Explore the highlights of Cusco on a half-day tour. Visit the Plaza de Armas, the most important streets, temples, palaces, the Saqsayhuaman area and learn about the history of the Inca Capital.
This is a perfect half-day tour that will take you to explore the best of the city of Cusco, visiting the most beautiful and important neighborhoods, streets, squares, temples and archaeological sites: Be amazed by the magnificent architecture of the colonial buildings that are about the Inca foundations, visit the temples and palaces of the city center. To finish later, visit Saqsayhuaman, Quenqo, PukaPukara, Tambomachay.
Highlights of the City Tour Cusco
Price per person
To reserve the City Tour Cusco, you must make an initial payment of 20 USD per person, the remaining balance can be paid online, in installments, or in Cusco with any credit card without any reservation fee.
Itinerary of the City Tour in Cusco
Departure every day at 1:30 p.m. (can be scheduled in the morning at 9:00 a.m.) Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel at 1:30 pm and will take you to discover the main attractions and learn about the history of the city of Cusco. The first part is a walking tour that stops at the most important sites in the city, the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, the Cathedral, the Calle de la Piedra de 12 Angulos, Calle Loreto and Koricancha. The second part begins with a short drive to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most spectacular buildings of the Inca Empire. This site
is located right in the upper part of the city of Cusco, it contains one of the largest monoliths transported from almost 18 km away. Every year, on June 24, the Inti Raymi is celebrated here to worship the sun. Continue driving to Quenqo, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara, located just outside of the city of Cusco. After finishing the visit, you will return to the city of Cusco and drop you off at your hotel.
Places we visit during the City Tour Cusco.
Main Square. The center of Cusco, even before the Spanish invasion in 1533, also known as Huacaypata, is surrounded by shops, restaurants and most of them are built on the Inca foundations. This place is full of history since it was where the most important events that changed our history took place.
Cathedral.-Located in the heart of the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, built on an Inca Palace and designed in the Gothic-Renaissance and Baroque styles (1559 – 1654). The Cusco Cathedral is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They took more than 100 years to build, with rocks transported mainly from Sacsayhuaman. Today it is an excellent repository of colonial art such as the famous paintings of The Last Supper by Quechua artist Marcos Zapata.
Street of the Stone of 12 Angles. It is also known as Hatunrumiyoc Street, where we can find the stone of the twelve angles, a diorite rock with twelve angles that is part of a wall of the palace of the Archbishop of Cuzco. The best example of Inca architecture and advanced stonework techniques.
Loreto street. It is also called Intikijllu (the street of the Sun), a small narrow road that leaves the Plaza de Armas where we can see a true masterpiece of Inca masonry.
Koricancha (The Golden Temple).-It was the most important religious site of the entire Inca Empire, the center of the world. Its original name was Intikancha, but the arrival of the Spanish was called Koricancha (temple of gold) due to the amount of gold found inside. The Church of Santo Domingo was built on this magnificent place, but today it is still possible to see the majestic walls of the temples inside.
Sacsayhuaman.-Located just 15 minutes by car from the city of Cusco, you will visit the huge zigzag limestone walls, towers, sanctuaries, warehouses and the esplanade where the “Inti Raymi” festival takes place. You will get the best views of the city of Cusco from above. Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara are other archaeological sites that we also visit on this tour.
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