Tour of Cusco
Half Day | 8 sites | light walking
Why this tour?
Tours of various sites in and around Cusco
Visit Coricancha, the capital of the Inca Empire
Private tour, with professional guide
Great option to add onto any trip
Entrance fees included
What is included?
All transportation for tour
All professional guides and staff
Pick up and drop off from Cusco hotel
When is the best time to go?
Short answer: "shoulder seasons", the Spring and Fall of North America. These months provide the best combo of good weather and lower crowds.
How do I adjust to the altitude?
High elevation effects everyone differently. Two general pieces of advice: take it easy on your first day in Cusco and hydrate
Let's get specific...
Meals Included: None
Entrance Tickets: Included
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.
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.