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Cusco: Half-Day City and Archaeological Sites Guided Tour

1. Cusco: Half-Day City and Archaeological Sites Guided Tour

Immerse yourself in ancient Inca culture on this guided tour of Cusco and its surrounding archeological sites. Starting at the impressive Colonial Cathedral, admire over 400 paintings from the Cusqueña old School. Next, head to Qoricancha, the main temple of the Incas, where you can gain an understanding of Inca culture and see how it has fused with Christian culture in Peru. After your tour of the city, head to the Sacsayhuaman archaeological site where you will be amazed by the rocks used for construction, some of which weigh more than 30 tons. Continue your tour with a visit to the underground temple of Qenqo, where you can stroll through a labyrinth of impressive rock carvings and tunnels carved into solid rock. Finally, head to the Tambomachay water temple. Here, admire the architecture of this divine temple dedicated to water, fertility and eternal youth before beginning the journey back to Cusco.

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Cusco: 6-Hour City Highlights Tour

2. Cusco: 6-Hour City Highlights Tour

Discover the fascinating historical town of Cusco on this 6-hour tour of the city and its surrounding areas. Take in the unique architecture of the city, a blend of Inca and Spanish influences.  After pickup from your accommodation, start your tour at the Temple of the Sun, also known as Qoricancha, the most renowned temple of the Inca Empire. You will then be driven outside the city to visit important Inca sites, including the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Pucapucara and the Baths of Tambomachay. Your guide will tell you the exciting history of these ancient sites as you learn the stories behind the ruins. The tour will finish at around 7:00 PM, with drop-off at the Plaza Regocijo in the center of Cusco. 

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Cusco: Half-Day Historic City Tour

3. Cusco: Half-Day Historic City Tour

The adventure begins at 1:00 PM with pick up from your Cusco hotel. Discover the Cathedral of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with various paintings, carvings, and sculptures, before exploring the Qoricancha Museum, originally an Inca-era temple built to worship the Sun.   An air-conditioned coach will then take the group 2 km from the city center to Sacsayhuaman, a vast complex comprised of 33 archeological sites believed to have been built for military purposes. Next, stop at Qenqo, or “labyrinth”, considered to be a sacred place in which ceremonies were performed in honor of the Sun, the Moon, and the stars.   Traveling 7 km from the city center we find Puca Pucara, a complex of halls, inner plazas, aqueducts, watchtowers, and paths believed to be a military complex and a place for food storage.  After a visit to Tambomachay and its fresh water spring, the tour concludes with a visit to a craft center, where a local guide will tell the story of ancient Incan crafts and how to identify traditional garments made from vicuña wool.  At approximately 7:30 PM, the coach will return to Santa Catalina Street, close to the main square in Cusco.

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Cusco: Historical Walking Tour and Market Visit

4. Cusco: Historical Walking Tour and Market Visit

Explore the historical sights of Cusco with a guide born in the city and get an insight into what it is like to live there. Hear tales and historical facts about local highlights and marvel at colonial buildings and unique Inca monuments from pre-Hispanic days. Take in some impressive panoramic views of the city before making your way to San Pedro Market. Learn all about the regional produce on sale as you soak up the atmosphere. Continue to the Inca temple of Coricancha, dedicated to the sun god Inti and mostly destroyed after the 16th century to build the neighboring Convent of Santo Domingo . Visit the convent before taking a stroll from the artisan neighborhood of San Blas to the beautifully preserved street of Hatun Rumiyoc that originally led to the Antisuyu quarter of the Inca Empire. Continue to Plaza de Armas to visit the cathedral and marvel at masterpieces of colonial architecture.

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Cusco: Private City Tour and Trip to Archeological Sites

5. Cusco: Private City Tour and Trip to Archeological Sites

Enjoy a guided tour of this charming city and explore archeological sites. Learn the incredible history of the empire as you go with a professional local guide. Start your adventure with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Coricancha temple. See the foundations of this ancient temple, once used to worship the sun. Continue to the Cathedral, the most imposing monument of the Main Square. Hear the history and anecdotes of the city from your guide as you walk. Enjoy a scenic ride to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Here, take in the stunning panoramic views of Cusco and explore the ruins of the temple and amphitheater of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practiced agricultural rituals. Finally, arrive at Puka Pukara or "Red Fortress," an Inca military complex. Here, admire the impressive aqueducts, walls, and towers.

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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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Cusco: Private 3-Hour Sightseeing Walking Tour

7. 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.

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Cusco: Sacsayhuaman, San Blas, La Merced & Coricancha Tour

8. Cusco: Sacsayhuaman, San Blas, La Merced & Coricancha Tour

Discover Sacsayhuamán, one of the emblematic buildings of the Incas, declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Delve deeper into the rich history and heritage of the Inca Empire with a visit to San Blas, La Merced and Coricancha. Meet your guide and start the tour of Sacsayhuamán, a citadel on the northern outskirts of Cusco. See the massive fortress walls built with large stones. Learn about its military significance for the Inca Empire from your guide. Admire the beauty of this archaeological site. Return to the city and explore the neighborhood of San Blas, originally inhabited by the Inca nobility. Today it is a conglomerate of beautiful cobbled streets and popular among artisans. Then, visit the Cathedral located in Main Square. Continue to the church of La Merced, a masterpiece of modern Baroque style. Marvel at its beautiful interior courtyard, carved wooden ceilings, and imposing altars. Finally, visit Coricancha. Discover the ancient Temple of the Sun, the sacred Convent of Santo Domingo and the colossal Cusco Cathedral. Learn how it became the basis for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent after the arrival of the Spanish.

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Cusco City: Half-Day Private Guided Tour

9. Cusco City: Half-Day Private Guided Tour

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.

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Cusco: Cusco City and San Blas Neighborhood Private Tour

10. Cusco: Cusco City and San Blas Neighborhood Private Tour

Take a walk through Incan and colonial history on this city tour of Cusco. See the site of the Temple of the Sun and Spanish colonial architecture. Start your tour in Coricancha, also known as the Temple of the Sun. It was demolished by the Spanish in the 15th century in order to build a convent on the foundations. Visit the Cathedral, one of the most splendid colonial churches in South America. See over 400 colonial paintings from the Cusco Art School on display. Check out the San Blas quarter, near the main square. Stroll this collection of charming cobblestone streets and have a look at San Blas Church, built over an Incan sanctuary and housing a cedar filigree carved by a Cusco craftsman.

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What people are saying about Coricancha

Great tour through the city and surrounding Inca sites. As you are visiting 6 sights in 6 hours the schedule is tight and it's important to follow the instructions of the guide. All in all a wonderful day full of new experiences and info about Cusco!

Great brief tours of sites within Cusco as well as outside the city. Perfect if looking to cover major sites all in one day. Our guide, Juan Carlos was very knowledgeable and added very good context to the sites.

The tour was great. We were able to see all the archaeology sites around Cusco in a single day with a very knowledgeable guide. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

A very enjoyable trip. Lots of variety and it was interesting to see the more regional areas,