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Cusco Cathedral (Catedral del Cuzco) Tours and Activities

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Cusco Cathedral (Catedral del Cuzco)
Built atop the Inca palace Viracocha, the Cusco Cathedral was a triumphant statement for conquering colonists who laid the foundation stones in 1559. Now Plaza de Armas’ showpiece, the cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cusco and a significant cultural monument holding the largest collection of Cusco School paintings.

The Basics
Also known as the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin, Cusco Cathedral  (Catedral del Cuzco) and its treasures have been handsomely restored, thanks to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Construction lingered more than 100 years, allowing a Gothic-Renaissance style to dominate the facade and its two discreetly baroque domes. The interior features magnificently carved choir stalls and pulpit in cedar and alder, a brilliant silver-plated altar, and 400 canvases from the Cusco School (Escuela Cuzqueña), which paired European ecclesiastical painting styles from the 16th to 18th centuries with the traditional iconography of indigenous Andean art.

There are many options for exploring the cathedral, including private or group day tours and multi-day tours that may combine visits to Cusco, Machu Picchu, and various stops in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You can also explore Cusco as part of a multi-day mountain biking trek.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Cusco Cathedral is a must for art and history lovers, and all first-time visitors to Cusco.
  • The cathedral requires a small entrance fee. Admission is included in the city’s Religious Circuit Ticket, which allows entry to three major religious destinations, such as the Cusco Cathedral, Temple of San Blas, and the Archbishop’s Palace.
  • As the cathedral is a religious space, modest attire is best—even in summer months.
  • Because of the high altitude, be sure to stay hydrated and take it slow. Chewing on coca leaves or drinking coca tea helps alleviate symptoms of altitude sickness.
  • The cathedral is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
Cusco Cathedral is located on the city’s historic Plaza de Armas, walkable from most spots in the city center. If farther away, you’re best off booking a tour that includes round-trip transportation as there are few public transportation options.

When to Get There
The cathedral is open typically from 10am to 6pm daily. Masses are generally held at 8:30am and 10:30am on Sunday. One of the city’s most popular attractions, it is busy year-round; consider a visit between November and April for a somewhat quieter experience.

Cusco Cathedral for Painting Buffs
Artworks inside the cathedral, particularly paintings of the Cusco School, are phenomenal. The most famous work on display is The Last Supper, in which Quechua artist Marcos Zapata depicts the final meal of the Lord, adding his own cultural flavor with depictions of traditional Andean foods, such as roast guinea pig (cuy) and chalices of an Inca corn drink (chica).
Address: Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Cusco Region, Peru
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Cusco Cathedral Admission Ticket

Cusco Cathedral Admission Ticket

Located on the Plaza de Armas, and completed in 1654, Cusco Cathedral is one of the top attractions in Cusco. Guarantee a fuss-free visit by pre-booking your admission ticket. You can visit at a time of your choosing and opt to add on a guide or simply explore by yourself.
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  • 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Peruvian Cooking Classes

Peruvian Cooking Classes

Peruvian cooking classes Ceviche dishes: jumped loin chicken chili Soups: quinoa chuño corn drinks: Pisco Sour
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Cusco 4-Hour Private Tour Including Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo

Cusco 4-Hour Private Tour Including Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo

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Take an intimate look at Cusco’s colonial and Incan legacy during this 4-hour private guided history tour. Marvel at the Spanish architecture and art inside the city’s main cathedral, and check out the ‘Qoricancha,’ a one-time Inca temple that’s now a monastery. You’ll also visit the Inca sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara, and Tambomachay.
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  • 4 hours
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$80.00
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Half Day Cusco City Sightseeing

Half Day Cusco City Sightseeing

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Immerse yourself in the grand colonial majesty of Cusco on a half-day guided sightseeing tour of the city. Wander winding Incan streets to discover the ancient Temple of the Sun, the sacred Convent of Santo Domingo and the colossal Cusco Cathedral. Gain insight into the fascinating history of the city with an interesting and informative guide as you explore one of Peru’s most treasured places on foot.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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4-Day: All Included Excursion City Tour, Sacred Valley & MachuPicchu

4-Day: All Included Excursion City Tour, Sacred Valley & MachuPicchu

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The tour of Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu takes you through all the most important sites of Cusco such as: Qoricancha also known as the Temple of the Sun, we will also visit Sacsayhuaman, one of the most emblematic places of the Inca Empire built by the Inca Pachacuteq in the 15th century. We will continue the tour of the Sacred Valley which is one of the most popular routes in the Cusco region. Finally we will take you to one of the most incredible train trips in the world and we will go to Machu Picchu "One of the seven wonders of the modern world".
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  • 4 days
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Ausangate Sibinacocha Trek 6 Days

Ausangate Sibinacocha Trek 6 Days

This very special alternative trek takes you alongside the spectacular snow-capped “Apu” of Ausangate (6.372m/20900ft) and takes you over mountain passes, through awesome mountain scenery, authentic Andean villages, hot springs and turquoise lakes. This alternative route to the classical circuit around Mount Ausangate still offers the most spectacular views of this sacred Andean mountain before it deviates towards the impressive Sibinacocha Lagoon, leaving tourist crowds behind and entering an almost uninhabited area where you can truly commune with nature. The hike ends in Phinaya, a small and remote Andean community with just horses and bicycles as transportation.. An unforgettable trail for lovers of mountain trekking, or those searching for something different and away from the increasingly popular traditional Ausangate trek. Ausangate Sibinacocha – at a glance Lo Más Destacado: Ausangate mountain, Sibinacocha lagoon, remote mountain scenery, high mountain passes
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  • 6 days
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Private Cusco, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman Full-Day Tour

Private Cusco, Puka Pukara, Tambomachay and Sacsayhuaman Full-Day Tour

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Discover Cusco’s UNESCO-listed center and remarkably preserved Inca ruins on this full-day tour and enjoy the undivided attention of a private guide. Visit the archeological sites of Puka Pukara, Sacsayhuaman, and Tambomachay; admire Cusco landmarks including Plaza de Armas, Coricancha temple, and Cusco Cathedral; and browse the stalls at San Pedro market.
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  • 8 hours
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Cusco City Tour and Nearby Archaeological Sites

Cusco City Tour and Nearby Archaeological Sites

Enjoy a guided tour of this charming city, which was the capital of the Inca Empire. The tour starts with a visit to Santo Domingo Convent, a large Renaissance-baroque complex, which was built over the Inca Coricancha temple. It was one of the most important temples dedicated to worshipping of the sun, and its foundations are still prominent at the base of the convent. Ancient chronicles say the temple was covered in gold leaf. Then, visit the Cathedral at the Main Square. Head to the hills above Cusco to visit the remains of the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, whose imposing ramparts offer a stunning panoramic view of Cusco, and the ruins of the temple and amphitheatre of Qenqo, where it is believed the Incas practised agricultural rituals. Admire Qenqo and then visit Puka Pukara (‘Red fortress’ in Quechua) an Inca military complex located on a prominent hill. Finally, visit Tambomachay. Afterwards, return to your hotel.
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Cusco City Tour Four Ruins Half-Day Tour

Cusco City Tour Four Ruins Half-Day Tour

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Enjoy the Ancient Inca Capital of Cusco .This Tour is half a day that includes a visit to the Cathedral in the main square , the Temple of Sun Koricancha nearby ruins around this city such us The fortress of Sacsayhuaman, Qenko, Puca Pucara and finally we will visit Tambomachay.
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  • 5 hours
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Half-Day City Tour of Cusco Including Tambomachay

Half-Day City Tour of Cusco Including Tambomachay

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Get a comprehensive tour of the main Incan sites around Cusco on this half-day excursion. Visit all the highlights and landmarks, including Tambomachay, Puccpucara, Quenqo, Sacsayuaman, and Koricancha. Hotel pickup in the historic center of Cusco available; travel via air-conditioned coach.
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  • 5 hours
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Guided Walking Tour Cusco

Guided Walking Tour Cusco

Once the Incan empires’ capital, Cusco is a city where archaeological ruins and Spanish colonial architecture can be admired together—but exploring without a guide means missing out on the city’s history. On this walking tour, visit top attractions including Cusco Cathedral, the Convent of Santo Domingo, and Quirkancha temple with your guide. With entry fees and round-trip travel from your Cusco accommodation included, delve deep into Cusco’s history and heritage.
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City tour Cusco, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay

City tour Cusco, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay

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Tour of the city of Cusco, visit the ancient capital of the Inca empire, live the magical mixture of this city between the traditions and history of the Incas along with the traditions and history of the Spaniards. The tour of the city of Cusco includes an archaeological park of Saqsayhuaman and a tour of religious places in Cusco. The walk through the city is highly recommended on the first day of your stay in Cusco to acclimatize and be much quieter on the tours of the following days. The tour starts at the Cathedral and then Q'oricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Q'enqo, Pucapucara, Tambomachay, and after the tour we return to the city.
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4 Day - Cusco and Machu Picchu Private Tour

4 Day - Cusco and Machu Picchu Private Tour

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Experience the best of Cusco and the incredible Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during this 4-day, 3-night trip. Spend your first day exploring the colonial and Incan history of Cusco at sites including Koricancha, the city’s main cathedral and the Inca fortress of Sacsayhuaman. On day two, travel on a scenic train trip to the Machu Picchu staging city of Aguas Calientes, where you’ll spend the night. Wake up early on day three to watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu and explore this amazing site with your guide. This Cusco and Machu Picchu experience also includes a guide, round-trip airport transfer, train and bus tickets, three nights of accommodation at a three star hotel, entrance fees and Cusco city tour.
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  • 4 days
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8-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titcaca

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Get a comprehensive overview of Peru’s landmarks on this 8-day tour from Cusco to Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca. Enjoy both private and shared tours throughout the week as you discover key landmarks such as the Sacred Valley, Inca archeological sites, the city of Cusco, the islands of Uros and Taquile, and of course, the famous Machu Picchu. Learn about Peru’s rich history and culture as you explore the country.
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  • 8 days
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6-Day Private Tour to Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

6-Day Private Tour to Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

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Discover the best of Peru on this private 6-day tour to Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. Explore Cusco city and the archeological sites of Pisac, Moray, Chinchero, Maras, Ollantaytambo, and the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Get a comprehensive overview of the history and culture of Peru from before the Incas to present-day from your guides. Absorb the Peruvian culture and enjoy memorable experiences exploring the country.
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Private Walking Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing and San Pedro Market

Private Walking Tour: Cusco City Sightseeing and San Pedro Market

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Discover the wealth of history and fascinating modern-day culture of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire, during this 4-hour walking tour with a private guide. Get off the tour bus and out into the streets of this amazing Inca city, following your guide on foot through the city’s main square and past its imposing cathedral. You’ll also check out the impressive ruins of the Incas’ Qorikancha temple and do some shopping for produce and handicrafts at San Pedro Market. This private walking tour also covers all site entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 4 hours
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Tour to Machu Picchu by Bus with Overnight

Tour to Machu Picchu by Bus with Overnight

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Discover Machu Picchu on this overnight bus tour from Cusco. Pass by remote villages and see the rolling Peruvian countryside as you make your way to Hidroelectrica. From here, take a 3-hour hike along the railroad tracks to reach Aguas Calientes and spend the night. After a good night’s rest, hike up the mountain to Machu Picchu and enjoy a guided tour of the ruins before heading back to Cusco.
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Private Cusco City Tour Including Main Archaeological Sites

Private Cusco City Tour Including Main Archaeological Sites

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Embark on a guided tour of Cusco, the most important city in the Inca Empire and the gateway to Machu Picchu. Begin with an informative walk along its cobbled streets, viewing such landmarks as Koricancha—a revered temple with walls once covered in sheets of gold. Peruse colonial artworks and wander the Plaza del Armas, which remains the heart of the city, before enjoying some free time for lunch. Afterward, set out by private vehicle to visit a few of the area's main archaeological sites, including Sacsayhuaman—a citadel built of massive stones. The last stop on this tour is a visit to a local farmer's market, where you will see fresh vegetables, fruits, cheese, and the local meats (including pig heads). Included in this tour is a professional, English-speaking guide, private transportation, hotel pickup and drop-off, and a guided tour.
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  • 6 hours
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Small Group Half-Day City Tour of Cusco

Small Group Half-Day City Tour of Cusco

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Explore Peru’s historic and picturesque capital city on this half-day guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel with a small group and visit Cusco’s important ruins with an informative bilingual guide. See landmarks like the ceremonial center and massive monolith, Qenqo, the amazing stone-walled fortress, Saqsaywaman, and Coricancha, the all-important Temple of the Sun.
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Private Half-Day Cusco Tour

Private Half-Day Cusco Tour

Cusco is much more than just the gateway to Machu Picchu—it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage city and home to some of the region’s most impressive archeological sites. On this private half-day tour, discover the Inca fortress of Sacsayhauman, the ancient aqueduct of Tambomachay, and the Temple of the Sun at Qorikancha; visit the sacred temple of Qenqo; then admire the magnificent Cusco Cathedral on Plaza de Armas.
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4-Day Machu Picchu with Biking,part Inca Trail, Rafting and Ziplining from Cusco

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Maximize your time in Peru by booking a 4-day tour that includes a multitude of outdoor adventures and is topped off with a visit to Machu Picchu. This action-packed tour crams in biking, hiking, rafting, ziplining, and more, making it ideal for adventurous travelers who want to see and do as much as possible—all without the hassle of planning and organizing each individual outing.
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6-Day Caving Tour and Rainbow Mountain Hike to Machu Picchu

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Combine some of Peru’s classic active adventures into a 5-night trip that includes Cusco, Qarañahui Cave, Rainbow Mountain, the Sacred Valley, and the mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu. Coordinated transport and tours means you can use your time in Peru for exploring—not logistics—and you’ll hike, go caving, see traditional culture, and discover ancient architecture, all while high in the Andes Mountains.
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8-Day Classic Inca Trail Journey to Machu Picchu from Cusco

8-Day Classic Inca Trail Journey to Machu Picchu from Cusco

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Journey through the ancient land of the Incas towards the magical mountaintop retreat of Machu Picchu during this 8-day, small-group excursion from Cusco. Start your trip in Cusco, the historic Andean capital, learning about the history and culture of the iconic Inca civilization. Then head out on the Inca Trail, a gorgeous but physically demanding hiking route through the Andean highlands. During your walk you'll experience lush jungle, incredible scenery and forgotten ruins built centuries ago, culminating in a visit to the iconic high-altitude citadel of Machu Picchu.
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  • 8 days
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3-Day: Machu Picchu , Sacred Valley & City Tour || All Included ||

3-Day: Machu Picchu , Sacred Valley & City Tour || All Included ||

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Cusco and its surrounding countryside are home to many of Peru’s most impressive Incan ruins—but exploring solo means missing the hidden secrets they hold. On this tour, hit top attractions including Cusco Cathedral, the Sacred Valley, and UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu as your guide brings their rich history to life. With round-trip transport from Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport included, you’re free to relax and soak up the scenery.
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  • 3 days
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Cusco, Machupicchu and Rainbow Mountain 4 days / 3 nights

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In the 04 Day Cusco and Machu Picchu, we will get to know the enigmatic city of Cusco, with its mystical streets, showing us a mixture of two different cultures in their Inca and Spanish constructions. We will also visit the wonder of the world, Machu Picchu, of where you will be enchanted and fascinated by the beauty and majesty it imposes.
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11-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu

11-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu

Cusco, UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas count among Peru’s must-see sites of interest, but organizing accommodation, meals, and transportation to hit the highlights solo takes time and effort. On this hiking tour, follow in the footsteps of the Incas along the Salkantay route—with all the key logistics covered. With your guide to lead, discover ancient ruins, bubbling hot springs, and pristine jungle.
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  • 11 days
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