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Cusco Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, November 2010

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Cusco is the central hub of the Sacred Valley, a magnet for lovers of Inca handicrafts and ruins, colonial charm and churches. There is plenty to see in and around town as well as further afield. So go explore!

Day 1: Cusco walk

Cusco is ideal for exploring on foot, with cobbled streets, Inca walls and houses featuring massive lintels and worked blocks of stone, and a diverting collection of alleys, plazas and churches.

Get to know Cusco and its famous markets from the ground up on a Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour. You’ll take a guided walk through busy San Pedro Market, joining locals shopping for dinner, then visit the impressive Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the source of much of the stone used to build Cusco.

Day 2: Cusco’s churches

Cusco is known for its richly ornamented baroque churches, the most famous being the 1560s cathedral filled with colonial art and gold decoration on central Plaza de Armas. The oldest church in Cusco, the Iglesia de El Triunfo, is on the right of the cathedral.

One of the most ornate of Cusco’s churches is Iglesia de La Compania, with its decorative baroque facade also on Plaza de Armas. Lovely woodcarvings are a feature of Iglesia de San Blas, in Cusco’s handicrafts quarter, while San Domingo retains the intact walls of an Inca temple that once upon a time were covered in sheets of gold. The sacristy of La Merced contains priceless gold vessels, vestments and religious art.

Day 3: Sacred Valley

Cusco is surrounded by the Quechua hill towns of the Sacred Valley, ideal for a day trip into the countryside of terraced fields planted with maize, potatoes and wheat. Make a point of visiting Pisac, especially on market days Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, and take in the monumental fortress at Ollantaytambo.

For a guided tour that makes all the stops, join a Sacred Valley Community Small Group Tour to Pisac and Ollantaytambo that includes a community visit to a Quechua town. Not only will you meet the locals, you’ll also get insight into their community life and join in local activities, if you like.

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Private 2-Day Tour of Cusco and Machu Picchu

Get the most out of Cusco and Machu Picchu on a 2-day private tour, and enjoy the personalized attention of a private sightseeing experience! This tour is ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $819.99

Cusco Archeological and Religious Sites Tour Including Sacsayhuaman and Cathedral of Santo Domingo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Be fascinated on a half-day tour of Cusco’s surrounding archeological sites, including the famous Sacsayhuaman, where the Incas’ construction of tightly placed ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.99

Cusco City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Discover the magic and beauty of Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire. The flawlessly built Incan roads spread to all regions from the “Plaza” which was ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.99

Sacred Valley Community Small Group Tour from Cusco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Cusco and explore real Quechua community life in the sacred valley on a small group tour. Get lost in the labyrinth of the ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.99

Sacred Valley Overnight Tour from Cusco

Stay overnight and explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas in depth on this two-day excursion from Cusco. Take a walking tour through the town of Pisac to ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $182.99

Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

For a great introduction to Peruvian culture, join a small-group walking tour of Cusco's vibrant markets and impressive Inca ruins. Start at the vibrant San ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.99

Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman Half-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Experience the impressive Incan architecture of the ancient fortress and temple at the archeological park of Sacsayhuaman. See the Tower of Pucca Pucara and ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.99

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