OVERVIEW

The staff of the agency will go through the hotel and start the guided tour of the different tourist attractions of the city such as: The Cathedral, Qoricancha Temple, these attractions are located within the City of Cusco, and a few kilometers outside from the city we will visit Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay which are wonderful archaeological complexes of the Inca period.

Trip Summary

Highlights:

City Tour in Cusco takes you around all the most important sites of Cusco. Including visits the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha) and the various Inca sites found outside of the city you get to see an incredible mixture of Inca and Spanish-style and in the case of Qoricancha, the two combined. Cusco is truly a fascinating place to visit; providing a blend of the two cultures (Inca and Spanish) the city has a look and feel about it that is completely different to the rest of Peru.

Travel Details

Duration:   5 Hours
Departure:   Cusco (01:30 pm)
Return:   Cusco (06:30 pm)
Destination:   Archaeological sites of Cusco
Language:   English / Spanish
Amount of Walking:   Easy

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Itinerary

Welcome to the imperial, Andean city of Cusco, the cultural capital of Peru! This leisurely half-day tour of this amazing place will help you acclimatize to the high altitude (3399 MASL – 11151 FASL). Cusco has a long history and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in all the Americas! Since about 1000 B.C. people have lived in Cusco and regarded it as a center of the surrounding culture (then called Qosqo). It has been an important part of every civilization that has lived in the area throughout history, starting with the native people of Peru long before the famous Incan people. On arrival of the Incan Empire to Peru and beyond, Cusco (then called Cuzco) became of the naval of their far-reaching and powerful empire! Of course, the Incans were then conquered by Spaniards who also used Cusco as a colonial, regal capital for the area.

Cusco holds a great cultural richness. This tour is recommended for those who would like to know more about our culture, as you will get to see the Main Plaza, the Historic Center, Main Cathedral, Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun) & Santo Domingo Convent, and the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Q’enqo, and Puca Pucara. Our staff will come to your hotel to pick you up at approximately 13:45 hrs to take the tourist bus that will take us to the various archaeological sites and attractions included in this tour package. These tourist attractions include:

Cathedral: This impressive Colonial Church dates back to 1560 and is located in the main square of Cusco, it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1972, its construction was made with the rocks brought from the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, this beautiful Church has a bell weighing 6 tons which is the largest bell in the city for this and more reasons the Cathedral of Cusco is the undisputed point of our visit to the imperial city of Cusco.

Qoricancha Temple: The Qoricancha, “golden enclosure”, or Temple of the Sun, perhaps did not become the largest or the most imposing of the buildings built by the Incas, but because it is the Temple of the Sun, it was the most revered and respected.

When the Spaniards arrived in Cusco, the conquistadores distributed the wealth and the lots of the entire city, this as booty of conquest; touching the Qoricancha to the brother of Francisco Pizarro, Captain Juan Pizarro, who dismantled the entire enclosure, later donated this plot to Fray Juan de Olías, Dominican Missionary who came from the Dominican Province of Santa Cruz de México, together with 12 friars who were in charge of building the convent of Santo Domingo, from where the peoples of the high provinces of Cusco went out to evangelize.

Fortaleza de Sacsayhuaman: Sacsayhuaman is one of the Inca constructions that most astonishes tourists who, according to new hypotheses, point out that it would have been a very important ceremonial center and not a fortress.

Its Quechua name means “hawk satisfied”. Therefore, it was the hawk that guarded the capital of the empire, because from the hill on which it was erected the whole city dominates. If, as is known, Cusco was designed with the shape of a recumbent puma, Sacsayhuamán would become its head, while the Qoricancha would correspond to the genitals of the feline.

It is said that the work was initiated by Pachacutec and continued by Tupac Yupanqui, although some chroniclers point out that it was Huayna Cápac who gave the final touch. The Inca Garcilaso de la Vega tells that Apu Huallpa Rimachi was the principal architect, and that Maricanhi, Acahuana Inca and Calla Cunchuy, took control of the works in succession.

Qenqo: Although the original name of this Inca shrine is not known, the Spanish conquistadors decided to name it with the Quechua word K`enko, which means “labyrinth”, perhaps by the labyrinthine underground galleries or by the small canals carved into the rocks in the form of zigzag.

The Spaniards classified this monument as an amphitheater, probably because it shows a semicircular construction. In fact, the purpose of this cyclopean construction is unknown, which may well be an altar, a court or the tomb of an Inca, perhaps Pachacutec. It is presumed that it was one of the most important sanctuaries that existed in the Incas.

PucaPucara: The name PucaPucara comes from Quechua voices puca, ‘red’, and pucara, ‘fortress or defended place’, meaning ‘red fortress’; the rocks with which it has been built turn reddish with the twilight.

This strength is an architectural construction located in the city of Cusco – Peru being thus one of the samples of the military architecture of the Inca Empire, which consists of superimposed terraces, aqueducts, watchtowers, interior squares, walls and stairways. On the western side you can find a kind of facade located in a free area, so it gives the appearance of being a small square.

Also, this fortress has three walls that originate a kind of levels, so we have:

In addition, a building of important size is on the opposite side, and what stands out from this is the location where it has been built, because from that point you can exercise control of everything that is around you.

Tambomachay: It is a beautiful archaeological center in the time of the Incas was dedicated to the worship of water and so that the head of the Inca Empire could rest. It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and several waterfalls that run along the rocks. The surprising thing about this is that from a main waterfall, the Incas created two secondary waterfalls, which are exactly the same. That is, if one places two empty bottles, one in each waterfall, the two are filled at the same time.

Here there was also a kind of royal garden whose irrigation came from a complicated system of channels specially made for such a function. It also constituted a control zone for people coming from Antisuyo, because there was a control tower there.

  • Transfers from and to your hotel.
  • Personal assistance along your tour.
  • Entrance fees to all touristic attractions
  • Touristic Bus with insurance SOAT
  • Professional bilingual guide (English – Spanish) along your excursions.
  • City tour included the visit of
  • Koricancha “mean Inka temple” and 04 amazing’s Inka temples out the city of Cusco
  • Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay
  • Entrance to recreational sites, such as “Clubs”, “Waters Springs, Amusement Parks”
  • Unscheduled Meals.
  • Others not specified in the Program *
  • Tourist ticket (not included in price)
  • Sun hat
  • Sun protection cream (factor 35 recommended)
  • Waterproof jacket/rain poncho
  • Water
  • Camera and films

(BTG) General Tourist Ticket:
This ticket is used to visit the City Tour, Sacred Valley, and the South Valley, and other museums in the city.

Foreign Tourist Price.
Adults/. 130.00
Students/. 70.00

National Tourist Price.
Adults/. 70.00
Students/. 40.00

Partial Tourist Ticket:
This ticket is used for City Tour, the Sacred Valley or just the South Valley.

Foreign Tourist Price.
Adults/. 70.00
Students/. 40.00

National Tourism Price.
Adults/. 40.00

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