Duration: Half Day
Tour Type: Cultutal
Max.Height : 3,399 msnm
Group sizes: +2
Fisica Level: Easy
City Tour Cusco.- Capital of the Inca empire is today one of the most fascinating destinations in the world, due to the enormous amount of important archaeological remains.
Walking through the city, which still preserves its Inca walls that were the basis of colonial buildings, is walk through the history of one of the most developed cultures of the continent. By day it is a magical city, and at night tourists flood discos and pubs, giving this city a very special international flavor.
Overview City Tour Cusco
Beginning the tour in the historical center of the city visit to the Cathedral of Cusco, built between 1556 and 1654, its altarpieces are splendid, its pulpit is carved wood, from the end of the s. XVII, and the masonry of the choir is superb. Also highlights his collection of paintings from the Cuzco school. It has one of the richest jewellery treasures of colonial art.
Later you will visit to the Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha, this set was dedicated to the religious worldview of the Andean world. Then you will go to Sacsayhuamán, an imposing example of Inca architecture 2 km north of the city center, famous throughout the world for the enormous carved rocks, united with astonishing precision.
Then visit Qenko which is an outcrop of limestone rock on which have been carved intricate mythical representations, then visit Puca Pucará, served as a checkpoint of the Inca Trail. Finally you will visit Tambomachay to 7 km of the Cusco, popularly known as the baths of the Inca, important center of cult and water worship.
The program of the city tour is included within the tourist packages that are offered, but also it is possible to realize it independently.
It is advisable to take the City Tour Cusco the first day on arrival, our agency organizes this tour every day. You will be picked up from your hotel between 13:30 hrs. And 1:45 p.m. You will have a guided tour of the city center of Cusco, visit the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun Qoricancha-Santo Domingo, then go out to visit the archeological places of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay, returning to the city Between 18:00 hrs. And 18:30 hrs.
Summary City Tour Cusco half day
The Cathedral of Cusco
We start the tour visiting the Cathedral of Cusco, the church of the Sagrada Familia, and the church of Triunfo, where you can appreciate impressive works in; Colonial painting, Sculpture in wood and silverware.
Then we visit the temple of Qoricancha, the highest expression of Inca architecture and engineering. The Temple of the Sun or Qoricancha, is also currently the Convent of Santo Domingo, this was the most important religious site of the Inca period.
The impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman is strategically built on a hill from which you can appreciate all of Cusco. It is famous for its huge carved stones, some of which are 9 meters or 30 feet high and weigh more than 350 tons.
Located four kilometers northeast of the city of Cusco, it has the archeological groups of Q’enqo Grande and Q’enqo Chico. Etymologically, it means labyrinth or zigzag, it fulfilled a purely religious function, being in the outer part an amphitheater in semicircular form with trapezoidal niches and a monolith that simulates to be a puma which measures approximately six meters.
Puka pukara means “red fortress”, because the calcareous stones with which it is constructed have acquired the red coloration of the land, very abundant in iron. Because of its architectural layout and the existence of fountains, aqueducts and multiple enclosures, it was a “tambo”, that is to say, a collective shelter that offered lodging and food to the travelers (panoramic visit).
It is an archaeological site that was destined to the cult of water and so that the head of the Inca Empire could rest. This place is also called Baños del Inca. It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and several cascades of water that run through the rocks. What is surprising of this is that of a main waterfall, the Incas created 2 secondary cascades, which are exactly alike. That is, if one places two empty bottles, one in each waterfall, the two fill at the same time.
Included in the Trip
- Pick up from the Hotel.
- Entrance ticket to the Cathedral.
- Entrance ticket to the Qoricancha.
- Entrance ticket to the archeological sites ( Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Puca pucara and Tambomachay).
- Tourist transportation.
- Professional Guide in English or Spanish.
- Transfer to the hotel at the end of the tour.
Not Included in the Trip
- Tips (optional).
- Things not mentioned above.
LIST OF THINGS YOU SHOULD TAKE IN YOUR DAY BACKPACK
- Cash (Soles and Dollars).
- Hat or Cap for the sun.
- Sun protection cream.
- Waterproof jacket / rain poncho (rainy season).
To carry out this tour you, you will need the following:
Tourist Ticket General: This ticket serves you to visit the City Tour, Sacred Valley, and the South Valley, and other museums in the city.
- International Tourists: Adults/. 130.00 – Students/. 70.00
- National Tourists: Adults/. 70.00 – Students/. 40.00
Partial Tourist Ticket: This ticket is for City Tour, the Sacred Valley or only the South Valley.
- International Tourists: Adults/. 70.00
- National Tourist. Adults/. 40.00
US $ 55.00 per person (AFTERNOON)
US $ 98.00 per person (from 2 to 6 people).
General Information City Tour Cusco
We often refer City Tour Cusco as the “Archaeological Capital of America”. Cusco is a beautiful city full of contrasts between indigenous styles and the modern western world. It is these contrasts that have given Cusco its magnificent beauty.
- Tour Name: City Tour Cusco
- Altitude: 3360m, 11155 feet
- Location: Southeast Peru
- Average annual temperature: 11 ° C
- Maximum temperature: 17 ° C
- Minimum temperature: – 2 ° C
- Dry season: April to October
- Rainy season: November to March
- Population: 1’171503 inhabitants
- Code Telephone: 084
- Travel information: Cusco.
CUSCO ARCHAEOLOGICAL CAPITAL OF AMERICA
Shopping: Cusco has a great variety of items of silver, alpaca wool and pima cotton. Our crafts are highly esteemed worldwide. In our craft markets it is possible to bargain the price.
Currency: The unit of currency in Peru is the Sun (s /). Most hotels, inns, restaurants and shops accept U.S. dollars, but if you wish to exchange dollars in local currency, we recommend that you do so at currency exchange offices or at a bank.
Mail: A letter or postcard takes approximately one week to arrive at your destination. Mailboxes and stamps are available at most bookstores, shops, hotels and central mail.
Local Time: Peru is located in the GMT-5 time zone, being thus close to the tropics, so take into account that people here have a more relaxed sense of time. Of course we avoid any kind of delay.
Public Transportation: There are no taximeters in Peru; therefore before you take a taxi you must agree the rate with the driver. Remember to carry low denomination coins to pay for the service.
Security measures: Police. We recommend that you carry your money or credit cards in non-visible places; it is not advisable to carry handbags unless it is absolutely indispensable. You can walk with a small backpack, carry your camera and camcorder, but be careful and be careful in public places like markets, train stations and public squares.
Health Precautions: Before leaving your country do not forget to take precautions to avoid altitude sickness (Cusco 3400 masl), on arrival in the city try to try coca mate will help you in adapting to the height, Rest a few hours and eat light.
Those travelers with heart problems or high blood pressure should consult their doctor before traveling to Cusco.
If you are going to visit the jungle, do not forget that it is a prerequisite to be vaccinated against yellow fever about 10 days before starting your trip to this natural region.
Water and Food: To avoid problems when drinking tap water, we recommend that you always try to use bottled water. Peruvian culinary cuisine is one of the best in the world with a great variety of dishes, take advantage of your visit to enjoy and taste local and international dishes prepared in Cusco.
Clothing and Weather: Here the weather can vary considerably in one day. It is usually cold in the wee hours and at night and hot at noon. It is therefore advisable to wear clothing that is easy to remove and put on. Sweaters, jackets and long trousers are necessary.
Family houses: They are a type of accommodation different and warm offered by some families in Cusco; within this type of accommodation you can find single and double rooms. Being in a family home is a great advantage for those who want to know a little more about the uses and customs of the resident Cuzco
“The children of the sun emerged from the Titicaca lake, they went up the hills trying to sink the golden rod that their father had given them, and where the gold bar sank, the great empire would be founded.. In there, in the center of what would be called Cusco … ”
Legend has it that Cusco was founded around the 11th and 12th centuries D.C. By the Inca Manco Capac, who emerged from the sacred Lake Titicaca. It was the center of government, sacred city and capital of the Tahuantinsuyo Empire.
The Inca society was able to develop a technology capable of adapting and harmonizing with nature, thanks to its great knowledge in architecture, hydraulic engineering, medicine and agriculture.
There were 14 Inca emperors. It is said that it was the Inca Pachacutec who initiated the aggrandizement and modernization of the empire, arriving with the Inca “Huayna Capac” to its maximum expansion, conquering territories until what is currently Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile.