We will pick you up from your hotel at 8am 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, which was built to protect the city from invaders. Then, we explore the archaeological sites of Q’enqo, Pucapucara 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 Peruvian 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, which accents the surrounding mountains. We continue to the archaeological site of Pisac, one of the finest remaining Inca archeological sites in the country. There, we explore the Inca tunnel and the Sacred Temple Complex constructed from pink granite, as well as one of the biggest Inca cemeteries with more than 2,000 tombs and incredible farming terraces carved into the side of the mountain. We will spend more than 2 hours exploring the Inca city.
Then, we head to the colorful market of Pisac, in the quaint Inca Village that is famous for its being the largest pre-Columbian style handicraft and textile market in the region of Cusco. At the colorful Inca market in Pisac, you will be able to appreciate a mixture of colors and 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 sweater, shawls, hats, gloves, spreads and much more, woven textile rugs, a huge silver jewelry market much of which is made right there, decorations, alpaca rugs, art work and trinkets of all types. Be sure to try out fresh made pizza and empanadas made en large old fashion Inca ovens. There, you can stop for lunch and try out all of the local food. We will return to Cusco around 4 or 5pm in the evening.
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.
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 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.
Pisac is located at the entrance of the Sacred Valley. It is a traditional Inca Village that is famous for being the largest pre-Columbian style handicraft market in the region. At the colorful Inca market in Pisac you will be able to interact with the local craftsmen and women buy hand-made items for souvenirs if you want, if not, it is still fun to see what they have made. You will discover Alpaca goods of all types, such as sweaters, shawls, hats, gloves, blankets and much more, woven textile rugs, a huge silver jewelry market much of which is made right there, decorations, alpaca rugs, art work and all types of trinkets.
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 alters, water channels and wells. The ruin is surrounded by agricultural terraces which 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 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:
- 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.
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)