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Cusco walking tour & city tour

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  • Tour type: Cultural - half day tour
  • Departure and return location: The lobby of your hotel
  • Start/end time: Pickup time 1pm & we arrive around 6pm

Cusco or Qosqo in quechua was the capital of the Inca empire known as Tawantinsuyo, this enigmatic city has so much to experience, Cusco is rich in legends and one says that the city was founded by the first Incas, Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo, the son and daughter of the sun father. After being born from Lake Titicaca, Manco Cápac and Mama Ocllo headed northwest to found the Inca dynasty here. Whatever the truth of the city’s origins, for the Incas Cusco was the heart of their empire and the “navel of the world”. And nowadays called archaeological capital of America. While we explore this UNESCO-listed city it will reveal the astounding construction skill, the precision of the Inca-built walls, where huge blocks fit together like perfectly cut jigsaw pieces, without cement or mortar to bond them. The fact that these structures remain intact today is testament to the incredibly sophisticated engineering skills and impeccable workmanship of the Inca people.


Other Inca sites worth exploring in Cusco are the cathedral; Qorikancha (the Temple of the Sun); The walled complex of Saqsayhuaman, where Spanish conquistadores clashed with Inca leaders in a brutal battle; Qenq´o, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay.


Despite its collection of ancient treasures, this vibrant city is no mere museum. In fact, it’s surprisingly happening and vivacious, with lots of world class services including lively restaurant, bars and shops, as well as fiestas, making it a worthy inclusion on your tour to Peru.

PLACES TO EXPLORE

  • Qorikancha
  • Saqsayhuaman
  • Qenq´o
  • Puka Pukara
  • Tambomachay

CONSIDERATIONS

Please do not forget to grab your confortable shoes, lots of places to explore!

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Itinerary

Day 1Cusco

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel at 1 pm. Then we will be walking and exploring the cobblestone streets of the historical city towards Qorikancha and the Santo Domingo Monastery (a colonial structure built on top of the Inca temple of the sun). Explore and we will understand why this was the most important place in the Incas time. It´s time to drive to Saqsayhuaman which was consider the head of the ancient puma city (Cusco) also here the Incas staged a great battle against the conquistadors many scholars mention it was a fortress due to the impressive stone blocks probably more than 100 tons but now current research suggest that it was mostly used as temple. Driving 10 more minutes we get to Qenqo which means ‘maze’, the ancient Inca priests used this place for rituals specially using an altar located in a cave to perform llama sacrifices and human mummification. Another 10 minutes’ bus ride will take us to Puka Pukara (red fortress) which was part of the huge network of Inca trails, so now we can continue to another important place, probably was used to perform some rituals dedicated to water, this place is known as Tambomachay also part of the Inca trails as well starting point of the Huchuy Qosqo trek. 30 minutes by bus to get to the main square and your guide will suggest places to visit for dinner.

What to bring?

Essentials?

  • Original passport. (very important)
  • Valid ISIC student card (in case you are student)
  • Small day pack.
  • Fleece, down jacket.
  • Sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Rain gear (according season)
  • Camera.
  • Water.
  • *Money in soles to purchase BTG tourist ticket.
  • Extra money (dollars or soles) for souvenirs, drinks, tips, etc.

Extra information

Included in the City Tour

  • Pick up at your hotel.
  • Bilingual English speaking guide.
  • Private van to visit all Inca places.

Price Excludes

  • Entrance ticket for all archeological sites, this ticket has two options and can be purchased at the first site you enter. (BTG, see important info)
  • Meals.
  • The reason we don’t include the tourist ticket (BTG) is due to we are.

Price Reference

The price is based on your group size. If more travel in your private group, it will benefit you as the cost “per person” will reduce.

  • 2-6 people: US$ 180.00 total.
  • 7-10 people: US$ 240.00 total.

Important info - BTG / BOLETO TURISTICO -TOURIST TICKET

You have the Option to Purchase a 1 Day or a 10 Day Boleto Turistico.

  • The partial ticket or 1-day ticket: costs 70 soles (US$22) and is valid for 1 day. You can visit many sites as you like in one day with no further charge; there are no discounts with this ticket.
  • The general ticket: costs 130 soles (US$43) and is valid for 10 days, allows you over the next 10 days to enter to 14 cultural and archeological sites in Cusco, the sacred valley and south valley.
  • The cost for students under 25 (with the presentation of a valid ISIC card) and for teenagers under 18 (with the presentation of an identity card) is 70 soles (US $20). Children under 11 are free.
  • The tickets for Saqsayhuaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, etc. Cannot be sold individually, you must buy the Boleto Turistico, and you must pay in soles, no credit cards or US dollars are accepted.

Here is a list of sites where you can use your Boleto Turistico General:

  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Qenq’o
  • Puka Pukara
  • Tambomachay
  • Pisac
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Moray
  • Tipon
  • Piquillaqta

Important: These entrances are not included in the Boleto Turistico General.

  • The ticket to Qorikancha or Santo Domingo Convent (10 soles).
  • The ticket to the Cathedral (25 soles).

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