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Tambomachay

Tambomachay

Daily 7am-6pm
Cusco, Peru

The Basics

At nearly 13,000 feet (3962 meters), Tambomachay is one of the highest Inca archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley of the Inca. Multi-tiered terraces are built into the mountainside in such a way that blends organically into the landscape. A relaxing, powerful meditative place, Tambomachay sees far fewer visitors than some of the more famous ruins.

Travelers have many options for exploring Tambomachay as part of a half-day, full-day, group or private tours that leave from Cusco. Multi-day tours combinexa0 visits to Lima, Machu Picchu, and various towns and archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley of the Inca, such as Chinchero, Moray, Pisac, and Maras. Adventurers may explore the area on mountain bikes and ATVs.

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Sacsayhuaman Inca´s Temple, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara & Q`enqo Half-Day Tour
Sacsayhuaman Inca´s Temple, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara & Q`enqo Half-Day Tour
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$59.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Sacsayhuaman was indeed a Sexy Wonan
The megalithic construction and engineering was mind blowing. All the sites visited were impressive, but Sacsayhuaman was everything I thought it would be. My tour guide was very knowledgeable too.
MARK_E, Mar 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cusco

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TOUR GUIDE NILDO WAS GREAT
Lashay_T, Apr 2022
Half-Day City Tour of Cusco Including Tambomachay
The guide, Nildo, was knowledgeable and spoke English well. He was great! There were at least 6 stops on this tour (more than I expected) so it was a lot to pack in for a half day. I loved that my group was small as well (4 total). I recommend purchasing the full tour pass that covers all the historical sites if you will visit others after this tour.
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3 Sexy Women Horseback Riding
Shirleen_S, Mar 2022
Horseback Riding Plus Tour to Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Puka Pucara and Tambomachay
We were taken to the most beautiful scenic areas on horseback. Our guide’s knowledge about the culture and history was amazing. He was easy to understand and answered all of our questions. He even gave us a great suggestion of where we could experience and see authentic food/dancing.
star-5
Excellent way to spend half a day in Cusco!
Kaisu_S, Feb 2022
Horseback Riding Plus Tour to Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Puka Pucara and Tambomachay
The guide was really knowledgeable of the architecture and culture behind the sites and answered willingly to all my questions. The horse back riding was also really amazing, such great views and eally nice horses. Everything went super smoothly. I can really warmly recommend to everyone! Note that the ticket to the archaeological sites not included.
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Gorgeous Vistas and Beautiful Horses
Mary_H, Feb 2022
Horseback Riding: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay
I have limited riding experience so I asked for a gentle horse. I got the sweetest horse and riding lessons. The riding tails were easy to negotiate and the vista's were amazing. We loved Gabrielle's explanations of the archeological sites and his gracious ways. We will ride with him again upon our return to Cusco!
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Highly recommend, had a great time
Lauren_A, Jun 2021
Horseback Riding: Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay
Guides were super knowledgeable, and I appreciated their commitment to making our experience memorable. We had a great time with the horses, and even got to do some galloping! 100% would recommend to a friend, or anyone looking to explore Cusco in a new and exciting way
star-5
Great experience
Tommy_k, Feb 2020
Sacsayhuaman Inca´s Temple, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara & Q`enqo Half-Day Tour
Very good experience! Driver picked me up on time at my hotel. The tour guide was very patient and explained besides.
star-4
Great Tour
APhillips2320, Nov 2019
Sacsayhuaman Inca´s Temple, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara & Q`enqo Half-Day Tour
Hotel pickup was prompt, and Robinson was a wonderful tour guide. He did a great job explaining the significance and history of the sites. The only thing I would change is the visit to the alpaca wool factory. I learned how to spot Alpaca wool, but did not appreciate the hard sell tactics of the folks there. It would have been great to be able to opt out of the final part of the tour.
star-5
Super tour
Elvira7619, Sep 2019
Half-Day City Tour of Cusco Including Tambomachay
Thanks for the great tour. The organising was excellent, the guide, Walter, very good! He provided enough information in a reasonable time frame. Picked up on time, no need for special effort to coordinate anything from my side
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Excellent Sacred Valley Tour
Fabstravels, Jun 2019
Private Cusco, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman Full-Day Tour
Our Guide Simon was great value, very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of his people. My husband and I had a fabulous time visiting the main Sacred Valley sights from Cusco in June. A must do tour, if you have limited time in Cusco. Thanks Simon.
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Hogler was a great guide....
Marvin_C, Nov 2021
Horseback Riding Plus Tour to Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Puka Pucara and Tambomachay
Hogler was a great guide. He is very knowledgeable about the history and archeology of the Incas. Also, the horseback riding was fun. You see some small ruins in the National Park while riding. The horses are well behaved. I would recommend this tour.
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Fun and informative!
Marilyn_D, Oct 2021
Horseback Riding Plus Tour to Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Puka Pucara and Tambomachay
The tour along with horseback ride was one of the highlights of our Peruvian adventure. Highly recommended!
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Awesome
Abel G, Aug 2019
Half-Day City Tour of Cusco Including Tambomachay
Top notch stuff. Tour guide handed out personal audio devices with an ear piece and spoke into a mic. Van had an awesome AC. Very good tour, loved it.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable shoes, as you will be walking a lot on uneven stones.
  • Because of the high altitude, be sure to stay hydrated and take it slow.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level.
  • The site is accessible as part of the Boleto Turistico, which allows entrance to 16 sites around Cusco.
  • The site is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Many tours include ground transportation, transfers, entrance fees, camping and hotel accommodations, and guides.
  • Tours operate in all weather conditions, so remember to dress appropriately. Sweaters for colder months and a rain poncho for the rainy season, generally January through April.
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How to Get There

Tambomachay is located 5 miles (8 kilometers) north of Cusco along the road to Pisac. Take a taxi from Cusco’s Plaza de Armas, and ask the driver to wait at the site for the return trip. The trip is about 20 minutes. The round trip way cost is less than $20.

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When to Get There

Tambomachay is open daily, 7:00am - 6:00pm. Off the beaten path, the site is rarely crowded. Come in June, for Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi) when Inca folk dancers perform in vibrant costumes. Easter Week (Semana Santa) is one of the best times to visit, and in December, the Santuranticuy Festival is Peru’s biggest crafts fair, with hundreds of artists displaying work in the Plaza de Armas.

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Pisac Indian Market

After Tambomachay, visit the Pisac Indian Market, one of the most popular and picturesque of the indigenous markets in the Cusco region. Travelers from all over the world make the pilgrimage to this mountain town to purchase all manner of textiles, ceramics, jewelry, ponchos, rugs, hats, gloves, Andean instruments, ceramics, alpaca and llama woven clothing, and a host of lovely souvenirs.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Tambomachay?
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What else should I know about attractions in Cusco?
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