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Cusco: Historical Guided City Tour with 4 Inca Ruins

1. Cusco: Historical Guided City Tour with 4 Inca Ruins

Delve into Peru’s ancient history with a guided tour from Cusco, with hotel pickup included. Enjoy live commentary as you visit the Cusco Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, the Sacred Valley of Peru, and Tambomachay. Learn about how people lived in the Inca Empire. Start the tour with a pickup around 1:00 PM from your hotel in Cusco. Head to your first stop, the Cusco Cathedral, a 16th-century colonial relic that took over 100 years to complete. From there, visit the most important temple in the Inca Empire, the Coricancha — also known as the Temple of the Sun. Continue with archeological discoveries as you visit the towers, walls, and tunnels of Sacsayhuaman. Move onward to the Sacred Valley of Peru with stops at the Temple Qenqo followed by Puca Pucara — a large military fortress with a fascinating arrangement of large stones. Finally, get further insight into the lives of the Inca at the enchanting Tambomachay, situated 3700 meters above sea level with a fascinating series of water features thought to have been built in worship of water. Return to the city of Cusco to be dropped off near the main square of Cusco at approximately 6:45 PM.

Cusco: Half-Day City Tour

2. Cusco: Half-Day City Tour

Start your tour with pickup from your Cusco hotel. On this half-day trip you’ll stop at Qenqo Temple, a natural rock formation that became a ceremonial center. See Puca Pucara, a site of military ruins, and the remains of guard posts, staircases, streets, houses and courtyards. Carry on to Sacsayhuaman, which chroniclers believe was a solar shrine built by the last dynasties of the Incas. This temple was built with large blocks of limestone to protect the city from the attacks of invaders from the East or Antis. Finally, visit Tambomachay, located 9 kilometers outside of the city, known as the baths of the Incas because of the shape of its water source. This site could also have been a temple dedicated to the cult of water and purification. With afternoon departures, you’ll also have the chance to visit the UNESCO-listed Basilica Cathedral and the temple of Coricancha. The temple’s perfect architecture and stone construction reflect the fact that it was the most important temple of the Inca empire.

Cusco: Half-Day Historic City Tour

3. Cusco: Half-Day Historic City Tour

The adventure begins at 1:00 PM with pick up from your Cusco hotel. Discover the Cathedral of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with various paintings, carvings, and sculptures, before exploring the Qoricancha Museum, originally an Inca-era temple built to worship the Sun.   An air-conditioned coach will then take the group 2 km from the city center to Sacsayhuaman, a vast complex comprised of 33 archeological sites believed to have been built for military purposes. Next, stop at Qenqo, or “labyrinth”, considered to be a sacred place in which ceremonies were performed in honor of the Sun, the Moon, and the stars.   Traveling 7 km from the city center we find Puca Pucara, a complex of halls, inner plazas, aqueducts, watchtowers, and paths believed to be a military complex and a place for food storage.  After a visit to Tambomachay and its fresh water spring, the tour concludes with a visit to a craft center, where a local guide will tell the story of ancient Incan crafts and how to identify traditional garments made from vicuña wool.  At approximately 7:30 PM, the coach will return to Santa Catalina Street, close to the main square in Cusco.

Cusco: Private City Tour and Trip to Archeological Sites

4. Cusco: Private City Tour and Trip to Archeological Sites

Enjoy a guided tour of this charming city and explore archeological sites. Learn the incredible history of the empire as you go with a professional local guide. Start your adventure with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Coricancha temple. See the foundations of this ancient temple, once used to worship the sun. Continue to the Cathedral, the most imposing monument of the Main Square. Hear the history and anecdotes of the city from your guide as you walk. Enjoy a scenic ride to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Here, take in the stunning panoramic views of Cusco and explore the ruins of the temple and amphitheater of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practiced agricultural rituals. Finally, arrive at Puka Pukara or "Red Fortress," an Inca military complex. Here, admire the impressive aqueducts, walls, and towers.

Cusco: Coricancha, Cathedral & San Pedro Market Walking Tour

5. Cusco: Coricancha, Cathedral & San Pedro Market Walking Tour

Today you will participate in a walking tour starting at the Coricancha Temple, one of the most important buildings in the city. It was one of the most important centers of worship to the Sun God of the Incas that was converted into a convent after the arrival of the Spanish. Then visit the wonderful Cusco Cathedral, built between 1560 and 1664, and end the tour visiting the San Pedro market, a pantry of thousands of products from different areas of the region. Finally, you will return to your hotel.

Cusco: 6-Hour City Highlights Tour

6. Cusco: 6-Hour City Highlights Tour

Discover the fascinating historical town of Cusco on this 6-hour tour of the city and its surrounding areas. Take in the unique architecture of the city, a blend of Inca and Spanish influences.  After pickup from your accommodation, start your tour at the Temple of the Sun, also known as Qoricancha, the most renowned temple of the Inca Empire. You will then be driven outside the city to visit important Inca sites, including the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Pucapucara and the Baths of Tambomachay. Your guide will tell you the exciting history of these ancient sites as you learn the stories behind the ruins. The tour will finish at around 7:00 PM, with drop-off at the Plaza Regocijo in the center of Cusco. 

From Cusco: City Tour, Maras, and Machu Picchu 3-Day Tour

7. From Cusco: City Tour, Maras, and Machu Picchu 3-Day Tour

Day 1: Cusco City Tour   Following a pickup from your hotel between 1:10 PM and 1:25 PM, visit the Cusco Cathedral followed by the the most important temple in the Inca Empire, Qorikancha. Then, board the transport and discover ancient ruins at Saqsayhuaman, Qenko, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay, enjoying stories and explanations at each point. Return to Cusco around 7:30 PM and make your own way back to your accommodation. Day 2: Maras and Salineras Depart with a pickup from your hotel between 8:25 AM and 8:55 AM and then be on your way to Maras in the Sacred Valley of southeastern Peru, famous for its salt mines and marshes. Situated an hour from Cusco, enjoy an explanation of the town before going to a salt marsh where you'll also have views of the snowy and sacred mountains. Return to Cusco around 3 PM when you will be dropped off at or nearby your hotel. Day 3: Machupicchu All Day On this day you will be picked in the early morning around 3:30 AM from your hotel and transfer to Ollantaytambo where you will board a 6:10 AM train. After a journey of 1.5 hours, you’ll arrive around 8 AM when your guide will be waiting for you and you’ll have some time for breakfast.   Next, with the help of your guide, get on the bus to travel to Machu Picchu where you’ll have time to take pictures and appreciate the wondrous nature and the Inca City. Then, return to Aguas Calientes in your own where you should have time for lunch, taking into account that your train back to Ollantaytambo leaves 6:20 PM. Upon arrival the shared tourist transport will be waiting to take you back to Cusco arriving 10 PM. A car or taxi will then be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Cusco: Half-Day City and Archaeological Sites Guided Tour

8. Cusco: Half-Day City and Archaeological Sites Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in ancient Inca culture on this guided tour of Cusco and its surrounding archeological sites. Starting at the impressive Colonial Cathedral, admire over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña old School. Next, head to Qoricancha, the main temple of the Incas, where you can gain an understanding of Inca culture and see how it has fused with Christian culture in Peru. After your tour of the city, head to the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site where you will be amazed by the rocks used for construction, some of which weigh more than 30 tons. Continue your tour with a visit to the underground temple of Qenqo, where you can stroll through a labyrinth of impressive rock carvings and tunnels carved into solid rock. Finally, head to the Tambomachay water temple. Here, admire the architecture of this divine temple dedicated to water, fertility and eternal youth before beginning the journey back to Cusco.

Cusco City: Half-Day Private Guided Tour

9. Cusco City: Half-Day Private Guided Tour

Explore Cusco city, its history along with the cathedral on a private half-day guided tour. Begin your tour with a visit to the beautiful temple of Coricancha (Temple of the Sun), one of the most important temples in the ancient city of Cusco. The temple was used as a base for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent upon the arrival of the Spaniards. Follow your guide and explore the temple where the sun was worshipped during the Inca Empire and know the history of the golden corn and the llamas. Visit the Cathedral, the most important building of the main square. The construction of the church started in 1560 and ended in 1654. It is one of the most splendid Spanish colonial churches in America. Know about the Latin cross and the colonial paintings related to the church. Your guide will be with you to inform you about the site and answer any questions. Next, continue to the San Blas neighborhood and discover many hidden gems filled with charm. During the tour learn more about the history and ancient cultures of the city.

Cusco: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

10. Cusco: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

Take a walking tour of Cuzco, the imposing Imperial City and an example of the harmonious coexistence between the Andean and Spanish cultures. The tour begins with a visit to the Plaza de Armas, where you will discover the Cathedral of Cuzco, the most important temple in the city. After spending some time exploring, continue on foot until reaching the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and cult center of the Sun God. Here, the order of the Dominicans built a church, which remains standing to this day. Enjoy plenty of time to snap some great photos. Finally, finish the tour with a visit to the Bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, also known as "the artists' district," home to many well-known folk artisans and crisscrossed with narrow and winding streets filled with popular art and knick-knacks shops.

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What people are saying about Cusco Cathedral

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 52 reviews

We will have fond memories of the EXCURSION IN and AROUND CUSCO; everything was perfectly organized! Except for one point: it was booked in ENGLISH! Suddenly more people joined us.. and we had 1/2 of the time with SPANISH, that wasn't so good :-(

The tour was great. We were able to see all the archaeology sites around Cusco in a single day with a very knowledgeable guide. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

Can be done very well to see everything important in Cusco. Starts in the cathedrals and you also see all the important Inca ruins

It's a good tour, you can go to all Cusco Inca ruins and learn interesting information in a few hours

His punctuality and good organization has left me surprised.