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

Cusco: Half-Day City Tour

Product ID: 159353
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: 5 - 6 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Hotel pickup from hotels in the historic center of Cusco; please provide your hotel’s name and address. The pickup is included only for hotels located in downtown and sometimes the access for the transport could be impossible due to the narrow streets, if so, we have to agree a meeting point. If you are staying in a private apartment or outside the pickup route, you will be provided the closest meeting point available.
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 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.
Includes
  • Tourist transportation
  • Professional guided tour in Spanish or English
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fee to the cathedral (25 soles)
  • Entrance fee to Coricancha (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
• During the morning tours only the following 4 archaeological sites are visited: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. Visits to the cathedral and Coricancha are not included.
• 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.3 / 5
  • Organization
    3 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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José is an excellent guide for English speakers. Buy tickets to archeological sights in advance. it's easier than buying them on site.

January 28, 2020

We received a lot of new information, it was grait. In the end of excurstion guid did not deliverd us the hotel, stopped on street which was far awai from the hotel. It was very stresfull for us to find the hotel

December 7, 2019

I would never recommend this tour. EVER.

The tour itself was just OK, nothing to write home about. BUT, the company made a mistake and gave me a ticket for entrance to the 4 ruins by mistake, which I did not know, and then HARASSED me for the money - Jaquelin from the company messaged me 4 times, called me 4 times (all within 5 minutes), and then showed up to my apartment banging on my door WHILE I WAS SLEEPING, and disturbed the owner of the apartment -- very unprofessional. Then we arranged a time for her to come pick up the money and she was 30 minutes late. I would NEVER RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY TO ANYBODY, specifically because of Jaquelin.

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December 19, 2018

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Product ID: 159353