain.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
- Pick up from your hotel
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Private transportation to visit all sites
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
- Entrance to Archeological sites: Purchase the Boleto Turistico (tourist ticket) 130 soles (about $38 USD), at the first site you enter. This can be used for 1o days to visit archeological sites in the Cusco region
- Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary entrance: 10 soles about 3 dollars
Please note: The Cusco City Tour is only offered to our clients doing a tour or trek to Machu Picchu for atleast 2 Days.
|No. OF PEOPLE||PRICE|
|Group from 1 to 6 people||$ 179 USD for the total group (not per person)|
|Group from 7 to 12 people||$ 217 USD for the total group (not per person)|
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 access to different archeological sites in and around Cusco, the Sacred Valley, various museums in Cusco, the Main Cathedral, Qoricancha, and more. Doing this is the best way to visit these sites in Cusco and 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:
- Pachacutec Monument
- Cusco’s Native Art Center
- Museum of popular Art
- Museum of contemporary Art
- Museum of Regional History
Note : Entrance tickets to the main archeological sites like Sacsayhuaman, 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.
Important: These 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)
- Animal Sanctuary (10 soles)
- Salt Mine (10 soles)
WHAT TO BRING FOR CUSCO CITY TOUR?
- Warm jacket
- Sun protection
- Some money for souvenirs and food
- Money in soles to purchase boleto touristico y entrance to Ccochahuasi Animal Sanctuary (80 soles)
- Original passport
- If you are a student, take your University card (only works for the 10 day boleto touristico)