ACTIVITY ITINERARY AND DESCRIPTION:
We will pick you up at your hotel lobby at 1 p.m. to begin this tour. Together, we will then head to Cusco’s Plaza de Armas where we will visit the famous Cathedral (entry fee: 25 s/ not included in the tourist ticket). After touring this sacred church we will continue on foot with our group through an ancient Inca-built street from the Plaza de Armas to the Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun (entry fee: 15 s/ not included in the tourist ticket ). In the Qoricancha, you will observe first-hand the juxtaposition between Inca culture and Catholicism. You will also learn about the differences in architecture between the Inkas and Spaniards. The Qoricancha was the main temple for the Inkas and was the center of their city, where all their highways departed from. Thus, their incredible architecture is on full display throughout the site.
Following Qoricancha, we will walk down Avenida El Sol and take a bus to the outside of the city to the majestic Inka site of Sacsayhuaman . The ride should last around 25 minutes. With your guide, you will explore this spectacular site and learn about its significance and meaning. Following the guided tour, you will also have time to explore on your own.
From Sacsayhuaman, we will return to the bus and take a short drive to Quenqo Temple. In Quechua, Qenqo means labyrinth or zig-zag and the temple is named for the crooked canal cut out of its rock. Next, we will head to Puca Pucara and admire the small circular Inka military fortress. Finally, we will end out tour with a visit to Tambomachay, the temple of water. We will drive back to Cusco and end the tour back in the main square. If this is a private tour, we will return to the hotel.
- Professional English speaking guide
- Tourist Transportation
- Tourist ticket: 70 soles for the 4 Inca sites (If you are also doing the Sacred Valley tour, it is better to purchase the 10 day tourist ticket which is 130 soles total. Gives you access to other museums and attractions in Cusco as well.)
- Cathedral: 25 soles
- Temple of the Sun: 15 soles
From US$ 20