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Plaza de Armas (Huacaypata) Tours

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Plaza de Armas (Huacaypata)
From the coastal deserts of southern Peru to the frigid peaks of the Andes, every part of the vast Inca Empire traced back to Cusco. Tucked within the Andean mountains, the scenic capital city was the beating heart of one of the greatest civilizations in history. Today, you can feel this powerful history most palpably in its central square, Plaza de Armas.
 
The Basics
Besieged during the Spanish Conquest, many of the buildings around the plaza, named Huacaypata by the Inca, were expeditiously razed to the ground. The colonial structures erected in their place often stand on the foundations the Inca so expertly and cunningly crafted, making this historic center a totally unique place in the world. Elevated on a stepped flank, the Cusco cathedral serves as the grandiose focal point of the Plaza de Armas. At its base, vendors haggle and hawk their wares, and fountains provide a calming influence to the frenetic activity. 

Travelers have many options to explore Cusco’s Plaza de Armas and its many attractions, including private or group day (or nighttime) trips or multi-day tours that may combine visits to Lake Humantay, Machu Picchu, and key attractions in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Cyclists may opt to explore Cusco city as part of a multi-day mountain bike trek.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Many attractions clustered around the plaza have small entrance fees, which are included if you’re visiting as part of a larger tour.
  • Though the area is safe, it’s wise 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 Plaza de Armas, also known as Plaza Mayor, is located in Cusco’s historic center along Avenida del Sol and is walkable from most hotels. If you’re staying farther away, you're best off booking a tour that includes round-trip transportation, as public transit is scant. 

When to Get There
The square is one of the city’s most popular attractions in the historic center. It’s a great snapshot of the buzz of the city any time of day; at night, illuminated with a golden glow, it’s even more enchanting. 

Nooks and Crannies
Radiating from the Plaza de Armas is a labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets and hidden pedestrian alleyways. Filled with small cafes, boutiques, and local artisans, these pathways are abuzz with beauty and energy. Stroll along Loreto Alley to a wall made of enormous stones, all masterfully cut and set in place by the Inca. 
Address: Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru
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Best of Peru 6-Day Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca Tour

Best of Peru 6-Day Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca Tour

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See the best that Peru has to offer during this 6-day "best of" trip visiting highlights like Cusco, Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, and the Sacred Valley. Discover the indigenous and colonial history You Cusco, and tour the Inca markets in the Sacred Valley city of Pisac. You’ll also enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu, and explore Lake Titicaca by boat, plus much more.
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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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5-Day Machu Picchu and Highlights of Cusco

5-Day Machu Picchu and Highlights of Cusco

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Once the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco is now popular for its Spanish flair and easy access to historical ruins. Tour the major attractions of this 2-mile high city on this 5-day tour of Cusco, which includes all lodging, meals, and transportation as per itinerary. This tour also includes a trip to Machu Picchu.
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Humantay Lake Tour from Cusco

Humantay Lake Tour from Cusco

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Get a taste for Peru’s high-alpine scenery and ancient Inca customs during this full-day hike to Lake Humantay from Cusco. Ascend to this scenic body of water located at 13,779 feet (4,200 meters), learning about its sacred place in Inca mythology during your climb. An included buffet lunch back at base camp is an added bonus.
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  • 12 hours
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7-Days ||All Included|| Cusco-MachuPichu & Rainbow Mountain-Q'eswachaca-Humantay

7-Days ||All Included|| Cusco-MachuPichu & Rainbow Mountain-Q'eswachaca-Humantay

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The tour of Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machupicchu, Rainbow mountain, Humantay lake and Bridge of Qeswachaka take you through all the most important sites of Cusco.
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5-Day ||All Included|| MachuPichu, Rainbow Mountain & Humantay Lake ||Private||

5-Day ||All Included|| MachuPichu, Rainbow Mountain & Humantay Lake ||Private||

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These days you will visit the most important places of Cusco such as: City tour Cusco, Humantay lake, Machu Picchu that is a wonder of the world and rainbow mountain.
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6-Day Cultural Tour to Machu Picchu

6-Day Cultural Tour to Machu Picchu

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Take in the top sights in and around Cusco, including the amazing Machu Picchu and the highlights of the Sacred Valley, during this 6-day, 5-night cultural tour. Spend days one and two in Cusco, exploring the city’s amazing collection of Inca temples, museums and fortresses. You’ll then arrive at sunrise to explore the wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu on day three. Spend the last two days discovering the amazing Inca cities and Andean culture of the Sacred Valley as you visit Ollantaytambo, Moray and Chinchero. This budget-friendly six day trip also includes a guide, five nights of accommodations, five breakfasts, all transport and transfers and entrance fees.
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  • 6 days
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5-Day ||All Included|| Excursion to Cusco, MachuPichu & Rainbow Mountain

5-Day ||All Included|| Excursion to Cusco, MachuPichu & Rainbow Mountain

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UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain are considered among Peru’s must-see sites of interest, but their remote locations make visiting independently a challenge. On this tour, visit both sites in comfort by air-conditioned vehicle—with accommodation, admission fees and round-trip transport from Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport included. You’ll also have time to hit top attractions including Cusco and the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
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  • 5 days
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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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8-Day ||All Included|| Excursión: Cusco & MachuPichu Amazing

8-Day ||All Included|| Excursión: Cusco & MachuPichu Amazing

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Hit top Peru attractions including Humantay Lake, UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu, Queshuachaca bridge, and the Sacred Valley of the Incas with ease on this comprehensive 8-day tour. With key logistics like accommodation and transportation—plus round-trip transport from Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport—included, you’re free to relax and soak up the scenery. Follow in the footsteps of the Incas with your guide, and admire beautiful countryside views.
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  • 8 days
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Cusco by Night: Planetarium Cusco, Dinner, and Pisco Sour

Cusco by Night: Planetarium Cusco, Dinner, and Pisco Sour

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If you’ve already ticked off the sights by day, see a different side to Cusco on a nightlife tour that includes dinner and a drink. In an intimate group limited to eight people, you’ll go stargazing at Planetarium Cusco; admire illuminated landmarks in Cusco Historic Center; and enjoy a traditional Peruvian dinner accompanied by a Pisco Sour cocktail. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included for added convenience.
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  • 5 hours
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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-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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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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Cusco Night Walking Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson

Cusco Night Walking Tour and Pisco Sour Lesson

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Discover the architectural majesty of Cusco and sample Peru’s tantalizing national drink during a night walking tour of the city. Marvel at Cusco’s charming colonial buildings and impressive historical monuments; absorb the bohemian ambience of San Blas Square; and immerse yourself in the convivial vibrancy of a local bar to sample the legendary drink of Pisco. Select your favorite Pisco flavor then combine it with fruity juices and tangy mixers to create your perfect cocktail. A personalized experience is guaranteed on this small-group tour, with numbers limited to 12 people.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Cusco City Tour

Cusco City Tour

The city tour in Cusco is one of the best experiences to get to know a little of the traditional city of Cusco, and the main archaeological monuments located around it. Without a doubt, it is an outstanding tour since the main temples of the ancient Inca empire are known, which still keep intact many of the most outstanding remains of the architecture of our ancestors. It is recommended to perform as a family, in the company of friends, the couple or if you want to do it alone.
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Laguna Humantay

Laguna Humantay

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We offer a high altitude ecotourism in the mountains, in complicity with nature, witness this new experience in the Andes. LIVE an authentic experience joining a group of explorers like you who seeks to achieve their dreams in the Andes of Peru and visit the picturesque Humantay Lake.
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City Tour in Cusco

City Tour in Cusco

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The imperial city of Cusco has a series of Inca buildings and places that deserve to be traveled. And this fabulous tour takes you to the most important sites in Cusco. Since it really is a fascinating place to visit; Providing a mixture of the two cultures (Inca and Spanish), the city has an appearance that is completely different to the rest of Peru. This tour is essential when visiting Cusco and is usually one of the first ports of call for all visiting tourists. PLACES OF VISITS: Koricancha (Temple of the Sun), Saqsayhuaman, Qenqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay (Temple of Water), Plaza de Armas of Cusco AVAILABILITY: Every day DURATION OF TOUR: Morning (9:00 AM - 1:30 PM) - Afternoon (1:30 PM to 6:00 PM) FREQUENCY: All year
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Short Trek to the Rainbow Mountain

Short Trek to the Rainbow Mountain

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This day trip to Rainbow Mountain is an excellent way to see some of the local countryside. Relax and enjoy the (somewhat bumpy) ride, then embark on a 1.5-hour hike to the top of the mountain. After taking photos—which your guide will share with you—descend the mountain with memories that will last a lifetime.
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  • 13 hours
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3-Night Cusco: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman

3-Night Cusco: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Sacsayhuaman

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Tick off more of Cusco’s ancient wonders in less time on a comprehensive 3-night tour, ideal for first-time visitors and travelers with limited time in Peru. Visit the archeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo Fortress, take a sightseeing tour of Cusco’s historic center, and spend the day at Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and New7Wonder of the World. Hotel or airport pickup and drop-off, 3 nights accommodation, and select meals are included.
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  • 4 days
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Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco

Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco

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Marvel at the mystical sights of Machu Picchu thanks to this full-day tour from Cusco. Make the most of your Peru visit as your experience this legendary Inca citadel, enjoying a two-hour guided tour of highlights like the Sacred Sun Dial, Royal Quarters, and more. Then spend some free time exploring this amazing complex on your own. Entrance tickets plus all transfers to and from Cusco are included.
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  • 15 hours
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6-Day ||All Included|| Excursion - MachuPichu & Rainbow Mountain-Humantay Lake

6-Day ||All Included|| Excursion - MachuPichu & Rainbow Mountain-Humantay Lake

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The countryside outside Cusco is home to some of Peru’s most impressive natural features and Incan ruins, but organizing accommodation and transportation to visit independently can be a challenge. On this in-depth tour from Cusco, hit highlights like Humantay Lake, UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, and the Sacred Valley—with all the key logistics covered. Marvel at Peru’s impressive natural beauty, and explore the nation’s rich Incan heritage.
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Machu Picchu Tour 4 Days

Machu Picchu Tour 4 Days

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Explore the best of Cusco and the Sacred Valley on this comprehensive 4-day tour. Visit key archeological landmarks such as Saqsaywaman, Qorikancha, Pisac, and Ollantaytambo and learn about the history of the ancient Incas. Visit the famous citadel of Machu Picchu in the early morning and explore the ancient ruins with a tour and on your own before heading back to Cusco.
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  • 4 days
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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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Sample highlights from the ancient Inca civilization during this 5-day, 4-night, excursion covering Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. See Inca structures like Sacsayhuaman and Qorikancha in Cusco, the check out the historic Inca settlements of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. Finish the trip on a ‘high note’ with a visit to the mountaintop city of Machu Picchu.
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