Plaza de Armas (Huacaypata) Tours

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From the coastal deserts of southern Peru to the frigid peaks of the Andes, every part of the vast Inca Empire traced back to Cusco. Tucked within the Andean mountains, the scenic capital city was the beating heart of one of the greatest civilizations in history. Today, you can feel this powerful history most palpably in its central square, Plaza de Armas.
 
The Basics
Besieged during the Spanish Conquest, many of the buildings around the plaza, named Huacaypata by the Inca, were expeditiously razed to the ground. The colonial structures erected in their place often stand on the foundations the Inca so expertly and cunningly crafted, making this historic center a totally unique place in the world. Elevated on a stepped flank, the Cusco cathedral serves as the grandiose focal point of the Plaza de Armas. At its base, vendors haggle and hawk their wares, and fountains provide a calming influence to the frenetic activity. 

Travelers have many options to explore Cusco’s Plaza de Armas and its many attractions, including private or group day (or nighttime) trips or multi-day tours that may combine visits to Lake Humantay, Machu Picchu, and key attractions in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Cyclists may opt to explore Cusco city as part of a multi-day mountain bike trek.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Many attractions clustered around the plaza have small entrance fees, which are included if you’re visiting as part of a larger tour.
  • Though the area is safe, it’s wise to be careful with your possessions and avoid wearing eye-catching jewelry and accessories.
  • Remember sun protection.
  • Because of the high altitude, be sure to stay hydrated and take it slow. Chewing on coca leaves or drinking coca tea helps alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness.
 
How to Get There
The Plaza de Armas, also known as Plaza Mayor, is located in Cusco’s historic center along Avenida del Sol and is walkable from most hotels. If you’re staying farther away, you're best off booking a tour that includes round-trip transportation, as public transit is scant. 

When to Get There
The square is one of the city’s most popular attractions in the historic center. It’s a great snapshot of the buzz of the city any time of day; at night, illuminated with a golden glow, it’s even more enchanting. 

Nooks and Crannies
Radiating from the Plaza de Armas is a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets and hidden pedestrian alleyways. Filled with small cafes, boutiques, and local artisans, these pathways are abuzz with beauty and energy. Stroll along Loreto Alley to a wall made of enormous stones, all masterfully cut and set in place by the Inca. 
Location
Address: Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru
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Cusco by Night: Planetarium Cusco, Dinner, and Pisco Sour

If you’ve already ticked off the sights by day, see a different side to Cusco on a nightlife tour that includes dinner and a drink. In an intimate group limited to eight people, you’ll go stargazing at Planetarium Cusco; admire illuminated landmarks in Cusco Historic Center; and enjoy a traditional Peruvian dinner accompanied by a Pisco Sour cocktail. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included for added convenience.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Half-Day Cusco City Guided Biking Tour

Explore the capital city of the Inca Empire on a half-day guided bike tour. Pedal through the ancient stone streets and visit famous landmarks such as the Cusco Cathedral, the four Suyus—the departure gates to the Inca trails—Plaza de Armas and more. Learn about the rich history of Cusco from your informative guide and take in the beautiful scenery of the city.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Cusco Half-Day City Tour

Spend time in the old religious and administrative capital of the Inca Empire on this 4-hour tour of Cusco, including transport. Visit many of the Inca Empire’s sites, such as Sacsayhuaman, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay, Q’enqo, and Qorikancha. Plus, numbers are limited to 15 people on this small-group tour, ensuring you'll spend an intimate day with a small group of like-minded history buffs.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Magical Andes

The best of Peru in only 10 days: Lima;  Cusco, the ancient Inca capital; the lost citadel of Machu Picchu; the mythical Sacred Valley with Pisac, Moray, Maras; and the spectacular Lake Titicaca with local families!
  • Duration: 10 days
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7-Day Lima and Cusco Tour with Overnight at Machu Picchu

Experience the top highlights of Lima, Cusco and world-famous Machu Picchu during this 7-day, 6-night excursion. Spend your first two days in cosmopolitan Lima, discovering its landmarks, shopping and top-notch cuisine. Then head to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco to explore its fascinating mix of indigenous and colonial architecture, and then on to the iconic mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu. This week-long, budget-friendly Peru trip, including plenty of free time for independent exploration, also includes all transport, admission fees (including at Machu Picchu), six nights of accommodation and daily breakfast.
  • Duration: 7 days
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Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park and Cusco Sites

Marvel at the architectural and archeological majesty of Cusco on a 4-hour tour of the city’s most significant sites. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit fascinating ruins of Qenco; the sacred temples of Puca Pucara and the ecclesiastical structure of the Cusco Cathedral. Admire exquisite architecture and gain insight into Peru’s alluring history on this enriching excursion.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco

Marvel at the mystical sights of Machu Picchu thanks to this full-day tour from Cusco. Make the most of your Peru visit as your experience this legendary Inca citadel, enjoying a two-hour guided tour of highlights like the Sacred Sun Dial, Royal Quarters, and more. Then spend some free time exploring this amazing complex on your own. Entrance tickets plus all transfers to and from Cusco are included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Half-Day Private Lima City Tour

With limited time to explore Lima, a private tour means you can make the most of your time and enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide. On this half-day tour, stroll through the Park of Love and enjoy magnificent ocean views in Miraflores, then explore the UNESCO-listed historic center including landmarks such as Lima Cathedral, Plaza Mayor, and the Monastery of San Francisco.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Cusco Night Walking Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson

Discover the architectural majesty of Cusco and sample Peru’s tantalizing national drink during a 2.5-hour night walking tour of the city. Marvel at Cusco’s charming colonial buildings and impressive historical monuments; absorb the bohemian ambience of San Blas Square; and immerse yourself in the convivial vibrancy of a local bar to sample the legendary drink of Pisco. Select your favorite Pisco flavor then combine it with fruity juices and tangy mixers to create your perfect cocktail. A personalized experience is guaranteed on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 12 people.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Cusco 4-Hour Private Tour Including Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo

Take an intimate look at Cusco’s colonial and Incan legacy during this 4-hour private guided history tour. Marvel at the Spanish architecture and art inside the city’s main cathedral, and check out the ‘Qoricancha,’ a one-time Inca temple that’s now a monastery. You’ll also visit the Inca sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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City Cusco Sightseeing Tour

See more of Cusco thanks to this convenient, money-saving, hop-on, hop-off, 2-hour bus tour. Maximize your flexibility and skip the taxis as you visit top city highlights like Cusco’s main square, the site of the Inca ‘Koricancha’ (sun temple), the Sacsayhuaman fortress, and much more. Hotel pickup, multiple daily departure times, and an English-speaking guide are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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6-Day Tour of Cusco and Machu Picchu

Get a comprehensive overview of Cusco and its surroundings on this 6-day tour. Explore the city of Cusco and the archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Pisac, Moray, and the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history and culture of the Incas from your informative guides and admire the beautiful and changing scenery of Peru throughout the week.
  • Duration: 6 days
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Private Cusco City Tour Including Main Archaeological Sites

Embark on a guided tour of Cusco, the most important city in the Inca Empire and the gateway to Machu Picchu. Begin with an informative walk along its cobbled streets, viewing such landmarks as Koricancha—a revered temple with walls once covered in sheets of gold. Peruse colonial artworks and wander the Plaza del Armas, which remains the heart of the city, before enjoying some free time for lunch. Afterward, set out by private vehicle to visit a few of the area's main archaeological sites, including Sacsayhuaman—a citadel built of massive stones. The last stop on this tour is a visit to a local farmer's market, where you will see fresh vegetables, fruits, cheese, and the local meats (including pig heads). Included in this tour is a professional, English-speaking guide, private transportation, hotel pickup and drop-off, and a guided tour.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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6 - Day Exploring Cusco

Discover the great city of Cusco and its surroundings during this comprehensive 6-day tour. Explore the landmarks of the city, the archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pisac, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of Peru and the Incas during the sightseeing tours and admire the beautiful scenery of Cusco and The Sacred Valley.
  • Duration: 6 days
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Private Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing including San Pedro Market and Archaeological Sites

Experience the top highlights in the ancient Inca capital of Cusco, covering its colonial architecture, archaeological sites and local markets, during this 4.5-hour private tour. Get a personalized introduction to Inca culture at iconic sites like Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha (The Temple of the Sun). Then get a sense for the massive building projects of the Spaniards at the Cusco Cathedral, before finishing with some shopping for potatoes, fruits and handicrafts at San Pedro Market. Your private Cusco trip includes a private guide and vehicle plus all entrance fees.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Private Cusco Walking Tour: Inca Museum, Qorikancha and San Pedro Market

Explore the principal highlights of Cusco, covering both its modern-day and ancient-Inca traditions, during this private walking tour. Visit the one-time location of the Incas' Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha), known today for the Convent of Santo Domingo that occupies the site. Continue with a visit to Cusco’s Inca Museum, to learn about the rise of this amazing civilization, and stop by the city’s San Pedro Market for a glimpse of daily life for city residents.
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Private Walking Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing and San Pedro Market

Discover the wealth of history and fascinating modern-day culture of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, during this 4-hour walking tour with a private guide. Get off the tour bus and out into the streets of this amazing Inca city, following your guide on foot through the city’s main square and past its imposing cathedral. You’ll also check out the impressive ruins of the Incas’ Qorikancha temple and do some shopping for produce and handicrafts at San Pedro Market. This private walking tour also covers all site entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Cusco Inti Raymi Festival

Experience the fascinating Inti Raymi Festival, the Festival of the Sun, which occurs every year on June 24. This full-day cultural experience begins at Qorikancha, the Temple of the Sun, and then makes its way to Plaza de Armas, finishing at the sacred site of Sacsayhuaman. Listen to informative commentary from your guide about this homage to the Sun God throughout the day and fully immerse yourself in ancient Peruvian tradition.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Sacred Valley Bike Adventure From Cusco

Maximize time in Cusco with a full-day bike expedition into the Sacred Valley. Cycle through Andean villages and take in the scenery including snowcapped mountains. Visit the Incan archeological site of Moray, relax over lunch in the town of Maras, and pedal along the Urubamba River. A private bus provides transportation back to Cusco.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Inti Raymi Sun Festival Full day

The Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun was an Inca ceremony that took place on an annual basis in Cusco, the capital of Tawantinsuyo, between the end of the harvest period and the beginning of the vernal equinox of the Andes, ie in the second half of June. The Inti Raymi at the time of the Incas was the equivalent of what today is for us the New Year festival. This was a party at which a new year began and ended all the previous "crop year" between the months of May to June, and also began the new agricultural cycle from July, so the period since the last week of June and early July was a period of transition from an old agricultural year to a new one, then the party was dedicated to that event.Inti Raymi (The Great Festival of the Sun), Festival of the magnificent ritual of the Sun in the esplanade of Sacsayhuaman where you will be able to appreciate the most venerated Incas celebration.CrossoverPeru Takes you to this impotant Celebration
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Full Day Trip to Lake of Humantay from Cusco

Maximize time in Peru with this full-day trip to the Lake of Humantay. Skip the stress of driving and admire the mountain scenery on the way to one of Peru’s most sacred lakes. After an included breakfast, begin a hike to climb approximately 300 meters up to the lake. Take in the glacier views before the return hike and drive back to Cusco.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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2-Day Machu Picchu Tour From Cusco

This is a perfect tour for a tourist who wants to explore Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes in peace. During the first day of the tour, you will have opportunity to explore the beautiful town of Aguas Calientes. In Aguas Calientes you can relax in the hot springs before exploring Machu Picchu. You will spend the night in Aguas Calientes. Next day you will enjoy the magical atmosphere of Machu Picchu with a professional guide who will lead you through the Inca ruins and explain the history behind this unbelievable location. 
  • Duration: 2 days
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