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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.

Highlights

  • 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 knowledgeable guide

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What You Can Expect

Sacsayhuaman and Temple of the Sun Tour from Cusco

Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman

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.

Customer Reviews

Bandit USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Fantastic tour from start to finish. We very enjoyed it. Knowledgeable and friendly guide. Lots of information and visited two great sites in Cusco. Thank you

Helen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Awesome tour, confirmation of pick up time for tour was made with our hotel prior to our arrival, fabulous tour, great tour guide who spoke perfect English, loved the tour, learnt lots, absolutely worth it.

Janice L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Very enjoyable. Excellent tour guide and wonderful sights and history.

Dennis S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour of City Cathedral and Ruins.
We saw more than just Sacsayhuaman and it was well worth it!!

Josef L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had so much fun on this tour thanks in large part to our amazing tour guide. He was funny and quirky with a ton of knowledge. The tour itself was fine but the guide made it one of the highlights of the trip for us!

Eliane D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Amazing places. I learned so much in this tour than in school. The tour guide was very knowlrdgeable and patient. The places gave me a sense of belonging, and a lot to think about how history was made and changed throuhg the minds of others.

William U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour like our time in Peru was fantastic. Sylvia was incredibly knowledgable and we received excellent benefit in all aspects of knowledge about all the locations visited.

sharon m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

an informative tour at a pleasant pace. guide Jose Angel enthusiastic and interesting. such spectacular sites, so much easier to have transportation provided and details explained. highly recommended! might consider taking the tour after you have acclimated to the altitude as we go to rather high inca ruins and its more fun if you are not feeling sick from the altitude! do the tour on the second or third day! enjoy!

Adria M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Because there was no one else on this tour, Viator let me customize my pick up time and the itinerary. I had already toured the cathedral and other in city attractions so we went only to the sites outside of the city: Sacsayhuaman, Puka Pukara and Tambomachay. Like all Viator guides that I've had, my guide was very knowledgable, informative and personable. Sacayhuaman was one of my top three favorite Inca sites. Don't miss it!

Cornelia T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Very interesting and very professional tour. We would definitley do it again.

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