Guided tour

Cusco: Half-Day City and Nearby Archaeological Sites Tour

4.8 / 5

4 reviews

Activity provider: LimaTours

Cusco: Half-Day City and Nearby Archaeological Sites Tour

Activity provider: LimaTours

From US$ 35 per person

This five-hour tour offers a glimpse into how great the capital of the Incas once was and just how much was lost when it was conquered.

About this activity

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
• Roundtrip pickup service is available from hotels located in the Historic Center of Cusco • This activity does not include the pickup from private residences (Airbnb). Customers staying there will need to contact the local tour operator a few days before the tour in order to coordinate a meeting point for the pickup

Experience

Highlights
  • Unearth the riches of the Inca Empire with this fascinating and thought-provoking afternoon tour of Cusco’s greatest landmarks and ruins
  • See the Santo Domingo Monastery, the Coricancha, the Sacsayhuaman, and the Plaza de Armas in Cusco
  • Head uphill to the mega fortress of Sacsayhuaman
Full description
You will start your tour by visiting the Coricancha or the Temple of the Sun, which was built by the Inca Pachacutec. Upon the arrival of the Spaniards, this became the basis for the construction of the Santo Domingo Convent. Then, visit the Cathedral of Cuzco, the most imposing monument in the Main Square. Continue your tour to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic buildings built by the Inca Pachacutec in the Fifteenth Century. This is a huge fortress built with large stones whose transportation remains a mystery. Each year on June 24, the feast of Inti Raymi is recreated here, during which the sun is worshipped. Continue to Quenqo, an archaeological complex for mainly religious uses. Finally, get to know Puka Pucara, which means Red Fortress. This was an architectural complex of alleged military use with multiple spaces, plazas, baths, aqueducts, walls, and towers. It is believed the entourage of the Inca used it while they rested in Tambomachay.
Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off.
  • Professional bilingual tour guide (English and Spanish)
  • Touristic transportation
  • Admission to Coricancha and Cusco Cathedral.
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Photos
  • Cusco Tourist ticket (BTC)
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination
  • In addition to proof of vaccination, all participants who are over 18 years old must present a government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s license, passport, etc)

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Pick-up from hotels located at Cusco Historic Center.
  • To visit the 4 archaeological sites, it is important that you acquire your Cusco Tourist Ticket (BTC)
  • Rates do not apply for Peruvians or foreign passengers who stay in Peru for more than 60 days because sales taxes are not included in the above total and, if applicable, will be collected by the local partner
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Gratuity is not included
  • People over 18 years of age may enter enclosed spaces only if they are fully vaccinated, providing a virtual or printed certificate. This works for bus travel, any indoor activity, restaurants, hotels, trains, and airplanes. Minors should only be asymptomatic
  • Every person must permanently wear a KN95 mask or two masks one on top of the other
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5

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Great introduction to the main sites and history of Cusco City!

January 10, 2022

October 22, 2019

The tour through the ruins is very cool, the guide explains clearly, the tours at the end of the day were tight.

May 7, 2019

Product ID: 212679