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Cusco City Tour and Ruins

Cusco City Tour and Ruins

The Cusco city tour and ruins is the best option to start getting to know the Inka culture, since during the Cusco city tour you can see in the architecture, the different stages that the history of Peru and Cusco, from the pre - Inka era, beginnings of the Tahuantinsuyo culture, going through the colonial era, the republican era , until arriving at our days, only the Cusco maintains all these historical traces.

Cusco, in Quechua means "Navel" or figuratively, "center", because from the city of Cusco a vast network of roads started (Inca Trail ) that was address to four regions, which made up the 4 parts of the universe in the Andean cosmovision. Considered by the Incas to be the "dwelling place of the gods", Cusco is undoubtedly the most fascinating city of the Andes.

You should know that walking through the Historic Center of the City of Cusco means traveling through places that were designed by the Inca civilization. The fusion of the Andean and Spanish cultures in the middle of beautiful landscapes, make Cusco, a place of incomparable beauty, that preserves many ancestral customs and traditions, in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Peru. A Cusco city tour and ruins will give you the opportunity to walk among colonial buildings built above walls of ancient palaces and temples of the Inca Empire. The fusion of these architectural styles makes the imperial city of Cusco a unique place in the world, where you can see true architectural gems, many of them could well be considered works of art.

Quick Itinerary:

13:30 We pick you up from your hotel

13:50 Guided tour of the Cathedral of Cusco

14:30 Guided tour of the Temple of the Sun

15:00 Visit to Sacsayhuamán and guided tour

16:00 Guided tour to Q'enqo

16:30 Guided tour to Pukapukara ruins

17:00 Guided tour to Tambomachay ruins

18:30 Return to Cusco


Important info about your Tour:

  • Touring Cusco, the "Navel of the World", will take you approximately half a day. The Cusco city tour and ruins allows you to visit some of the most impressive attractions of the city and surroundings.
  • During this fabulous Cusco city tour you will see an incredible mixture of Inca and Spanish-style and in the case of the Temple of the Sun, the two combined.
  • This Cusco city tour is usually the first one taken for all visiting tourists. You can do it the first day of your stay in Cusco, as long as you are in the city before 11 am.
  • Usually, the tour starts at 1:30 p.m., we pick you up from your hotel.
  • The Cusco city tour and ruins concludes at the San Francisco Square, 4 minutes from the Main Square.
  • We offer you a comfortable transport and professional bilingual guide
  • You does not need good physical condition to do the tour the walking level is easy.
  • Children can take the tour after 2 years, and must be accompanied by an adult if they are under 18 years old.

Packing List:

We recommended take a small rucksack with:

  • Copy of the passport,
  • Original ISIC (an international student card if applicable)
  • Tourist Ticket
  • Cash
  • Rain Clothing (waterproof jacket and trousers),
  • Also warm clothes for cold nights.
  • Sun hat and sun protection cream
  • Camera and its charger/batteries (please note that batteries are consumed quickly under cold conditions),
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Snacks (biscuits, energy bars, chocolate, fruits, muesli, etc.)
  • Two Bottled water.

Interesting Information

 

 

Half Day Cusco City Tour

You will be picked up from you hotel at approximately 13:00 to start the Cusco city tour and ruins. Our first stop will be the Cathedral of Cusco (entrance fee: S/25 - U$ 7.8), that is located in the main square of the city. It is a colonial monument of great artistic value built on the Palace of the Inca Wiracocha, and now inside you can see the carved wood works like the choir, the pulpit and the altars, in the same way, the beautiful paintings of the Cusco school and items of embossed silver. 

After touring this sacred building you will continue on foot with your group through an ancient Inca-built street from the Main Square to the Temple of the Sun (entrance fee : S/15 - U$ 5) or Qoricancha. A religious center built to worship the Sun, the most important and venerated deity of the time of the Incas. It is the maximum expression of the Inca architecture and engineering; in addition, you can appreciate beautiful paintings of the Cusco school in its colonial art gallery. 

Continue your Cusco city tour; the group will walk down to the principal avenue of the Cusco, where you will take the bus again. The first stop is the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuamán, located 2 kolimeters from the city. It is famous for its huge carved stones, some of which are 9 meters or 30 feet high and weigh more than 350 tons. This admirable fortress is made up of three superimposed platforms that average 360 ​​meters in length. From the place, you get a spectacular view of the entire city of Cusco and the beautiful panorama, highlighting the peaks of the hills around Cusco. 

From Sacsayhuaman will go by bus to the farthest archaeological site, Tambomachay, located about 8 kilometers in the north of Cusco. An archaeological site dedicated to the worship of water and as a place to rest for the head of the Inca Empire. This place is also called the Inca´s shower. It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and several waterfalls that run along the rocks. The surprising thing about this is that from a main waterfall, the Incas created two secondary waterfalls, which are exactly the same. That is, if one places two empty bottles, one in each waterfall, the two are filled at the same time. Then you will visit Qenqo Archaeological Complex, made up by the archaeological groups of Big Q'enqo and Small Q'enqo. It was considered as a center of worship. Etymologically, it means labyrinth or zigzag, fulfilled a purely religious function, being on the outside a semicircular amphitheater with 19 trapezoidal niches and a monolith that simulates being a puma which measures approximately six meters. The last visit is to Puka Pukara, which means "red fortress", because the calcareous stones with it was built have acquired the reddish coloration of the terrain, very abundant in iron. Is allege that it had the function of protecting Tambomachay, an important palace in the Inca time. But that, in turn, was a "tambo", a collective shelter that offered inn and food to the travelers, as well as to the delegation that had to accompany the Inka in his retirement in Tambomachay. 

After finishing the visit of the archaeological sites we will return to Cusco by bus, arriving by approximately 18:30.

Included

  • Transport (tourist bus)
  • Professional bilingual Tour Guide (Spanish-English)

Not Included

  • Tourist Ticket (U$ 22), necessary for visit the archeological sites outside the city
  • Entrance fee to the Cathedral (U$ 8), and to the Qoricancha Church (U$ 5)

 

 

Highlights by Archaeological Sites

  • Visit the Cathedral of Cusco
  • Visit the Temple of the Sun
  • Explore Sacsayhuamán
  • Explore the Quenqo ruins
  • Explore the Pukapukara ruins
  • Explore the Tambomachay ruins

Best moment of the Tour

  • The spectacular view of the entire city of Cusco from Sacsayhuaman and the beautiful panorama, highlighting the peaks of the hills around Cusco.

Additionals

  • Rain Poncho cost U$ 10 
  • Bring cash to buy some souvenirs that locals offer in the main square and some archaeological places.

Reccomendations when you arrive to Cusco

  • The climate of Cusco is dry and the sun is usually quite strong, so if you are white or with delicate skin I recommend high-end sunscreens superior to 60 or more SPF. Also in any drugstore you can get the famous cocoa butter with which you can protect your lips because of not doing it your face and lips will end up like pop corn court in the short term.  
  • Very important, Cusco is located more than 3000 meters above sea level, which means that when you arrive you will probably feel that you lack oxygen, so when you step on Cusco soil, drink an infusion of coca tea at any restaurant, you will see that in less than 10 minutes you will feel better.  
  • In Cusco the taxis are not yellow only, any person with car can "work" as a taxi driver in their free time so you can find all kinds of car models and full color. The trick is to first check what the final price will be until the desired destination and then haggle the taxi driver before boarding the taxi. 
  • During the Cusco city tour and ruins, we also recommend eating light foods, especially the first days. Height and different food could wreak havoc on a susceptible stomach. Also if you go to markets in search of fruit juices or other similar always ask to get boiled water.

Doubts and Frequent Questions about Cusco City Tour

What is the appropriate clothing for this Cusco city tour?

Wear comfortable clothing, hiking pants and T-shirts during the day, and sweaters, raincoat and jackets for night. Remember in Cusco the weather changes easily and rains can suddenly occur.

 

Where to buy the Cusco tourist ticket?

These are the places where you can buy the Cusco Tourist Ticket:

  • COSITUC main office: Tourist Galleries, Avenida Sol No. 103 (Monday to Friday 8 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm).
  • OFEC branch offices: Calle Garcilaso s/n (Monday to Saturday 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday 8 am to 8 pm).

Differences between the general and partial tourist ticket

General Tourist Ticket

This ticket is not included on the tour, you must purchase a tourist ticket. A full tourist ticket costs S/130 (U$ 41) or S/70 (U$22) for students with a valid ISIC card. The full tourist ticket is valid for 10 days and allows entry to the Inca sites, such as Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay (City Tour), 4 museums in Cusco, Inca Pachacutec monument's, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray (Sacred Valley of the Incas) and  the Centro Qosqo (A theater where you can appreciate the typical dances of Cusco - 70 dances). This is a better option if you plan to combine the Cusco City Tour and ruins, Sacred Valley and explore the Cusco city.
 

Partial Tourist Ticket

The price for this ticket is S/70 (U$22) S/40 (U$13) for students with a valid ISIC card. It is valid for 1 day. Only you can visit Cusco city tour, Sacred Valley or Maras with this ticket. Not included the Cusco museums, Pachacutec Monument and the Centro Qosqo (It's a theatre where you can appreciate the typical dance of Cusco)

 

Please Note: In this general tourist tickets. Not include entrance to Qoricancha or the Cathedral of the Cusco. Entrance to Qoricancha is S/15 or S/10 for student. Entrance to The Cathedral is S/25 or S/12.50 for student.

 

 

 

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