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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Immerse yourself in Peru’s captivating culture on a 4-hour walking tour of Cusco. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you'll peruse exotic produce at a local market; pick up tasty delicacies from traditional street food stalls; and uncover ancient Inca legends at the mysterious Temple of the Moon. Numbers limited to 12 people to ensure a small-group experience.
  • Half-day tour of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the nearby Temple of the Moon
  • Mingle with the locals at San Pedro market and practice your Spanish as you bargain for snacks
  • Visit the mysterious Temple of the Moon with its curious carvings
  • Explore Cusco's charming streets and learn the legends of the Inca Empire
  • Small-group tour allows for a more personalized experience
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Professional guide
Entrance tourist partial ticket BTP.
Private transportation
Picnic
Gratuities

Departure Point

Kuna Plaza Regocijo, Plaza Regocijo, Peru 202, Cusco 08002, Peru

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Plaza de Armas, Ocobamba 08781, Peru
Begin your cultural adventure in the ambient Plaza Regocoijo; greet your group and experienced guide then head to the bustling San Pedro market. Awaken your senses to the exciting smells, sights and sounds of the commercial hub, browsing stalls of colorful fabrics, fresh flowers and exotic fruits. You'll also get to sample some local delicacies from the food vendors.

Next, continue to Plaza de Armas and depart via public transport to the Temple of the Moon, which is located on Huayna Picchu near Machu Picchu. Venture inside the temple's two caves to see the mysterious carvings and the cracks that let in the moonlight that illuminates the caves' altars on certain nights.

When the time comes, break for a delicious picnic lunch before strolling back to Cusco (approx. 30 minutes away) along Inca trails. On route, hear legends of the Inca Empire from your guide and wander through the bohemian district of San Blas. Your half-day tour then concludes outside the Santo Domingo Convent and Qorikancha temple, where an optional visit is possible.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Plaza Regocijo (Kusipata)
Kick off your historical Cusco tour at Plaza Regocijo, which at an altitude of 3,400 metres, is one of the highest in the world. Talk about starting the morning on top of the world!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mercado Central de San Pedro
First you will visit to the San Pedro market. You will learn about the market's history as you explore rows of local produce, colourful fabrics, flower vendors, shaman stalls, and loud juice makers in the company of your English-speaking guide. There will be opportunity to try out a few local words and purchase snacks for later in the day. Be ready for some entertaining local interaction!
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Complejo Arqueologico Waqrapukara
Leave the unforgettable smells and flavours of the Cusco market behind as we depart by private transportation to explore the Inca ruins just outside of Cusco. First on our Cusco ruins trail is Q'enqo, which was once a major Inca ceremonial and ritual site. We'll explore Q'enqo and then head out for a short, 15 minute scenic walk to the statue of Cristo Blanco (White Christ), where we'll stop for our delicious picnic of Peruvian snacks and enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of Cusco's cityscape.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sacsayhuaman
Next, we'll explore the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman. At an altitude of 3,700 metres and just three kilometres from Cusco, the fortress boasts walls up to 400 metres long, made out of boulders weighing between 128 and 200 tonnes. Every year the Inty Raymi (celebration of the sun) is celebrated on these ruins overlooking the city of Cusco.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Statue of Christ
A present from the Arabic Palestinians who visited Cusco after the Second World War. The present was to show their gratitude for the hospitality of the city gave them. To finish the tour, we'll walk back to Cusco, which will take us about half an hour. We'll descend back to the city via Inca streets, learning some stories and legends of the Inca Empire along the way. We'll meander through the bohemian area of San Blas before finding ourselves back at Plaza de Armas, Cusco's main square, where your tour will come to a close.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Maximum group size is 12 people
  • Important: You must present your passport and/or immigration card to your guide on the day of the tour. If you do not have these, you will be charged a tax of $USD10
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Latin America

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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What is the maximum group size during Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour?
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This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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romyleen
, Aug 2018
I wish we did this tour to the markets before going to Machu Picchu. We could have saved at least 50% shopping here. Lilly our guide was very nice, showed us how the locals live, she also had us tried tasty tamales and passion fruit from the market.
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amazing insight on culture and...
Andres M
, Jan 2018
amazing insight on culture and food... our guide was A she was kind carrying and full of insight and knowledge i would do it agin in a heartbeat Andres
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We had a great tour of the market...
Keith V
, Nov 2017
We had a great tour of the market and surrounding blocks in the heart of Cusco, as well as parts of the countryside with various Inca ruins. Our tour guide was personable and very knowledgable about Peruvian life and the Incan culture. The market was a fascinating place and we even learned enough Spanish to buy fruit and tamales for lunch. There was a bit more walking than anticipated, but it was all downhill and the weather was nice so it all worked out.
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This was a great tour! Lily was...
Jennifer S
, Jun 2017
This was a great tour! Lily was friendly and fun. She took us through the local market and practiced communicating in Spanish with us to purchase our tamales, Inca cola, and fruit. We learned a lot about the locals through Lily. It was a good amount of walking, and she took us up some steep trails, but nothing that was unmanageable. I would absolutely recommend this tour!
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We had a great time with Lily on our...
Dawn V
, Jun 2017
We had a great time with Lily on our market tour. We met her at the Plaza Regocijo at 9am, which is close to the Plaza de Armas. From there we went straight to the market. Lily taught us about the local foods and helped us with our Spanish as we purchased snacks for our picnic. This was all included in our tour. Lily even helped me find the right vendor to buy some coffee to take back home. I have to say that butcher section was the most interesting. I'm not squeamish at all, so this was my favorite part. After the market, we took a taxi up to the Temple of the Moon. This tour does not include admission to Sacsayhuaman itself, but you will get a good view of it. During the walk, we asked many questions and Lily gave us tons of info about Cusco, the Inca, Peruvian history...she was very knowledgeable and friendly. Yes this tour does involve a lot of walking but Lily will adjust the pace if necessary. Overall, I thought it was a great way to learn about the history as well as modern ways of Cusco.
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Emily our guide was fantastic. Very...
Alan R
, May 2017
Emily our guide was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and was attentive to our needs. We weren't the fastest navigating the Temple of the Moon and she slowed the pace and gave us encouragement. The Temple provides many lessons of the ways of life of the indigenous people. When in the market, she taught us the proper manners and idioms to use when buying our lunch. Be prepared to walk about 4 miles. You are treated to fantastic views of the City from on high. To see the juxtaposition of the old Plaza de Armas and the new football stadium is interesting to the eye. All in all, well worth it and wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
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A Wonderful Taste of Cusco! Llovana...
Deborah O
, Apr 2017
A Wonderful Taste of Cusco! Llovana was relaxed and friendly as we visited the bustling Market, bought local unique foods, amazing opportunity to sample culture and the inside scoop Too! Ended up strolling the Inca trail nearby with visions of the Moon, monkeys and Pumas dancing in my head. ENCANTO!
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Great guide! Small group so she was...
Casie L
, Jul 2016
Great guide! Small group so she was very focused on explaining the history. Very knowledgeable and great way to see the city of Cuzco.
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The best tour! Lili was great! I...
Brenda O
, May 2016
The best tour! Lili was great! I recommend this option , I traveled SOLO and this was a great option.
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The tour guide was very informative...
Peter K
, Apr 2016
The tour guide was very informative. It was a great way for me to be able to get some basic history of the city and be able to learn how to get around the city on my own. Being able to see the ruins is the Sacsaywaman valley was very interesting. The San Pedro Market was amazing and I liked how the guide encouraged me to try the foods and interact with the locals. Thank you
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