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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, (for those who chose this option at the moment of booking), 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 Qoricancha, 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 Qoricancha, 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: Private Pisco Sour Tasting and Making Experience

2. Cusco: Private 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 we will continue to a bar with the best Pisco Sour in town and 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 and Nearby Ruins 5-Hour Guided Tour

3. 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: Legends and History Night Tour with Dinner/Pisco Sour

4. Cusco: Legends and History Night Tour with Dinner/Pisco Sour

At 6 pm we will meet at your hotel and then we will trasnfer you to the "cristo Blanco view point", here we will talk about general history about cusco and take some amazing pictures from this viewpoint. Then we will be trasnfered to the Viewpoint of "San cristobal", from here we will start our walk along the ancient streets of Cusco city, We will explore the most beatifull and enigmatic streets, learn about the history and legends of each place we explore. Hey! each street in cusco has a history and legends, join us to learn about it! We will explore san blas, Streets near main square and of course we will finish with a Pisco Sour and dinner on a local restaurant in this amazing city!

city tour cusco

5. city tour cusco

We will pick up you from your hotel between 1:00 pm to 1: 25pm, the first point to visit will be the CATHEDRAL of Cusco (Optional), this temple built in the pre-Columbian era has enough religious architectural art, then we will continue to the temple of QORICANCHA, Also called the temple of the sun here they worshiped the Sun God, we will continue with our tourist transport to the archaeological park of SACSAYHUAMAN, this is the Inca military fortress, here we will find constructions with rocks from 4 to 6 meters high, watchtowers and others, We will continue our adventure to QENQO, this in an Inca ceremonial center, here they made sacrifices to the Sun God for the good harvest of the year, we will continue to PUCAPUCARA this is the Inca surveillance center built in the upper part of Cusco to control access to the Inca city, as a last point we will have TAMBOMACHAY, place of rest or Inca rest, here we will find water channels carved in stone Inca, this is also called the temple of water. We will finish the tour in Cusco at approximately 6:30 pm, the transport will leave us at a place near the PLAZA DE ARMAS.

Cusco, Peru: Guided Afternoon City Tour

6. Cusco, Peru: Guided Afternoon City Tour

Enjoy the best of Cusco on a guided driving tour that takes away the hassle. You'll be picked up from your hotel and taken to the city's historic center. Explore fascinating ancient sites like Qenco, Sacsayhuaman, Puca Pucara, and the beautiful Tambo Machay, known for its hot springs, waterfalls, and canals. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Incan Empire with visits to the impressive Qoricancha temple and the majestic Cusco Cathedral, where you'll learn about their fascinating histories. Take in the lively Plaza de Armas, the main square of the city, before continuing to explore the captivating remnants of the Incan Empire. Be amazed by the meticulously preserved ruins of Qenco, the formidable fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and the intriguing military site of Puca Pucara. Marvel at the enduring beauty of Incan-made waterfalls, canals, and hot springs that have stood the test of time. Discover unique treasures as you wander through the artisanal market in Sacsayhuaman, enriching your cultural knowledge along the way. Finally, return to Plaza San Francisco, filled with unforgettable memories and a deeper understanding and appreciation of Cusco's rich heritage.

Tour Nocturno en Cusco

7. Tour Nocturno en Cusco

Se iniciara el recorrido en La Paccha de avenida el sol, el recorrido caminando se dará por toda la avenida el sol recorriendo el muro histórico, jardín del koricancha, palacio de justicia. Después visitaremos la plaza regocijo, plaza de armas, plaza nazarenas, calle 7 culebras, piedra de los 12 ángulos y plaza de san blas. Ya en la plaza de san blas subiremos a nuestra movilidad para recorrer los siguientes puntos de visita como casona antigua de saphy, plaza de san cristobal y mirador de cristo blanco. Luego pasaremos a unas clases practicas de la preparación de Pisco Sour y cata de variedad de cervezas cusqueñas. Para finalizar nuestro recorrido visitaremos un bar cultura de música andina (opcional).

From Cusco: City Tour Folkloric - Cusco

8. From Cusco: City Tour Folkloric - Cusco

We begin our tour knowing the Plaza de Armas of Cusco, a place that keeps a lot of history and we will fall in love with its baroque style beauty. Later we will visit the Temple of the Sun "Qoricancha", golden enclosure of the Incas where our guide will tell us about its history. Meters below we will pass by the beautiful Great Historical Mural, which was painted by the Cusquenian artist Juan Bravo Vizcarra. We head towards the "Station 180" (Restobar) where we will board the Scenic Bus, we will head towards the White Christ where we will have a panoramic view where we will appreciate the landscape of the Historical Capital of Peru and take good pictures. As we move forward with the Cusco 180 Bus, we will see the emblematic characters of the Paucartambo festival (Cusco religious custom) such as: Majeño, Pablitos, Saqras. In our penultimate point our staff will be waiting for us, with them we will enjoy the staging "The abduction of Kukuli" at the same time you can enjoy a hot drink. As last point to visit will be the tourist restobar where we will have the demonstration of the preparation of the emblematic drink of Peru, the Pisco Sour, finished its preparation we will be able to taste this delicious drink. Return to Cusco.

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What people are saying about Plaza de Armas, Cusco

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 97 reviews

Une visite excellente avec un guide vraiment incroyable et qui répond à toutes vos questions. La cadence est très correcte, on ne cours pas dans tous les sens. Chacun du groupe est respecté au niveau de la cadence. Commentaires du guide très intéressant avec des anecdotes toutes aussi intellectuelles que drôle.

Very good tour, you visit the places quickly to be able to cover all, there was a small lack of coordination in the pick-up time since they passed by me 25 minutes before and I was not ready.

Our guide Rosa has been charming, she has explained everything to us very well and on top of that she has taken photos of us. Thank you very much for everything, we will never forget you ❤️

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.

César was an excellent guide, he knew a lot about everything he told us and it was obvious that he liked it because he explained it with passion. Highly recommended!