Cusco City Sightseeing & Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park Half Day Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
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  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    1:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    This activity includes roundtrip transfer from your hotel, apartment or home. Some locations are in areas where the access by vehicle is not permitted. Send your details .. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Be fascinated on a half-day tour of Cuscos surrounding archeological sites, including the famous Sacsayhuaman, where the Incas construction of tightly placed stones created an incredible series of walls. With an experienced guide, youll also visit Qenqo, Puca pucara and Tambomachay, as well as the Temple of the Sun (also known as Korikancha). Before your tour ends, visit Cuscos Plaza de Armas and tour Cusco Cathedral also known as the Cathedral of santo domingo to see its stunning architecture.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Your Cusco archeology tour starts with pickup at your hotel in a comfortable coach. With your guide, head to Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill on the northern outskirts of Cusco.

In addition to a wonderful view over Cusco, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sacsayhuaman boasts massive stones measuring up to 13 feet (4 meters) tall placed tightly together, creating a fortress-like structure. As you walk around with your guide, learn about the site's history and defensive purpose. Marvel at the way the Incans built the site so soundly, and admire the different shapes and sizes of the stones, some of which have designs of the condor, puma and snake, symbols of the three Incan worlds.

Hop back on your coach and head to Qenqo (or Kenko), where youll see the ancient temple of Puma and its sacrificial altar, and then continue to Puca pucara, a site of military ruins that was once used for defense of the Inca Empire. Next visit the archaeological site of Tambomachay, where a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls may have been a spa resort of wealthy Incans, followed by a stop at the Temple of the Sun (Korikancha), one of the Incas most important temples, on top of which sits the Convent of Santo Domingo.

When your tour of Cuscos surrounding sites is over, head back to the city, where youll visit its main square the beautiful Plaza de armas. Here youll see two striking churches Cusco Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral of santo domingo) and the Iglesia de La Compaa de Jesus (the Church of the Society of Jesus).

Tour Cusco Cathedral with your guide, learning about its rich history and admiring its exquisite late-Gothic and Baroque architecture. See some of its renowned art, including Pintura Senor de los Temblores, the oldest surviving painting in Cusco.

Youll then be returned to your Cusco hotel.

Inclusions

Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional guide

Hotel pickup & drop-off.Note: Some hotels are in areas where the access by vehicle is not permitted.

Admission Ticket to Chatedral, Qorikancha Temple, Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park.

Entry/Admission - Sacsayhuaman

Entry/Admission - Cusco Cathedral

Entry/Admission - Qorikancha

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Note: You are not allowed to enter religious sites wearing shorts, and taking photos is forbidden in the cathedral

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Traveler Reviews

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  • 25-Oct-2022

    Very much enjoyed myself! Our guide Fernando was extremely well versed in anthropology and cultural history, all the way from the cathedrals to the ancient ruins, he knew so much about every little thing and made sure we learned about it too. Very eclectic and energetic man, he kept us all in high energy and good spirits- 10/10 tour guide for sure. This was relatively well organized, although I was not "picked up", I was walked to the center square where the tour started. The Cathedral tour timing was perfect, we spent a good amount on Saqsaywaman and we voted democratically which routes we hiked etc. Afterwards we stopped at several other Incan sites- these were not mentioned in the description, but they are good add ons especially given the price. Finally, we ended at an authentic alpaca clothing store where we were taught the differences in fabrics etc. I had a lot of fun and did enjoy myself. The only area of improvement is in the description. The description says tour starts at 2, I figure maybe be ready at 1:30 earliest. I was showering when a separate guide with my tickets texted at 12:15 that he was at my hostel waiting for me. I am flexible, I hopped out quickly and met him- no worries. However, from 12:15-2, I was essentially just waiting for the tour to start once we arrived in the cathedral. I feel like it would've been easier to say "meet us in Plaza Armas at 2", because the whole pickup drop off really took a huge chunk of time, and I ended up being out from 12:15-7:15. This is way longer than the anticipated 2-6 plan, and we had no chances to eat food. Maybe it was just how things worked out this specific time, because honestly, otherwise I had a really great experience. I would totally recommend this despite my weird experience, it definitely was not bad enough to leave a negative review.

  • 12-Aug-2022

    Wonderful information on culture and architecture! Stunning ruins. We had such a fun time with our guide!

  • 15-Apr-2020

    1/2 a day is perfect! Nice way to get used to the altitude while slowly walking through the ruins and learning about the history. Lots of facts, beautiful views, fresh air. We really enjoyed it!

  • 09-Mar-2020

    I felt the description was not really accurate. It says city tour and Saqsaywaman. The city tour was really a tour of a large Catholic Church and a smaller church built on Incan foundations. We then got on the bus and drove to four Incan sites above the city. We were also looking for more science based information on why the Incan walls were earthquake proof and how did they know to do this. The answers we got were less than satisfactory. Overall this tour was good, but not quite what we expected or were really looking for.

  • 08-Mar-2020

    Very informative. I think it could have gone faster and then gave the tourists a chance to revisit some of those things on their own.

  • 06-Mar-2020

    I felt the description was not really accurate. It says city tour and Saqsaywaman. The city tour was really a tour of a large Catholic Church and a smaller church built on Incan foundations. We then got on the bus and drove to four Incan sites above the city. We were also looking for more science based information on why the Incan walls were earthquake proof and how did they know to do this. The answers we got were less than satisfactory. Overall this tour was good, but not quite what we expected or were really looking for.

  • 11-Nov-2019

    Was very informative and interesting Julio really knows his stuff, would recommend this to anyone visiting Cusco.

  • 06-Nov-2019

    Los sitios visitados son realmente interesantes y me hbiera gustado disponer de más tiempo para hacerlo más depacio

  • 24-Oct-2019

    i thought the tour guide was extremely informative and kind. He was full of knowledge regarding every site we visited. His English was perfect and i had a really good time listening to the history and technological marvels of the Incan civilization. My only, though major, complain is that I felt like I wasted my money on the entry tickets. When we were at Sacsayhuaman, we didn't get to explore at all. There was a sign for a view point, but we didn't get to go. Based on Google Image, there is a lot to see at the top of Sacsayhuaman, and I didn't get to see that. We literally only saw the walls. Similar was true at Qenqo. We went through the cave and came right out. There was a trail around it that we didn't explore, and I saw a forest with a view, but we didn't go there either. All to say, highly recommend for informational purposes. If you are a wanderer like me, who is interested in taking the time to explore each area, this tour is not for you.

  • 29-Aug-2019

    Site grandiose, à visiter plutôt à la fraîche, car cela monte pour y aller. Dommage, hormis les guides (langue espagnol ou anglais) il n'y à aucune explication sur l 'histoire du site...

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