Guided tour

Cusco: Half-Day City Tour

4.1 / 5

13 reviews

Cusco: Half-Day City Tour

From US$ 15 per person

Striking and natural, Cusco's history lives in its streets, squares, valleys and towns. See ancient temples, sacred spaces and ruins in the city of Cusco — the birthplace of the world.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Your hotel in the historic center of Cusco. If your hotel is not accessible by vehicle, or if you are staying in private accommodation, you’ll be provided with the nearest meeting point.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • See stunning destinations and examples of fine engineering by Inca stonemasons
  • Start your tour with a visit to the Basilica Cathedral, built in 1560
  • Visit many ancient temples and sites where civilization began
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Tourist transportation
  • Professional, bilingual guided tour (Spanish / English)
  • Entrance fee to the cathedral (25 soles)
  • Entrance fee to Coricancha (15 soles)
  • Tourist ticket for archaeological sites outside the city (70 soles)
  • Tips (optional)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

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 must bring your own headphones
  • 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

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
  • Passport
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • During the morning tours only the following 4 archaeological sites are visited: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay. Visits to the cathedral and Coricancha are not included.
  • It is recommended that you wear long pants, bring a sun hat and water
  • Bring a waterproof jacket or raincoat
  • Wear sunscreen with 30 sun protection factor or more
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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October 3, 2021

The guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. However, we didn’t get to visit the last place on the itinerary because we were behind schedule.

September 18, 2021

José is an excellent guide for English speakers. Buy tickets to archeological sights in advance. it's easier than buying them on site.

January 28, 2020

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