Explore the most important archaeological sites in Cusco and learn about the Incas
Visit the incredible and fascinating part of the city where the Inti Raymi takes place
Tour conducted by a bilingual guide who is experienced and full of local knowledge
Our visit to the city of Cusco is the best introduction to all the wonders it has to offer. From astounding classical buildings like the cathedral of Cusco and Inca marvels like Qoricancha (the Golden Temple) to the four most important Inca archaeological sites around the city: the impressive Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo (the labyrinth), Puka Pukara (the Red Fortress), and Tambomachay (the Water temple). Cusco is a beautiful city, located at 3,300 meters above sea level.
All year round
Cusco hotel and hostel pickup
San Francisco square
KANTU PERU TOURS
Minimum age: 1 year old – Must have parents permission
Maximum age: 70 years old – Medical proof of optimum health status
The adventure starts at 1:30 pm, we’ll begin by picking you up from your hotel/hostel in Cuzco and heading to the famous Cusco Cathedral; inside we’ll take a look at its chapels, altars, etc. while our guide explains the significance of all you see.
Next, we will walk to the temple of Qoriqancha, the "Temple of the Sun”. Here you can see and enjoy the marvels of Inca architecture embodied in this palace, and at the same time the beauty of the Catholic influence, as the Spanish colonists constructed their churches on Inca foundations.
From the temple of Qoriqancha we’ll leave the city’s urban area by mini-bus, and take our journey to 4 of the most incredible archaeological sites in Cuzco.
Our first stop will be in Sacsayhuaman, with its giant stones and its immense historical and cultural value, the perfect place to learn and discover the meaning and importance of Inca ceremonial places and constructions (this is the temple where the Inti Raymi takes place).
Then, just 5 minutes away from Sacsayhuaman, we will reach Qenqo, for an immersive experience at its magical altar and labyrinth-type paths. After, you will appreciate the archaeological sites of Puka Pukara (Red Fort) that served as military and administrative place for the Incas, and Tambomachay (Temple of Water) a ceremonial place with beautiful cascades and aqueducts used to worship the water and as a resting place for the Incas.
Finally, our tour will end back in Cuzco’s city center (San Francisco square).
Important: Easter weekend holidays the Cathedral is closed.
Note: If you are staying at a different location than the one you select as your pick up location, it is explicitly your responsibility to be at the main entrance of the hotel or hostel selected as your pick up location for the duration of the pickup time range on your tour date. You must be in a visible place easy to see for the operator and be alert for their vehicle/guide when they go to pick you up for the tour.
12:55 - 13:25
Pick up from your hotel or hostel
13:30 - 16:00
Visit Qoricancha, Chincheros, Qenqo, Tambomachay and more
15:00 - 18:30
Back to San Francisco Square
- Professional guides (Spanish or English)
- Tourist transport with a professional driver
- Entrance Tickets:
Tourist Ticket: 70 soles (or 130 soles if you are also doing the Sacred Valley or Maras - Moray)
Cathedral: 25 soles
Qoriqancha: 15 soles
- Any other service otherwise not mentioned, such as tips
- Water and Snacks
- Travel insurance
- Tourist ticket (not included in the price, you can buy it at the door of the archaeological centers), bring emergency money
- Passport or identity document (current)
- Small backpack (water bottle, snacks, and more)
- Extra cash (Soles) to buy souvenirs (optional)
- Hat or cap for the sun and sunglasses
- Comfortable sneakers for the visit
- Light and warm clothes
- Waterproof jacket/rain poncho if your visit is between October to March
- Camera and extra batteries
Cancellation or changes to this tour:
CHANGES: Any changes to the tour date need to be done before 4:00 pm (Lima time) 2 days before the tour begins.
NO SHOWS & CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel 2 days prior to the tour before 4:00 pm (Lima time) or earlier, a 10% administration fee (+ the card fee). After this time, there is a 100% no-show or cancellation fee.
You must email firstname.lastname@example.org (include the name of the tour and the reservation number) to cancel this tour or to make any changes.
How much is the tourist ticket?
There are 2 types of tourist ticket: (1) General tourist ticket, which has a cost of 130.00 soles and includes 16 attractions. Among them are: Attractions of the city tour, the Sacred Valley, Moray, and some museums. (2) Partial tourist ticket, which has a cost of 70.00 soles, and includes only certain attractions depending on the tour that takes place: City Tour, Sacred Valley, and Maras-Moray.
What happens if the tourist bus cannot pick us up at the hotel because the street is too narrow?
In this case, you would have to go to the nearest street with access for large buses, which you will be informed of one day before the tour.
What kind of clothes should I wear?
You should wear light clothing, as it allows you to move comfortably through all the attractions; sometimes you have to climb stairs. It is also recommended to wear warm clothes because afternoons tend to be cold and/or rainy.
When is the best time to take the tour?
Generally, any day of the year is incredible, but if you want to avoid a little rain we recommend the months from April to August.
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