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Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman

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Cusco, Peru

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Marvel at the architectural and archeological majesty of Cusco on a half-day tour of the city’s most significant sites. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit fascinating ruins of Qenqo; the sacred temples of Puca Pucara, and the ecclesiastical structure of the Cusco Cathedral. Admire exquisite architecture and gain insight into Peru’s alluring history on this enriching excursion.
  • Half-day tour of Cusco’s archeological sites
  • Visit Sacsayhuaman and be awed by its still-standing ruins and amazing view over Cusco
  • See the sites of Qenqo, Puca Pucara, and Tambomachay
  • Admire the Temple of the Sun, an important Inca religious site dedicated to their sun god
  • Tour the Cathedral of Santo Domingo on Cusco’s Plaza de Armas
  • Learn about the history of all the sites from your guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Hotel pickup & drop-off.Note: Some hotels are in areas where the access by vehicle is not permitted.
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Ticket entry to Sacsayhuaman

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
This activity includes roundtrip transfer from your hotel, apartment or home. Some locations are in areas where the access by vehicle is not permitted. Send your details in order to arrange your pickup and drop-off in a nearby place.

Departure Time

1:00 PM
After hotel pickup, relax on a scenic drive to the ancient site of Sacsayhuaman, an archeological park perched on the top of a hill. Admire spectacular city views before exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site with your guide; see colossal stones crammed together to create a fortress-like structure. Decipher depictions of condors, pumas, and snakes upon the façade of the temple, enriching your knowledge of the Incan empire. 

Return to your coach and continue on to Qenqo, home to an enormous sacrificial altar and sacred temple. See, too, Puca Pucara to discover the atmospheric military ruins of the site then set out to explore Tambomachay, where a series of aqueducts, moats and stolid stonewalls provided impenetrable defense from Incan attackers. Gaze upwards at the impressive Temple of the Sun, an ancient pyramid upon which resides the Convent of Santo Domingo.  
Head back to the center of the city to continue your cultural exploration; stroll around the ambient and attractive Plaza de Armas before entering the sacred and spectacular Cusco Cathedral. Admire prismatic stained glass windows, classic colonial art and the Gothic grandeur of the architecture; the cathedral is home to Cusco’s oldest surviving painting, Pintura Senor de los Temblores, among other significant works. 

Return to your Cusco hotel in the coach when the tour concludes.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sacsayhuaman
Your Cusco archeology tour starts with pickup at your hotel in a comfortable coach. With your guide, head to Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill on the northern outskirts of Cusco. In addition to a wonderful view over Cusco, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sacsayhuaman boasts massive stones – measuring up to 13 feet (4 meters) tall – placed tightly together, creating a fortress-like structure. As you walk around with your guide, learn about the site's history and defensive purpose. Marvel at the way the Incans built the site so soundly, and admire the different shapes and sizes of the stones, some of which have designs of the condor, puma and snake, symbols of the three Incan worlds. Hop back on your coach and head to Qenqo (or Kenko), where you’ll see the ancient temple of Puma and its sacrificial altar, and then continue to Puca Pucara, a site of military ruins that was once used for defense of the Inca Empire. Next visit the archaeological site of Tambomachay, where a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls may have been a spa resort of wealthy Incans, followed by a stop at the Temple of the Sun (Korikancha), one of the Inca’s most important temples, on top of which sits the Convent of Santo Domingo.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Centro Historico De Cusco
When your tour of Cusco’s surrounding sites is over, head back to the city, where you’ll visit its main square – the beautiful Plaza de Armas. Here you’ll see two striking churches – Cusco Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral of Santo Domingo) and the Iglesia de La Compañía de Jesus (the Church of the Society of Jesus). Tour Cusco Cathedral with your guide, learning about its rich history and admiring its exquisite late-Gothic and Baroque architecture. See some of its renowned art, including Pintura Senor de los Temblores, the oldest surviving painting in Cusco. You’ll then be returned to your Cusco hotel.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: You are not allowed to enter religious sites wearing shorts, and taking photos is forbidden in the cathedral
  • On Sunday mornings, Koricancha is not open, so you will only see the outside
  • Important: The entrance ticket to Sacsayhuaman is not included, you need to buy it by your own
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman.

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  • "Work out on the step machine before coming to Peru as it seems everything is up hill, and do not forget a light rain coat as it rains sporadically but not for long at least in spring." See review
  • "The rain wasn't much of a help but they try to accommodate you in every way possible." See review

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Half day Cusco
Valerie_K
, Mar 2020
I felt the description was not really accurate. It says city tour and Saqsaywaman. The city tour was really a tour of a large Catholic Church and a smaller church built on Incan foundations. We then got on the bus and drove to four Incan sites above the city. We were also looking for more science based information on why the Incan walls were earthquake proof and how did they know to do this. The answers we got were less than satisfactory. Overall this tour was good, but not quite what we expected or were really looking for.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Valerie_K, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us, we highly regret to learn that this tour didn’t match some of your expectations. For this reason we'll look into the situation in depth so we can make moving forwards improvements in our service. If there is more information or details to add, we would highly appreciate them; please feel free to reach us out to calidad@vipac.pe Once again, thank you for bringing this one to our attention, these actions are critical to provide the best experience and service. We will be looking forward your kind response. Kind regards, Quality Department Viajes Pacífico
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Half day tour
Justine S
, Nov 2019
Was very informative and interesting Julio really knows his stuff, would recommend this to anyone visiting Cusco.
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Wonderful experience exploring Cusco+Sacsayhuaman
jh95030
, Aug 2019
Our wonderful guide was friendly and knowledgeable and very accommodating as we learned stories of the the local buildings, people, life, food, history. We loved it and would recommend and come back!
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Remarkable guide
haddonw
, Jul 2019
We have been on several Viator tours in different parts of the world and have been impressed by the quality and expertise of their guides. The tour with Niko was a revelation, rich with history, humour and a clear passion for the Inca culture. It was no surprise to find out that he was previously a professor of history. He so fired up our interest and imagination that it was almost as if we were living the history of the Inca civilisation and the centuries that preceded and followed it. It was a profoundly rewarding afternoon and we left feeling immensely grateful to have had the privilege of his wisdom and knowledge.
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It's a good tour. The rain wasn't...
Rushabh J
, Apr 2018
It's a good tour. The rain wasn't much of a help but they try to accommodate you in every way possible. Thumbs up!
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This was an excellent tour, a bit...
Mary Lou M
, Mar 2018
This was an excellent tour, a bit long, but our guide Clara was clear spoke, informative, knowledgeable.
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The tour guide was fantastic and we...
Ben H
, Feb 2018
The tour guide was fantastic and we had a wonderful time on this tour. The only thing I'd change is that we stopped at a clothing store at the end where we learned the difference between real llama wool and the fake kind. This added feature was nice, except we spent way too much time at the store at the end for shopping.
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This excursion was a jam packed tour...
Apollo
, Dec 2017
This excursion was a jam packed tour de force of Cusco's local archaeological sites as well as the Cathedral of Santo Domingo. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about his city and its people.
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Although you can get yourself to...
Valerie d
, Nov 2017
Although you can get yourself to Sacsayhuaman by taxi, having a knowledgeable guide makes it so much better. Our guide from Viajes Pacifico was so good I thought he was a history professsor. The tour company was very professional. They emailed and called in advance to be sure were were ready on time. The coach was cleana and cofortable. We had purchased the local tourist ticket that included two if the sites on this tour, so the guide helped us sell the extra tickets, as the tour also included entry. This tour also went to the Cathedral, Temple of the sun aka Coricancha and the water fountain. All were really amazing. Work out on the step machine before coming to Peru as it seems everything is up hill, and do not forget a light rain coat as it rains sporadically but not for long at least in spring. Happy travels.
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Nice tour with a visit to most sites...
William S
, Oct 2017
Nice tour with a visit to most sites we wanted to see in city and the guide was well informed. Biggest concern was that on a 4 hour tour, they allocated over an hour to the alpaca weaving experience. All that time wasted at a shopping excursion when we could have spent more time at the real cultural sites.

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