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Experience the best of the former capital of the Inca empire on our locally guided Cusco Half Day Tour. The tour serves as the best introduction to the Inca civilization.
Accompanied by a professional guide you will be visiting the prominent archaeological sites in the City of Cusco. This includes the cathedral of Cusco which dominated the main square, Plaza de Armas and the emblematic temple of the sun of ancient Inca empire which is now Santo Domingo Church.
This half day trip then continues to the four historic sites that nestle on the outskirts of Cusco – Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Tambomachay and Puca Pucara.
We have designed this itinerary exclusively to give you an insight into the Inca sites which are worth visiting before visiting Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
We offer this tour both in small groups and as a private tour.
We will be picking you up from your hotel in Cusco. Then we will begin this Cusco Half Day Tour with a visit to the iconic Cathedral of Cusco. We will be visiting the altars and impressive paintings inside the cathedral.
This cathedral was built on the remains of the ancient Inca Palace by Spanish conquerors to mark the beginning of Catholicism.
We will then visit the iconic temple of the Sun or Coricancha. This was the main temple of Incas as they worshipped Inti (Sun God). Once the patio of this ancient Inca temple was decorated with statues made entirely of Gold.
When the Spanish conquistadors abducted the then Inca emperor, Atahualpa most of the Gold were used to pay as a ransom for his release. But the Spanish rulers to the typical colonialists, killed Atahualpa on receiving their ransom.
The temple was then demolished keeping the base intact. This is where they built the Church of Santo Domingo which stands today.
We will then drive you on the outskirts of the city to Sacsayhuaman. This is a remarkable site of Incas. The Incas built this stone fortress using rocks each weighing over 100 tons overlooking the main square, Plaza de Armas.
Here you will be able to witness the advancement of Inca engineering. They did not use any mortars to join these rocks. Instead, they carved them precisely to fit like a puzzle block. Infact, they are so accurately joined that you can’t even slide a piece of paper through the joint.
It is however still a mystery on how the Incas transported these massive rocks here.
We will then visit Q’enqo. It is a beautiful site nestled amidst the woods. This served as a ceremonial site. The Incas primarily used this place to do sacrifices and for mummification of corpses.
Puca Pucara is a notable site. The Inca soldiers used to safeguard and keep away intruders from the top of this massive rock. In Quechua, Puca Pucara means red rock. It is named after the color it bears at dusk.
We will then visit Tambomachay. It was more like a spa to the political elite of the Inca empire. There are aqueducts which were built during the Spanish era. Even today these aqueducts continue to serve.
After the tour, we will be driving you back to Cusco city. We will be dropping you off near the main square of Cusco, Plaza de Armas.