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  1. Peru
  2. Cusco Region
  3. Cusco
  4. Saksaywaman

Cusco: Half-Day City Tour

Product ID: 159353
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Striking and natural, Cusco's history lives in its streets, squares, valleys and towns. See ancient temples, sacred spaces and ruins in the city of Cusco — the birthplace of the world.
About this activity
Duration 6 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Hotels and establishments in the center of Cusco.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See stunning destinations and examples of fine engineering by Inca stonemasons
  • Start your tour with a visit to the Basilica Cathedral, built in 1560
  • Visit many ancient temples and sites where civilization began
Full description
Start your tour with a pickup from your Cusco hotel and head to your first site, the Basilica Cathedral, dating back to the year 1560. This impressive cathedral was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1972.

Then, visit the Koricancha Temple of Santo Domingo, the Temple of the Sun. Its perfect architecture and stone construction reflect the fact that it was the most important temple of the Inca empire. 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.

Next, 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. 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.
Includes
  • Tourist transportation
  • Professional guided tour in Spanish or English
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fee to Cathedral (25 soles)
  • Entrance fee to Qoricancha (15 soles)
  • Tourist ticket for archaeological sites outside the city (70 soles)
  • Tips (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• It is recommended that you wear long pants, bring a sun hat and water
• Bring a waterproof jacket or raincoat
• Wear sunscreen with 30 sun protection factor or more
• During the morning tours only the following 4 archaeological sites are visited: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, & Tambomachay. The cathedral & Qoricancha are not included.
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From US$ 15 US$ 12 per person

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Product ID: 159353