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Cusco City Tour is one of the popular half day trips. It is the best thing to do as you reach the ancient capital of the Incan empire. City of Cusco is a jump-off point to the world wonder, Machu Picchu. It nestles at 3,399 metres above sea level. The city’s reputation as the gateway to Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu simply underscores its enduring recognition.
Most visitors end up staying here longer than planned. The city was developed during the reign of the ninth emperor of the Inca empire, Pachacutec.
The buildings in the historic centre depicts a perfect blend of Spanish and Incan architecture. Santo Domingo Church (Qorikancha) is a perfect example of this. Upon conquering Cusco, Spanish rulers demolished the temple. They built the cathedral of Santo Domingo retaining the base.
On this half day tour of Cusco, you will be visiting the iconic cathedral. It sits right next to the city’s main square, Plaza De Armas. The tour then continues to Qorikancha. It follows with a visit to the four renowned archeological sites on the outskirts, Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara.
We are one of the most preferred tour operators in Cusco. We have dedicated English speaking local guides for each tour. Our guides have professional qualifications in Peruvian history. You will discover many lesser known facts that only a handful of locals are aware of.
We offer both groups as well as private tours. Please let us know if you may have any special request for the tour at the time of booking. To get a deeper insight of Incan civilization, we recommend to experience our Sacred Valley tour before visiting Machu Picchu.
Cusco City Tour starts at Plaza De Armas (the main square) at 01:00 PM. Here we will be visiting the Cathedral. It dominates the main square of Cusco. It is a symbol of Spanish conquest. They built it by demolishing an Incan Royal Palace. The main door depicts a design of Inca civilization. Among the renowned paintings inside, the last supper painting is the most notable.
Following the tour, we will walk to the temple of Qoriqancha (The temple of the sun).
Among all the archaeological sites, this was most sacred to Incas. To them, this was the temple of the sun. The patio here once housed plenty of statues made entirely of Gold.
When the Spanish rulers kidnapped the Incan emperor, Atahualpa, they demanded a ransom for his release. Most of the statues were melted and paid as a ransom. They, assassinated him on receiving their ransom.
This is one of the popular Inca sites, off the city of Cusco. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the city of Cusco, this fortress depicts Incan architecture. Each stone here weighs over a 100 tons. It is still a mystery how the Incas carried these stones here.
Our next stop will be in Q’enqo. It is another prominent site during the Inca civilization. Q’enqo was dedicated for sacrifices and mummification of corpses.
This was a spa to the political elite of Incas. There are small aqueducts that are connected to the nearby hot springs. The water continues to flow even today.
This was a site dedicated to safeguard Cusco. Puca Pucara in Quechua means “red rock”. It gets its name after the colour of the rock. At dusk when the light of the sun reflects on the rock it transforms to red colour.
After this we will be returning to Cusco. We will be dropping you off at Plaza Regocijo.
Excellent tour a good introduction to Cusco and Incan culture. Karen is a fantastic guide. Cusco City Tour is a must do to get to know the city well.