Cusco is a beautiful city located in southern Peru, at 3,300 meters or 11,000 feet above sea level. The city of Cusco is world famous because of the numerous archaelogical sites left by the ancient Inca culture over 500 years ago. Cusco is the Gateway to one of the most spectacular archaeological sites that exists in South America, the Citadel of Machu Picchu, with its imposing Inca architectural setting, amidst mountains and deep canyons. On the city tour of Cusco, you will see places within the city, like the Qoricancha ( Incan Sun Temple), and the Inca sites at Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay.
At 1 p.m., we will meet you at your hotel lobby to begin your tour. From here, you will head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, where you will visit the famous cathedral. Following, you will continue on foot through an ancient Inca-built street from the Plaza de Armas to the Q’oricancha, the Temple of the Sun. At the Q’oricancha you will be able to compare and contrast the building methods of the Incan culture and Catholicism. This was the key spiritual center of the Incas, which leads to all four quarters of the Inca Empire. There is also a bronze, high altar to be seen.
From Q’oricancha, your group will walk down Avenida El Sol, where you will take your bus 25 minutes outside of the city. You will be taken to the majestic Inca site, Sacsayhuaman, with its enigmatic, 200 ton monoliths, You will be able to hear from your guide and then, explore on your own.
From Sacsayhuaman, you will take a five minute bus ride to the Q’enqo Inca site to see its fascinating Incan altars. Following, you will take another five minute drive to Puca Pucara, a small, circular Inca site. The final stop on our tour is Tambomachay, a water temple with impressive water fountains, thought to be used by the Inca for bathing. We’ll then drive back down to Cusco where the tour ends in the main square, unless you are taking a private tour, in which case, we will return you to your hotel.