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Plaza de Armas, Cusco

Plaza de Armas, Cusco: Our most recommended tours and activities

Cusco: Half-Day City Tour with Inca Site Visits

1. Cusco: Half-Day City Tour with Inca Site Visits

Following pick-up from your hotel, head on the bus to Cusco's Plaza de Armas. Here, visit the famous cathedral and observe the locals and busy tourists. Visit the sacred church before continuing by foot through the Inca streets to Coricancha, which contains the Temple of the Sun. Learn about the clash between Inca culture and Catholicism, and see firsthand the different building methods used by the Incas. After your visit to Coricancha, walk down the bustling Avenida El Sol, and take a scenic bus ride out of the city to the majestic Inca site of Sacsayhuaman. Here, enjoy a guided tour as well as time to explore the ruins individually. Head on the bus to the Qenqo site. Admire its beautiful altars and the small circular Puka Pukara as well as Tambomachay, the Temple of Water with its exquisite fountains. Finish your day in Cusco's main square. Soak up some sun, sample delicious street food or bargain like a local as you continue on your own in the beautiful city.

Cusco: City and Nearby Ruins 5-Hour Guided Tour

2. Cusco: City and Nearby Ruins 5-Hour Guided Tour

Your 5-hour tour begins in the early afternoon with a pick-up at your accommodation in downtown Cusco. Begin by visiting the Coricancha Sun Temple, a wonderful ceremonial construction built during the heyday of the Incas. Your next stop is the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s main square. Admire the spectacular interiors of the Cathedral as your guide explains how it was built on top of Inca buildings.  Then enjoy a drive to the northern outskirts of Cusco to the spectacular Inca complex at Sacsayhuaman. Pass through the openings of the huge Inca walls, built with massive rocks weighing up to 180 tons fitted with absolute perfection. Continue to another important Inca site, known as Qenqo (zigzag). This very unusual place has subterranean passages hidden in its perfectly carved stone interior. It is likely that the Incas probably mummified their dead here. Visit the Inca baths at Tambomachay and the military lookout point of Puka Pukara. Be driven back to downtown Cusco where your tour ends.

Cusco: Pisco Sour Tasting and Making Experience

3. Cusco: Pisco Sour Tasting and Making Experience

Become a pisco pro on this Cusco tour that will sharpen up your cocktail mixing skills, and help you to get to know local Peru culture at the same time. Because let’s face it, there are few better ways to get to know a nation’s culture than through its boozy creations! Meet your friendly local guide at Plaza San Blas, the bohemian area of Cusco and a place that has been the heart of the “fiesta” in Cusco since a long time ago! You’ll get to explore the square a bit as well as all the outstanding buildings that make this plaza one of the most beautiful ones in the city before officially beginning your Cusco tour. From there, you’ll wander along ancient streets to admire the dramatic Inca Walls, constructed of mammoth granite blocks, side-by-side with colonial buildings. It’s here that you’ll also get to see a famed Inca masterpiece, the 12-angle stone. Then it’s back to the order of the day: Pisco! As you wander through the city, your local guide will tell you all about traditional Pisco as well as fill you in on the distillation process, how this sour drink is made, and its place in Peruvian history. The first stop will be at a local bar where you can taste a few different flavors of Pisco, and learn how to prepare the Chilcano, a cocktail made with Pisco, which is a very famous drink among the locals. Finally, it’s your time to shine! Get your mixologist hat on and try your hand at making your very own pisco sour, using all the knowledge that you’ve picked up along the way on this Cusco city tour. And the best part? You get to drink it afterward — Salud!

Cusco City: Private Half-Day Tour in Cusco City

4. Cusco City: Private Half-Day Tour in Cusco City

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

5. 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.

Cusco, Peru: Guided Afternoon City Tour

6. Cusco, Peru: Guided Afternoon City Tour

Enjoy Cusco with ease on this guided driving tour. Get picked up from your hotel and explore the historic city center. Discover and learn about the ancient ruins of Qenco, Sacsayhuaman, and Puca Pucara, and marvel at the hotsprings, waterfalls, and canals of Tambo Machay. Visit the most important temple in the Incan Empire, Qoricancha and learn the rich history of the grandiose Cusco Cathedral. Explore the city's main square, Plaza de Armas, before driving to the fascinating relics of the Incan Empire. Comprehend the meticiously built ruins of Qenco, the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and the military ruin of Puca Pucara. Observe the intricately designed Incan-made waterfalls, canals, and hot springs that have stood for centuries. Hunt and find a unique treasure as you stroll through Sacsayhuaman's artisanal market before being driven back to the Plaza San Francisco full of cultural knowledge and experience.

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What people are saying about Plaza de Armas, Cusco

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 74 reviews

We were group of about 10 people. We have visited all the key sights. Our tour guide Edwin was great. She knew many things about the sites and was also very helpful with our questions. I can recommend as a great introduction to Cusco/Sacred valley/MaPi visit.

We had Miha take us around the archeological sites around and in Cusco. He was amazing. He kept our two teenagers attention and we learned a great deal. The sites were magnificent. I will always get a guide from now on.

I was so lucky to have Marco Antonio as my guide. He creates a whole special experience out of this tour! Also tour went for one extra hour to ensure that we complete our program.

Mel was an incredible tour guide. She was so passionate and knowledgeable about everything and made it such a great experience. I definitely would recommend this tour.

Nelo was a great guide, friendly, patient, and knowledgeable.