Cusco City Tour Full Day
Cusco City Tour
Cusco city tour–Experience life along the Cusco with Machu Picchu Travel Company luxury tour, as you explore this cosmopolitan Inca city in the Andes. Cusco is one of the undisputed highlights of South America. Stately and historic, with stone streets and building foundations laid by the Incas more than five centuries ago, the town is much more than a mere history lesson. Cusco looks and feels like the very definition of an Andean capital. It’s a fascinating blend of pre-Columbian and colonial history and contemporary mestizo culture. The Incas made Q’osqo (meaning “navel of the world” in Quechua) the political, military, and cultural center of their empire, which stretched up and down the Andes, from Ecuador through Bolivia and all the way to Chile. Cusco was the empire’s holy city, and it was also the epicenter of the legendary Inca network of roads connecting all points in the empire.
The result is a city that showcases plainly evident layers of history. Cusco’s highlights include both Inca ruins — such as Sacsayhuamán, a seemingly impregnable fortress on a hill overlooking the city, and Qoricancha, the Temple of the Sun — colonial-era Baroque and Renaissance churches and mansions — San Pedro market, a typical market from the yesteryear Republic time. Join us! and get a glimpse of the richest Inca heritage of this South American city.
Duration: Full Day
Physical Rating: 2 – Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea, river, lake kayaking.
Service Level: Upgraded
Group Size: Small group experience, Min 02 – Max 08, Avg 04.
Sacsayhuaman – Barrio de San Blas – Qoricancha (Temple Of The Sun) – San Pedro Market.
Today, you will engage in a full day tour of Cusco. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant stroll through the quaint district of San Blas, Sacsayhuaman, Qoricancha, and the San Pedro market.
In Sacsayhuaman we’ll witness the breath-taking Inca architecture, nine meters high limestone blocks were used to make massive walls, employing only the manpower, which was offered to Andean Gods as a great temple. We then visit typical, bohemian area of San Blas, you will get to see another side of the Inca capital as you wander through the cobbled streets learning about the Inca history. The streets still keep the original names in Quechua, the local artisans are still seen carving, painting beautiful little saints and virgins which are sold in Santurantikuy (saints and virgins fair), the day before the Christmas. Next, you will proceed to Coricancha the most important temple for the whole Inca Empire, this place still amazes you by the finest walls the Incas were able to make. The tour ongoings to San Pedro market, a typical market that has been still working for many years since the 1920s, where we’ll see very bizarre local things. After exploring and having enough knowledge of Cusco we’ll go back to our hotel.
Note on Itinerary
Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.
– Private Transport.
– Entrance fee to the Incan Sites.
– Tour Guide.
What’s Not Included
– Extra expenditure during the tour, such as: bottle water, soda, alcoholic drinks, extra snacks.
– Travel Insurance.
From USD 120.00 Per Person.
Prices are quoted in US Dollars and all payments must be made in US Dollars.
To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of full-paying participants on the trip.
Trip Payment Schedule.
– At the time of reservation: 30% of total balance.
– 90 days prior to departure: Balance should be paid fully, or once upon your arrival in Cusco the other 70% of final balance must be paid fully.
Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule.
– Minimum fee (Cusco city tour permit fee): $30 per person
– 61-90 days prior to departure: 30% of trip cost
– 46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
– 45 days or less: 100% of trip cost.
A professional Machu Picchu Travel Company Tour Leader with a deep knowledge of the destination and a focus on customer service makes all the difference. Our leaders are experts in Inca history, nature, birding, gastronomy, the local language, etc, with a profound connection to Peru’s fascinating traditional culture. They take care of all the details so that you can savor the experiences of the trip. And just as important, they have a remarkable gift for sharing their extensive knowledge and favorite places. Our Tour Leaders have the warmth, endless energy, and that special “it” factor that transforms a trip into an unforgettable journey.
This trip is Level 2, Easy, Light, Nothing too Challenging. Most activity is between 1,640 and 10,500 feet. The maximum elevation we reach is 13,946 feet. Trails can be rugged, not the well-maintained trails you may be accustomed to in your country. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed. Our group will walk in a group along the tour. On the tour, you will just carry your own daypack for the items that you want with you on the excursion, such as a water bottle, camera, and a jacket. Our extra gears are left in our van.
– Travel insurance (and some copies).
– Face tissue paper, toilet paper.
– Camera charger and, extra batteries.
– Sun hat.
– Backpack to carry your things.
– Rain gear
– Water bottle, Canteen or Camelback container.
– Long sleeve T-shirts.
– Hiking trousers
– American dollars and Peruvian soles in cash.
– Anti-inflammatory tablets (e.g. Ibuprofen).
– Personal first-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may take).
When to Go
Cusco city tour can be explored all year round, but in late January and February, are the rainiest months, when some Inca sites are foggy and difficult to see. The season normalizes in March and April when the rains lighten up and the mountains are still green. High season begins in May and extends through September, as these are the driest months. October through December is considered shoulder season when occasional rain is possible, but keep in mind that the highlands of Peru are a temperate desert and it is not uncommon for it not to rain for weeks at a time even in the height of the rainy season. This is also the time with the fewest hikers on the trail, more flowers in bloom, and fewer tourists at Machu Picchu as well as in Cusco. Temperatures in the Cusco-Machu Picchu region range from the high 60s in the daytime to the low 40s at night, with some variation depending on the time of year you go.