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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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$55.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great experience
Very good experience! Driver picked me up on time at my hotel. The tour guide was very patient and explained besides.
Tommy_k, Feb 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Cusco

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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.
star-5
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!
star-5
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-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
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
Excellent
Ophelia_C, Jan 2019
Private Cusco, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman Full-Day Tour
Really enjoyed this tour and our guide Ernesto was very knowledgeable and helpful. Ernesto was on time, spoke excellent English and is very experienced as a guide.
star-5
Excellent Experience!!!
Justin M, Jan 2020
Horseback Riding Plus Tour to Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Puka Pucara and Tambomachay
My wife and I had an amazing experience in this tour with our tour guide Jenny. One major regret was not wearing sun screen even though it was cloudy all day, so please plan accordingly. The horse back riding is exciting as the horses trot from time-to-time.
star-5
A Great Half Day Trip
Wendy L, Dec 2018
Half-Day City Tour of Cusco Including Tambomachay
A great, knowledgeable guide , who took the time for English speakers. Interesting sites to see and explore.
star-5
Great Tour
Laura W, Jul 2019
Half-Day City Tour of Cusco Including Tambomachay
This was a great tour of the ruins around Cusco and the big Cathedral in the square. Our guide, Wilfredo, was very enthusiastic and informative. He was passionate when he explained the history behind the sites we saw. We met him and the rest our group (about 15 people) outside the Cathedral in the main square. Wilfredo led us around inside the Cathedral and explained so much of the history there. Then we went to Saqsaywaman where we had time to take pictures and walk around the site after Wilfredo taught us about it. Then we went to Qenqo, Tambomachay, and Puka Pukara. These three sites were smaller so we spent less time there, but I think it was all the time that we needed to see them, learn about them, and take pictures. At Qenqo we walked through a cave where the Inkas performed sacrifices which was really cool. Also, all of the sites except the Cathedral were included on the tourist ticket. So if you bought that already, you didn't have to pay to get into the sites. Just show your ticket. Overall, great day. Thank you Wilfredo!

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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Wildcard

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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