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Cusco: Sightseeing Tour of the City on an Open-Top Bus

1. Cusco: Sightseeing Tour of the City on an Open-Top Bus

Discover the main sights and learn about the history of the city of Cusco while you acclimatize on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a carefully curated itinerary that gives you the best introduction to the city and its traditions. This tour takes you to the main highlights of Cusco and its surroundings. Feel free to sit back and relax in the open-top sightseeing bus and ride the entire route in 2.5 hours. Start the tour by driving through the historic center of Cusco. Sit back and enjoy the views while a bilingual guide explains the importance of each landmark within the city. Later drive through some of the main archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Q'enqo, and Puca Pucara. Get a panoramic view from the top deck of the bus. On the way back to Cusco, stop at a shamanic center. Witness a traditional Inca ceremony that pays homage to the Pachamama (Inca mother earth), the mountains, and the natural world. Stop at an alpaca wool weaving center where one of the workers will explain the differences between the various types of wool. Learn to recognize authentic alpaca wool when shopping for gifts. Before ending the tour, visit the large white statue of Christ that stands on the hill overlooking the city of Cusco. From here, enjoy fantastic views of the entire city. Then proceed back to the bus station in Cusco.

From Cusco: Cusco, Sacsayhuaman, and Tambomachay Day Trip

2. From Cusco: Cusco, Sacsayhuaman, and Tambomachay Day Trip

Pickup at Hotel or Meeting Point: Our team will pick you up either directly at your hotel or at the meeting point you have selected, within the time slots you choose, either in the morning or in the afternoon. City Tour Cusco: City Tour Cusco offers you an unparalleled cultural and historical experience in the city of Cusco. Itinerary: Plaza de Armas: Enjoy a guided tour through the center of the City of Cusco, visiting the iconic Plaza de Armas. Cathedral: Explore the majestic Cathedral, a witness to the rich history and colonial art. Qoricancha - Temple of the Sun: Immerse yourself in the energy of the Temple of the Sun, known as "Qoricancha," where Inca and colonial architecture uniquely merge. Ruins of Sacsayhuaman: Head to the imposing ruins of Sacsayhuaman, marveling at the magnitude of the stone structures. Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay: Explore the fascinating ruins of Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay, each with its own history and significance. Return to the City: We will return to the city, concluding the tour at Plaza San Francisco or Plaza Regocijos. Unforgettable Experience: We are confident that you will enjoy a unique experience, igniting your adventurous and exploratory spirit, leaving you full of interesting memories. Get ready to immerse yourself in the cultural and historical richness of Cusco!

Cusco: Historical Guided City Tour with 4 Inca Ruins

3. Cusco: Historical Guided City Tour with 4 Inca Ruins

Delve into Peru’s ancient history with a guided tour from Cusco, with hotel pickup included. Enjoy live commentary as you visit the Cusco Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, the Sacred Valley of Peru, and Tambomachay. Learn about how people lived in the Inca Empire. Start the tour with a pickup around 1:00 PM from your hotel in Cusco. Head to your first stop, the Cusco Cathedral, a 16th-century colonial relic that took over 100 years to complete. From there, visit the most important temple in the Inca Empire, the Coricancha — also known as the Temple of the Sun. Continue with archeological discoveries as you visit the towers, walls, and tunnels of Sacsayhuaman. Move onward to the Sacred Valley of Peru with stops at the Temple Qenqo followed by Puca Pucara — a large military fortress with a fascinating arrangement of large stones. Finally, get further insight into the lives of the Inca at the enchanting Tambomachay, situated 3700 meters above sea level with a fascinating series of water features thought to have been built in worship of water. Return to the city of Cusco to be dropped off near the main square of Cusco at approximately 6:45 PM.

Cusco: Half-Day City Tour

4. Cusco: Half-Day City Tour

Start your tour with pickup from your Cusco hotel. On this half-day trip you’ll stop at Qenqo Temple, a natural rock formation that became a ceremonial center. See Puca Pucara, a site of military ruins, and the remains of guard posts, staircases, streets, houses and courtyards. Carry on to Sacsayhuaman, which chroniclers believe was a solar shrine built by the last dynasties of the Incas. This temple was built with large blocks of limestone to protect the city from the attacks of invaders from the East or Antis. Finally, visit Tambomachay, located 9 kilometers outside of the city, known as the baths of the Incas because of the shape of its water source. This site could also have been a temple dedicated to the cult of water and purification. With afternoon departures, you’ll also have the chance to visit the UNESCO-listed Basilica Cathedral and the temple of Coricancha. The temple’s perfect architecture and stone construction reflect the fact that it was the most important temple of the Inca empire.

Cusco: 3-Hour Horse Riding Tour to the Temple of the Moon

5. Cusco: 3-Hour Horse Riding Tour to the Temple of the Moon

Travel on horseback to the magnificent Temple of the Moon near the mountains of Cusco city. Start your adventure at the ranch and meet your expert guide. Learn the basics of how to control the horses and grab your helmet. Enjoy an unforgettable ride along the Andes to the Temple of the Moon and take in the incredible views of Cusco city. Once you've arrived, hop off your horse and follow your guide to the Temple of the Moon. Explore the ancient temple while your guide explains the Incan and Pre-Incan history of the site.

Cusco: 6-Hour City Highlights Tour

6. 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. 

Cusco Tourist Ticket and Sacred Valley Site Pass

7. Cusco Tourist Ticket and Sacred Valley Site Pass

The Cusco Tourist Ticket is a must-have when you visit Cusco and Cusco Region in Sacred Valley. Choose between different circuits for either 1, 2 or 10 days admission to the most important tourist attractions, divided between: Circuit I, 1-Day Pass: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. Ticket valid for usage for 1 day in which you can visit all 4 attractions. Circuit II, 2-Day Pass: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacred Valley: Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Moray. Ticket valid for usage for 2 days in which you can visit all 4 attractions mentioned. Circuit III, 10-Day Pass: Entrance to the 16 most important archaeological sites and museums of Cusco. With this ticket, enjoy entrance to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, Tipon, Piquillacta, Pachacutec Inca Monument, Qosqo Native Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Qorikancha Site Museum, Regional Historical Museum, and Popular Art Museum. Ticket valid for usage for 10 days in which you can visit all attractions mentioned.

Cusco: Open-Top Bus City Tour

8. Cusco: Open-Top Bus City Tour

Discover the best of Cusco on a 2.5-hour guided tour in the comfort of an open-top bus and in the company of a professional guide. After boarding the bus, your will pass the San Cristobal Temple and Colcampata Inca wall, where you can admire panoramic views of the main square, Plaza De Armas. Next, enjoy a panoramic overview of the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo and Puca Pucara.  Later, stop at the white statue of Christ which towers over the city. From here, admire breathtaking views of Cusco and the surrounding area before begging the drive back to the city center.

Cusco : Half Day City Tour

9. Cusco : Half Day City Tour

Itinerary of the Cusco city tour half day in the morning: Pick up at the Plaza de Armas of Cusco Start of the tour in the Plaza de Armas of Cusco Visit to the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha) Transfer to Sacsaywaman Visit to Sacsaywaman Visit to Qenqo Visit to Puca Pucara Visit to Tambomachay Return by transport to Cusco (ends one block from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco) This Cusco half-day morning city tour itinerary includes visits to some of the most emblematic places in the region, such as the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), Sacsaywaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. During the tour, you will be able to learn more about Inca history and culture and enjoy the landscapes and beauty of the region. Plus, the tour includes an expert guide who will tell you everything you need to know about each place you'll visit. It also includes a pickup from Cusco's Plaza de Armas at 8:45 am, so you won't have to worry about getting to the meeting place.

From Cusco: City Tour and Visit to Four Archaeological Sites

10. From Cusco: City Tour and Visit to Four Archaeological Sites

Pick-up at your hotel. Morning shift at 8:30 am and afternoon shift at 12:30 pm. Please message us on WhatsApp to provide the name of your hotel; otherwise, select the designated pick-up point. Embark on an enchanting journey through the heart of the Andes with our exclusive Cusco City Tour, offering an immersive exploration of the city's historical and cultural wonders. Discover the hidden gems of Cusco's historic center as you wander along cobblestone streets adorned with colonial architecture and bustling markets. Ascend to the awe-inspiring Sacsayhuamán fortress, where the ancient echoes of Inca civilization resonate amidst breathtaking vistas of the city below. Experience the serenity of Tambomachay, a sanctuary of natural beauty and ancient wisdom, with its mesmerizing water features and tranquil surroundings. Unravel the mysteries of Q'enqo and Puca Pucara, ancient archaeological sites steeped in legend and intrigue, offering a glimpse into Cusco's rich past. Conclude your journey at the majestic Cusco Cathedral, standing proudly in Plaza de Armas, where history and culture converge in a truly unforgettable experience. This isn't just a tour; it's a unique voyage through time and tradition, curated exclusively for you.

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Just want to start by saying that this is the best day trip I’ve experienced so far. I was the only english speaking participant, but Richard really paid attention to details, not a second I felt left out from the group. Richard also made sure that everyone got adequate pictures, listened to our needs, and even carried is toilet papers to some sites. He was also super energetic all the time from the beginning to finish. The group I went with was so nice as well. I really, really recommend this day trip, it was so well organized, we ended the trip precisely 6 hours as mentioned on this page. The only suggestion from me is: please improve the communication before the trip - I didn’t received any message or email - but gladly when I reached out to their whatsapp, they clarifies my questions immediately. Once again, thank you for the beautiful experience & memories!

Sophia (Sofia), our guide was so genuinely caring about how we were enjoying our night. We ran into some unexpected problems due to a festival that same night, but she made sure that we were well taken care of and helped guide us through the city with quite an insightful manner. She helped us find a pharmacy as well to help with my wife’s altitude sickness and made sure we had made it back to our place of stay safely. The planetarium was an amazing experience with another guide having a lot of knowledge on what we were looking at and was able to answer all our questions. The pisco sours were good too!

Rainbow mountain and Machu Picchu were excellent trips, perhaps the food during Rainbow mountain could have been a bit better. Machu Picchu was organised excellently, everything went smoothly and our private guide Paul was really good and friendly. Our first trip - city tour wasn’t what we expected, but not a disaster. A pity we didn’t learn more about Cusco. Rainbow mountain trip I’ll remember for the rest of my life, just like Machu Picchu. I am very glad I entrusted you and this company to plan it all for us!!! Thank you! One of the best trips ever and we have travelled the world.

I loved my trip. Going to Peru was a childhood dream for me, thanks to you I was able to make it come true. I think the activities exceeded my expectations, I saw incredible landscapes, met incredible people, discovered a magnificent culture and I also pushed myself beyond my limits thanks to trekking. I return with memories in my eyes, certainly not my last trip to Peru.

well organized, well explained, value for the money, highly recommend for everybody