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Cusco City Tour: Cathedral, Coricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara

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Half Day (4 hours)
Availability : Jan - Dec
Cusco City Tour
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Description of Cusco City Tour

On our Cusco City tour Cusco, you will discover the most fascinating archeological sites in all of South America. Let us welcome you to the Navel of the World on our Cuzco City Tour. Cuzco is full of history and is the undisputed archeological capital of the Americas. Cusco day trips lets you experience the continent’s oldest continuously inhabited city and the gateway to Machu Picchu, including the Sacred Valley, Rainbow Mountain and the world-famous Inca Trail. Explore the mysteries and the culture of this ancient metropolis on our Cusco half day guided tour.

During your classic Cusco day trips adventure, you’ll visit some of the most iconic locations in the Belly Button of the World. This is the most extraordinary city tour in Peru. We invite you to discover the ancient passageways, and get to know Cusco’s plazas and pre-columbian streets. On the Cusco Peru city tour, you will observe the high level of engineering achieved by the Incas. Even after the passage of centuries, their feats will leave you scratching your head. How was all this accomplished?

On the Cusco guided tour you can see why the United Nations has designated Cusco to be part of the Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Come with us and experience the incredible mixture of both incan and spanish-style. You will also have the opportunity to explore Cusco’s main streets and back alleys. The unique charm of the City Tour in Cusco will open your mind, show you how to appreciate our millenial culture, and make you a better world traveller. Our cusco day trip is a must-do when you arrive in the imperial city.

Discover the main exclusive destinations: Cusco Cathedral, the temple of the sun – the coricancha, and up above the city: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay.

Summar of our Cuzco city tour

  • Type of Tourism: cultural and historical.
  • Overnight: does not include hotel or food.
  • Duration: 5 hours (half day tour from cusco).
  • Type of Service: Small group service. Maximum 16 people per group. (Private service is available everyday).
  • Period: Daily departures all year long. April through december is the best season. January through march are rainy season months.

We recommend that all of our customers make their reservations well in advance of their arrival date. This is because in the high tourist season everything in Cusco is in very high demand.

For Cuzco City Tour we have two options: you can start in the morning at 9:00 am or in the afternoon at 13:00 pm. We recommend the morning option because it is less crowded. But the morning option costs $5.00 USD extra and requires a minimum of 2 people. These additional $5.00 USD should be paid at the bigining of your tour, and not on our website.


  • Tourist bus Mercedes Sprinter to get you around Cusco.
  • Professional local guide who speaks English for Cuzco City Tour.
  • Pick up service from your hotel in the Historic Center of Cusco or selected hotels around town.
  • First aid kit and extra oxygen.

Not Included:

  • The entrance tickets. General Cusco Tourist Ticket: S/ 130.00 Soles for any foreign tourist and S/ 70.00 Soles for any Peruvian tourist. Students ages 8 – 17 receive a 50% discount on all the entrance tickets for the City Tour. Children age 8 and under pay no fee for entry tickets.
  • Cusco Cathedral entry ticket is S/ 40.00 Soles per person.
  • Santo Domingo Temple – Coricancha is S/ 15.00 Soles per person.
  • Snacks, food, water, or other drinks.
  • Transportation from the airport to your hotel in the City of Cusco and back.
  • Additional expenses due to last minute weather problems.
  • Tips for the members of our team.

Travel Recommendations:

You should bring along with you:

  • Your Passport or DNI for Peruvians.
  • Travel insurance information.
  • If you purchased your tour ticket using an ISIC, carry your ISIC card with you at all times.
  • During the tour wear light clothes, but bring along a jacket just in case.
  • In the rainy season bring rain gear.
  • Whatever personal medication you need if you are taking prescription meds.
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a cap.
  • Camera and extra batteries as needed.
  • Extra cash in small denominations for your purchases.

Price of the city tour in cusco

  • $10.00 price in USD per person, small group tours.
  • $8.00 USD, per children under 8 years old.

Private Cusco City Tour; The more passengers there are, the lower the price is per passenger.

  • 2 travellers $65.00
  • 3 – 4 travellers $45.00
  • 5 – 6 travellers $36.00
  • +7 travellers $30.00

Price in USD, per traveller.

*** The Cusco City Tour can be booked either in the morning or in the afternoon. The morning tour is always less crowded, so we would suggest that you make you reservation for the morning.

*** During the morning version of the Cusco City Tour, the Cusco Cathedral is not visited. Only the following tourist attractions will be visited during the morning tour: The Temple of Santo Domingo, Sacsayhuamán, Qenqo, Puca Pucará and Tambomachay.

  • Students (ISIC Student Card Required): $0.00 
  • Adolescents from Ages 11 to 17: $0.00
  • Children from Ages 3 to 8: $ 2.00

Cusco city tour itinerary

Half Day:Cusco City Tour: Cathedral, Temple of Santo Domingo, Sacsayhuaman, Quenco, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay

You can take the Half Day City Tour Cusco in the morning or in the afternoon on a small group tour. First you’ll visit the imposing Plaza de Armas and the Cusco Cathedral. The Cusco Cathedral is very important because inside you will find the paintings of the Cusco School of Artists, and learn how the Spanish conquistadors imposed Christianity on the natives. Next you will visit the Incan Temple of the Sun, the Coricancha. Historians tell us that during Incan times this was the most important religious site in their empire (Tahuantinsuyo).

Then we will head out of the city and up to the immense Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. It is a mystery as to how this site was constructed. The stone blocks are as big as a truck, and they fit together perfectly. No mortar was used. Our next stop will be Qenco. Here you will walk through underground passageways, and marvel at the carved rocks. This carved limestone formation is full of subterranean passages and decorated with mythical figures. Before arriving at Tambomachay you will have a gudied tour of the fortress of Puca Pucara.

The final stop of our tour will be the beautiful fountains of Tambomachay. At Tambomachay the Incas worshipped the spirirt of water. Just across the street from Tambomachay you will encounter local Indian ladies ready to offer you great deals on handmade local crafts such as sweaters, ponchos, mantas, and hats. After the tour we will drop you off near the Plaza de Armas in Cusco. Our tours are extremely flexible allowing our visitors to create and enjoy a memorable experience.

Very Important; Your guide who is in charge of your City Tour might modify the order of the places you visit to avoid large crowds.

Map and highlights of half day city tour cuzco

Map of City Tour Cusco

Photos of the Cusco half day tour

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Gabriel Thompson

Family Traveller

We did the morning City Tour of Cuzco yesterday. That was really a lot of fun. And it was educational, too.

Our kids couldn´t get over the size of the rocks that were built into the wall at Sacsayhuaman. I thought that our guide was a great guy, and he spoke English very well. But some of the explanations that he gave us seemed very far-fetched. Like when we were at a place called Qenqo, which is above the city of Cusco. How could he have possibly known that the Incas used to pour the blood of sacrificed llamas down that channel which they somehow cut into the stone?

The places that we visited inside of Cusco were nice, but it was when we got up above town and visited four separate Incan ruins that I began to feel truly inspired. The kids could make noise, run around and get some great exercise. That left me free to really appreciate the grandeur of Cusco, of the surrounding countryside, and of the incredible structures which the Incas built and left behind. This was an amazing tour for everyone in my family.

September 3, 2019

Arthur Schilling

Group Traveller

It was a warm afternoon when we started out on our Tour. First, we went into the old Cathedral which looked, on the outside, like it could have been built during the Middle Ages, which I guess it was. There were the suffering statues of Jesus. The most famous one of these was called Taytatcha and he is in charge of protecting Cusco from earthquakes. The altar looked like it was plated in pure silver.

Then we walked a couple blocks to the Church of Santo Domingo which was constructed on top of the Qoricancha, the Incas´ Temple of the Sun. This was reportedly the central point of the whole Incan Empire. I don´t know a whole lot about masonry, but it sure looked like somebody long ago did some very beautiful stonework here.

Next we went up to the mesa that overlooks the city itself. We went in to Sacsayhuaman first. That place is a mind-blower. I would appreciate it if someone gave me a logical explanation of how that was built.

The other places above Cusco that were Incan ruins also got my mind thinking about the level of intelligence that the Incan builders must have achieved. This was a fantastic experience.

August 20, 2019

Stephen Douglas

Group Traveller

It was a very educational and enjoyable spin around town. I particularly liked the 4 Incan sites just outside of Cusco. I got to say that there really is something mysterious and magical going on with the Incas, Of course these sites were built so long ago that we might never get at the whole truth. Sometimes I think that if the Incas were listening to some of the stories that these guides tell, they would just laugh themselves silly.

February 22, 2019

John McDonald

Couple Traveller

Wow! This tour really is a mind-blower. I liked the Inca parts of the program more than the Spanish parts. Very educational. I learned a lot.

July 5, 2018