Cusco City & Surrounding Inca Sites Half-Day Tour

Immerse yourself in the great colonial majesty of Cusco. Travel the Inca streets to discover the Temple of the Sun, the Convent of Santo Domingo and the cathedral of Cusco. Be surprised by the impressive Inca architecture of Sacsayhuaman. Explore the ancient fortresses and sacred temples of the archaeological park to discover emblematic places such as the Puka Pukara Tower. Look for the source of natural spring water; navigate through a stone maze; and get a fascinating insight into the culture and customs of the Incas.

per adult from

$62

AUD

Duration

5 hours

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • Hotel pick-up and drop off
    • Professional tour guide (English and Spanish)
    • Permanent assistance
    • Entrance to Cusco Cathedral and Qoricancha Temple
    • Headphones to listen to the guide (live)
    • Entry/Admission - Cusco Cathedral
    • Entry/Admission - Qorikancha
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Entrance to Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay
    • Entry/Admission - Tambomachay
    • Entry/Admission - Q'enqo
    • Entry/Admission - Sacsayhuaman
    • Entry/Admission - Puka Pukara
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Plaza de Armas del Cusco, Cusco 08002 Peru

    Walk down the main square of Plaza de Armas known as the "Square of the warrior" in the Inca era, this plaza has been the scene of several important events, such as the proclamation by Francisco Pizarro in the conquest of Cuzco. Similarly, the Plaza de Armas was the scene of the death of Túpac Amaru II, considered the indigenous leader of the resistance.

    The Spanish built stone arcades around the plaza which endure to this day. The main cathedral and the Church of La Compañía both open directly onto the plaza.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Cusco Cathedral, Portal Belen Plaza de Armas, Cusco 08002 Peru

    Visit the Cusco Cathedral also known as Church of the Society of Jesus, whose construction was initiated by the Jesuits in 1576 on the foundations of the Amarucancha or the palace of the Inca ruler Wayna Qhapaq, is considered one of the best examples of colonial baroque style in the Americas.

    Its façade is carved in stone and its main altar is made of carved wood covered with gold leaf. It was built over an underground chapel and has a valuable collection of colonial paintings of the Cusco School.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Qorikancha, Santo Domingo s/n, Cusco 08000, Peru

    The Qurikancha ("golden place") was the most important sanctuary dedicated to the Sun God (Inti) at the time of the Inca Empire. According to ancient chronicles written by Garcilaso de la Vega (chronicler), Qurikancha was said to have featured a large solid golden disc that was studded with precious stones and represented the Inca Sun God – Inti. Spanish chroniclers describe the Sacred Garden in front of the temple as a garden of golden plants with leaves of beaten gold, stems of silver, solid gold corn-cobs and 20 life-size llamas and their herders all in solid gold.[31]

    The temple was destroyed by its Spanish invaders who, as they plundered, were determined to rid the city of its wealth, idolaters and shrines. Nowadays, only a curved outer wall and partial ruins of the inner temple remain at the site.

    With this structure as a foundation, colonists built the Convent of Santo Domingo (St. Dominic) in the Renaissance style. The building, with one baroque tower, exceeds the height of many other buildings in this city.

    Inside is a large collection of paintings from the Cuzco School.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Tambomachay, Cusco Peru

    Visit this archaeological site associated with the Inca Empire, also known as El Baño del Inca ("the bath of the Inca").

    It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run through the terraced rocks. The function of the site is uncertain: it may have served as a military outpost guarding the approaches to Cusco, as a spa resort for the Incan political elite, or both.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Q'enqo, Cusco Peru

    Visit this archaeological site in the Sacred Valley of Peru located in the Cusco Region, about 6 km north east of Cusco. The site was declared a Cultural Heritage (Patrimonio Cultural) of the Cusco Region by the National Institute of Culture.

    It is one of the largest huacas (holy places) in the Cusco Region. Many huacas were based on naturally occurring rock formations. It was believed to be a place where sacrifices and mummification took place.[10]

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Sacsayhuaman, Cusco 08000 Peru

    Visit this citadel on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, Peru, the historic capital of the Inca Empire. The complex was expanded and added to by the Inca from the 13th century; they built dry stone walls constructed of huge stones. The workers carefully cut the boulders to fit them together tightly without mortar. The site is at an altitude of 3,701 m (12,142 ft).

    In 1983, Cusco and Sacsayhuamán together were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List for recognition and protection.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Puka Pukara, Cusco Peru

    Visit this site of military ruins in Peru situated in the Cusco Region, Cusco Province, Cusco District, near Cusco. This fort is made of large walls, terraces, and staircases and was part of defense of Cusco in particular and the Inca Empire in general.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from hotels located in Cusco.
    Return Detail :
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Iterfun DMC EIRL

Activity ID: V-67517P17

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