Cusco is the imperial city of the Incas and as such holds great reminders of the once-mighty Inca Empire.
In our Cusco city tour, you will visit the absolute best of the city including the Qoricancha museum, the mighty archaeological site of Sacsayhuman, the archetypical market of San Pedro, and the charming Plaza de Armas.
Qoricancha museum, Sacsayhuaman archaeological site, San Pedro market & Plaza de Armas.
For our Cusco City tour, we have 02 available schedules:
- In the morning from 9:00 to 13:30h
- In the afternoons from 13:30 to 18:00h
Don’t hesitate to choose the most convenient time according to your travel itinerary.
Your Cusco city tour will begin directly from your hotel. Your pick-up will be arranged to take place 10 to 15 minutes prior to the tour starting time.
From your hotel, we will take our private transportation directly to our first stop, Sacsayhuman archaeological site. This drive will take anywhere between 15 to 20 minutes and will depend on the location of your hotel. The archeological site of Sacsayhuaman is best known for its megalithic, zig zagging walls that span over 540 meters. To complement its magnificence, is its strategic location granting panoramic views of the entire city of Cusco.
From Sacsayhuaman, we will take a short detour to the archaeological site of Q’enqo. “Qenqo” is a Quechua word meaning“Labyrinth” and was coined by the Spanish for its labyrinthine underground galleries and small zigzag carved canals true to this site.
Continuing, we will return to the city centre from where we will visit the iconic San Pedro market. At the market, we will explore the vast variety of exotic fruits and local produce. This part of the tour will have your open your palettes to the colourful world of the Peruvian cuisine.
From San Pedro market, we will head to the temple of Q’oricancha. This temple is best known as the Temple of the Sun and offers an stagnant contrast between Inca and colonial architecture.
To complete our tour, we will take a short stroll to Plaza de Armas. Here, we will have the opportunity to walk through some of the city’s most charming cobblestone streets and arching facades adorning the main square.
After your tour, you will enjoy a delicious welcome lunch or dinner (included).
CUSCO CITY TOUR – PLACES VISITED IN DETAIL:
The convent was built on the spectacular Qorikancha gold square, the most important dedicated place for worshiping of the sun, whose walls were covered with gold sheets. The convent stands on a base of polished stone structures, the most finely crafted in Cusco, the Inca Empire. Its gate is an excellent representative of the Renaissance and its unique baroque tower stands out from the city’s rooftops. As all churches here, it includes an important collection of paintings from the Cusquenian School of Art.
PRINCIPAL SQUARE OF CUSCO– PLAZA DE ARMAS
In our visit to the main square we will introduce you to the cathedral of Cusco. We will be walking through the main streets such as The stone of the 12 angles and many other typical walls, palaces and buildings of the Inka era that are still well preserved.
An imposing example of Inca military architecture, this fortress was built by using large granite slabs and dedicated to safeguarding the city from attacks by invaders from the east or Antis. Sacsayhuaman (in Quechua “satisfied falcon”) is made up of three large terraces that overlap in a “zigzag” pattern and are flanked by huge stone walls up to 300 meters high.
Located four kilometers northeast of Cusco, there is Qenqo – ritual center built on a unique limestone outcrop, with underground galleries and a semicircular amphitheater with the archaeological groups of Q’enqo Grande and Q’enqo Chico. It represents a labyrinth or zigzag, fulfilling a purely religious function, being on the outside as a semicircular amphitheater with mysterious trapezoidal windows.
MERCADO DE SAN PEDRO
The local San Pedro market is one of the oldest in Cusco, founded in 1925 and is still the largest concentration point for the supply of essential materials for Cusco residents and visitors. A visit to this market is, without a doubt, a fascinating intercultural experience where you can listen to the Quechua language, see gestures and habits common in Andean culture, and feel the mixture of smells of local products and flowers. Finally see handmade garments and some places, where they are made, in a typical traditional way.
- Pick up from hotel in Cusco
- Private transportation to all sites visited
- Guided service (available in English & Spanish)
- All entry tickets required
- Welcome lunch or dinner in one of the cities best restaurants
- Drop off at hotel accommodation in Cusco after tour
- Pocket money for souvenirs
WHAT TO BRING
The following are personal items we recommend to have with you during your tour.
- Passport or official ID
- Water bottle
- Long-sleeve shirt
- Long pants
- Comfortable shoes (for walking)
- Sun block & hat
- Sun glasses
- Personal medications
- Money (cash)
- his tour is a private service. We are the sole operator of all offered services.
- We required a minimum of 02 travellers to confirm any tour.