On the first day of your arrival it is advisable to take the City Tour, our agency organizes this tour in group service or in private service. The pick up is in your hotel and you will have a guided tour in the center of the city of Cusco, you will visit the Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, the Temple of the Sun Qoricancha-Santo Domingo, then go out to the surroundings and visit the archaeological centers of Sacsayhuamán, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay, returning to the city after five hours of visit.
To carry out the tours in the city of Cusco, you need to acquire a BTC (Tourist ticket of Cusco, which allows the entrance to 16 places, with 10 days of duration, within them to Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, Tambomachay, museums and also to carry out the tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas), the price is:
for FOREIGNERS adults S/. 130.00, students S/ 70.00 and for PERUVIANS adults S/. 70.00, students S/ 40.00.
We start the tour by visiting the Cusco Cathedral, a colonial historical monument of extraordinary artistic value, with its fabulous paintings and works in gold leaf, carved wood and covered with embossed silver.
Then we visit the temple of the Qoricancha, also called “Temple of the Sun”, its perfect architecture and stone constructions reflect that it was the most important temple of the Inca Empire.
One of the most amazing buildings in the city of Cusco, with impressive stone blocks of up to 120 tons. Its construction is attributed to the Incas of the last dynasties, is located 5km from the city of Cusco.
Located 1km from saqsayhuaman, was a ceremonial center, in the central part you can see a giant monolith, possibly was the main deity, we can also appreciate the temple dedicated to the Pacha Mama (Mother Earth), with a ceremonial table where sacrifices of animals like the flame were made.
Puka pukara means “red fortress”, because the calcareous stones with which it is built have acquired the reddish coloration of the land, very abundant in iron. It is alleged that it had the function of guarding Tambomachay, an important palace in the Incario. But that, in turn, by its architectural layout and the existence of fountains, aqueducts and multiple enclosures, was a “tambo”, that is, a collective hostel that offered inn and food to travelers, as well as the entourage that was to accompany the Inca during his retreat in Tambomachay.
Tambomachay, is located about 8 kms too the north of Cusco and very close to the ruins of Puka Pukara, is an archaeological site that was intended for the water cult 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 waterfalls that flow through the rocks.
The Cusco city tour was an amazing experience and a great way to discover the city. The stops along the way included some of the best known attractions in the city and our guide provided interesting information about each location.