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Qorikancha (Coricancha) Tours

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A symbol of both the cosmology of the Incas and their brutal conquest at the hands of the Spanish, Qorikancha (Coricancha) is one of the most important sites in Cusco. The sacred temple, which the Incas created to worship their sun deity and then swathed in gold, was looted and destroyed by conquistadors, who built a colonial church atop the temple ruins.

The Basics
The Incas’ most sacred temple, Qorikancha (Court of Gold in Quechua) was once covered in gold, inside and out. The walls were plated in the precious metal and meant to reflect the sun in the most dazzlingly way so as to properly collect and worship its power and influence. Though the gold is long gone, blocks of the impressively hewn curved wall built by the Incas remain.

There are many options to explore Qorikancha (Coricancha) as part of a larger half-day, full-day, group, or private tour that incorporates Cusco’s historic center. Alternatively, multi-day tours include visits to Lake Humantay, Machu Picchu, and other key attractions within the breathtaking Sacred Valley of the Incas. Cyclists may opt to explore Cusco as part of an extended mountain bike trek. Tours typically include a guide and round-trip hotel transport but not food or drink; check specific tours for details.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Qorikancha (Coricancha) is ideal for history, art, archaeology, and architecture buffs. 
  • There is a small admission fee to enter.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for exploring as well as sun protection.

How to Get There
Qorikancha (Coricancha) is on Plaza Santo Domingo, a couple of blocks southwest of Cusco’s historic city center. The best way to reach the temple is to walk down the pedestrianized streets of Loreto and Pampa del Castillo.

When to Get There
The temple ruins are open from 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday and from 2pm to 5pm Sunday. Beat the crowds by showing up early. The temple is best seen during the day while the sun is out. Cusco is enchanting any time of the year; for the best weather, visit between June and mid-September. 

Qorikancha History
According to Inca mythology, the first Inca ruler, Manco Capac, built the Qorikancha (Coricancha) temple complex in the 12th century. During the Spanish conquest, the gold and silver wall plates and statues were looted, and some were removed to pay the ransom for the Incas’ captured leader, Atahualpa. Instead of freeing him, however, Francisco Pizarro murdered him, and the structure eventually passed to the Dominicans, who constructed a church using stones from the temple they destroyed.
Address: Plaza Santo Domingo, Cusco, Peru
Admission: Varies
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Qoricancha Site Museum Admission Ticket

Qoricancha Site Museum Admission Ticket

Explore Qoricancha at your own pace and on the day that best suits your schedule thanks to this pre-purchase admission ticket. By booking admission tickets in advance, you can forget about queueing on the day and instead maximize your time exploring Qoricancha, once the most important Incan temples. Plus, enjoy same-day access to other nearby attractions, such as Tipón.
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  • 1 day
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US$26.35
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Private Cusco Walking Tour: Inca Museum, Qorikancha and San Pedro Market

Private Cusco Walking Tour: Inca Museum, Qorikancha and San Pedro Market

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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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$60.52
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Cusco 4-Hour Private Tour Including Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo

Cusco 4-Hour Private Tour Including Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$80.00
Price varies by group size
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Cusco City Tour Half-Day Including Four Ruins, Cathedral and Qorikancha

Cusco City Tour Half-Day Including Four Ruins, Cathedral and Qorikancha

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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 thought of as the center of the world. Visit the Temple of the Sun, the Convent of Santo Domingo and the famous Cusco Cathedral with its Cuzqueno paintings.
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  • 5 hours
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US$20.52
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Half-Day Cusco City Tour: Four Ruins, Cathedral and Qorikancha

Half-Day Cusco City Tour: Four Ruins, Cathedral and Qorikancha

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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 thought of as the center of the world. Visit the Temple of the Sun, the Convent of Santo Domingo and the famous Cusco Cathedral with its Cuzqueno paintings.
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  • 6 hours
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Cusco City Tour (Half Day) - Four Ruins, Cathedral and Qorikancha

Cusco City Tour (Half Day) - Four Ruins, Cathedral and Qorikancha

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 thought of as the center of the world. Visit the Temple of the Sun, the Convent of Santo Domingo and the famous Cusco Cathedral with its Cuzqueno paintings.
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  • 5 hours
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Cusco Half Day City Tour: Four Ruins, Cathedral and Qorikancha

Cusco Half Day City Tour: Four Ruins, Cathedral and Qorikancha

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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 thought of as the center of the world. Visit the Temple of the Sun, the Convent of Santo Domingo and the famous Cusco Cathedral with its Cuzqueno paintings.
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  • 6 hours
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Half Day Cusco City Sightseeing

Half Day Cusco City Sightseeing

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Immerse yourself in the grand colonial majesty of Cusco on a half-day guided sightseeing tour of the city. Wander winding Incan streets to discover the ancient Temple of the Sun, the sacred Convent of Santo Domingo and the colossal Cusco Cathedral. Gain insight into the fascinating history of the city with an interesting and informative guide as you explore one of Peru’s most treasured places on foot.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-Day Cusco City Tour

Half-Day Cusco City Tour

Enjoy a half-day exploration of Cusco, former capital of the Inca Empire and the gateway to Machu Picchu. Set out to see some of the city's top attractions, including its Plaza Mayor and the UNESCO-listed cathedral, home to many archaeological relics. Next venture outside Cusco to visit important Inca sites such as the terraced Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman―a stunning Inca ruin with walls built  out of massive, oddly-shaped boulders.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Half-Day Historical Cusco with Sacsayhuaman

Private Half-Day Historical Cusco with Sacsayhuaman

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Tick off more Cusco attractions in less time on a private, half-day city tour, designed with history buffs in mind. With a private guide, you’ll visit ancient Inca archeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay; explore the Historic Center of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and admire landmarks such as Cusco La Catedral and the Convent of Santo Domingo. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Half-Day Cusco Afternoon City Tour Group Service

Half-Day Cusco Afternoon City Tour Group Service

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Uncover the history of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas and one-time Spanish colonial hub, as you explore the city’s key landmarks on this 4-hour excursion. Visit the site of Qurikancha, once the most important temple in the Inca empire, and today the site of a Dominican monastery. Then check out Cusco’s massive Main Cathedral, learning about its unique collection of art from the ‘Cusqueña’ school. You’ll also see the impressive stonework at the archaeological complex of Sacsaywaman, and check out a variety of other Incan religious and military sites. Your Cusco outing also includes hotel pickup, air-conditioned coach transport and a guide.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Half-Day Temples and Cusco City Tour

Half-Day Temples and Cusco City Tour

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Get a comprehensive overview of Cusco on this half-day guided sightseeing tour. With a guide to provide information through insightful commentary, check all of the city's highlights off your list. Stops include archaeological sites (including Sacsayhuaman), the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Water Temple of Tambomachay, and others. Entrance fees and round-trip transportation from downtown Cusco hotels included.
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  • 4 hours
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4-Day Tour of Cusco Including Machu Picchu

4-Day Tour of Cusco Including Machu Picchu

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Discover the best of Cusco and its surroundings during this 4-day comprehensive tour. Visit sites such as Qorikancha, Saqsaywaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Dive into the history of Peru and the Incas and admire the beautiful views of Peru’s countryside as you tour each location. This tour is inclusive of all accommodation, tours, and transfers.
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  • 4 days
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Private Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing including San Pedro Market and Archaeological Sites

Private Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing including San Pedro Market and Archaeological Sites

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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.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Small Group Half-Day City Tour of Cusco

Small Group Half-Day City Tour of Cusco

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Explore Peru’s historic and picturesque capital city on this half-day guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel with a small group and visit Cusco’s important ruins with an informative bilingual guide. See landmarks like the ceremonial center and massive monolith, Qenqo, the amazing stone-walled fortress, Saqsaywaman, and Coricancha, the all-important Temple of the Sun.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Private Walking Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing and San Pedro Market

Private Walking Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing and San Pedro Market

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Half-Day Cusco City Tour

Private Half-Day Cusco City Tour

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Explore the ancient heart of the Inca empire and its later role as a Spanish colony during this half-day private exploration of Cusco. Check out key city sights including the main cathedral, Santo Domingo Monastery (once the site of the Inca temple Qorikancha) and the massive Incan stone fortress at Sacsayhuaman. During the course of your visit you’ll receive personalized insight from your private guide and also have the chance to admire a range of Inca- and Spanish-style architecture. Your Cusco visit also covers a private vehicle and hotel pickup.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$82.00
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5 Day - Tour to Machu Picchu Traditional - Group service

5 Day - Tour to Machu Picchu Traditional - Group service

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Experience the best of Peru’s Sacred Valley, including Cusco, Machu Picchu and the surrounding cities, on this classic 5-day, 4-night excursion. Spend your first day exploring the colonial and Incan history of Cusco at sites including Koricancha. Then explore the gorgeous cities of the Sacred Valley including Pisac and Ollantaytambo on day two. You’ll proceed by train the next day to Aguas Calientes before waking up early the next morning for a sunrise visit to Machu Picchu including a guided tour. This Sacred Valley experience also includes a guide, round-trip airport transfer, train and bus tickets, four nights of accommodation and breakfast at a three star hotel and site entrance fees.
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$730.00
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3-Days Cusco and Machu Picchu Trip

3-Days Cusco and Machu Picchu Trip

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No visit to Peru is complete without ticking off Machu Picchu, one of the New7Wonders of the World, but planning your trip can often take a lot of time and effort. On this 3-day tour from Cusco, a local takes care of arranging your accommodation, transfers, and activities in order to ensure your vacation goes smoothly. Plus, exploring with a guide allows you to overcome the language barrier. 
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  • 3 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$613.00
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Small-Group Tour: Cusco City with Temple of Qoricancha

Small-Group Tour: Cusco City with Temple of Qoricancha

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Although now one of the largest contemporary cities in Peru, Cusco's history as the former seat of the Inca Empire is on display throughout the modern metropolis. See some of Cusco's most stunning attractions, including the Temple of Qoricancha and the Sacsayhuaman, on this guided tour of the city center, which includes informative commentary about the city's history as well as its present-day culture.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Cusco City Tour 1/2 Day

Cusco City Tour 1/2 Day

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Explore the Inca capital during this small-group city tour of Cusco. Pack in visits to Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puka Pukara, and Tambomachay all in one day; catch sight of the Cusco Cathedral; and roam the San Blas neighborhood with a guide. As you go, learn about the city's architecture, history, and culture. Transportation, as well as hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$18.00
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US$18.00
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Cusco City Half-Day Tour

Cusco City Half-Day Tour

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This half-day Cusco city tour provides a comprehensive introduction to travelers with only limited time in Peru’s second city. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour focuses on the highlights of Cusco and transports you around the city with ease, letting you focus on relaxing rather than navigation and planning.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$25.65
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US$25.65

Cusco: Half Day Walking City Tour with entrances

Cusco: Half Day Walking City Tour with entrances

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Walk among the most iconic places in the city of Cuzco. Begin in the Plaza de Armas with the beautiful Cathedral of Cuzco. Visit the Koricancha Temple and discover the bustling neighborhood of San Blas.
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  • 3 hours
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US$55.16
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8-Day ||All Included|| Excursión: Cusco & MachuPichu Amazing

8-Day ||All Included|| Excursión: Cusco & MachuPichu Amazing

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Hit top Peru attractions including Humantay Lake, UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu, Queshuachaca bridge, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas with ease on this comprehensive 8-day tour. With key logistics like accommodation and transportation—plus round-trip transport from Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport—included, you’re free to relax and soak up the scenery. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas with your guide, and admire beautiful countryside views.
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  • 8 days
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US$890.00
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Cusco 2x1: City Tour & 4 Ruins + Visit to the Sacred Valley w / Lunch

Cusco 2x1: City Tour & 4 Ruins + Visit to the Sacred Valley w / Lunch

TWO EXCURSIONS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE: Day 1: In the afternoon we will visit the impressive city of Cusco built on the Inca foundations. We will visit the Qoricancha, the Plaza de Armas and the Cathedral. Then we will visit 4 archaeological centers: Sacsayhuaman with its impressive walls and the ceremonial centers of Qenqo, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. Day 2: In the morning we will visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Our first stop will be in a textile center where we will appreciate an interesting demonstration and see the Andean camelids up close. We will continue to the archaeological complex of Pisac to explore it in its entirety, then we will stop at the craft market. We will enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before visiting Ollantaytambo, a town of Inca origin with notable canals and cobbled streets still in use. In its high part an impressive ceremonial center and fortress that guarded the access to the lower part of the valley rises.
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  • 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$65.00
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