The city tour includes the enormous Inca temple complex of Sacsayhuaman, located at the top of the hill overlooking Cusco’s main square, as well as other archaeological sites in the hills around the city. We will also visit the colonial-era cathedral and the Inca Temple of the Sun, or Koricancha. This half-day guided tour enables visitors to learn more about many of the most important attractions in Cusco.
Our tour begins with the Temple of the Sun, or Koricancha, where our expert guide will explain the history of this major Inca religious site. From here we will continue to the imposing colonial-era cathedral, the interior of which is decorated with dozens of paintings from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. From the cathedral we will leave the city by bus to visit the vast Inca temple complex of Sacsayhuaman, where some of the blocks used in the construction weigh more than one hundred tons. Our next stop is Qenqo, a limestone outcrop carved into a subterranean altar associated with worship of the Inca earth goddess, or Pachamama. Continuing our trip into the hills around Cusco, we will then visit the Inca military control point known as Pucapucara, before ending this fascinating half-day program at the picturesque water shrine of Tambomachay.