- Half-day tour of Cusco’s archeological sites
- Visit Sacsayhuaman and be awed by its still-standing ruins and amazing view over Cusco
- See the sites of Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay
- Admire the Temple of the Sun, an important Inca religious site dedicated to their sun god
- Tour the Cathedral of Santo Domingo on Cusco’s Plaza de Armas
- Learn about the history of all the sites from your knowledgeable guide
What You Can Expect
In addition to a wonderful view over Cusco, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sacsayhuaman boasts massive stones – measuring up to 13 feet (4 meters) tall – placed tightly together, creating a fortress-like structure. As you walk around with your guide, learn about the site's history and defensive purpose. Marvel at the way the Incans built the site so soundly, and admire the different shapes and sizes of the stones, some of which have designs of the condor, puma and snake, symbols of the three Incan worlds.
Hop back on your coach and head to Qenqo (or Kenko), where you’ll see the ancient temple of Puma and its sacrificial altar, and then continue to Puca Pucara, a site of military ruins that was once used for defense of the Inca Empire. Next visit the archaeological site of Tambomachay, where a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls may have been a spa resort of wealthy Incans, followed by a stop at the Temple of the Sun (Korikancha), one of the Inca’s most important temples, on top of which sits the Convent of Santo Domingo.
When your tour of Cusco’s surrounding sites is over, head back to the city, where you’ll visit its main square – the beautiful Plaza de Armas. Here you’ll see two striking churches – Cusco Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral of Santo Domingo) and the Iglesia de La Compañía de Jesus (the Church of the Society of Jesus).
Tour Cusco Cathedral with your guide, learning about its rich history and admiring its exquisite late-Gothic and Baroque architecture. See some of its renowned art, including Pintura Senor de los Temblores, the oldest surviving painting in Cusco.
You’ll then be returned to your Cusco hotel.
Really good tour - highly recommend - Hector our tour guide was great!
Trinidad and Tobago
Firstly, pick up for the tour was on time and very professional. Miguel was very knowledgeable on the sites and very passionate about his heritage. His English was very good and he was able to relay his message to all members of the group. This tour gave a great insight into Peruvian (Incan) history and is highly recommended. It must be noted that Tambomachay is at altitude and the upper archaeological site has to be accessed by foot. Travelers should ideally acclimatize to the altitude prior to going on this tour.