Cusco City Tour (Half Day)

Traditional Cusco

Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire, and is the old historical heart of Peru. Take a walking tour of the city with one of our very experienced guides.

Tour Description

With your guide, your group will tour the churches and Cathedral around the Plaza de Armas, and visit the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha); then drive to and tour the nearby ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko,Tambomachay and Pucapucara. 4 hour tour.

Highlights of Tour
• Plaza de Armas or Main Square
• The Main Cathedral
• La Compania de Jesus
• Koricancha and Santo Domingo
• San Blas Neigborhood
• Archaeological sites and features
• Market of San Pedro
• Museums

Itinerary of Tour
Pricing and Reservations

Walking Cusco City Tour (.5D)

For 1 Person
• $150 USD per Person

For 2 People
• $75 USD per Person

For 3 People
• $60 USD per Person

For 4 People
• $50 USD per Person

For 5+ People
• $35 USD per Person

OR

Join English Speaking Group
• $30 USD per Person

Schedule and Duration
What's Included
What's NOT Included

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Walking Cusco City Tour (Half Day)

Detailed Travel Program

Walking Cusco City Tour (Half Day)

Cuzco is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba valley (Sacred Valley) of the Andes mountain range. Cuzco was the capital of Inca Empire. Many believe that the city was planned to be shaped like a Puma. The city had two sectors: the urin and hanan, which were further divided to each encompass two of the four provinces, Chinchaysuyo (NW), Antisuyo (NE), Contisuyo (SW), and Collasuyo (SE).

A road led from each of these quarters to the corresponding quarter of the empire. Each local leader was required to build a house in the city and live part of the year in Cuzco, but only in the quarter of Cuzco that corresponded to the quarter of the empire he had territory in. According to Inca legend, the city was built by sapac Inca Pachachacuti, the man who transformed the Kingdom of Cuzco from a sleepy city-state into the vast empire of Tahuantinsuyo. But archaeological evidence points to a slower, more organic growth of the city beginning before Pachacuti. There was however a city plan and two rivers were channeled around the city.

Cuzco is a city in southeastern Peru, near the Urubamba valley (Sacred Valley) of the Andes mountain range. Cuzco was the capital of Inca Empire. Many believe that the city was planned to be shaped like a Puma. The city had two sectors: the urin and hanan, which were further divided to each encompass two of the four provinces, Chinchaysuyo (NW), Antisuyo (NE), Contisuyo (SW), and Collasuyo (SE). A road led from each of these quarters to the corresponding quarter of the empire. Each local leader was required to build a house in the city and live part of the year in Cuzco, but only in the quarter of Cuzco that corresponded to the quarter of the empire he had territory in. According to Inca legend, the city was built by sapac Inca Pachachacuti, the man who transformed the Kingdom of Cuzco from a sleepy city-state into the vast empire of Tahuantinsuyo. But archaeological evidence points to a slower, more organic growth of the city beginning before Pachacuti. There was however a city plan and two rivers were channeled around the city.

The first Spaniards arrived in the city on November 15th, 1533. Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, officially discovered Cuzco on March 23th, 1534, naming it the “Very noble and great city of Cuzco”. The many buildings constructed after the Spanish conquest are of Spanish influence with a mix of Inca architecture, including the Santa Clara and San Blas barrios. The Spanish undertook the construction of a new city on the foundations of the old Inca city, replacing temples with churches and palaces with mansions for the conquerors. During the colony, the city of Cuzco was very prosperous thanks to the agriculture, cattle rising, mining as well as the trade with Spain. This allowed the construction of many churches and convents, and even a Cathedral, university and an Archbishopric. Often, Spanish buildings were juxtaposed atop the massive stone walls built by the Inca.

Detailed Itinerary

Walking Cusco City Tour (Half Day)

Itinerary of tour: At 9:00 am or 1:00pm pick up from your Hotel for the PRIVATE CITY TOUR for 3 hours through the beautiful Cusco city and its nearby ruins. The tour will show you the amazing colonial city built on the foundations of the Inca palaces. You will visit the Qoricancha or Temple of the Sun, where you can appreciate the incredible masonry of the Incas, The Plaza de Armas and The Cathedral with its carved woodworks, altars and paintings. Then you will be driven to The Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, to the underground cave and temple of Kenko and to Tambomachay, known as the Baths of the Inca. Afternoon, you will come back to Cusco and transfer back to your Hotel.

Tour Details

Start Time:
• 9:00 am or 1:00 pm

Duration:
• This guided tour takes around 4 hours including the historical center and the surrounding ruins of Cuzco.

Places to Visit:
• Main Square, Cathedral, Qoricancha (Sun Temple). The tour drives along the outskirts of the city up to famous fortress of Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay ruins.

Tourist Ticket
• f you want to visit the archaeological sites, you should buy the Tourist ticket ( Big ticket $48 / Partial ticket $28 )

Pricing and Reservations

Walking Cusco City Tour (.5D)

For 1 Person
• $150 USD per Person

For 2 People
• $75 USD per Person

For 3 People
• $60 USD per Person

For 4 People
• $50 USD per Person

For 5+ People
• $35 USD per Person

OR

Join English Speaking Group
• $30 USD per Person

Schedule and Duration
What's Included
What's NOT Included