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Cusco Historic Center (Centro Historico de Cusco) Tours

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Cusco Historic Center (Centro Historico de Cusco)
Once the shimmering capital of the entire Inca Empire, Cusco is the gateway to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the ruins of Machu Picchu. Bearing its original Inca name, meaning “Navel of the Earth,” Cusco pulsates with a unique and magical energy rivaled by few other South American cities, most notably in its historic center.

The Basics
Begin a visit to the historic center—a UNESCO World Heritage SIte since 1983—at the Plaza de Armas, also known as Plaza Mayor. Festooned with fountains, this magnetic square is lined with gorgeous charming colonial buildings and churches that live alongside—and at times atop—ancient Inca walls and foundations. 

There are many options for exploring Cusco’s historic center; private or group tours run day and night. Multi-day tours may incorporate visits to Lake Humantay, Machu Picchu, and other key attractions inside the breathtaking Sacred Valley of the Incas. Cyclists may opt to explore Cusco as part of a multi-day mountain bike trek.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Many attractions in the historic center have small entrance fees, which would be included if you are visiting as part of a larger tour.
  • Though the center is safe, it’s always recommended to be careful with your possessions and avoid wearing eye-catching jewelry and accessories.
  • Remember sun protection.
  • 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.
 
How to Get There
The historic center of Cusco is walkable from most hotels. If you’re staying farther away, book a tour that includes round-trip transportation, as public transit is scant. 
 
When to Get There
As the center of life in Cusco, the historic center is popular with all travelers in the region, and it’s great any time of day. At night, the illuminated Plaza de Armas and its grand cathedral create one of the most enchanting sights in Peru. 

Attention: Painting Buffs
Pay a visit to Santo Domingo Church, just off the main plaza, a colonial church built atop an Inca temple. Dedicated to the worship of the sun, the sacred structure was at one point flush with statues and altars made of solid gold. Though Spanish conquistadors violently looted the temple, much of the original site, with its masterful masonry, remains, and stands in stark contrast to the baroque church above. 
Address: Centro Historico, Cusco, Cusco Region, Peru
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Private Full-Day Tour To Machu Picchu with Lunch

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Private Full-Day Tour To Machu Picchu with Lunch

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One of the New7Wonders of the World, UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu ranks among Peru’s most impressive sites of interest. On this tour, reach Machu Picchu with ease from your Cusco hotel, with entry fees, lunch, and all travel tickets included. Visit Machu Picchu as your private guide brings the site’s Incan history to life, with free time to explore further at your leisure.
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ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from Cusco

ATV Tour to Moray, Maras and Salt Flat in the Sacred Valley from Cusco

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Peru’s Sacred Valley lies in the Andean Highlands—a landscape of rugged mountains, open plains, and soaring cliffs—and reaching the remote sites is a challenge. Choose a morning or afternoon half-day safari, and tackle the rough ground by powerful all-terrain quad bike. With your guide to lean the way, reach historic sites including Moray and Maras with ease, enjoy sweeping views across the Peruvian countryside, and learn of life here under Incan rule.
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  • 5 hours
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06 Day Cusco - Machu Picchu - Humantay Lake - Rainbow Mountain

06 Day Cusco - Machu Picchu - Humantay Lake - Rainbow Mountain

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This amazing tour 06 Day Cusco – Machu Picchu – Humantay Lake – Rainbow Mountain, will let you visit the last natural places in Cusco trend. You will be taken by the Sacred Valley of the Incas to visit their Archaeological Centers of Maras – Moray, Chinchero and the magnificent Machu Picchu. We will also arrive at the Humantay Lake, a spectacular lagoon with blue-green crystalline waters. In the same route, we will visit the Rainbow Mountain, where the magic of the mantle of colors will trap you with the incredible panoramic views of the Andes.
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  • 6 days
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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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Rainbow Mountain Full-Day Tour from Cusco with Small Group

Rainbow Mountain Full-Day Tour from Cusco with Small Group

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Spend a day hiking through Peru's famous candy-striped landscape, Rainbow Mountain, on this guided tour from Cusco. Hike with a guide for 5.5 miles to a viewpoint of the scenic mountainside, and then head down past glacial lagoons and through the dramatic landscape before returning to Cusco.
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  • 1 day
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Private Cusco Walking Tour: Inca Museum, Qorikancha and San Pedro Market

Private Cusco Walking Tour: Inca Museum, Qorikancha and San Pedro Market

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Explore the principal highlights of Cusco, covering both its modern-day and ancient-Inca traditions, during this private walking tour. Visit the one-time location of the Incas' Temple of the Sun (Qorikancha), known today for the Convent of Santo Domingo that occupies the site. Continue with a visit to Cusco’s Inca Museum, to learn about the rise of this amazing civilization, and stop by the city’s San Pedro Market for a glimpse of daily life for city residents.
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  • 4 hours
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Laguna Humantay all day

Laguna Humantay all day

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Visit the Humantay Lagoon, a jewel of Cusco's nature located on the way to the Apu Salkantay. From the Vilcabamba mountain range, full of breathtaking landscapes, where you can appreciate the untouched nature.
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  • 12 hours
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Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman

Half Day Cusco City Tour and Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman

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Marvel at the architectural and archeological majesty of Cusco on a half-day tour of the city’s most significant sites. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, visit fascinating ruins of Qenqo; the sacred temples of Puca Pucara, and the ecclesiastical structure of the Cusco Cathedral. Admire exquisite architecture and gain insight into Peru’s alluring history on this enriching excursion.
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Qarañahui Cave and Qeswachaka Bridge from Cusco

Qarañahui Cave and Qeswachaka Bridge from Cusco

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Get ready for an adventure on this full-day tour to Qaranahui Cave and the Qeswachaka Hanging Bridge from Cusco. Walk across the last great Incan bridge at Qeswachaka, which is hand-woven from natural fibers, before gearing up to search for stalactites and stalagmites inside the massive Qaranahui Cave. This tour is the perfect way to get your fix of nature after a stay in the city, and it includes all entrances fees, transportation, and lunch.
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  • 12 hours
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Machupicchu By Car 2 Days & 1 Night

Machupicchu By Car 2 Days & 1 Night

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This is a walking tour designed especially for lovers of adventure, where we interact directly with nature. We will be able to perceive the climate change since we will decademos from 3350 masl to 2000 masl.
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  • 2 days
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4-Day Classic Machu Picchu Inca Jungle Trek

4-Day Classic Machu Picchu Inca Jungle Trek

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Get your adrenaline pumping as you make your way to the famous Machu Picchu. Enjoy a 4-day adventure tour through the jungle from Cusco to Machu Picchu. Spend your days biking, hiking, zip lining, and rafting as you traverse the ancient Inca jungle paths. Get to know your small group and tour guide as you enjoy meals together and learn about the history of Peru.
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Sacred Valley Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco 2-Day

Sacred Valley Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco 2-Day

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The Sacred Valley of the Incas is perhaps most famous for UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu, but the region holds far more cultural and historic treasures than this. On this comprehensive guided 2-day tour, explore sites of interest including Aguas Calientes, Ollantaytambo, and Pisaq Market—with accommodation, some meals, and all transport covered—and marvel at world-famous Machu Picchu.
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3-Day Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu

3-Day Inca Quarry Trek to Machu Picchu

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Hike along one of the newest, less-crowded routes to Machu Picchu during this 3-day, 2-night trek. During your hike you’ll encounter the picturesque ruins of Inca settlements, pass postcard-worthy waterfalls and soak in stunning views, eventually reaching the famous mountaintop settlement of Machu Picchu. Best of all, this particular hiking path to the famous Inca citadel is relatively easy compared to other routes, making a good option for those new to trekking. Your trip includes one night of camping and one night of hostel accommodations, bus and train transfers, two days of meals, horsemen and horses to carry baggage, and camping and first-aid equipment.
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  • 3 days
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Cusco Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 4-Day Tour

Cusco Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 4-Day Tour

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See more of Peru thanks to this 4-day, 3-night, excursion covering the famous Machu Picchu, Cusco, and the nearby Sacred Valley. Make the most of your time as you explore the historic sites of Cusco, the one-time Inca capital, then enjoy the scenery and history of the Sacred Valley. Finish the trip with a magical visit to Machu Picchu. Accommodations, some meals, and transport to Machu Picchu included.
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Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Sacred Valley 5-Day Tour

Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Sacred Valley 5-Day Tour

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Explore Peru’s fascinating Inca history and culture during this 5-day, 4-night, excursion to Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. Discover the indigenous and colonial history of Cusco, then extend your knowledge at the ancient Inca settlements of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. You’ll cap off the trip with a visit and guided tour at the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Accommodations, some meals, and transport to Machu Picchu included.
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Discovering Cusco: 5 days tour to Cusco city, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

Discovering Cusco: 5 days tour to Cusco city, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu

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Cuzco is a very special destination, as you will discover over five fascinating days touring its main attractions. Visit the imperial city, impressive archaeological sites and explore some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet on the way to the magnificent citadel and mountain of Machu Picchu, "The Lost City of the Incas", that is hidden on top of a mysterious Andean peak and offers views of the mountain range and a glimpse into the Inca’s enigmatic past.
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  • 5 days
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Cusco at a glance: 3 days tour to Cusco city and Machu Picchu

Cusco at a glance: 3 days tour to Cusco city and Machu Picchu

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Cusco is an extraordinary destination, as you will discover during this three-day fascinating tour around its main attractions. Visit the imperial city, admire the impressive archaeological sites, and explore some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet on the way to the magnificent citadel and mountain of Machu Picchu.
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Cusco & Machu Picchu - 4Days

Cusco & Machu Picchu - 4Days

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Our adventure begins with the arrival in Cusco, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This city has a combination of Inca walls with the architecture of the Colonia as churches and a square that is full of arches where we find elegant hotels.  Continuing with our adventure we arrive at the tranquil Sacred Valley, Finding ourselves with small villages, traditional markets and ruins that express the before and now of Cusco. Here, Our travelers feel the contrasts of Peru of the XXI century, In a mixture of Quechua-speaking. The last part of this journey of his life we realized in train to Machu Picchu that was Rediscovered in 1911, the Lost City of the Incas continues to remain in the time. ✔ OUR PROMISE: THE BEST VALUE & SERVICE ✔ Our tours leave 365 days a year ✔ You will stay at a comfortable handpicked hotel. ✔ Always enjoy small group tours ✔ We live and breathe in your destination. We travel, therefore, we are ✔ 24/7 In Trip Support. We have your back around the clock
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  • 4 days
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 Rainbow Mountain

Rainbow Mountain

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The rainbow mountain, known as the mountain of 7 colors and resembling the seven natural minerals, mountain red, mountain Vinicunca, is a magical place where their paths were part of the ancient Quechua culture, and used to exchange their products (barter products), along with the other Quechua regions, has now become a natural wonder similar to the rainbow mountain of the Chinese.
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Machu Picchu - Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake 5D/4N

Machu Picchu - Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake 5D/4N

Visit the imposing Machu Picchu and combine your adventure with the visit to the Mountain of 7 Colors. - Our adventure consists of five days and four nights where we will visit the main attractions of Cusco. - We will also visit the mysterious Inca Llaqta of Machu Picchu. - Then we will ascend to see the Mountain of 7 colors, to finally ascend and marvel at the Humantay Lagoon.
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6-Day Caving Tour and Rainbow Mountain Hike to Machu Picchu

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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Machu Picchu, Vinicunca and Sacred Valley 6 days and 5 nights

Machu Picchu, Vinicunca and Sacred Valley 6 days and 5 nights

Marvel yourself visiting the immortal city of Cusco, its most important tourist attractions. Know what nature offers us in the Mountain of Colors. Meet the majestic Inca city of Machu Picchu, one of the "7 wonders of the Modern World".
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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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Moray salt Mines and Machupicchu with Panoramic Train 2 days 1night

Moray salt Mines and Machupicchu with Panoramic Train 2 days 1night

On this tour you will travel to Peru’s historic Urubamba Valley. Located between Cusco and Machu Picchu, the Urubamba Valley is known for its lush scenery, picturesque colonial towns, and magnificent Incan fortresses and you combine with best destination Machupicchu
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