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Cusco City Tour

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Cusco
Cusco
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Introduction to Cusco’s history and culture through this half day City Tours Cusco with our local guide is the best way to start your trip in the ancient capital of Incas. Cusco City, which once served as the capital of Incas, showcases the remnants of Incan architecture at every turn. 

Often Cusco is considered as a jump off point to Sacred Valley of Incas, Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain. On this half day Cusco Tour, our local guide will reveal that reputation simply underscores its acclaim. 

The Incas named the city as “Qosqo” which means the navel of the world. As both geographically and administratively, Cusco was the centre of the Inca empire. 

This is one of our signature tours. On this half day City Tours Cusco, we aim to uncover some of the lesser known mysteries of sites in and around the city of Cusco. 

Accompanied by a local expert, you will be visiting sites like the Cusco Cathedral, Incas Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha) – Temple of Santo Domingo within the city. We will then give you a guided tour of the archaeological sites like the Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara (Puka Pukara) and Tambomachay. 

It is ideal to do the half day city tour Cusco on your first day in the city before your Sacred Valley tour or before you visit Machu Picchu. Not only it would help you acclimatise to the higher altitude but also will give you an orientation to the history and culture of Incas. 

Why Promoturs?

Promoturs, is a fully locally owned tour operator in Cusco. We are certified local guides with an excellent knowledge of Incas history and culture. As natives, our guides will be sharing some of the astonishing facts on this half day Cusco city tour

We offer the Cusco City Tour, both as a small group tour and as a private tour. We invite you to take a moment to check out our reviews on Tripadvisor.

Departure & Return Location

Heidi Travel Office (Google Map)

Departure Time

08.30 AM

01:00 PM

Price Includes

  • Bi-lingual Guide
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Entrance Tickets
  • Meals

Recommended To Carry

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Peruvian Soles in cash
Places Visited
  • Cathedral of Cusco
  • Qoricancha
  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Q'enqo
  • Tambomachay
  • Puca Pucara
Itinerary

Cusco Cathedral

The half day city tour Cusco begins with a visit to the Cathedral of Cusco which dominates the main square, Plaza de Armas. The site where the cathedral stands today, was once the Royal Palace of Incas. On conquering Cusco, the Spanish conquistadors demolished the palace and built the cathedral on its remains.

Qorikancha

To Incas, Qorikancha was the most sacred site. As they worshipped the nature entities, this temple was dedicated to their supreme God – Inti (Sun). Legends say that the patio of the temple was once full of statues made entirely of Gold. 

When the Spanish conquerors kidnapped the Incan emperor, Atahualpa, they demanded a ransom for his release. Most of the gold was melted and was paid as ransom for his release. The conquistadors however, much to the colonial form, killed him on receiving the ransom.

Sacsayhuaman

This is one of the unmissable sights in Cusco. This stunning stone fortress is built on a hilltop overlooking the main square of Cusco city. This is one of the places where you can see the advancement of Incan engineering. They did not use any mortars to join these stones that weigh over a ton each. 

They accurately carved the edges of the stones to fit each other. Infact is it so precise that you cannot even slide a paper between them. It is however still a mystery how the Incas transported these heavy stones here.

Q'enqo

Nestled quite off the beaten track, Q’enqo was used by Incas as a site to do sacrifices. Also, it is in Qenqo they did the mummification of corpses.

Tambomachay

Another renowned archaeological site, Tambomachay served as a spa to the political elite of Incas. There are channels here from where natural spring water from the nearby hot springs flow even today.

Puca Pucara

The name in Quechua means red fort. It was named by Incas after the colour of the rock that becomes reddish at sunset. 

Incan military used this site to safeguard their capital city, Cusco.

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FAQs

How high is Cusco?

Cusco is at 3399 metres (11152 feet) above sea level

Is Uber in Cusco Peru?

As of 2020, UBER has discontinued their operations in Cusco. The best alternative is Easy Cabs. It is cost effective and safe. 

What is the best time to visit Cusco Peru?

Cusco is a part of the Peruvian Andes. It is subject to two seasons – Dry and Wet season. It is best time to visit Cusco during the dry season – between March and September.

How to get from Cusco to La Paz?

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, direct flight and bus service from Cusco to La Paz have been discounted. The only and the best option will be to take a bus from Cusco to Puno and take an onward bus from Puno to La Paz. 

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