City Tour Cusco – Half Day
City tour Cusco is world famous because you can visit numerous archaeological sites left by the ancient Inca culture, Cusco was built over 500 years ago. Cusco city tour is the gateway to one of the most spectacular archaeological sites that exists in South America, the Citadel of Machupicchu, with its imposing Inca architectural setting, nestled amidst mountains and deep canyons. On the city tour cusco, you will see interesting places within the city of Cusco like the Q’oricancha (Inca Sun Temple), the cathedral and the imposing Inca ruins at Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca pucara and Tambomachay.
- From 1.30 pm to 6.30 pm
- Pickup from your hotel at 1PM
- Stops in Cusco (two sites):
- The Cathedral (the main church of Cusco)
- Q’oricancha (known as the Temple of the Sun, the main temple of the Inkas)
- Visits just outside of Cusco (four main Inka sites located within the city limits):
- Puca Pucara
ITINERARY – CITY TOUR CUSCO
We will meet you at your hotel lobby at 1PM to begin this tour. From here you will head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas where you will visit the famous cathedral (entry fee: S/25 not included on the tourist ticket). After touring this sacred church you will continue on foot with your group through an ancient Inca-built street from the Plaza de Armas to the Q’oricancha, the Temple of the Sun (entry fee: S/10 is not included on the tourist ticket ). At the Q’oricancha you will see the clash between the Inca culture and Catholicism, and you will see firsthand the difference in building methods. The Inka construction here is amazing as this was the key spiritual center of the Inkas from which all roads lead from all of the four quarters of the Inka Empire. There is a high altar made in bronze as a highlight.
From Q’oricancha your group will walk down Avenida El Sol, where you will take your bus to climb up and just outside of the city. The 25 minute drive takes you to the majestic Inka site Sacsayhuaman with its enigmatic monoliths weighing as much as 200 tons. Your guide will offer an explanation of this phenomenal site and you will have extra time to do a bit of exploring on your own.
From Sacsayhuaman it is a 5 minute bus ride to Q’enqo Inka site with its fascinating Inkan altars, then another 5 minute drive to Puca Pucara, a small, circular Inka site. The final stop on our tour is Tambomachay, a water temple thought to be used by the Inka for bathing, with its impressive water fountains. We’ll then drive back down to Cusco where the tour ends in the main square, unless you are taking a private tour, in which case we will return you to your hotel.
End of the city tour cusco.
- What’s included in city tour cusco?
- English-speaking Guide
Tourist ticket: 70 soles for the 4 Inca sites (If you are also doing the Sacred Valley tour, it is actually better to purchase the 10-day tourist ticket which is 130 soles total (which gives you access to other sites in the Sacred Valley and some museums and attractions in Cusco and is good for 10 days).
Cathedral: 25 soles
Q’oricancha/Temple of the Sun: 10 soles
- Private tour (Minimum 2 people)
- $180 total per group (2 – 6 people)
- $250 total (7 – 13 people)