Enjoy the magic and beauty of the Inca constructions in the imperial city, walk the streets, historical places and squares in a Cusco city tour. You can walk along each street or point that pleases you the most, get to know with your friends or family the oldest inhabited city in the Americas.
The historical importance of the city of Cusco makes that every year thousands of visitors from all over the world have the opportunity to visit it, to know the main tourist centers that are inside and outside the city (historical center of Cusco). Cusco is an absolutely impressive city, with a living culture that in spite of the years still maintains the customs and experiences that were inherited by the oldest generations.
The city tour for the cultural capital of Peru, is an almost obligatory excursion for all the visitors who want to know more about the customs and Inca traditions, in addition it helps in the acclimatization to the great altitude (3399 MASL – 11151 FASL) to later realize longer and complex tours as the Inca trail, the route Salkantay or the adventure to Choquequirao.
Cusco has a great cultural richness, and during the city tour you can visit the Main Square, the Historical Center, the Main Cathedral, the Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), the Convent of Santo Domingo, and the archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Tambomachay, Qenqo and Puca Pucara.
Places to visit City tour Cusco.
Almost always the guides or personnel of tourist agencies that you hire will pick you up from your hotel, but there are also occasions where the same visitor will have to meet in the central square of Cusco to start the city tour.
The city tour Cusco in addition to presenting the best archaeological sites located around the city, is used as a tour of preparation and acclimatization of travelers before making more complicated tours and adventures.
The tours through the archeological centers such as Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay are made in a bus specially remodeled for this type of tours. To take the tourist bus, which will take us to the different archaeological sites and attractions, you must take into account the established schedules.
Description of places to visit during the city tour Cusco.
The temple of the sun, the great engineering used in the construction of this place represents the quality of Inca engineering. According to registered writings, the walls of Qoricancha were covered with gold and on their terraces there were sheets of animals in gold and silver made in natural size. Today, despite the passing of the years, only the Inca construction remains, no longer with the beauty that adorned its walls, but the quality of its construction astonishes everyone.
The archaeological park of Sacsayhuaman, located only 15 minutes outside the city of Cusco, is perhaps the most interesting point of the city tour. Here you can see the great constructions and quality of Inca engineering. There are monoliths of many tons joined with an astonishing precision, in addition there is the square where every year the celebration of the sun (inti Raymi) is celebrated.
A curious fact to bear in mind is that the city of Cusco had the shape of a Puma and the exact Head was Sacsayhuaman.
The Temple of the Pachamama or Mother Earth, was a ceremonial temple and rites to mother earth, you can see an amphitheater where they made sacrifices of llamas offered to the pacha mama.
The altar in Qenqo is carved in a single piece of living rock, in addition there are spectacular carvings in rocks everywhere.
Puca pucara was designed as a surveillance center at the entrance of the imperial city, unlike Qenqo has a more modern design and higher quality, its circular shape suggests that this is an ancient tambo in addition to being a military point.
Puca Pucara presents us with a beautiful view towards the southern valley of Cusco, located between Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay. It was an important control point for the entrance and exit of the imperial city of Cusco.
Royal Inca Baths, located only 7 km from the city of Cusco, is a ceremonial place of water worship. They present impressive water management canals, demonstrating that Inca engineering was also developed in the management of hydraulics. It is also believed that Tambomachay was a resting place for the Inca.