City Tour Cusco
City Tour Cusco
Join us on a captivating city tour in Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site that beckons with its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. This immersive exploration offers a glimpse into the heart of the Inca Empire and the colonial legacy that has shaped the charming city of Cusco.The City Tour in Cusco is a fascinating journey through the layers of history and culture that have shaped this remarkable city. It invites you to witness the blend of Inca and Spanish influences, appreciate architectural marvels, and immerse yourself in the vibrant life of Cusco.
- Plaza de Armas: Begin your city tour at the central Plaza de Armas, a lively square surrounded by colonial architecture, including the impressive Cathedral of Cusco and the Church of the Society of Jesus. Feel the energy of the city as you absorb the atmosphere of this bustling hub.
- Cathedral of Cusco: Step into the grandeur of the Cathedral of Cusco, an iconic landmark that showcases Spanish colonial architecture. Explore its chapels, altars, and religious artifacts, each telling a story of the city’s cultural and religious heritage.
- Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun): Visit Qoricancha, the revered Temple of the Sun, where the Inca and Spanish cultures converge. Admire the exquisite stonework of the Inca walls, which form the foundation of the Santo Domingo Convent that was built atop this sacred site.
- Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Complex: Venture to the outskirts of Cusco to explore the mighty Sacsayhuaman, an Inca fortress with colossal stone walls. Marvel at the precision of Inca engineering and enjoy panoramic views of Cusco and the surrounding landscapes.
- Q’enqo, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay: Continue your journey to the archaeological sites of Q’enqo, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay. These sites offer a glimpse into the Inca’s advanced knowledge of religious ceremonies, military strategies, and water management.
- San Blas Neighborhood: Wander through the artistic San Blas neighborhood, characterized by narrow cobblestone streets and quaint squares. Explore the San Blas Church, known for its intricately carved pulpit, and discover the vibrant arts and crafts scene of the area.
- Local Markets and Artisan Workshops: Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting bustling markets such as San Pedro Market. Engage with local vendors, sample traditional snacks, and peruse artisan workshops where craftsmen showcase their skills.
- Cultural Demonstrations: Opt for cultural demonstrations at local centers, where you can witness traditional dances, textile weaving, or pottery making. These experiences provide a deeper understanding of Andean traditions.
13:00 – 13:30 Pick up from your hotel to start the City Tour experience.
13:30 – 15:00 Visit to the Cathedral of Cusco and the Qoricancha or Temple of the Sun.
15:00 – 18:30 Tour of the main archaeological sites (Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay).
The final point in Cusco is at San Francisco square at 18:30 pm approximately.
- Architectural Marvels: Admire the architectural wonders of Cusco, from the intricate stonework of Inca sites to the grandeur of colonial churches and cathedrals.
- Cultural Fusion: Explore the merging of Inca and Spanish influences in the city’s landmarks, reflecting the complex history of Cusco.
- Inca Heritage: Visit key Inca sites to gain insights into the religious and strategic significance of these ancient structures.
- Local Markets: Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of local markets, where you can interact with vendors and sample authentic Peruvian flavors.
- Artisanal Discoveries: Explore the artsy San Blas neighborhood, known for its bohemian charm and artisan workshops.
Your tour will begin at the Main Square of Cusco. The first stop will be at the Cathedral of Cusco where you will get to see unique woodwork and old paintings of Inca symbolism. Next up, you will visit Qoriqancha, also known as Temple of the Sun, on which the Santo Domingo Convent was built. Legend says that this temple was originally covered in gold, which would have likely impressed the Spanish conquerors upon their arrival. From Cusco, a bus will take you on a quick journey up to a site above the city to visit the nearby archeological sites. From there you will continue on to the famous site of Sacsayhuaman where you will also be able to enjoy a panoramic view of Cusco. Sacsayhuaman boasts impressive Inca architecture with massive stones over 9 meters (30 feet) tall and weighing up to 125 tons. Next stop, we will visit Qenqo, the temple of the Puma, where you can see a sacrificial altar made of a huge stone. The final destination will be at Tambomachay, where you will see the sacred fountains of life and health and the nearby military outpust of Puca Pucara that overlooks the south valley and safeguarded the city.
- Professional English-speaking guides
- Entrance fees
What To Bring
- Personal water bottle and snack
- Sun block