The Cusco City Tour plus Ruins is a must-do. The city itself has some incredible history and the ruins near the city are must-sees!
Cusco City Tour plus Ruins Description:
Enjoy a fully-guided tour of Cusco to experience the beauty of the capital of the Incan Empire up close and learn about the history and heritage of the Inca people at nearby archaeological sites.
Your guide will share the history of the Temple of the Sun ‘El Koricancha’, one of the finest examples of colonial architecture built on an Inca temple.
Admire the neighboring Convent of Santo Domingo, one of the most noteworthy Spanish colonial buildings of Cusco.
Continue to the ancient fortress and temple of Sacsayhuaman park. Shaped like a puma’s head it’s an excellent example of Andean architecture.
The name Sacsaywaman or Sacsayhuamán is derived from two Quechua words: “Sacsay,” which means satiate and “wamán,” which means hawk, together they mean “eat your fill, hawk.”
This puzzling meaning is a reference to the fact that the birds were divine protectors of the Incas and the military battalions. t is believed that around 20,000 men worked to cut and transport gigantic stones from Huaqoto and Rumiqolqa and build this ceremonial Inca fortress.
Sacsayhuamán is an architectural work with megalithic walls made of stones than can weigh from 99 to 138 tons. The stones are different sizes and some have more than one hundred angles, each fitted and joined to the other with no mortar of any kind.
Explore the remains of the stone labyrinth of Qenqo and see the tower of Puca Pucara. Finally, visit the Water Temple of Tambomachay to discover the source of spring water, before heading back to the city.
- Puka Pukar
- Entrance fees
- Local guide
- Hotel pickup from downtown hotels
- Gratuities (Optional)
- Food and Beverages
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers