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.
Please do not forget to grab your confortable shoes, lots of places to explore!
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.
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.
You have the Option to Purchase a 1 Day or a 10 Day Boleto Turistico.
Here is a list of sites where you can use your Boleto Turistico General:
Important: These entrances are not included in the Boleto Turistico General.