Cusco City Tour
Our half-day city tour will give you the opportunity to explore Cusco and learn about it from a historic and cultural perspective. Your guide will give you a thorough tour at every site along the way, teaching you about the architecture and ancient traditions, as well as customs that local people continue to practice today. The tour starts at 1:00 pm and finishes about 6:00 pm.
We will pick you up from your hotel at 1:00 pm and will begin the tour at the most important temple of the Inca Empire, the Sun Temple, known as the Qoricancha. Here, you can observe detailed and intact architecture, and within the temple you will see smaller temples dedicated to the moon, rainbow, stars, lightning and thunder, among others. Today, the Santo Domingo church stands on top of the temple. From there, we will go to an important religious site called Sacsayhuamán which features immense stones. Although the site was religious, the Spanish considered it a military fortress because of its location and the way it was built. Next, we will visit Qenqo, a site built in a natural rock formation which was created to represent the Andean constellations and the concept of the three worlds, each one representing sacred animals: the condor, puma, and snake. After that we will travel to Puka Pukara, which was a shelter for travelers coming to Cusco from the Amazon. It was also a military center and used to protect the nearby temple located at Tambomachay. Our last stop is Tambomachay, known as the Temple of Water, where the Incas practiced religious traditions tied to water in order to rejuvenate the land. This tradition is known as the fountain of eternal youth. From there, we will return to the city and drop you off at your hotel at around 6:00 pm.
- Official tour guide fluent in English, Spanish and Quechua
- The entrance fees to the archaeological and tourist sites are not included. Please note that you will need to purchase a tourist pass to enter the sites on this tour. You can purchase a partial tourist pass for S/. 70 soles (about $20 USD) if you plan to tour only the sites in Cusco during your trip. However, if you plan to visit sites in both Cusco and the Sacred Valley, we recommend you purchase the full tourist pass for S/. 130 soles (about $40 USD). It is not necessary to purchase the tourist pass in advance, as you can get it at the first site we visit on the tour. Please see our blog here for more information about the tourist pass options.
- Please note that the Qoricancha has its own entrance ticket which costs 15 soles per person (about $5 USD).
- Tip for your guide (optional)
What to Bring
- Good sneakers or light hiking boots
- A small day backpack to carry your personal belongings
- Comfortable clothing
- Money for the tourist pass and Qoricancha entrance ticket
- Rain jacket or plastic poncho
- Water and snacks
How to Book
We only require a minimum of 2 people to organize this tour, so if there are at least 2 people total in your group we can organize this tour for the start date that you choose. If you are traveling by yourself, please email us to check the availability and let us know the tour(s) that you are interested in and the dates when you are available.
To reserve your tour, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information for each traveler: complete name, nationality, date of birth, and gender. Please let us know the tour you want to do, the date you are looking to do the tour, and how many people are in your group. The next step to reserve your tour is to pay a deposit. For 1-2 people please deposit $50 USD total, for groups of 3-5 you can pay a $100 USD total deposit, and for 6-8 people please deposit $150 USD total. To make your deposit, please pay by selecting the correct amount below or by visiting our Book Now page. The remaining balance is due in Cusco in cash (either in US dollars or Peruvian soles), or if you prefer you may pay with a Visa credit card at our office. To pay with a credit card, before your tour please visit our office which is located at Calle Union #140 in the reception of the Cusco B&B Hotel.