HIGHLIGHTS Cathedral, Temple of the Sun and amazing Inca ruins in the city limits, including Sacsayhuaman. It is the beginning of the contact with the Inca culture, the wonderful city of Cusco “Cultural Patrimony of the Humanity”, visiting the main tourist attractions of the City, including the Cathedral, the Temple of the Inca Sun “Coricancha”, Sacasayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara. At each place of visit takes a time of approximately 50 minutes. Description There is no simple way to explain the majesty of Cusco. This region gathers history, modernity and adventure with a mystique that wraps from the Plaza de Armas of Cusco to the most distant places of it. Full of energy in Moray, discover the impressive architecture of Ollantaytambo and Pisac and feel a little closer to the sky in the Inca citadel.

Tour Type: day trip Start / end time: pickup is at 1 p.m. in the hotel lobby and should return around 6pm. Consideration: remember comfortable shoes. DURATION: HALF-DAY FROM 01:00 P.M TO 06:30 P.M AVAILABILITY: THE WHOLE YEAR.

Starting point Pick up at hotel in historic center or plaza de armas, according to coordination. Excellent tour of the city of Cusco that can be done in the morning in private or in the afternoon in a shared service, made up of tourist attractions both in the city and the surrounding area, where we can be spectators of the Inca and colonial demonstrations, Inca architecture is the most important and important of the pre-Columbian era, referring to South America. The Incas and its fabulous architectural legacy along with the beautiful colonial constructions make of Cusco a center of important buildings that we can find in this City tour:

  • The Cathedral of Cusco (Great Religious Monument of the Colonial period that has an extraordinary artistic value)
  • The Temple of the Coricancha (Temple of the Sun).
  • The Fortress of Sacsayhuamán.
  • Tambomachay (Ceremonial Center of cult to the Water, baths of the Inca).
  • PucaPucara (Tambo de los Caminos del Inca).
  • Qenqo (Ritual Ceremonial Center).

Itinerary Overview

  • 13:15: Pick up from hotel
  • 13:30: Visit to the cathedral (Great Religious Monument of the Colonial period that has an extraordinary artistic value)
  • 14:30: Visit to the Temple of the Sun “Coricancha”
  • 15:30: We continue with the visit to the fortress of Sacsayhuamán, Tambomachay (Ceremonial Center of cult to the Water, baths of the Inca), PucaPucara (Tambo of the Inca Paths) and Qenqo (Ritual Ceremonial Center).
  • 18:30: We return to Cusco.

ITINERARY

In the afternoon (1:15pm approx) we will depart on a guided city tour, where visitors have the opportunity to visit 6 places.

Get ready, then, to dive into the mystical and amazing world of the Incas and be witness of the energy that emerges from these magical places.

The first is the Cathedral, whose foundation stone was laid on site in 1560. This marvel of religious art has approximately 300 paintings of the Cusco School, among many other expressions of art.

Then visit the temple of “Koricancha” (Temple of the Sun), now the Convent of Santo Domingo, a place that houses inside one of the most important religious center of the Inca period. This archaeological site is located in the heart of the city of Cusco (Cuzco), only 4 blocks from the Plaza de Armas.

Then we moves to the outskirts of the city to visit in the first place, the magnificent Sacsayhuaman can be variously translated as ‘speckled falcon’ or ‘speckled head’. The last interpretation refers to the belief that the city of Cusco was set out in the form of a puma whose head was the hill of Sacsayhuaman. The origins are uncertain but the fortress is generally attributed to the period of Inca Pachacuti, the man who essentially founded the Inca Empire.

Here is made the famous Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun on June 24 of each year.

Just 200 meters from Sacsayhuaman is our next destination Q’enqo (Labyrinth or Zigzag) This is one of the finest examples of a rock artfully carved in situ showing complex patterns of steps, seats, geometric reliefs and a puma design. It was religious center dedicated to the worship of the Earth and, according to some theories, funerary rituals. Our next visit is Puca Pucara (Red Fort) was used as a center for military use and control, as well as a place where travelers may have lodged here with their goods and animals before entering or leaving Cusco.

Our last destination is Tambomachay (Cavern Lodge) have played an important religious function linked to water and land regeneration. It is estimated that was built around 1500 AD. The site covers approximately one acre and the material used for its construction was limestone with polygonal style gear. It has the following sectors: industry sources at various levels with terraces at the base is a source of great size has two important channels ritual.

At the end, return to Cusco arriving at 6:30pm approximately at the main plaza.

Travel Information

Koricancha and the Convent of Santo Domingo:

The convent was built on the spectacular Coricancha ‘site of gold’. This was the most important temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun and whose walls were lined with solid sheets of gold. All that remains now is the fine stonework, the conquistadors took the rest. Coricancha was also an observatory, where priests kept track of major celestial events. Today it houses an impressive collection of canvas paintings from the Escuela Cusqueña.

Sacsayhuaman:

Sacsayhuaman  (which means ‘satisfied falcon’) is one of the most impressive sites built by the Incas. It is generally referred to as a fortress, however it is not certain what its main function was. Current research suggests that it was more likely to be used as a temple, as Inca tombs have been discovered in the area.

The site is a marvellous archaeological feat, even now after it was destroyed, one can only imagine its greatness when it stood in full glory. The stones in the wall are incredible and the largest weighs in at over 300 tonnes.

The Incas envisioned Cusco as having a puma shape – Sacsayhuaman was the head. The magnificent zigzag walls are the major attraction. The grounds surrounding Sacsayhuaman are still used today for the colourful festival of Inti Raymi which is held on the 24th June every year.

Q’enqo

The site of Q’enqo (meaning ‘zigzag’ or ‘labyrinth’) contains the most impressive carved rocks in the Cusco area. There are carvings everywhere, although some are a little indistinct: a llama, a condor and snakes have been identified. There are many zigzag channels on top of the rock, probably used for pouring sacrificial chicha (a local wine made from maize). Inside the rock there are a number of caves and passageways and an alter which was used for the sacrifices of llamas.

Pukara

Puka Pukara translates to ‘the red fortress’. This is a small site and although the name suggests that it was a fortress, it does not appear to have any defensive purpose.

Tambomachay:

This site was thought to have been used as a Temple to the Water. There are some very impressive aqueducts, canals and cascades carved in stone, designed to channel water flowing from a nearby stream.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Pick up at the cathedral gate for hotels outside the monumental hull.
  • Tourist transport (pick up pedestrians or small mobility for hotels in the center, return tourists to Av. Sol)
  • Guided Spanish or English (shared)
  • Mobility

Package Excludes

  • Tickets to attractions.
  • Tips
  • Not mentioned.

SPECIAL NOTES

What do you need to Take

  • Take a jacket with you.
  • Bring hats for the sun.
  • Bottles of mineral water.
  • Tourist ticket (not included in price)
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Photo Camera with extra Batteries
  • Entrance fees – You need to purchase the Boleto de Turistico at the first site you enter (Soles 130 per person; valid for 10 days and allows you entrance into 16 various sites around Cusco and the Sacred Valley or the 1 Day Boleto Turistico primarily only for the Cusco sites – price could change without notice)
  • Koricancha (Soles 15 per person – price could change without notice)
  • Gratuities/tips

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Cusco City Tour Prices

Group Service Price

US$15 per person

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