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Cusco City Tour, as the name suggests is a half day tour of the main sites in and around Cusco city. Cusco, was the ancient capital of the Inca Empire. Upon conquering the city, the Spaniards too maintained the city as their capital.
Cusco is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the continent. The city has a unique charm, it is a place where tradition meets modernity. Here you will be able to witness how the Spanish Architecture blends with those from Inca civilization. The Temple of Qorikancha which was later named to Santo Domingo Church is a perfect example of this.
This is one of the tours, you cannot miss. Cusco City Tour serves as a perfect introduction to your journey through the land which has a treasure of history and culture. We highly recommend you doing this tour on your first or second day in Cusco, while you are acclimatising.
We at Encuentros Peru Adventure, are determined to offer the most to our guests. To make your trip as memorable as it could be. All our guides are locals from Cusco. They are certified tourism professionals with an extensive knowledge about the culture and history.
We offer both group as well as private tour. Please advise us your desired option at the time of booking.
Plaza De Armas Cusco
At 0100 PM, we will be meeting at Cusco’s main square, Plaza De Armas (next to the cathedral). After a brief introduction we will start the Cusco City Tour. The tour begins at the emblematic Cathedral of Cusco. Our local tour guide, will share his/her knowledge about the place. This will give you a deeper insight of how the colonialism transformed the years old culture. The place where the Cusco Cathedral stands today was once an Incan Palace.
Our next stop will be at the temple of Qoriqancha (The temple of the sun). To Incas, this was one of the most sacred places. They had covered the walls of Qoriqancha with sheets of gold. Infact, the courtyard, next to the temple was once filled with statues made of gold. To Spanish, this was,”fabulous beyond belief”. When the Spanish troops arrested Incan emperor, Atahualpa, they negotiated with Incas to raise ransom of gold against his life. Most of the gold that the Incas handed over were from Qoricancha.
Upon conquering Cusco, Spaniards demolished the temple of Qoricancha and used its foundations to build the Santo Domingo Church, which stands today. This is once of the many sites in Cusco where you will be able to see how the Spanish incorporated the Incas stonework to raise their architecture.
Here you will be having a detailed guided tour.
Our next stop will be at Sacsayhuaman. A renowned archaeological complex on a hill top overlooking the city of Cusco. Sacsayhuaman is a fortified complex. Sacsayhuaman demonstrates impressive stone works by Incas. Each stones weighing more than a 100 ton. This immense archaeological complex has a lot of history which will be uncovered by your tour guide during the tour.
Sacsayhuaman is today famous for the Inti Raymi festival. Inti Raymi is a traditional religious ceremony practised since Incan civilization in honour of the Sun God.
We will then drive you to Q’enqo. Q’enqo is another prominent site. This was one of the largest holy places for Incas. This was the place where Incas used to do sacrifice. They also mummified the corpses in Q’enqo.
Tambomachay is another interesting archaeological site located on the outskirts of Cusco city. The site consists of terraced rocks with a series of canals and aqueducts. Tambomachay is believed to have been more like a spa for the elite families of Incas.
Right across the archaeological complex of Tambomachay the military ruins of Puka Pukara is located. From the top of Puka Pukara, you will be able to get a good view of Cusco and its beautiful country side. Puka Pukara in Quechua means red fort. The name derives from the transformation of the colour of the rocks to red colour at dusk.
The Incas used this place like a watch tower to keep away any intruding forces.
After visiting Puca Pucara, we will be dropping you back to the centre of Cusco city.
Yes, Cusco tourist ticket also known as Boleto Turistico, is totally worth it. There are some interesting sites in Cusco city also in the Sacred Valley of Incas those can only be visited using the Cusco tourist ticket.
There are two types of Cusco Tourist Ticket or Boleto Turistico, Partial and Complete. Partial ticket costs 70 Soles and the Complete circuit ticket costs 130 Soles.
The partial ticket is valid for one day and the complete circuit ticket is valid for 10 dates.
The easiest way to buy Cusco Tourist Ticket or Boleto Turistico is at the entrance of the first sight you will be visiting.
Sacsayhuaman is remains of an ancient Incan fortress temple in Cusco. It is a perfect example of the advancement of Inca engineering. The massive stone blocks that Incas used here weigh over 100 tons each. They built the whole complex without using mortar and simply cutting the stones accurately to fit each other.
Un agradecimiento en especial al personal de la agencia, nos gusto mucho su calidad de atención y servicios, Jose fue excelente muy paciente y demostró profesionalismo al momento de guiar.
They are simply the best. Jose Luis is a super nice guide and knows a lot about the culture and history. We did Cusco City Tour with them and do recommend this company strongly.
We highlñy recommend this tour. It was a very good introduction to Cusco and Incan culture. Jhonny was our guide and he knew a lot about many things. He was very helpful and patient to our questions.
We visited the ruins off the city in a beautiful country side and it was a very nice experience.
First I liked the positive atmosphere of the group, the guide joined the group and I thought it was perfect so we all enjoyed the tour.
EVERYTHING WAS A SUCCESS
The agency staff was very good always guaranteeing everyone’s comfort and safety