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Cusco City Tour – Half Day

Cusco City Tour – Half Day

1 Day from $ USD 65.00

Cusco City Tour – Half Day

1 Day from $ 65 | Cusco City Tour – Half Day

| Min Altitude: 2200msnm (3545 fasl) | Max Altitude: 2200msnm (3545 fasl)
Price From
$ USD 65.00
Duration
1 Day
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 10
Physical Level
Easy

Introduction

Visit the archaeological complexes of Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, as well as the Cathedral Church, the Temple of the Sun (Koricancha). To enter all these places and many other tourist attractions of the city is necessary a tourist ticket (BTG), plus admission ticket to the church of the Cathedral and the temple of the Koricancha.

Cusco, considered one of the most important cities in Peru, is the center of the Inca empire, Cultural Heritage of the World and is one of the most visited places today, for the amount of important archaeological remains and tourist attractions, with Inca walls, colorful costumes, colonial churches built on Inca palaces, legendary Inca roads and all the beauty of a glorious past that surrounds visitors who come to Cusco.

With a great diversity of customs and traditions, Cusco still preserves its Inca walls and stone-floored streets that blend with the Colonial architecture and this makes Cusco one of the most famous and recommended city tours on a visit to Peru.

Trip details

  • Schedule: 01:10 pm to 07:00 pm
  • Duration: 5 Hours
  • Meeting Point: Pick you up at hotel.
  • Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy: 48 Hours in advance
  • Type of Trip: Nature, Culture and History
  • Trip Style: Short Trekking, Tourist Mobility Trip

Highlights

City Tour Cusco Half Day

Cusco City Tour, the most visited tourist circuit of Cusco, is waiting for you…! Come to Cuzco, Cultural Heritage of Humanity, to discover the great historical and cultural legacy of the Incas, to enjoy unique and unforgettable moments, and to be amazed by the architectural wonders of this enigmatic Inca city that, despite the passage of time, continues to amaze all the globetrotters of the planet.

  • Meet the Cathedral Basilica and the Qoricancha.
  • Walk through the extensive esplanade of Saqsayhuaman.
  • Discover the mysteries of Qenqo.
  • Appreciate the sunset from Pukapukara.
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Itinerary

DAY 1

City Tour L Cusco

Before starting your Cusco city tour, you will be picked up from your hotel. You will begin your tour at the iconic San Pedro Market, where you will explore the colors, aromas and traditions of contemporary Cusco. Cusco, also known as the Imperial City and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Continue to the Koricancha Temple, an ancient Inca palace and center of worship to the Sun God, on top of which the Dominican order built a church that still stands today. You will continue ascending to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an imposing example of Inca military architecture.

After this tour you will delve into the Inca architecture visiting the archaeological site of Q’enko, to finally be transferred to the Plaza de Armas, where you will visit the Cathedral, the most important catholic temple of the city.

What to Bring

  • Read this travel manual carefully
  • Passport very important to visit all the places.
  • Warm clothes for Cusco,
  • Small backpack with personal belongings
  • Camera
  • Mineral water
  • Sun block lotion

Pricing List

Private Service
Number of persons Price per person
1 Persons $ USD 65.00 Inquire Now

Travel Guide

With the “City Tour in traditional Cusco”, you can visit the Cathedral of Cusco, the main temple of the city of Cuzco, built on the palace of the Inca Wiracocha, with part of the stones of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. It houses countless treasures collected over the centuries from silver and gold precious artifacts to paintings and statues that are now considered colonial masterpieces as well as paintings of the Cusco school.

QORICANCHA, Quri Kancha, Golden Temple. It was a sacred place where they worshiped the Inca god: the Inti (Sun), so you could only enter fasting, barefoot and with a load on his back as a sign of humility, as indicated by the Inca high priest: Willaq Umu.

In addition, you will see the main archaeological centers of the city. SACSAYHUAMÁN, is an Inca ceremonial fortress located 2 kilometers north of the city of Cusco. QÈNQO (Q’inqu or labyrinth, is an archaeological center that at the time of the Inca Empire was another center dedicated to ritual.

PUCA PUCARA, is a military construction located near Cusco, is composed of large walls, terraces and staircases and was part of the defensive complex of Cusco in particular and the Inca Empire in general and receives its name in Quechua “Red Fortress”, due to the red color that the rocks acquire during twilight. Puca Pucara is another example of military architecture that also served as an administrative center, has platforms, overlapping terraces, stairways and passages.

TAMBOMACHAY or Tampumachay (tampu mach’ay = resting place, in an archaeological site that was intended for the worship of water and for the potentate of the Inca Empire could rest. It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and several waterfalls that run through the rocks. Here there was also a kind of royal garden, whose irrigation came from a complicated system of canals especially also constituted a control area of people coming from the Antisuyo, because there was a control tower.

The City Tour is the only tour that is performed within the city of Cusco and its surroundings, the time it takes is 4 to 5 hours approx. many travelers visit Cusco in order to make the tour to Machu Picchu as Cusco is the city that is the step paera enter the Sacred Valley of the Incas and therefore the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, we recommend taking the City tour to have more clear as it was the worldview of the Incas.

Enjoy the traditional Cusco City Tour

MAIN POINTS OF VISIT

  • Cusco Cathedral
  • Qoricancha
  • Sacsayhuaman (3,700 masl)
  • Q`enqo (3,580 masl)
  • Puca Pucara (3,580 masl)
  • Tambomachay (3,700 masl)

Faqs Cusco City Tour – Half Day

What is the Cusco Tourist Ticket?

The Boleto Turistico del Cusco, officially called “Boleto Turistico del Cusco,” is a ticket that allows you to gain access to multiple attractions in and around Cusco and the Sacred Valley.

The full ticket is the most popular, but there are also several partial tickets for sale as well. In 2014, Peru’s Ministry of Culture changed the rules for tickets, so read carefully about the types of tickets available, what tickets include and how much they cost!

The Partial Cusco Tourist Ticket (BTCPI) / Circuit I- Saqsayhuman

This partial Cusco Tourist Ticket includes only 4 tickets. The attractions are the 4 main attractions located just outside of Cusco, and not in the city itself. Please note that this ticket is valid for 1 day only!
Validity: 1 day

Price (2023): S /. 70 (US $ 22)

Includes: Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay.

Where to buy the ticket for the City Tour?

The Partial City Tour Ticket allows access to the following places included in this tour (Sacsayhumana, Kenko, Tambomachat and Puca Pucara). The cost of the ticket is S/70.00 soles per person and can be purchased during the City Tour (only cash accepted in soles).

How to book a City tour in Cusco?

Booking a City tour in the city of Cusco is very simple because it does not require a purchase well in advance, the spaces for the City tour in Cusco are always available and any traveler can buy them either arriving to the city of Cusco or from their country of origin, however, book a trip or a tour in Cusco in advance will always be one of the best options if you want to travel without worries.

To book a city tour with us you can write us to our reservation center by Whatsapp +51 901 557 125 or to our Email. Remember also that booking a trip or a tour in Cusco with a travel agency will make you concentrate on enjoying and not worry about getting guides, income, transportation, etc.

What places can you see on a city tour in Cusco?

Cusco is a beautiful city and a city tour in Cusco will allow you to see many of these places in and around the city.

Within the city of Cusco you will know or you will be able to know places like:

  • The Cathedral of Cusco: Full of culture and evidence of a historical past that attracts the attention of many. Entering the Cathedral of Cusco has an additional cost. Ask the travel agency with which you hire the tour how much is the cost of admission to the Cathedral of Cusco.
  • The Qoricancha or Temple of the Sun: An incredible place that you can visit as part of a tour in the city of Cusco where the Inca culture is clearly mixed with the Spanish. This place also has an additional cost to enter.
  • Saqsayhuman: The archaeological center of Saqsayhuaman is one of the places closest to the city of Cusco, full of mystery for the imposing walls and the remains of buildings that once served different purposes.
  • Qenqo: Just a few minutes from Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo is one of the mandatory stops on the Cusco City tour, here the mysterious monoliths and caves that form a kind of labyrinth will shock you.
  • Pucapucara: Its name comes from the Quechua word Puka which means Red, when you visit it on a tour around Cusco you will see that it really lives up to its name.
  • Tambomachay: A place where they worshiped the water, but at the same time it was a tambo, a resting place for all those who wanted to enter Cusco. The beautiful thing about this place is the way its constructions are structured.
  • Both Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay, need you to buy a ticket to enter.

What is the best season to take a city tour in Cusco?

There is not really a good or bad season to do or book a City tour in Cusco, but if you can recommend or it is advisable to book a tour of Cusco in dry season, to book one in rainy season you should be sure to go forewarned and bring rain ponchos or umbrellas.

The dry season is from March to October approximately, and the rainy season is from November to February. January and February in the highlands of Peru are the months where the rains are more intense.

We must also consider that the high season of tourism is between the months of April and August and can even extend until September, in high season in the city of Cusco, most places are crowded with travelers and can be a little uncomfortable or very saturated to know or walk through these places with calm and tranquility.

What places or tours can I visit or know before or after a city tour in Cusco?

A city tour is the perfect plan in Cusco for the first day or for the first few days you are in the city of Cusco. Remember that Cusco is at 3399 meters above sea level and for people arriving for the first time to the city the altitude can affect them.

A city tour in Cusco allows you to calmly get to know the city and will help you to acclimatize your body to the altitude so that you can carry out your activities or subsequent tours with more tranquility having already the correct acclimatization.

After the city tour of Cusco the recommendation is to do a one day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, then do a full day tour of Machupicchu and by the 4th or 5th day of your trip depending on your availability you can do a tour to the Colored Mountain or a tour of the Humantay Lagoon.

Remember that the latter require a regular/high effort because they are trekking routes and require a good acclimatization. You can also opt for other places like Maras and Moray or the southern valley of Cusco.

What to wear if you book a city tour in Cusco?

The clothes you need to bring for a city tour in Cusco will depend entirely on the season in which you travel, remember that, for the dry season, the sun hits very hard in all tours in Cusco and it is very important to bring everything you need to prevent sunstroke or skin related problems.

But for the rainy season in case you do a tour on that date you will need clothes to avoid getting wet from the rain but at the same time be warm because at that time it is very cold in the city and thus prevent respiratory diseases.

Ideally, you should ask your travel agency what kind of clothes you should bring for the time when you are already in Cusco because the weather can be variable.

What other things can or should you bring for a city tour in Cusco?

Try to bring a backpack or small bag that does not bother your trip and that is not too heavy, within this consider the following:

  • Cameras, cell phones or video cameras with enough batteries.
  • Water or hydrating drinks or a light snack.
  • A light garment to keep you warm if necessary.
  • Sunscreen to cover your skin protection layer from time to time.
  • Above all, don’t forget your entrance tickets to visit all the places included in the Cusco city tour.

Also, do not neglect your belongings, although it is true that Cusco is a very safe city and offers all the necessary guarantees to travelers who visit it, we can not neglect.

Do I have to buy my entrance tickets before starting a tour in the city of Cusco?

The answer is yes and no.

Yes, if you want to forget about getting them at the last minute, remember that when you book a tour with our travel agency we take care of everything.

No, since the places in Cusco are always available to visit and do not require a reservation too far in advance, many travelers choose to buy their tickets on the same tour at the entrance door of each place to visit, but sometimes there are queues or people waiting and that could delay your plans.

Is it necessary to hire a travel agency to do a Cusco city tour?

The answer is Yes, so that you can focus on enjoying the tour and the places, by worrying about the income, or hiring a guide or looking for mobility from one point to another, we are sure that you will not be able to take a good memory of the city.

Travel agencies like us can and have all the staff and logistics necessary to make a City tour in Cusco very well organized.

How is the food in a City tour in Cusco?

Usually the tour or the City Tour is only half a day and you can do it in the afternoon or in the morning depending on your arrival time, your acclimatization or your schedule.

That means that if you do it in the morning you will have enough time to have breakfast at your hotel or the place of your choice and it will end before or almost by lunch time.

If you do the city tour in Cusco in the afternoon, it starts after lunch and ends before dinner time.

The tours usually end in the center of the city of Cusco, and in this area there is an incredible variety of places to have lunch or dinner with prices for all travelers and services that are very well established by the businesses of the city.

Are there any restrictions to take a tour of the city of Cusco?

There are some sites that do not allow you to take pictures or you must keep distances or signs for the Inca walls, etc.. It is advisable to respect those sites that are properly marked or our guides will not give recommendations.

 

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