Marvel at the architectural and archeological majesty of Cusco on a half-day 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.
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 guide
After hotel pickup, relax on a scenic drive to the ancient site of Sacysayhuaman, an archeological park perched on the top of a hill. Admire spectacular city views before exploring the UNSECO World Heritage listed site with your guide; see colossal stones crammed together to create a fortress-like structure. Decipher depictions of condors, pumas and snakes upon the façade of the temple, enriching your knowledge of the Incan empire.
Return to your coach and continue on to Qengo, home to an enormous sacrificial altar and sacred temple. See, too, Puca Pucara to discover the atmospheric military ruins of the site then set out to explore Tambomachay, where a series of aqueducts, moats and stolid stonewalls provided impenetrable defense from Incan attackers. Gaze upwards at the impressive Temple of the Sun, an ancient pyramid upon which resides the Convent of Santo Domingo.
Head back to the center of the city to continue your cultural exploration; stroll around the ambient and attractive Plaza de Armas before entering the sacred and spectacular Cusco Cathedral. Admire prismatic stained glass windows, classic colonial art and the Gothic grandeur of the architecture; the cathedral is home to Cusco’s oldest surviving painting, Pintura Senor de los Temblores, among other significant works.
Return to your Cusco hotel in the coach when the tour concludes.
We have been on several Viator tours in different parts of the world and have been impressed by the quality and expertise of their guides. The tour with Niko was a revelation, rich with history, humour and a clear passion for the Inca culture.
It was no surprise to find out that he was previously a professor of history. He so fired up our interest and imagination that it was almost as if we were living the history of the Inca civilisation and the centuries that preceded and followed it. It was a profoundly rewarding afternoon and we left feeling immensely grateful to have had the privilege of his wisdom and knowledge.
The tour guide was fantastic and we had a wonderful time on this tour. The only thing I'd change is that we stopped at a clothing store at the end where we learned the difference between real llama wool and the fake kind. This added feature was nice, except we spent way too much time at the store at the end for shopping.
This excursion was a jam packed tour de force of Cusco's local archaeological sites as well as the Cathedral of Santo Domingo. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about his city and its people.
Although you can get yourself to Sacsayhuaman by taxi, having a knowledgeable guide makes it so much better. Our guide from Viajes Pacifico was so good I thought he was a history professsor. The tour company was very professional. They emailed and called in advance to be sure were were ready on time. The coach was cleana and cofortable. We had purchased the local tourist ticket that included two if the sites on this tour, so the guide helped us sell the extra tickets, as the tour also included entry. This tour also went to the Cathedral, Temple of the sun aka Coricancha and the water fountain. All were really amazing. Work out on the step machine before coming to Peru as it seems everything is up hill, and do not forget a light rain coat as it rains sporadically but not for long at least in spring. Happy travels.
Nice tour with a visit to most sites we wanted to see in city and the guide was well informed. Biggest concern was that on a 4 hour tour, they allocated over an hour to the alpaca weaving experience. All that time wasted at a shopping excursion when we could have spent more time at the real cultural sites.
Tour was unbelievable! Guide was so knowledgeable it was like having our history teacher. Definitely a highlight of our trip. Only thing I did not appreciate was that the tour bus went out of our way to drop 2 different groups of guests at their hotels, which was not originally planned. Added an extra hour to an already long day. A lot of climbing, but well worth it!