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Archaeological Tours in Peru: Cusco and Inca Ruins

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Key Highlights

  • Explore the magnificent ruins of Inca temples and fortresses
  • Cusco is considered the cradle of the ancient Inca civilization
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    Approx 3½ hours

    Start time

    Start time: 1400 (02:00pm)
    Duration: Approx 3½ hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Cusco. (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Cusco

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Nestled in the Andes at a height of 3400 meters, the ancient city of Cusco is a city with some of the most stunning views in the world. Surrounded by six mountains, it is the oldest city in the western hemisphere and the cradle of the ancient Inca civilization. Its proximity to the amazing archaeological ruins of Machu Picchu makes it a hugely popular destination.

    Stone archways and cobblestone paths lead to the sacred capital of the Incas. The city is replete with the finest Incan stonework and dotted with charming Spanish style architecture, colonial arcades and red tiled roofs.

    Fascinating Inca ruins vie for attention all around Cusco. The ‘Coricancha’ or Temple of the Sun, today stripped of its gold by Spanish conquerors, was dedicated to the sun God, Inti. Legend has it that the walls of the complex were lined with 700 sheets of gold weighing up to 2 kg!

    Learn more about the intriguing Incas and Peru’s rich architectural heritage on this tour to Cusco.

    Itinerary

    This tour is available in two options: coach and private. The private option offers you greater convenience and flexibility of time.

    You will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco and taken in an air-conditioned vehicle for a sightseeing tour of Cusco and the surrounding Inca ruins. A bilingual guide will accompany you on this tour.

    The highlights of your city tour of Cusco are:

    • The Koricancha, or the Temple of the Sun, which showcases the incredible masonry of the Incas.

    From Cusco, enjoy the drive to the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman on the hill above the city of Cusco. The views from here down the Andean valley and overlooking the city are spectacular.

    You will then continue on to the underground cave and temple of Kenko, Puca-Pucara, the red fortress and then to Tambomachay, known as the “Baths of the Inca” due to its thermal springs.

    Begin the drive back down to Cusco.

    At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel in Cusco.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle (Private), or an air-conditioned luxury coach (Standard)
    • Bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
    • Entrance fees

    Exclusions

    • Meals
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.
    Exact pick-up time depends on the location of the hotel.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.