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City Tour Cusco - Best Cusco Tours

This half day City Tour Cusco is one of the Best Cusco Tours to get an introduction to the Inca Civilization. It is the best thing to do as you reach the ancient capital of the Incan empire before your full day tour from Cusco to the Rainbow Mountain or Humantay Lake.

This is one of the city tours that will give you an introduction to the life of Incas and history of Spanish conquest on your visit to Cusco. 

City of Cusco 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 depict 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 archeological sites on the outskirts, the Inca ruins of Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara. 

Why Machu Picchu Peru Cusco?

We are a local tour operator in Cusco. We have 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 requests for the tour at the time of booking. To get a deeper insight of the Incan civilization, we recommend to experience our day trip from Cusco to Sacred Valley and visit Pisac, Moray and Maras tour before hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or visiting Machu Picchu

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Departure & Return Location

Plaza De Armas Cusco (Google Map)

Departure Time

01:00 PM

Price Includes

  • Bi-lingual Guide
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Tourist Tickets
  • Food

Recommended To Carry

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
City Tour Cusco - Best Cusco Tours

Cusco Cathedral

The Cusco City Tour starts at the city center, Plaza De Armas (the main square) at 01:00 PM. Here we will be visiting the Cusco Cathedral. It dominates the main square of Cusco.

 It is a symbol of Spanish conquest in South America. 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 ancient Inca temple of Coricancha (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 was once home to 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. It nestles on a hilltop overlooking the city of Cusco, this fortress depicts Incan architecture. Each stone here weighs over 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 to the 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. 

Puca Pucara

This was a site dedicated to safeguarding 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. 


When was Sacsayhuaman built?

Sacsayhuaman the Inca fortress was built in 1438 during the reign of Inca emperor Pachacutec. During the reign of Pachacutec, the Incas built many notable sites including Machu Picchu and Choquequirao.

What is Sacsayhuaman?

Sacsayhuaman is a popular Inca fortress near Cusco City. It nestles on a hill tip overlooking the city of Cusco. In Quechua (native language) the name means “place where Hawk is satiated”. It gets its name because of the presence of the bird here. 

When was Tambomachay built?

Tambomachay was built in between 1400 AD and 1480 AD. Tambomachay served as a spa to the political elite of Incas. 

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Daniel Matthews

Solo Traveller

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.

October 8, 2019
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