For over 3,000 years Cusco has seen the rise and fall of civilizations. It was the capital of the Inca Empire for over 300 years, and was a stronghold of indigenous rebellion against Spanish conquest in the 18th century. Explore Cusco through its ruins, temples, and cathedrals, and discover its fascinating history from your expert guide!
Cusco is considered the cultural hub of Peru, and is famous for its history, art, and architecture. But the city holds even more significance as the oldest living city in the Americas. For over 3,000 years Cusco has witnessed the rise and fall of civilizations and empires. It was the capital of the Inca Empire for over 300 years, and was a stronghold of indigenous rebellion against Spanish conquest in the 18th century.
On this 1/2 day historic Cusco tour, explore Cusco’s Inca and colonial history through its ruins, temples, and cathedrals. Learn about the powerful empire that once dominated an entire continent, Spanish colonization, and indigenous rebellion, that all centralized here in Cusco. Experience the long history of America’s oldest city up-close with the knowledge and expertise of trained, professional guide.
Depending on your preference, your historic Cusco tour will begin at either 8:00 am or 12:00 pm. Your driver will take you out of the bustle of the city to where signs of ancient Cusco still dominate the landscape. You’ll stop at 4 separate sites, each of which demonstrates the incredible complexity and sophistication of the Inca Empire.
First, you’ll stop at UNESCO World Heritage Site Saqsayhuaman — an Inca citadel constructed of massive interlocking boulders and mortar. This fortress once protected the Sacred Valley and Inca capital. Then, you’ll travel to Qenqo. This underground shrine is thought to have once been used for mummification and sacrifice.
After exploring Qenqo, you’ll travel Puka Pukara — the Red Fortress — a massive military complex and administrative center. You’ll end the morning at Tambobachay. This complex structure includes waterfalls, aquaducts, and canals, and may have been used as an inn or spa for Inca military or political elite.
On the way back to Cusco, you’ll stop at both the Temple of the Sun and the colonial Cathedral of Cusco. At the Cusco Cathedral, you’ll see massive religious alters bathed in gold, as well as colonial paintings. In the Temple of the Sun, you’ll encounter massive golden idols and underground tunnels. The two gold-adorned holy places are a testament to the opulence of these two empires.
To end the day, you’ll transfer back to your hotel in Cusco.
After you book your experience, you will receive a confirmation email from us confirming that your payment went through. You will then be connected directly to the tour operator, in case you have any further questions. We are also happy to answer any questions about the tour, or travel in general in your country of destination.