This tour is the perfect introduction to Cusco, packing in all the significant Inca and colonial sights of the historic center, plus the four amazing ruins just outside town. 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 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.
Read more about these fascinating ruins and their history!
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:
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.
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.
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We will pick you up early from your hotel in our private transport 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 ruins just outside Cusco, Tambo Machay, Puca Pucara, the Temple of the Moon and Q’enqo, ending up at the spectacular fortress ruins 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 (theTemple 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.