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Cusco: Open-Top Bus City Tour

1. Cusco: Open-Top Bus City Tour

Discover the best of Cusco on a 2.5-hour guided tour in the comfort of an open-top bus and in the company of a professional guide. After boarding the bus, your first stop will be at the San Cristobal Temple and Colcampata Inca wall, where you can admire panoramic views of the main square, Plaza De Armas. Next, enjoy a panoramic overview of the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo and Puca Pucara.  Later, stop at the white statue of Christ which towers over the city. From here, admire breathtaking views of Cusco and the surrounding area before begging the drive back to the city center.

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Cusco Tourist Ticket and Sacred Valley Site Pass

2. Cusco Tourist Ticket and Sacred Valley Site Pass

The Cusco Tourist Ticket is a must-have when you visit Cusco and Cusco Region in Sacred Valley. Choose between different circuits for either 1, 2 or 10 days admission to the most important tourist attractions, divided between: Circuit I, 1-Day Pass: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. Ticket valid for usage for 1 day in which you can visit all 4 attractions. Circuit II, 2-Day Pass: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacred Valley: Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Moray. Ticket valid for usage for 2 days in which you can visit all 4 attractions mentioned. Circuit III, 10-Day Pass: Entrance to the 16 most important archaeological sites and museums of Cusco. With this ticket, enjoy entrance to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, Tipon, Piquillacta, Pachacutec Inca Monument, Qosqo Native Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Qorikancha Site Museum, Regional Historical Museum, and Popular Art Museum. Ticket valid for usage for 10 days in which you can visit all attractions mentioned.

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Cusco: 6-Hour City Highlights Tour

3. Cusco: 6-Hour City Highlights Tour

Discover the fascinating historical town of Cusco on this 6-hour tour of the city and its surrounding areas. Take in the unique architecture of the city, a blend of Inca and Spanish influences.  After pickup from your accommodation, start your tour at the Temple of the Sun, also known as Qoricancha, the most renowned temple of the Inca Empire. You will then be driven outside the city to visit important Inca sites, including the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Pucapucara and the Baths of Tambomachay. Your guide will tell you the exciting history of these ancient sites as you learn the stories behind the ruins. The tour will finish at around 7:00 PM, with drop-off at the Plaza Regocijo in the center of Cusco. 

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Cusco: Half-Day City Tour

4. Cusco: Half-Day City Tour

Start your tour with pickup from your Cusco hotel. On this half-day trip you’ll stop at Qenqo Temple, a natural rock formation that became a ceremonial center. See Puca Pucara, a site of military ruins, and the remains of guard posts, staircases, streets, houses and courtyards. Carry on to Sacsayhuaman, which chroniclers believe was a solar shrine built by the last dynasties of the Incas. This temple was built with large blocks of limestone to protect the city from the attacks of invaders from the East or Antis. Finally, visit Tambomachay, located 9 kilometers outside of the city, known as the baths of the Incas because of the shape of its water source. This site could also have been a temple dedicated to the cult of water and purification. With afternoon departures, you’ll also have the chance to visit the UNESCO-listed Basilica Cathedral and the temple of Coricancha. The temple’s perfect architecture and stone construction reflect the fact that it was the most important temple of the Inca empire.

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Cusco: Half-Day Historic City Tour

5. Cusco: Half-Day Historic City Tour

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.

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Cusco: 1, 2, or 10-Day Tourist Ticket with Hotel Delivery

6. Cusco: 1, 2, or 10-Day Tourist Ticket with Hotel Delivery

Take advantage of savings and enjoy the convenience of the Cusco Tourist Ticket which includes entrances to Cusco’s and Sacred Valley’s most important tourist sites. Benefit from hotel delivery service to your hotel or Airbnb located in the Cusco Historic Center or Wanchaq. Choose from a 1, 2, or 10-day Tourist Ticket:  10-Day Tourist Ticket - Cusco City and Sacred Valley: Entrance to the 16 most important archaeological sites and museums of Cusco. With this ticket, enjoy entrance to the Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray, Tipon, Piquillacta, Pachacutec Inca Monument, Qosqo Native Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Qorikancha Site Museum, Regional Historical Museum, and Popular Art Museum. Ticket valid for usage for 10 consecutive days in which you can visit all attractions mentioned. 2-Day Tourist Ticket - Sacred Valley: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacred Valley: Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, and Moray. Ticket valid for usage for 2 consecutive days in which you can visit all 4 attractions mentioned. 1-Day Tourist Ticket - Cusco City: Ticket includes entrance in the following archeological sites inside Sacsayhuaman Archeological Park: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, and Puca Pucara. Ticket valid for usage for 1 day in which you can visit all 4 attractions.

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Cusco: Open-Tour Bus City Tour

7. Cusco: Open-Tour Bus City Tour

Discover the main sights and learn about the history of the city of Cusco. First, stop at the San Cristobal Temple, which is a small church built on a hill overlooking the main square. Next, make your way to Colcampata, which is located beside the temple. Learn about this sacred site which was built by Incan leader Pachacutec. Travel outside the city to drive by the sites of Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, and Puca Pucara. Get a panoramic view from the upper deck of the bus. On the way back to Cusco, stop at a shamanic center. Witness a traditional Incan ceremony that pays tribute to Pachamama, (Incan mother earth), the mountains, and the natural world. Stop at an Alpaca wool weaving center where one of the workers will explain the differences between various types of wool. Learn how to recognize authentic alpaca wool when shopping for gifts. Before winding up the tour, visit the large white statue of Christ that is perched up the hill overlooking the city of Cusco. From here, enjoy fantastic views of the entire city. Then proceed back to the bus station in Cusco.

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Cusco: Half-Day Group City Tour

8. Cusco: Half-Day Group City Tour

Your city tour of Cusco begins from the Qoricancha, also known as the Temple of the Sun. The temple was built by orders of the Inca Pachacutec (1438–1572), and following the arrival of the Spaniards, it became the base of the convent of Santo Domingo. You then travel to Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic places of the Inca Empire. It is a structure made of huge carved stones, approximately 9 meters high and weighing at least 100 tons. These stones are arranged in an organized way and in a perfect position to form three platforms measuring 390 meters long. Continuing onward, visit the archaeological park of Q’enqo, a center of cults and ceremonies dedicated to Mother Earth. History states that this was an amphitheater of cults where the Inca dead were placed for ceremonies, being laid on the trapezoid structures found there. Your next stop is Puca Pucara - also known as “Red Fort”. In addition to the fortress, other archaeological structures such as aqueducts, enclosures, and fountains can be seen at this site. Finally, your last place visited will be Tambomachay, just 100 meters from Puca Pucara. It is made from carved rocks, which form a beautiful set of canals and waterfalls which flow from nearby springs.

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Cusco: Private City Tour and Trip to Archeological Sites

9. Cusco: Private City Tour and Trip to Archeological Sites

Enjoy a guided tour of this charming city and explore archeological sites. Learn the incredible history of the empire as you go with a professional local guide. Start your adventure with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Coricancha temple. See the foundations of this ancient temple, once used to worship the sun. Continue to the Cathedral, the most imposing monument of the Main Square. Hear the history and anecdotes of the city from your guide as you walk. Enjoy a scenic ride to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Here, take in the stunning panoramic views of Cusco and explore the ruins of the temple and amphitheater of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practiced agricultural rituals. Finally, arrive at Puka Pukara or "Red Fortress," an Inca military complex. Here, admire the impressive aqueducts, walls, and towers.

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Cusco, Peru: Guided Afternoon City Tour

10. Cusco, Peru: Guided Afternoon City Tour

Enjoy Cusco with ease on this guided driving tour. Get picked up from your hotel and explore the historic city center. Discover and learn about the ancient ruins of Qenco, Sacsayhuaman, and Puca Pucara, and marvel at the hotsprings, waterfalls, and canals of Tambo Machay. Visit the most important temple in the Incan Empire, Qoricancha and learn the rich history of the grandiose Cusco Cathedral. Explore the city's main square, Plaza de Armas, before driving to the fascinating relics of the Incan Empire. Comprehend the meticiously built ruins of Qenco, the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, and the military ruin of Puca Pucara. Observe the intricately designed Incan-made waterfalls, canals, and hot springs that have stood for centuries. Hunt and find a unique treasure as you stroll through Sacsayhuaman's artisanal market before being driven back to the Plaza San Francisco full of cultural knowledge and experience.

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What people are saying about Puca Pucara

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 64 reviews

Great tour through the city and surrounding Inca sites. As you are visiting 6 sights in 6 hours the schedule is tight and it's important to follow the instructions of the guide. All in all a wonderful day full of new experiences and info about Cusco!

It’s value for the money. The hotel picked up was on time. We had two transferred to get the Bus stop to start the tour. The guide was super. His English is perfect and knowledge about the places is great. Thoroughly recommended this tour.

the tour is very good, does not require physical effort and allows us to have a good idea of the places around the city. the Inca-style ritual was especially special for me. Today is my birthday, I felt like I was getting a gift

The tour was great. We were able to see all the archaeology sites around Cusco in a single day with a very knowledgeable guide. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

Had a great time on this tour! The guide was very knowledgeable and professional.