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Classic Cusco City Half Day Tour

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Discover the world of the Incas with a tour of the magical city of Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, and the oldest living city in the Americas, continuously settled for over 3000 years.  Wander through the charming city of Cusco, Peru, appreciating the contrast between the Inca and Colonial architecture as you tour the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas (main square), the Qoricancha Sun Temple, and the Inca ruins of the impressive Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay.

Departure & Return Location

Hotel in Cusco for Group tour and Private Tour 

Departure Time

Group Services: 9am and 2pm
Private Services anytime before 2pm

Price Includes

  • Transport: pick up and drop off at hotel
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Group tour or Private Tour

Price Excludes

  • Entrance ticket to ruins
  • Lunch
  • Anything not mentioned in the i tinerary
  • Gratuities

Suggestions and Restrictions

  • Bring your sunblock, hat and lots of water for this day tour!
Itinerary

HALF DAY TOURCUSCO CITY & RUINS TOUR

Today we set off from your hotel to start the historical, cultural tour of the Inca city of Cusco. Feel the ambiance in the air as you stroll on the cobblestone streets of this historical city of Peru. Marvel at the ancient city of Cusco with Incan and Colonial architecture as you walk to the Plaza de Armas (main square), for a tour of the Renaissance-style Cathedral built by the Spaniards on an Inca temple with the stones from Sacsayhuaman. Inside the lovely Cathedral, observe the colonial art, altars, and wood carvings. Continue to Qoricancha Sun Temple (The Golden Temple), built by the Incas dedicated to Inti (Sun god), which once had gold-plated walls but the Spanish conquistadors looted all of its gold and built their church and monuments on top of and around the structure creating the magnificent combination of Inca and Spanish architecture, seen today in Cusco. Next, we will take a short drive above Cusco for an eye-opening experience touring the monumental Sacsayhuaman with its immense boulders which reflect the ingenuity and power of the Incas. From here, visit the megalith temple of Qenko, which is believed to have been used for blood sacrifices offered to the gods, death rituals, and possibly to embalm Inca bodies in the underground tunnels. After an interesting experience we move on to Puka Puka the red fortress, and finally a visit to Tambomachay, the Inca baths. Thereafter, return to your hotel.

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