On this half-day archaeological tour of Cusco, discover the Inca Empire’s capital city up-close. Visit a military fortress, ceremonial sites, and even a spa for the political elite! With your expert local guide, encounter the power, sophistication, and brilliance of the mighty Inca!
On this half-day Cusco archaeological tour, set out to explore the area’s outstanding Inca heritage and discover the highly advanced technological, architectural, and cultural capacities of this massive empire. Visit four separate archaeological sites that each demonstrate a different facet of Inca society — public baths and fountains, a major military fortress, a public amphitheater, and a colossal palace.
Your Cusco archaeological tour will be enhanced by a passionate local guide and expert in Inca history. Your guide will explain the significance of each location and teach you all about this great empire and its capital right in Cusco.
Duration: Half-day (morning or afternoon)
Start/End Location: Hotel pick-up/drop-off in Cusco
Booking Requirements: Minimum of 2 people to book
Tambo Machay: Temple of Water
Tambo Machay is an outstanding site consisting of complex water fountains, aqueducts, and baths. Archaeologists aren’t certain as to the purpose of the site, but it may have been used as a spa for the political elite!
Puka Pukara: Military Center
Puca Pucara is a military construction located just outside of Cusco. The fortress is composed of large walls, terraces, and staircases. It was part of the defensive system built to protect the massive and sophisticated Inca capital and political center.
Kenqo: Ceremonial Amphitheater
This ceremonial center is located on what is now known as the Socorro Hill. This semicircular amphitheater and underground galleries were once used as ceremonial chambers for rites of passage or sacrifices.
Though the original name of the site is unknown, the Spanish named it “Kenquo,” meaning “maze” in the native Quechua language for the maze-like underground tunnels and small, zigzagging channels carved into the rock.
Saqsaywaman: Inca Palace
Saqsaywaman is an outstanding architectural wonder built in the 15th and 16th centuries. With the destruction of the Inca empire, the secrets to the construction of this monumental fortress have also been lost.
The Saqsaywaman forgress, with its megalithic walls, is the largest architectural work of the, and the massive site provides absolutely breathtaking (and militarily advantageous!) views of the surrounding landscapes, including the vast city of Cusco
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