Cusco City Tour

Cusco City Tour

Once the capital the Inca empire, several ancient archaeological sites now make Cusco a world famous destination.
Activity Level: 1  | Duration: 1 day | Group Size: 2-16 | Price: $180

Overview

Explore the ancient city of Cusco, which was the capital of the great Inca Empire. This vibrant city is now home to an inviting culture, fabulous restaurants and several Inca archaeological sites, including the world famous Coricancha, the Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha, or Intikancha). 

Our tour will take you to the Plaza de Armas, which is the heart of the city and where the famous Cathedral is located. From the Cathedral it is a quick walk to Coricancha, the Inca Sun Temple. 

After your tour of Coricancha, you will take a 20-minute bus ride to 4 archaeological sites that surround Cusco from above: Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay. 

After touring each of these sites, our private van will take you back to Cusco.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience Peruvian culture
  • Learn about Inca history
  • Excellent option to acclimate to high altitude
  • Explore the capital of the Inca Empire
  • Sharpen your negotiating skills at a local market
  • Professionally guided tour of several Inca Ruins
  • Pick-up and drop-off from Cusco

Activities

  • Light Walking
  • History
  • Culture
  • Great company

Accommodations

  • NA

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

TRANSPORTATION
All transportation for the tour.
This includes:
   - Pickup from your hotel (or nearby) in Cusco in a private van
   - Drop-off in private van from the same place we pick you up
PROFESSIONAL GUIDE
Kusa Treks strives for greatness and this begins and ends with our people. All of our guides are local to this region and studied Tourism and/or Archaeology in University. They are all fluent in English and are passionate about their work. Trust us when we say, there is no better person to be on a trip with than a Kusa Treks guide. You will be in incredible hands!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

ENTRANCE TICKETS
In order to enter the majority of archaeological sites in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, you will need the Boleto Turistico (Tourist Ticket). These Tickets are sold as a one-day pass or a ten-day pass and grant access to several areas.

The one (1) day pass is 70 Soles and the ten (10) day pass is 130 Soles. A valid Student ID allows for a discount, which makes the 10-day pass 70 soles.

The ticket must be purchased in person with Soles and a valid passport. You will be able to purchase the ticket directly at the first site.

Entrance tickets required for this tour:
  - Tourist Ticket: 70 Soles (or 130 Soles if you are also doing the Sacred Valley Tour)
  - Cathedral: 25 Soles 
  - Coricancha: 10 Soles
MEALS
There are no meals served during this tour. You should be back in Cusco in time to enjoy dinner on your own.  

Pricing:

We offer Private service for our Day-Tours. The price is based on the number of people in your group.
  • 2 – 4 people: $180 total per group
  • 5 – 9 people: $220 total
  • 10+ people: Our customer service representative will work directly with you on pricing and arrangements. 
NOTE: Based on the time of year, and with your permission, we are sometimes able to combine multiple private groups into one larger group, which allows us to provide you with a discount.

Please inform your booking agent if you are open to being paired with other groups.

PRICES ARE IN USD ($)

Itinerary:

CUSCO TOUR ITINERARY:

A Kusa Treks van will pick you up at 1PM from your hotel lobby. The tour starts with a quick drive to the Plaza de Armas, which is located right in the heart of the historic city! After being dropped off, you will take a 2 minute walk to the Catholic Cathedral, where you will enjoy a guided tour (entrance fee is 25 Soles).

After visiting the cathedral, you will walk down the Avenida El Sol to the very center of the Inca Empire: Coricancha (Q’oricancha), known as the Temple of the Sun. At this incredible site you will witness a stark contrast between the Inca and Spanish methods of construction. This temple was the spiritual center of the Incas and the point from which their entire empire spread.

After touring Coricancha, you will take a 20-25 minute van ride to the outskirts of Cusco, where you will use your Tourist Ticket to visit 4 Inca archaeological sites. The first site you will visit is  Sacsayhuaman, which is covered in, 200 ton monoliths. This incredible site will challenge your imagination as you ponder how it was possible for the Incas to build such a city over 500 years ago. Your guide will provide several explanations and interesting facts, after which you will have time to explore this vast site on your own.

From Sacsayhuaman you will take a five minute van ride to the Q’enqo Inca site, which is famous for being home to several Inca Alters. You will not spend as much time here as you did at Sacsayhuaman but enough time to receive a guided tour.

Your next site is another five minute drive to Puca Pucara, a small, circular Inca post built as a lookout.

The final stop on this tour is Tambomachay, which was built by the Incas as a Water Temple. It has several impressive water fountains, which are thought to have been used by the Incas for bathing.

The tour ends with a drive back down to your hotel in Cusco.