This tour is a great way to start your trip to Cusco, especially to get oriented with the history and culture of the city. On this tour you will be visiting some of the city’s prime attractions such as the iconic fortress-temple Sacsayhuaman that nestles a few miles away from the country’s largest main square – Plaza De Armas. You will then be visiting Q’enqo – a place of worship that inspite of numerous attempts the Spanish rulers could not destroy.
We will then drive you to the ancient military ruins and fort of Puka Pukara. The staircases, large walls and terraces were a part of the defence in Cusco during the Inca rule. We will then stop at another archaeological site associated with the Inca empire – Tambomachay. It is believed to have served particularly as a military outpost guarding the entrance to Cusco city. Some also believe that it was a resort town for the political elite during the Inca rule.
We will then stop at a local restaurant for lunch and then continue with our tour within the historic centre of Cusco. To begin with the tour, we will be visiting the prestigious temple of the Incas – Qoricancha. The walls and floors of this temple was once allegedly covered in sheets of solid gold. The temple was modified into a catholic church, Santo Domingo during the Spanish era.
We will then be visiting the largest flea market in the city, San Pedro Market. During the tour of this market, we will stop at a local bakery where you can taste freshly baked Chuta bread, that is typical to the region. Strolling through the cobbled stone streets, we will get to the main square of the city – Plaza De Armas. It is believed that this main square is the heart of Puma as Cusco, the city that once served as a capital during the rule of Inca was designed in a shape of a Puma. Here we will be visiting some of the iconic buildings within the historic centre for example the Cathedral of Cusco.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Hotel Transfer|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
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Backpack to carry your things.
Rain gear (especially if traveling in the wet season, from October to March).
Sunblock and sunglasses.
Water bottle or canteen.
American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
Credit or debit card.