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Cusco was founded around 1200 AD by the legendary first Inca Manco Capac. It is the longest continuously inhabited city in South America. For centuries it served as the spiritual and administrative center of the continents greatest empire. Today much of the city’s Inca past has disappeared. Nevertheless, modern Cusco is as fabulous and impressive as it was in the past. It was the capital of the contemporary world and remains true to its past.
The Incas built temples, palaces, aqueducts and roads worthy of an empire that was spread all over South America. The Spaniards under Pizarro then used the precisely cut stones as the foundations for their opulent churches and monasteries. It is a fascinating place to visit, with well-designed museums to fire the imagination including the new casa the concha, which exposes the artefacts taken away from Machu Picchu by Bingham.
In Cusco, we have a lot of attraction. Just in and above the city you can find several Inca ruins such as the cathedral, the temple of Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay. The city tour is an excellent attraction to explore the area in and around Cusco. Furthermore, it is a perfect way for you to acclimatize before doing some trekking.
We offer daily departures in the morning (pick up time between 9:00am and 9:30am; tour conclude up at 2:00pm) and in the afternoon (pick up time between 1:30pm and 2:00pm; tour conclude at 6:00pm). The guide pick you up at your hotel and we start our tour to the main attraction located in and around Cusco.
The cathedral of Cusco is one of the most notorious buildings in the city. It has a long history and many important events happened before, during, and after its construction, inside and outside this impressive building. The cathedral was originally constructed in Inca’s time as the first building in this area and was called the Suntur Wasi. But it was considered as too small in proportion to the importance of the city and therefore redesigned and extended under the reign ship of Inca Wiracocha called Kiswarcancha.
This temple was called “Inti Cancha” in Inca’s time, now days it is known as the sun temple. Here you can find perfect pieces of Inca architecture as well as perfectly carved stone buildings. This temple was very important during Inca’s time and it is located downtown Cusco near the Plaza de Armas.
This complex stands on a hill, looming over the city to the north. It is made of huge walls of limestone blocks, which surround this ancient Inca fortress. The awestruck inspiring ruin is the vastest one of any Inca sites, built with enormous stones perfectly carved and fitted with that extraordinary Inca perfection.
After Sacsayhuaman we drive for 1 km to the northeast until we reach the ruins of Qenqo, below the road to our right. Qenqo is one of the finest examples of Inca hallmarks. The great rock is carved in situ, and it is likely to be a phallic symbol or a sitting puma. Its original shape was obliterated by the conquerors and was evidently the focus of some religious cult.
This small ruin is on the right of the highway about 6 km, behind Qenqo. Puca Pucara is misnamed, because it was not a fortress it is more likely to be a Tambo, a kind of post house where travelers, goods, animals, etc. were lodged and stored.
This ruin is located 9 km away from Cusco city. The place is commonly called “Los Baños de los Incas” (the Incas bath). We know that the Incas considered water as one of the principal elements of life, and they frequently practiced devotional ablutions. This ruin includes a spring that emerges from the hillside and ends in a series of three waterfalls.
$120 per person.
Groups of 3-4 $110 per person.
Groups of 5-6 or more $100 per person.
$150 per person.
Groups of 3-4 $140 per person.
Groups of 5-6 or more $120 per person.