Visit the best of Peru's ancient Inca capital on this walking tour by exploring and bargaining at the vibrant San Pedro market, before heading out of town to marvel at 4 intriguing Inca sites: the Sacsayhuaman fortress, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay.
What to Expect
Kick off your historical Cusco tour with a visit to the San Pedro market, which at an altitude of 3,400m, is one of the highest in the world. Talk about starting the morning on top of the world!
Learn about the market’s history as you explore rows of local produce, colorful fabrics, flower vendors, shaman stalls, and loud juice makers in the company of an English speaking guide. There is the opportunity to try out a few local words and purchase snacks for later in the day. Be ready for some entertaining local interaction!
Leave the unforgettable smells and flavors of the Cusco market behind as you depart by local transportation (taxis) to explore the Inca ruins just outside of Cusco.
First on your Cusco ruins trail is Q’enqo, which was once a major Inca ceremonial and ritual site. Explore Q’enqo, then head out for a short, 15 minute scenic walk to the statue of Cristo Blanco (White Christ), where you’ll stop for a delicious picnic of Peruvian snacks and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of Cusco’s cityscape.
Next, explore the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman. At an altitude of 3,700m and just 3km from Cusco, the fortress boasts walls up to 400m long, made out of boulders weighing from 128 - 200 tonnes. Every year the Inty Raymi (celebration of the sun) is celebrated on these ruins overlooking the city of Cusco.
To finish the tour, you’ll walk back to Cusco, which will take about half an hour. Descend back to the city via Inca streets, learning about theories and legends of the Inca Empire along the way. Meander through the bohemian area of San Blas before finding yourselves back at Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s main square, where your tour will come to a close.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Public transportation
- Small picnic
- Half-day tourist ticket (Boleta Turistica Parcial) for ruin site entrance fees
What's Not Included
- Personal expenses
- Tips for guides
- Water or any drinks.
Central fountain of Plaza Regocijo (one block away from main square)
Know Before You Go
This trip is offered on a join–in basis. Maximum group size is 12.
Please wear conservative clothing out of respect for local culture. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn. When visiting churches or religious sites, shoulders and knees should be covered.
Note: Sacsayhuaman Arch Site is closed on June 24th
Please note that you must show your passport and immigration card to the guide before the tour starts; otherwise, you will be charged a fee of USD 10 as per Peru’s tax regulations.
Cancellations within 48 hours of tour departure are non-refundable.