Sacsayhuaman & Cusco Ruins Tour

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1 Day
Availability : : Every Day.
Depart: Just outside Cusco
Max People : 12

About the Sacsayhuaman & Cusco Ruins Tour

This tour is the perfect introduction to Cusco. We pack in all the significant Inca and colonial sights of the historic center, plus the four amazing Cusco ruins just outside town including Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman.

Read more about these fascinating Inca ruins and their history!

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Although a traditional and therefore highly visited Cusco tour, it is an excellent orientation to the city and its surrounds. The towering rocks at Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay, and the incredible views over the city, are sure to leave you breathless! This great one-day excursion can be done on foot, on horseback or by car. Ask us at booking!



Prices are per person in USD, based on group size. We do not have fixed-date group departures. If you do not want to book a private trek, please see our Trekkers Wanted page for a list of open departures within your dates.

2 people


3 people


4-6 people


7+ people


High quality personalized experience

Unique, off-the-beaten track routes

Experienced staff

Verified sustainability practices

$20 of every trek donated to Threads of Peru

Important Details About the Sacsayhuaman & Cusco Ruins Tour

What is Included?


  • Collection from your hotel on the morning of your Tambomachay & Cusco ruins tour departure
  • Private transport to/from Cusco as described in the itinerary

Trekking Team

  • English/Quechua/Spanish speaking professional guide

Additional inclusions


  • Lunch in a typical Peruvian restaurant

What is Not Included?


  • Breakfast on the first morning.
  • Snacks and water


  • Horseback riding
  • Tips for the guide

Optional Extras & Upgrades

When calculating the cost of renting equipment, calculate using the length of the entire trip, not just the number of trekking days. Even though you won’t use the equipment on the final day it will still be ‘on the road’ and unavailable for others to use.

Please be careful with rented equipment! You are responsible for the cost of replacement if something is damaged or broken.

    • Light-weight aluminum walking stick. Two sticks are recommended for tough hikes.
    • Combine with a day trip to Machu Picchu, either at the beginning or end of your trek
    • Combine with any trek for a complete Cusco Experience!
    • Horseback riding – ask us for pricing

What to Pack

Cusco can experience every season in a single day, so you should be prepared for sun and rain, cold and hot weather! We recommend a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, sweater, rain gear or plastic poncho, winter hat or toque and gloves. In addition, you should bring:

      • A light day pack to carry your things
      • Water bottle and snacks
      • Money for snacks, souvenirs and tips

You can also see What To Bring for our comprehensive recommendations on what to pack for a trek in the Andes. For more great suggestions, check out our blog about How to Prepare for a Trek in Peru.

Available Discounts

  • 5% off a day tour listed price when you also book a 3-day or longer trek operated by Apus Peru
  • Youth 12-17: 5% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 5-11 years: 15% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking.
  • Children 0-4 years: 75% off. A valid passport must be presented upon booking. Children under 4 will not count towards the total number of guests in a group, but will be charged 25% of the per person price based on final group size. For example, a group of 4 adults and one child under 4: adults will be charged the full price per person based on a group size of 4 and the child will be charged 25% of the per person price for a group of 4. Children under 3 will not be considered to occupy a seat on any train or bus, and instead must ride on a parent’s lap. Car seats, cribs and other baby needs may not be included and must be discussed in advance. For more information about travelling with infants and toddlers, please see this blog as well as the Age Requirements section of our Booking Conditions.

Remember that scans of the student card (for students) or passports (for children) need to accompany the booking in order to be eligible for the discount.

Trekkers Wanted

Want to join a trek? Ready to confirm a departure date of your own, but interested in having others join you? Then Trekkers Wanted is for you! Our innovative Trekkers Wanted system matches people up who are interested in hiking the same trek, bringing costs down and multiplying the fun for everyone!

Read More about Trekkers Wanted, post your trek or search for confirmed departures!

Important Info

  • Each guide has their own preferred route and so the route you trek might not correspond exactly to the route described here.
  • The times cited in this Tambomachay and Cusco ruins itinerary are approximate. Walking times depend on the group, and the guide may change lunch spots depending on the progress of the group.
  • The program is subject to change, due to weather and other unexpected circumstances

Ready to Book?

  • Does this trek sound like just what you were looking for? If you’re ready to book or just want to find out a bit more information, fill out the Inquiry Form in the top right-hand corner of this page to get the ball rolling. You’ll be connected with one of our amazing sales people who will be able to turn your dream of hiking in the Andes into a reality. For more information on the entire booking process, please see our How To Book page.
  • Travel insurance is a must! World Nomads offers travel insurance for adventure activities.

Sacsayhuaman & Cusco Ruins Tour Itinerary

We will pick you up early from your hotel in our private transport for this Tambomachay tour, and take you high above the city of the Cusco! From here, we will either continue by vehicle or by horse depending on what you chose at the time of booking.

We spend the morning visiting the most famous Inca ruins just outside Cusco: Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, the Temple of the Moon and Q’enqo, ending up at the spectacular archeological site of Sacsayhuaman. Our flexible itinerary allows you to walk down from Sacsayhuaman to Cusco (an interesting walk and helpful for trekkers needing to acclimatize to the altitude) or take private transport.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we will have a walking tour of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas and the “Navel of the World”.  Our afternoon tour includes the Cathedral, Q’oricancha (the Temple of the Sun), as well as eminent weaving houses in the city where you can learn a little about this living tradition of the Incas.


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