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Half Day Guided Cusco City Tour

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Cusco city, Qoricancha, saqsayhuaman
Duration 1 day
Travel Style Hike,History
Difficulty Easy
Group size Min 2 - Max 8

Discover the timeless allure of Cusco with 69 Explorer Peru, where we will guide you through a city that intertwines Incan heritage with modern life. Prepare yourself for one of the most historical city tours in the world.

In Cusco, every step we take will be a stroll through history. The city’s architecture is a living museum, showcasing centuries of history. From Incan foundations to colonial facades, the buildings tell a story of resilience and transformation. We will witness how these ancient structures have withstood the test of time, surviving earthquakes and the passage of centuries.

Cusco is not just about historical landmarks; it’s a cultural melting pot. As we explore, we will immerse ourselves in the vibrant local culture. The streets of Cusco are alive with the buzz of daily life, where traditional practices blend seamlessly with modern conveniences. We will experience firsthand the warmth and hospitality of the Cusqueñan people, whose traditions and customs add color and richness to the city’s tapestry.

The city’s geographical location is as breathtaking as its cultural heritage. Surrounded by lush valleys and rugged mountains, Cusco offers stunning natural scenery and stands proudly at 3,400 m (11,200 ft). The clear Andean air and mountain landscape creates a magical atmosphere that enhances the city’s beauty.

Cusco is also the gateway to numerous iconic Peruvian landmarks. Its strategic location makes it the perfect starting point for adventures to Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and other Incan sites. As part of our tour, we will understand why Cusco is not just a destination, but a hub for exploring the rich heritage of the entire region.

Safety, comfort, and an authentic experience are our top priorities. We will ensure that every aspect of your journey is carefully curated. From providing knowledgeable guides to offering comfortable transportation, every detail will be handled with utmost care.

Join us, 69 Explorer, for an extraordinary adventure in Cusco. We will not just visit a city; we’ll uncover its past, and witness its vibrant present. This journey will be more than a tour; it will be an unforgettable experience, enriched by the deep-rooted history and lively culture of Cusco. Let’s create lasting memories together in the heart of the Incan empire!

From US$ 24

95% of travelers recommend this experience

Important information

Includes

  • Professional Guided Tour: Expert, bilingual guides will accompany us, offering insights into the history, architecture, and culture of Cusco. They are knowledgeable about the local sites and will provide fascinating anecdotes and historical context.
  • Transportation: Comfortable and safe transportation throughout the city. This includes pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Cusco, ensuring a hassle-free experience as we navigate between the tour sites.
  • Photo Opportunities: Plenty of time to take photos at each location, capturing the stunning architecture and scenic landscapes of Cusco.
  • Customer Support: Throughout the tour, you’ll have access to our customer support for any queries or assistance needed.
  • Small Group Experience: To ensure a personalized and intimate experience, the tour is conducted in small groups. This allows for more interaction with the guide and a deeper exploration of the sites.
  • Safety Measures: All necessary safety measures and protocols are in place to ensure a safe and comfortable experience during the tour.

Excludes

  • Entrance Tickets: While our tour includes visits to various historical sites and attractions, the entrance fees for these places are not included in the tour package. You will need to purchase these tickets separately.
  • Meals and Beverages: Meals, snacks, and beverages are not covered as part of the tour. You will have the opportunity to purchase food and drinks during the tour, particularly when visiting local markets or dining areas.
  • Personal Expenses: Any personal expenses such as souvenirs, crafts, or other items purchased from local markets or shops are not included.
  • Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is not provided in the tour package. It is recommended that you arrange your own insurance for the duration of your trip.
  • Tips and Gratuities: Tips for the tour guide and driver are not included and are at your discretion.
  • Additional Activities: Any activities outside the planned itinerary, such as additional tours or experiences in Cusco, are not included.
  • Hotel Accommodation: Overnight hotel stays are not part of the tour package. You will need to arrange your accommodation in Cusco separately.
  • Airport Transfers: You will need to arrange your transportation to and from the airport.
  • Health and Safety Equipment: Any personal health and safety equipment, like masks or sanitizers, is not provided and should be brought by the participants.
  • Special Requests: Any special requests that fall outside the standard tour itinerary, such as private guides or custom visits, are not included.

Recommend to carry

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes: You’ll be walking on cobblestone streets and uneven terrain, so sturdy, comfortable footwear is a must.
  • Layered Clothing: Cusco’s weather can vary throughout the day. Bring lightweight, breathable layers that you can easily add or remove. This includes a warm jacket or sweater for cooler temperatures, especially in the early morning or evening.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season, a rain jacket or poncho can be invaluable, as Cusco can experience sudden showers.
  • Sun Protection: High altitude means stronger UV rays. Pack sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and high SPF sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated throughout the tour. A refillable water bottle is ideal.
  • Snacks: Bring some light snacks like energy bars or nuts to keep your energy up during the tour.
  • Personal Medication: Include any personal medication you might need, along with remedies for altitude sickness if you’re prone to it.
  • Camera or Smartphone: Cusco is incredibly photogenic. Make sure you have a camera or smartphone to capture memories.
  • Small Daypack: A lightweight backpack or bag to carry your essentials will be useful.
  • Local Currency (Peruvian Soles): For purchasing souvenirs, snacks, or other items during the tour. Many places may not accept credit cards.
  • Identification: Carry a copy of your passport or ID for identification purposes.
  • Health and Safety Supplies: Basic first aid kit, hand sanitizer.

Itinerary

Join us on an educational Cusco City Tour with 69 Explorer, where we will unveil the history and culture embedded in the heart of the Incan empire. Our journey will encompass iconic landmarks, weaving through the ancient and colonial marvels of Cusco.

We will commence our tour at Plaza De Armas, the historic center of Cusco. Here, we will absorb the vibrant atmosphere and admire the fusion of Incan and Spanish colonial architecture. The plaza, surrounded by important historical structures, will set the tone for our day of exploration.

Moving on, we will visit Qorikancha, the revered Temple of the Sun. Once the most important temple in the Inca empire, Qorikancha stands as a symbol of the cultural fusion between the Incan and Spanish civilizations. We will explore its precincts, marveling at the exquisite Incan stonework and the Spanish colonial church built atop.

Our journey will then ascend to Sacsayhuaman, an awe-inspiring fortress showcasing the Incas’ architectural prowess. Here, we will explore the massive stone walls and learn about the site’s historical significance, enjoying panoramic views of Cusco from this elevated vantage point.

Next, we will visit Q’enqo, a unique archaeological site with its mysterious carved rock formations and underground passages. Here, we will delve into the religious and ceremonial practices of the Incas, understanding their connection to the natural world.

We will then journey to Tambomachay, known as the ‘Bath of the Inca’. This site, with its aqueducts, canals, and waterfalls, demonstrates the Incas’ advanced understanding of hydraulic engineering. Here, the irrigation canals and waterfalls are still active displaying the engineering knowledge of the Inca.

Our final stop will be at Puca Pucara, an ancient military ruin. This site, with its commanding view, served as a guard post controlling the entrance to Cusco. We will explore its terraces and fortifications, imagining the bustling activity of the past.

Experience the essence of Incan history blended with colonial charm on our Cusco City Tour. Together, we will uncover the layers of history that make Cusco a captivating destination. Book your journey with us and step into a world where old traditions and modern life converge.

FAQs

The tour includes a professional guide, transportation to and from the tour sites, and a walking tour of key historical and cultural landmarks in Cusco.

The duration of the Cusco City Tour varies, but it generally lasts about half a day to a full day. The exact timing can depend on the specific itinerary and pace of the group.

It’s good to be in decent physical shape as there will be some stairs and the city is at high altitude. However, it is generally suitable for most travelers.

Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Dress in layers as the weather can change rapidly in Cusco. Bring sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen) and a rain jacket or poncho, especially during the rainy season.

The highest point on the tour is typically around 3,701 m (12,142 ft) at sites like Sacsayhuamán.

No. It’s advisable to bring snacks or plan for meal breaks during the tour. The guide can often recommend places to eat.

Yes, the Cusco City Tour is generally suitable for children. However, the high altitude and amount of walking should be considered for younger children.

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Local Experience

Our guides are locals with extensive knowledge about the history, myths, and secrets of the region.

Small personalized groups

Our groups never exceed 10 people, giving you an unforgettable experience

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Our With seven years of experience and more than 20 packages to Machu Picchu alone, our team knows how to carry out a successful expedition.

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