This half day tour is a perfect introduction to Cusco’s vibrant history and runs every afternoon. It includes Cusco’s main archaeological sights, including the Cathedral and Qoricancha (the temple of the sun) in the city center, as well as the four main ruins on the outskirts of Cusco: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Tambomachay and Puka Pukara (visiting all four will depend on timing and on the group’s pace).
1.30pm meet at the INKALAND office or predetermined location for transport.
1/2 Hours Before Time (13:30)
This tour touches on the best of Cusco, the blend of the Inca and Colonial aquitecture and religious features meet beautifully in Cusco to give it its charm and character!
The stunning archaeological feats in building the famous Saqsayhuaman and other major Incan sites will astonish you. Fascinating stories of Pachacutec who was the initiator of many constructions here and in the Sacred Valley and so beloved by his people.
At 1 p.m., we will meet you at your hotel lobby to begin your tour. From here, you will head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, where you will visit the famous cathedral. Following, you will continue on foot through an ancient Inca-built street from the Plaza de Armas to the Q’oricancha, the Temple of the Sun. At the Q’oricancha you will be able to compare and contrast the building methods of the Incan culture and Catholicism. This was the key spiritual center of the Incas, which leads to all four quarters of the Inca Empire. There is also a bronze, high altar to be seen.
From Q’oricancha, your group will walk down Avenida El Sol, where you will take your bus 25 minutes outside of the city. You will be taken to the majestic Inca site, Sacsayhuaman, with its enigmatic, 200 ton monoliths, You will be able to hear from your guide and then, explore on your own.
From Sacsayhuaman, you will take a five minute bus ride to the Q’enqo Inca site to see its fascinating Incan altars. Following, you will take another five minute drive to Puca Pucara, a small, circular Inca site. The final stop on our tour is Tambomachay, a water temple with impressive water fountains, thought to be used by the Inca for bathing. We’ll then drive back down to Cusco where the tour ends in the main square, unless you are taking a private tour, in which case, we will return you to your hotel.
Note: The hotel must be booked on the main town due the early pick up for our services we are unable to go to the airbnb as most of them do not have a name or address easy to find and some of them are located far away from the main town.