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Cusco: Half-Day Historic City Tour

4.3 / 5

10 reviews

Activity provider: MPTC GETS

Cusco: Half-Day Historic City Tour

Activity provider: MPTC GETS

From US$ 23.50 per person

Striking and mystical, Cusco's streets, squares, and valleys are seeped in history. See fortresses, sacred spaces, and ruins while learning all about the ancient Incan Empire.

About this activity

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Please confirm your hotel name and address upon booking. Please wait in the hotel reception at the designated pickup time. In the case the hotel is outside the city center, pick up will be arranged from the inka ahy statue in the main square.
Small group
Limited to 12 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the Cathedral of Cusco, Qoricancha Museum, and more
  • Visit the Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, and Tambomachay sites in the comfort of an air-conditioned coach
  • Learn about the Incan history and culture in group tours of up to 20 people
  • Relax — last-minute bookings are always available
Full description
The adventure begins at 1:00 PM with pick up from your Cusco hotel. Discover the Cathedral of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with various paintings, carvings, and sculptures, before exploring the Qoricancha Museum, originally an Inca-era temple built to worship the Sun.   An air-conditioned coach will then take the group 2 km from the city center to Sacsayhuaman, a vast complex comprised of 33 archeological sites believed to have been built for military purposes. Next, stop at Qenqo, or “labyrinth”, considered to be a sacred place in which ceremonies were performed in honor of the Sun, the Moon, and the stars.   Traveling 7 km from the city center we find Puca Pucara, a complex of halls, inner plazas, aqueducts, watchtowers, and paths believed to be a military complex and a place for food storage.  After a visit to Tambomachay and its fresh water spring, the tour concludes with a visit to a craft center, where a local guide will tell the story of ancient Incan crafts and how to identify traditional garments made from vicuña wool.  At approximately 7:30 PM, the coach will return to Santa Catalina Street, close to the main square in Cusco.
Includes
  • Pick up from hotels in the city center
  • Transportation
  • Local guide
  • Cathedral entrance ticket (25 soles)
  • Qoricancha entrance ticket (15 soles)
  • Tourist ticket (70 soles)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sun hat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

Know before you go

  • The tour will be held rain or shine
  • Entrance to the cathedral, Qoricancha Museum, and the tourist ticket are not included. They should be paid in local currency
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 10 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5

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Overall we enjoyed the tour but it did feel rushed at times. We met in the Plaza and first toured the Cathedral. Our guide did a good job of explaining the history of the area and describing the interesting details within the church. We then met with the rest of the group and traveled by small van to several ruins outside of the city. You will need to purchase a traveler's pass ($70 soles) in addition to the tour. We visited four locations and were given a brief overview of each spot before having some time to explore on our own. I wish we had a bit more time at several of the locations but the guide did do a good job of teaching us the history of each spot. We ended the tour at a textile shop where they showed us how to identify real vs fake alpaca garments. On the bus ride back, we sampled Peruvian alcohol. I would recommend this as a way to get a sampling of a lot of places in a short time frame. If you have more time, I would recommend a longer tour.

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September 17, 2022

I liked it a lot, maybe a little more time would be good, but it wasn't a problem, because I could see everything and hear all the stories.

September 2, 2022

Excellent

July 3, 2022

Product ID: 334071