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Tours in Cusco & Sacred Valley of the Incas - Peru Tours
Cusco Tours, Peru

Nestling in the southeastern Andes, the city of Cuzco is Peru's premier tourist attractions and one of the main destinations in the Americas. Held to be the abode of the gods by the Incas, Cuzco was the capital of the great pre-Colombian empires: the Tahuantinsuyo, from where the four parts of the Empire (called “suyos”) were managed, Chinchaysuyo (to the north), Contisuyo (to the West), the Collasuyo (to the south) and Antisuyo (to the east). Its name in Quechua, the Inca language, means "the navel of the world", as it was the hub of a network of roads that spanned much of South America, ranging from as far north as Colombia down to northern Chile and Argentina. The terrain in Cusco is steep, combining fertile inter-Andean valleys with impressive mountains that descend to the rim of the jungle where the temperature rises and the landscape is transformed through a variety of vegetation.

The city of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incan Empire, was placed on the World Cultural Heritage List by UNESCO in 1983, and is without a doubt one of the most important destinations in Peru. There are Incan buildings waiting for you to discover them among its cobble-stoned streets, ones like the Koricancha and the palace of Inca Roca as well as Andean Baroque structures from the Colonial Period like the Cathedral and the Church of the Company of Christ. In addition, you can visit the picturesque neighborhood of San Blas where the best artisans in the department have set up their workshops. This magical city also has an exciting nightlife with cafes, restaurants, and bars for all tastes. Just ten minutes away from the city, there are the massive walls of the Sacsayhuamán fortress, and a few kilometers from there, you find the archaeological sites of Qenko, Pukapukara, and Tambomachay, Incan buildings constructed completely with stone.

There are also the towns of Pisac, Maras, Chinchero, and Ollantaytambo, which are spread throughout the Sacred Valley of the Incas, one hour from Cusco. From there, it is possible to catch the train to Machu Picchu. Another way of getting to the citadel is by following one of the Inca Trails, a spectacular network of pathways that snake their way among the snow covered mountains, rivers, and overwhelming countryside. This is one of the best trekking routes in the world, since scattered throughout it, you find remarkable archaeological sites and areas rich in unique plant and animal species.

 
1
 Special Cusco City Tour
 

Visit the best tourist places of Cusco City.
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours.

We will visit San Cristobal Main Square to have a panoramic view of the city of Cusco, and the well-known San Blas neighborhood, one of the most picturesque areas in all of Cusco, it is called T’oqokachi or Salt Hole and is characterized by narrow, steep streets and beautiful Colonial houses. It is also known as the Artisans Neighborhood.

Then we will walk by Hatunrumiyoc Street, where you can see an old Inca wall that was part of the Inca Roca palace and demonstrates the admirable construction skill of the Inca in terms of polished and perfectly placed stones. The most remarkable part is the “Twelve-Angle Stone”, famous for the perfect work and assembling of its angles. We will visit as well the Temple of the Sun “El Korikancha”, a place where the sun, one of its major gods, was worshiped.

There are some stories skating that when conquerors arrived in the city, this temple was completely laminated in gold. Inside, you can admire perfectly shaped stones and the way conquerors built what is currently the Convent of Santo Domingo, on the basis of this Inca temple. We will continue our visit to Cuzco Cathedral containing different paintings of the so-called Cusqueño Art School, portraying passages of history during conquest and colony times. Finally San Pedro Market –the most important one in the area-. Drop off at your hotel.


 
2
 Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman
 

Wonderful Tour to Sacsayhuaman Archaeological Park outside of Cusco City.
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service.
Duration: Approximately 3 Hours .

We will climb the Archaeological park of Sacsayhuaman, in the higher part of Cusco.

We will visit the source of spring water Tambomachay, where that element was worshiped; the remains of Qenko, a stone made labyrinth keeping a sacrifice altar; then on to the Fortress of Sacsayhuaman, enjoying a wonderful view of the city of Cuzco and become amazed by the massive stones comprising the fortress.

Down to the city and transfer to the hotel.


 
3
 Cusco City and Surrounding archaeological sites
 

Classic Tour to the most important Cusco sites.
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 4 1/2 Hours

We will visit the imperial city; we will go into the Cathedral where you will enjoy the view of beautiful woodwork and colonial paintings containing extensive Inca iconography.

After that, we will visit the Korikancha, the Temple of the Sun (Templo del Sol) where the Convent of Santo Domingo was built; legend says this temple was completed laminated in gold that impressed the conquerors at their arrival. After that we will go up to Archaeological Park of Sacsayhuaman, the remains of Qenqo, keeping a sacrifice altar in the inside part of a huge rock; Tambomachay, sacred sources of life and health: Puca Pucará, a watchtower safeguarding the city gates and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a beautiful place that radiates peace and calmness, we will enjoy the view of huge stones reaching 4 mts high each that were used in its construction.

For those with an esoteric inclination, at the top there is still the basis of what used to be a tower, currently used for meditation.


 
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 Classic Sacred Valley of the Incas
 

Classic Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas - Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Fortess
Daily Departures in Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 9 Hours including Lunch

You will be driven through a scenic landscape to the Urubamba Valley, the "Sacred Valley of the Incas". Pisac is a native town where exchange transactions used to be carried out (exchange of one good for others). The major attraction: the market and a mass in Quechua every Sunday, with the presence of majors preceded by helpers, who played typical musical instruments called “pututos”.

Lunch will be provided in a local tourist restaurant. We will visit the fortress and temple of Ollantaytambo located at 80 Km. away from the city of Cuzco.

This temple was used as a fortress by the time of the civil war among the Incas. In this construction complex we can see the Temple of the Sun built with stones three meters high. Return to Cuzco via the traditional market town of Chinchero. Stop according to travel time.


 
5
 Awesome Sacred Valley of the Incas
 

Tour to Chinchero Market, Salt Mines of Maras, Agricultural Terraces of Moray and Ollantaytambo Fortress
Daily Departures only in Private Service
Duration: Approximately 8 Hours

The first stop will be Chinchero Village. A must see is the Colonial church where beautiful paintings of the Cusco School are kept. Every Sunday, the farmers and businessmen gather to exchange their products in a fair where they still barter.

There are important archaeological vestiges in the area. We will continue to the Salt Mines of Maras, also called Salinas de Maras, these salt-mines have been used since the Tahuantinsuyo. The people channel the salt water that bubbles to the surface from a spring called Qoripujio towards men-made wells. From the exposure to the sun, the water evaporates and the salt remains on the surface to be transported later to the market to be sold.

The view of this complex of nearly 3000 wells is spectacular. The local people happily demonstrate the ancient techniques to visitors, even allowing them to participate in them. Moray: there are slightly elliptical agricultural terraces, that the people call “muyus”. The largest structure is 45 meters / 148 feet deep, and the average height of each terrace is 2 meters / 3 feet. Many think that this place was an important agricultural experimentation center for the Incas. It has been suggested also that they have a cosmological meaning, but their function, other than agricultural, remains a mystery. Through the use of concentric terraces and because the temperature is different in each of their level, all the ecological tiers found in the confines of the Tahuantinsuyo Empire would have been reproduced in this complex.

We will visit then the fortress and temple of Ollantaytambo located at 80 Km. away from the city of Cuzco. This temple was used as a fortress by the time of the civil war among the Incas. In this construction complex we can see the Temple of the Sun built with stones three meters high.


 
6
 Pisac Archaeological Site & Pisac Market
 

Unforgettable Tour to Pisac Market and Pisac Archaeological Site
Daily Departures only in Private Service
Duration: Approximately 5 Hours

Pisac is well known for its craft market, but there are also Inca archeological remnants: an irrigation system, an astronomical observatory, a solar clock and calendar (Intiwatana), and agricultural terraces that you will be able to explore. This archaeological site is considered one of the most important in Cuzco.

Pisac, of colonial origin, hosts a Sunday fair that draws thousands of visitors and villagers from remote highland villages, clad in colorful traditional dress. Holidays feature the procession of the varayocs or town mayors, who at around 9:30 am head to church to attend the traditional Mass held in Quechua, the Inca language.

On Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays you will have the chance to share the customs and deal with vendors and artisans from all over the area who meet in the Main Square and sell their woven alpaca wool garments and ponchos, antique products, jewellery, etc. at the typical Inca market of Pisac.


 
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 Awanakancha South American Camelids Theme Park, Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Archaeological Complex
 

Tour to Awanakancha Living Museum of the Andes, Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo Fortress
Daily Departures only in Private Service
Duration: Approximately 8 Hours

23 km or 14 miles from Cusco in the district of Taray we will visit the Awanakancha South American Camelids Theme Park. Camelids such as llamas, vicuñas, and alpacas are to be seen there in their native environment. The native people in charge will also demonstrate how to make clothing from the wool fibers of the animals and you will be able to buy traditional and industrial textiles of high quality. In addition, you can see native flowers and some Inca-built agricultural terraces. Awanakancha is the Quechua name that means “The Palace of the Weaver”.

Then a trip to Urubamba, the Sacred Valley of the Incas. This tour starts with a visit to the small village of Pisac, where you will be able to barter with the vendors at the local handicrafts market.

Lunch will be provided in a local tourist restaurant. We will continue to the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. The fortress was built at the time the Spanish arrived and retains evidence of how it was constructed as well as spectacular stone work. After appreciating the magnificence of its past, you will wander through the picturesque streets of the village itself.


 
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 South of Cusco City (Tipon, Pikillacta and Andahuaylillas)
 

Tour to Tipon Archaeological Complex, Pikillacta Pre-Inca City and Temple of Andahuaylillas
Daily Departures only in Private Service
Duration: Approximately 8 Hours

You will be taken to Tipon that according to the legend is one of the royal gardens that Wiracocha ordered to be built. It is made up of twelve terraces flanked by perfectly polished stonewalls and enormous agricultural terraces, canals, and decorative waterfalls that, along with the native flowers of the area, offers the visitor a stunning vision.

We can appreciate here the progress made in hydraulics by the Incas. In the past, these waters were worshiped in the so-called Pujyus and some purification rituals are currently performed following their old ancestral beliefs. The site is composed of different sectors: Tipon itself, Intiwatana, Pukutuyuj and Pucará, Cruz Moqo, the cemetery of Pitopujio, Hatun Wayq´o, among others.

Continue to Pikillacta, a pre-Inca city which cultural height was reached between 800 A.D. and 1100 A.D. in the period corresponding to the Huari regional confederation. It constituted the doorway to the SacredCity of the Incas. It features long, straight streets and big, rectangular city blocks full of buildings. It is surrounded by walls and there are spherical buildings in the western part.

The flagstone and mud mortared walls are high and their foundations taper as they rise. Finally we will visit the Temple of Andahuaylillas which is known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Americas”; it was built in 1580 and features a simple façade contrasted by the Baroque interior with its gilded altars, walls, paintings, an impressive organ decorated with angels and cherubs and polychromatic ceilings.


 
9
 Salt Mines of Maras and Moray Agricultural Terraces
 

Tour to Salt Mines of Maras and Moray Agricultural Terraces. A must see of the Sacred Valley of the Incas
Daily Departures only in the mornings. Shared/Group or Private Service
Duration: Approximately 5 Hours and a half

We will visit to the Salt Mines of Maras, also called Salinas de Maras, these salt-mines have been used since the Tahuantinsuyo. The people channel the salt water that bubbles to the surface from a spring called Qoripujio towards men-made wells.

From the exposure to the sun, the water evaporates and the salt remains on the surface to be transported later to the market to be sold. The view of this complex of nearly 3000 wells is spectacular. The local people happily demonstrate the ancient techniques to visitors, even allowing them to participate in them. Moray: there are slightly elliptical agricultural terraces, that the people call “muyus”. The largest structure is 45 meters / 148 feet deep, and the average height of each terrace is 2 meters / 3 feet. Many think that this place was an important agricultural experimentation center for the Incas.

It has been suggested also that they have a cosmological meaning, but their function, other than agricultural, remains a mystery. Through the use of concentric terraces and because the temperature is different in each of their level, all the ecological tiers found in the confines of the Tahuantinsuyo Empire would have been reproduced in this complex.


 
10
 Andean Baroque Route – South Valley full cultural experience
 

Andean Baroque Route – South Valley full cultural experience
Daily Departures in Private Service or Wednesday/Friday Departures in Shared/Group Service
Duration: Approximately 9 hours.

Not all visitors are aware of the many places of interest close to the city of Cusco that are located to the southeast of the ancient Incan capital.

Andahuaylillas and San Juan Bautista de Huaro are two places that have historic jewels of great cultural interest as well as the Church of the Virgin of Candelaria in Canincunca, located near the lake in Urcos. The travelers will learn about important moments in the history of the south-Andean communities. In this places also you will observe mural paintings illustrating the heaven, earth, soul and hell.

Tipon that according to the legend is one of the royal gardens that Wiracocha ordered to be built and you will appreciate here the progress made in hydraulics by the Incas. Finally, for a reminder that civilizations existed in this region before the Incas, head to Pikillacta, a sophisticated urban center.


 
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 Andean Baroque Route
 

Be part of the conservation and restoration of these monuments and the social work done in these areas
Daily Departures in Private Service in the morning (minimum 6 people)
Duration: Approximately 5 hours.

The Temple of the “Compañía de Jesus” in Cusco, the Church of the Virgin of Candelaria in Canincunca, located near the lake in Urcos, Huaro and Andahuaylillas.

The exceptional qualities of these destinations give incredible value to this route. It is important to share with the visitor important moments in the history of the south-Andean communities. The history is shared through the churches´ artistic expressions, which are fine examples of the “mestizo” baroque style.

The richness of the art in the churches also shows how, through the centuries, the patrimony of this region has had a continual history and identity for the habitants of the zone, demonstrating a part of the immaterial cultural heritage.


TOURS INCLUDE:
  • Assistance
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) official guide
  • Tourist Transportation with official drivers
  • Shared/Group tours include pick up/Drop off at your Cusco Hotel
  • Private tours include pick up/drop off at your Cusco or Sacred Valley Hotel as well
  • Entrances to tourist places according to the tour
  • Duration travel times may vary due to operational reasons
  • The order of the tours may vary as well due to operational reasons and according to travel times

NOTE:

  • NO minimum is required for private tours
  • Two (2) is the minimum number of passengers required for shared/group service
  • All shared/group tours start in Cusco City but if you would like to be picked up from a Sacred Valley Hotel, we may send you a special rate in private service.
  • Additional combinations of all tours are also possible; write us to info@perurooms.travel for any special request.
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