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Tours to Cusco

Cusco

Travel to Cusco

Travel to Cusco. Live the Inca Empire’s legend.

Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire, sits at 3,300 meters (10,826 feet), and is still the heart of Inca culture. Even in modern-day Cusco, one still sees buildings, plazas, and streets from both Inca and colonial times. And the atmosphere in Cusco is magical; you will undoubtedly be captivated by the charm of Plaza de Armas, chic bars and restaurants, and joyful and excited people who have traveled from across the globe … to Cusco … to live the legend of the Inca Empire! No wonder Cusco has been a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1983!

This particular tour – to both Cusco and Machu Picchu – was created for those travellers who want a deeper understanding of the intriguing Inca Empire and its culture. We begin our tour with a visit to world-famous Cusco, and nearby locations. Included are visits to both Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu – two outstanding sites, but we don’t need to tell you that! – as well as other gems in the Sacred Valley: the Pisaq and Ollantaytambo fortresses, the mesmerizing Inca agronomical “laboratory” (or experimental station) in Moray, and the Salinas in Maras. The Imperial Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour will easily quench the thirst of those in search of a deeper understanding of Inca culture and those who want to experience the lost Inca world first-hand!

DAY 1. Cusco City Tour and Inca sites

The Imperial Cusco and Machu Picchu Tour begins with a walk downtown to visit the famous “Stone of twelve angles,” or “Hatun Cancha Rumi”– in the Quechua language. The street is an example of the Cusco´s architectural mix of Colonial and Inca stiles. Accompanied by a guide, you then head towards the Koricancha temple, “Temple of the Sun”. Koricancha was one of the main temples during the Inca period. On 24 June the Inti Raymi begins here.

In the afternoon, you visit the surroundings of Cusco where some of the most important Inca vestiges are located. First, you visit Kenko, a Inca holy place thought to be the spot where ceremonial sacrifices where practiced. Then, it’s the time to enter Sacsayhuaman – the most important Inca site in Cusco. Its enormous stones, some of which more than 9 meters high (30 feet) are impressive and it is yet to be discovered how they were carried here. The Sacsayhuaman esplanade is where the Inti Raymi is performed. Next, you learn about Puca Pucara, a military ruin, and Tambomachay known as El Baño del Inca, “The Bath of the Inca”.

Late afternoon, return to Cusco City centre where you will spend the night.

Many of our tours include a trip to Cusco. The Peru Classic Tour, though, allows travelers to visit majestic Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Lake Titicaca (the highest navigable lake in the world), as well as the world-famous Nazca Lines. Included in the Peru Classic Tour are visits to the lovely Ballestas Islands, the remarkable Huacachina Oasis, as well as a stop at one of the deepest canyons in the world: the Colca Canyon! Traditional Andean communities, steeped in history, and modern-day life in Peru (in Lima), will surprise you and delight you – we promise!

DAY 12. Cusco City Tour and Inca sites

Your Cusco tour begins in the afternoon. During your free time in the morning, we suggest you visit the bohemian San Blas area, the Inca “Hatun Cancha Rumi” to admire the famous “Twelve Angles Stone” and the Main Plaza de Armas. Your guided tour of Cusco begins in the afternoon with the visit of the holy Inca Temple: the Koricancha, a building featuring Colonial architecture on top of an Inca structure. Later discover the surroundings of Cusco, where some of the most important Inca ruins are located.

  • First stop is Sacsayhuaman, the most important and impressive Inca site outside Cusco. Sacsayhuaman is the place from where the Inca secured the city. The Inti Raymi is still celebrated hear every year on 24 June.
  • Later, you visit Puca Pucara, a military ruin that used to be part of the defence system for of the Imperial City of Cusco.
  • The Cusco tour continues with an excursion to Tambomachay. This Inca site was known as the El Baño del Inca and is thought to have been used as a resort by the Inca elite.
  • Today’s tour of Cusco ends with a visit to Kenko. This was a ceremonial centre, where the Incas practiced sacrifices to their gods and is thought to have been a holy place.
You then return to Cusco. Overnight stay in Cusco.

The Amazing Peru Tour is just that – amazing. The tour illuminates both the wonder and the beauty of this fascinating country called Peru.

We begin with a visit to a remarkable and lovely museum in Lima that houses ancient treasures from across Peru: the Museo Larco Herrera. Up next: the mystifying and artful Nazca Lines and the elegant colonial city known as “the white city”: Arequipa, in southern Peru. Numerous Inca sites in Peru are must-sees, and our tour includes them: Saqsayhuaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Huayna Picchu, and the ever-beautiful and captivating Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Your visit to Machu Picchu will be, indeed, a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable experience!

DAY 14. Imperial City of Cusco

After travelling through the Andes, today you are free to enjoy Cusco. We suggest you may want to visit: Cusco Historic Centre, Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museo de Arte Religioso (included in the Boleto Turistico we will provide). We also advise you to pay a visit to the San Pedro market and the Hatun Cancha Rumi Street where you will find the “Stone of twelve angles”, one of the best example of Inca stonework.

Overnight stay in Cusco.

DAY 15. City Tour of Cusco

The Custo City tour is private. In the morning we start off with the great palace of the Inca “Hatun Cancha Rumi”— in the Quechua language. Our first visit is through the Koricancha. The Temple of the Sun is used every year as the starting point of the celebration of the Inti Raymi on 24 June.

After lunch it is time to learn about the Inca ruins around Cusco. First stop is Saqsayhuaman, one of the greatest examples of Inca architecture. Saqsayhuaman was used as a strategic point to supervise the defence of Cusco. Next, you move on to Puca Pucara, an important military ruin called the Red Fortress. Later, you visit Tambomachay known as the El Baño del Inca, “The Bath of the Inca”. This ruin is believed to have been used as a resort by the Incan elite. The Cusco tour finishes in Kenko a holy place where the Incas practiced sacrifices to their gods.

Your Cusco visit ends here. Overnight stay in Cusco.

Peru Express, as our tour is known, rolls Andean customs and the mysteries of Inca culture into one tour. Home to three “local” volcanoes, the refined colonial city of Arequipa (in southern Peru) will embrace you and provide you with a first glimpse into Peruvian customs! Nearby Colca Canyon and Lake Titicaca are just two of the tour’s highlights. We visit the age-old and mystical city of Cusco, as well as the Sacred Valley of the Incas. The Peru Express tour ends, only naturally, with a visit to Machu Picchu. In such a remote corner of the world, it’s easy to re-live the legend of the Inca Empire and to experience, first-hand, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World!

DAY 8. Cusco City Tour and Inca sites

Enjoy your free morning to visit Cusco sites where we will not take you: San Blas, the “Stone of twelve angles,” the San Pedro Market, the Cathedral, the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Your afternoon tour of Cusco begins with the visit to Koricancha, the Inca temple. Its structure stood up to earthquakes and even the Spanish who built the Convent of Santo Domingo on top of it. Here every year on 24 June the festivity of the Inti Raymi begins.

Your Cusco tour continues with a visit to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. This site is impressive and to this day it is not known how stones over 9 meters in heights (30 feet) and weighing over 350 tons were carried here. Sacsayhuaman was an important military and administrative centre. This was also the theatre of one of the most important battles between the Spanish and the Incas. Then, you move on to Puca Pucara to learn how this fortress ruin played a key role in the defense of Cusco.

Next atopi is Tambomachay, an Inca site known as El Baño del Inca. Tambomachay is believed to have been used as a resort by the Incan elite. The Cusco tour finishes in the holy place of Kenko.

Return in Cusco. Overnight stay in Cusco.

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