Immerse yourself in the impressive Incan architecture of Sacsayhuaman on an exciting excursion from Cusco. Explore the ancient fortresses and sacred temples of the archaeological park with a knowledgeable guide to discover legendary landmarks like the Tower of Puka Pukara. Seek out the source of natural spring water; navigate a mystifying stone labyrinth; and gain fascinating insight into the culture and customs of the Incas.
Visit the famous Incan archeological sites which surround Cusco
Learn about the history, culture, and heritage of the Inca people
See the Tower of Puka Pukara, Sacsayhuaman, and Qenqo
All entrance fees, professional guide and round-trip hotel transportation included
After hotel pickup in Cusco, begin your journey into the heart of the mountains in an air-conditioned minivan. Enjoy a brief stop at Tambomachav, the sacred source of a natural spring formerly worshipped by Incas. Listen to your guide as enthralling explanations of the pool’s functions are provided.
Next, venture to the atmospheric ruins of Qenqo, a perplexing labyrinth with a sacrificial altar in its center. Marvel at the spiraling staircases and secret channels of a site reputed to have been home to Incan rituals.
Continue to the world-renowned park of Sacsayhuaman to uncover the archaeological mysteries of the ancient site; appreciate the panoramic vistas of Cusco before you embark upon an enriching exploration. Observe the intricate carvings of colossal stones, searching the solid 9-meter (30-foot) blocks for depictions of pumas, snakes, and condors, images that represent the three Incan worlds.
Conclude your tour at the majestic Tower of Puka Pukara, a foreboding fortress whose aqueducts, springs and waterways are sure to impress. Relax during the journey back to your Cusco hotel, where the tour concludes.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Our time with Yuber and driver Jimmy...
, Aug 2017
Our time with Yuber and driver Jimmy was incredible. The entire process was professional and courteous. Yuber is brilliant - his knowledge of Cusco, the Quechua people and Incan history was endless. This was just the tour we desired in order to learn more about the Inca Ruins around the city of Cusco. If you love history, archaeology and architecture this tour is for you!! A great supplement to our time at Machu Picchu.
This tour was a complete waste of money. It was a very small group so I thought the guide would take it slow and allow plenty of time for pictures, but he basically rushed us through Tambomachay and Qenko and at Saksaywaman spend more time at the view point than at the ruins. The only site he gave us time at was Puka Pukara, and it was probably only because he saw me wander off on my own.
Our guide, Hector, knew almost no history about these places, stated inaccurate facts and spend most of the time talking about Llamas and corn with the other clients, instead of about the history of the places we were visiting.
I asked him about the battle at Saksaywaman that took place between the Spanish and the Inca, just to see if he knew about it, and he just laughed and completely ignored my question and went to take pictures of the other people in our group. Instead of spending more time at the ruins, he took us to a stupid sweater factory, actually more like a sweater shop, for 20 minutes, which wasn't even listed as part of the itinerary.
We were so disappointed, we ended up going back to Saksaywaman the next day by ourselves and discovered new parts of the site he didn't take us to.
The only reason we booked this tour in the first place, is because we read stories about crime at the ruins. Once we found out how safe it was, we ended up visiting several other sites by taxi.
Don't take this tour. Better to hire a taxi for a few hours and see the ruins at your own pace.
Recommend to do this tour in Cusco. Cusco is such a beautiful city with so much to do. This site takes you to the best picture spot of the city. You also go to other archeological sites with the tour guide explaining each and every one. You will also stop at a silver/alpaca store to buy authentic and real items.
Great tour with a knowledgeable guide! Given the amount of time we had in the area the 4 hour tour was perfect. If I return to the area, I will do the longer tour as am really interested in the history and wanted to see and know more.
thanks to viator not getting the start time of this tour right, they said 9 when it really starts at 8, I held the group up for almost 30 minutes. because of this, the tour was rushed and I had about 3 minutes to get ready for the tour as it completely caught me offguard starting an hour earlier than what viator listed. do not trust viator for tour start times. other people have also noted this issue with viator in my same group of people I went on this tour with. this is one of the first tours I've ever booked through viator and I'm not so sure I'll ever do it again. the tour itself though was ok, but if you want to spend a decent amount of time exploring these areas, do it yourself
We had a really good/satisfying overview of Sacsayhuaman on this tour. It also afforded great views of Cusco city below. The Cristo Blanco White Christ statue was just a 10-min walk away, although we didn't go there. The tour included a short visit to Tambomachay and Qenqo, and we saw/photographed Puca Pucara. Our guide was not only very knowledgeable of all the sites we visited, but also of Incan history and culture he had much pride in his heritage. We had blue skies and bright, bright sun - this is where I got sun-burned. This was my fault - duh, high altitude - put on sun-block and BRING A HAT when going anywhere in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. There was another couple on the tour. The van was spacious and clean. The only thing I didn't like was that we stopped for about 30min at a store that sold alpaca and silver goods - I believe they had an alpaca farm. Although it was nice to understand the differences between alpaca, baby alpaca, vicuña and llama wool, I didn't go on this tour to shop I would have preferred instead to spend those 30 minutes visiting the Puca Pucara site. Warning - we bought a scarf, and because we paid by Visa, we were charge a 30 markup, yikes! Had we known this, we would have paid in cash. It was such a hassle to get a refund, I didn't want to be bothered with it, I just wanted to get out of the store - but my husband was so angry with the whole thing. I had debated this tour vs. the religious sites tour which would have quickly visited other sites like the Korikancha and the cathedral, but I was glad to get more in-depth knowledge of Sacsayhuaman. We ended up exploring the Korikancha and the cathedral on our own, and took our time doing so.