Cusco City Tour (Half A Day)

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Group Tour (Morning)
  • Group Tour (Morning)1 to 18 people. Price per person: $15.
    9:00AM to 14:30PM
    Start Time: 09:00Available: 18 seats
  • Private Tour (Morning)Min. 2 people. Price per person: $75.
    9:00AM to 14:30PM
    Start Time: 09:00Available: 40 seats
  • Group Tour (Afternoon)1 to 18 people. Price per person: $15.
    13:00PM to 18:00PM
    Start Time: 13:00Available: 18 seats
  • Private Tour (Afternoon)Min. 2 people. Price per person: $75.
    13:00PM to 18:00PM
    Start Time: 13:00Available: 40 seats
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Cusco Hotel Pickup

Duration

09:00 am to 14:30 pm - 13:00 pm to 18:00 pm
Cusco City Tour Details

Did you just land in Cusco? Our City Tour Cusco with an experienced local guide will give you the best introduction to the city, its culture and history.

Cusco, the captivating ancient capital of the Inca empire is the gateway to the wonder of the world, Machu Picchu. It is the best place to experience the mix of two cultures and architecture (Incan and Spanish). This tour is a must when visiting Cusco and is usually one of the first ports of call for all visiting tourists. From the bustling Mercado de San Pedro to the historical sites, Cusco has a completely different look and feel than the rest of Peru.

This tour includes the following attractions:

  • The Cathedral: It has features of Gothic, Mannerist Renaissance, and Baroque styles.
  • Qoricancha: One of the most important religious centers of the Inca Empire. Its stone constructions have even greater perfection than Machu Picchu.
  • Sacsayhuaman: A megalithic monument of great expression of art, a clear demonstration of Inca technology events.
  • Qenqo: Considered a huaca in the Inca period.
  • Puka Pukara: A place for controlling areas, it also had different administrative spaces.
  • Tambomachay: A sacred space where water was worshiped, as this element was vital for human existence.

At the end of the tour, we will return to the city of Cusco, where the transportation will drop us off 2 to 3 blocks from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.

We have dedicated English-speaking local guides who were born and raised in Cusco. The Cusco City Tour takes you through the most important sites. Starting at the Cathedral of Cusco, then taking you to the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha). Cusco City Tour also takes you to four sites on the outskirts of Cusco. You will be able to see an incredible mix of Inca and Spanish-style architecture.

Price Includes

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Tourist transport
  • Professional bilingual guide

Price Excludes

  • Ticket price for foreigners (S/70.00 soles)
  • Ticket price for Peruvians (S/40.00 soles)
  • Cathedral for foreigners (S/40.00 soles)
  • Cathedral for Peruvians (S/20.00 soles)
  • Qoricancha for general adults (S/15.00 soles)

Recommended To Carry

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
Itinerary

Cathedral of Cusco

The Cathedral of Cusco or Basilica of the Virgin of the Assumption is one of the most popular architectural monuments in the city. It is also the first site you will visit. It is located in front of the Plaza de Armas. Its construction took almost 100 years until its completion in 1654. It was originally an Inca temple dedicated to the god Wiracocha. During the Spanish conquest the temple was looted and demolished for the construction of this historic Catholic monument. In 1983 it was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

It was the house of Inca Wiracocha, and it still hides many mysteries. QORICANCHA is one of the most important religious centers of the Inca empire. Its stone constructions have an perfection even greater than of Machu Picchu.

Qoriqancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo

The Coricancha is one of the most important religious centers of the Inca empire. Its stone constructions have an even greater perfection than Machu Picchu. It was covered in gold and plants until before the Spanish conquest who built the Convent of Santo Domingo there. It is located two blocks from the Plaza de Armas. It houses paintings made by the artists of the so-called ‘Cusco School’. Both the Coricancha and the Santo Domingo Convent coexist harmoniously as a symbol of cultural syncretism.

Is one of the most important religious centers of the Inca empire. Its stone constructions have an perfection even greater than of Machu Picchu.

The Fortress of Sacsayhuaman

Sacsayhuaman is one of the most enigmatic places of the Incas. There the tourist will be able to appreciate stones of up to nine meters of height and more than 120 tons. They all fit together with incredible precision. The Spanish believed that the enclosure was the work of the devil. There were fierce battles between Incas and Europeans. Today it is one of the most symbolic attractions of Cusco and Peru. There, every June 24, the famous ‘Fiesta del Sol’ is celebrated, also known as the Inti Raymi.

A megalithic monument of great artistic expression, a clear example of the events of Inca technology.

Archaeological Site of Qenqo

Qenqo is approximately 1 kilometer from Sacsayhuaman. It was an Inca ceremonial center whose buildings were dedicated to Mother Earth. There stands out a space called an amphitheater where the Incas had to place their dead in trapezoidal niches. Its biggest attraction is its underground labyrinths. Moreover, the word ‘Qenqo’ in the Quechua language (the language of the Incas) means ‘Labyrinth’.

Puka Pukara

Puca Pucara is known as the ‘Red Fortress’ due to the pigmentation of this color in some of its stones as well as the reddish hue that the place acquires at sunset. It is believed that this enclosure served as a military post and resting place for the Inca’s troops. Its main function was to take care of Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman. There you can also see other structures such as fountains, aqueducts and other Inca constructions.

Considered a huaca in Inca times, PUKAPUKARA, was a place of control of areas, it also had different administrative spaces

Tambomachay Archaeological Site

Tambomachay is one of the most beautiful archaeological sites. It is located approximately 400 meters from Puca Pucara. Its Inca constructions worship water with such perfection that even today, after several centuries, its canals continue to flow water. The enclosure is also formed by a set of finely carved rocks as well as waterfalls, canals and aqueducts fed by springs. The scenic beauty of the enclosure harmonizes with the buildings and the murmur of the water.

This space was sacred, here water was worshiped since this element was vital for the existence of the human being. At the end of the visit we will return to the city of Cuscom where the transport will leave us 2 to 3 blocks from the main square of Cusco

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The Thompson Family

Family Traveller

Taking the Cusco City Tour with Tayra Tours was a highlight of our family trip. Our guide, Maria, was fantastic with our kids, making history interesting and accessible to them. The visit to the Cusco Cathedral was awe-inspiring, and the kids loved exploring the archaeological sites, especially Qenqo. This tour provided a great mix of education and entertainment, perfect for families.

July 29, 2023

David and Rachel Johnson

Couple Traveller

We thoroughly enjoyed our Cusco City Tour with Tayra Tours. It was an incredible experience walking through historical sites like the Cusco Cathedral and learning about their significance. Our guide, Richard, was engaging and spoke excellent English. The visit to the archaeological sites of Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay was equally fascinating. This tour is a must-do for couples interested in history and culture.

May 20, 2023

Omar Siddiqui

Solo Traveller

My experience with Tayra Tours on the Cusco City Tour was exceptional. As someone fascinated by archaeology, visiting sites like Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay was a dream come true. The guide’s narrative bridged the past and present, making the history come alive. The tour was well-paced, informative, and filled with stunning views. It’s an excellent way to get acquainted with Cusco’s rich heritage.

January 6, 2023

Gregor Ivanov

Group Traveller

I had an amazing time exploring Cusco with Tayra Tours. The historical depth of places like Qorikancha and the Sacsayhuaman Fortress was impressively presented by our knowledgeable guide, Luis. The tour was comprehensive yet relaxed, allowing for plenty of time to soak in the atmosphere of each site. It was an enlightening experience that I would recommend to anyone visiting Cusco for the first time.

November 11, 2022

Lisa Chang

Family Traveller

The Cusco City Tour with Tayra Tours was a fantastic introduction to the city’s rich history. Our guide, Carlos, was a wealth of knowledge, especially at the Qorikancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo. His insights into Inca history and the blend with Spanish culture were enlightening. The tour’s pace was perfect, giving us enough time to appreciate each site, particularly the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Highly recommended for anyone new to Cusco.

August 14, 2022

Coreona M

Solo Traveller

I could highly recommend this tour if you are visiting Cusco the first time. The place is covered with many historic sites and this tour covers them all. The guide as a local explained so many useful things and gave some tips too.

February 12, 2020
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