Traditional City Tour Cusco
Cusco, the capital of the ancient Inca Empire, and its surroundings enclose a great cultural richness. This tour is recommended for those who would like to know more about our culture, as you will get to see the Main Square, the Historic Centre, the Cathedral, Qoricancha or the Temple of the Sun, the Santo Domingo Convent, and the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay and many others.
Our staff will come to your hotel to pick you up at approximately 13:45 hrs to take the tourist bus that will take us to the various archaeological sites and attractions included in this tour package. These tourist attractions include:
- Qoricancha Temple and Santo Domingo Convent: This religious center was built to worship the Sun, the most revered deity during the Inca Empire. Here, the combination between the extraordinary Inca architecture and the Spanish architecture is what stands out the most. In addition, the Cusquenian School of Art´s gallery offers you the opportunity to appreciate some of their colonial art pieces.
- Cusco´s Cathedral: Located in Cusco´s Main Square, the cathedral is a colonial monument of great artistic value. It was built on top of the Wiracocha Inca Palace and houses works of carved wood such as the choir, pulpit and altars, beautiful paintings from the Cusquenian School of Art and works of embossed silver.
- Sacsayhuaman: Located 2 km from Cusco City, this fortress was built using enormous carved rocks joined with compelling precision. It is composed of three overlapping platforms with an average length of 360 m. Here, you can see stones as big as 9 m. in height. From here, you can enjoy a spectacular view of Cusco city along with the beautiful landscape formed by the surrounding mountains.
- Quenqo Archaeological Complex: Located 1 km from Sacsayhuaman, this complex was an Inca ceremonial centre considered as a cult centre. The most prominent feature of this complex is an open space called the amphitheater. Back in its day, you would have found and seen Inca deities and mummies in the 19 trapezoidal niches found here. Today, the amphitheater is half of its original height.
- Puka pukara Archaeological Complex: This complex is known as the ´´ red fortress´´ due to its reddish tints resulting from the vast amounts of iron in its rocks. It is deduced that this fortress was perhaps an old tambo that served both as a resting and guarding spot to protect Tambomachay. Here you can see attractive architecture, fountains, aqueducts and several Inca enclosures.
- Tambomachay: This complex is made up of a combination of finely carved stone, waterfalls and aqueducts coming from nearby springs and hot springs. For this reason, Tambomachay is associated with the water cult. In front of this construction, there is a tower that is said to have served as a guarding post and communication tower.