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Q'enqo (Qenko) Tours

Q'enqo (Qenko)
Near Cuzco, on the way to Pisac from Sacsayhuaman, is the amphitheater and temple of Q’engo (Qenko). This site which is at 3,600 meters above sea level has some of the  best examples of undisturbed Incan carving in the world. The name (which has many alternative spellings, sometimes with a k) means zig-zag, and this is in reference to the carved channels in the rock at the site. The site is actually comprised of four different parts, with the most popularly visited being Q’engo (Qenko) Grande, which was used as an astronomical observatory and holy site.

Q’engo Grande is a large limestone outcrop with two small knobs that show a shadow pattern at the summer solstice in June. Also carved into the limestone are a series of caves, altars and hollows that would have been used to move water. The site was used as a stopping point on a pilgrimage of religious importance during the Inca period, and mummification took place onsite as well. There are 19 trapezoidal niches as well, which used to house idols and mummies, though these are no longer onsite.

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Q’engo is a good stop on a longer trip that includes nearby Puka Pukara and Tambo Machay. Morning provides the best light for photos of Q’engo.
Address: Villa San Blas, Cusco, Peru
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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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$80.00
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Cusco Half Day City Tour: Four Ruins

Cusco Half Day City Tour: Four Ruins

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Discover the magic and beauty of Cusco, the capital of the Incan Empire. The flawlessly built Incan roads spread to all regions from the “Plaza” which was thought of as the center of the world. Visit the four iconic archaeological sites on the outskirt of the former Inca capital - Cusco.
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  • 6 hours
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$30.77
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Private Half-Day Historical Cusco with Sacsayhuaman

Private Half-Day Historical Cusco with Sacsayhuaman

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Tick off more Cusco attractions in less time on a private, half-day city tour, designed with history buffs in mind. With a private guide, you’ll visit ancient Inca archeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay; explore the Historic Center of Cusco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and admire landmarks such as Cusco La Catedral and the Convent of Santo Domingo. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 4 hours
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$112.42
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Private Half-Day Cusco City Tour

Private Half-Day Cusco City Tour

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Explore the ancient heart of the Inca empire and its later role as a Spanish colony during this half-day private exploration of Cusco. Check out key city sights including the main cathedral, Santo Domingo Monastery (once the site of the Inca temple Qorikancha) and the massive Incan stone fortress at Sacsayhuaman. During the course of your visit you’ll receive personalized insight from your private guide and also have the chance to admire a range of Inca- and Spanish-style architecture. Your Cusco visit also covers a private vehicle and hotel pickup.
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  • 4 hours
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$82.00
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Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman Half-Day Tour

Archeological Park of Sacsayhuaman Half-Day Tour

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Immerse yourself in the impressive Incan architecture of Sacsayhuaman on an exciting excursion from Cusco. Explore the ancient fortresses and sacred temples of the archaeological park with a knowledgeable guide to discover legendary landmarks like the Tower of Puka Pukara. Seek out the source of natural spring water; navigate a mystifying stone labyrinth; and gain fascinating insight into the culture and customs of the Incas.
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  • 3 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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  • 5 hours
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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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$25.00
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Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour

Cusco Markets and Ruins Small Group Tour

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On this day tour you'll visit key Incan highlights to experience Cusco at the grassroots level. Start at the vibrant San Pedro local market, then head out of town to explore two major Inca sites: Sacsayhuaman and Q'enqo. Enjoy a picnic surrounded by amazing landscapes before returning to Cusco by foot, learning about the history and culture along the way.
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  • 5 hours
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Half-Day Temples and Cusco City Tour

Half-Day Temples and Cusco City Tour

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Get a comprehensive overview of Cusco on this half-day guided sightseeing tour. With a guide to provide information through insightful commentary, check all of the city's highlights off your list. Stops include archaeological sites (including Sacsayhuaman), the Convent of Santo Domingo, the Water Temple of Tambomachay, and others. Entrance fees and round-trip transportation from downtown Cusco hotels included.
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  • 4 hours
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$84.00
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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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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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  • 3 to 4 hours
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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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  • 4 hours
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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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  • 4 to 5 hours
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6-Day: Machupicchu, Humantay Lake and Rainbow Mountain Private Service

6-Day: Machupicchu, Humantay Lake and Rainbow Mountain Private Service

These days you will visit the most important places of Cusco such as: City tour Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu that is a wonder of the world, Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake
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  • 6 days
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8-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titcaca

8-Day Semi-Private Tour: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and Lake Titcaca

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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4-Day Tour of Cusco Including Machu Picchu

4-Day Tour of Cusco Including Machu Picchu

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Discover the best of Cusco and its surroundings during this 4-day comprehensive tour. Visit sites such as Qorikancha, Saqsaywaman, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Dive into the history of Peru and the Incas and admire the beautiful views of Peru’s countryside as you tour each location. This tour is inclusive of all accommodation, tours, and transfers.
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  • 4 days
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$510.96
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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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  • 6 days
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$1,043.00
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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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$90.00
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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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  • 5 hours
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$117.00
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Horseback Riding Plus Tour to Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Puka Pucara and Tambomachay

Horseback Riding Plus Tour to Sacsayhuaman, Quenqo, Puka Pucara and Tambomachay

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Discover four of the most famous Inca ruins near Cusco during this 4-hour horseback-riding adventure. Check out the Inca sites at Tambomachay, Sacsayhuaman, Puka Pucara and Qenqo during your ride, learning about the history of this ancient civilization and enjoying beautiful views of the mountainous countryside near Cusco along the way. Your horseback ride near Cusco also includes a guide, horseback riding gear, muleteer to watch the horses, snacks and water and round-trip transport from your hotel to the ranch where you’ll start your ride.
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  • 4 hours
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$79.71
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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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$1,449.00
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Half Day Horseback Riding Tour to Inca Ruins from Cusco

Half Day Horseback Riding Tour to Inca Ruins from Cusco

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The countryside outside Cusco is dotted with ancient ruins which shine a light on the region’s rich Incan history—but their remote locations make access a challenge. On this morning or afternoon tour, delve into the Andean countryside on horseback with your guide and cover the terrain with ease. Explore Incan ruins at Puka Pukara, Qenqo, Saqsayhuaman, and Tambomachay, with round-trip travel from your Cusco hotel included.
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  • 4 hours
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$70.52
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Special - Cusco City Tour - Private Experience

Special - Cusco City Tour - Private Experience

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Maximize your time in Cusco by taking a private tour of the historic city. Exploring with a personal tour guide lets you learn about aspects of the city’s history and culture that you would likely miss on your own. Plus, a guide helps you learn your way around the city and provides recommendations for the rest of your stay, making this an ideal introduction to the city for first-time visitors.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$86.09
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3 Best Private Tours of Cusco: City Tour, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

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3 Best Private Tours of Cusco: City Tour, Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

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Maximize time in Peru with a private, flexible, 3-day tour that includes highlights of Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and Machu Picchu. See the landscapes of the Andes Mountains and learn about the Incas and Peruvian culture while exploring temples, ruins, markets, and an alpaca farm. Transportation between attractions is included.
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  • 3 days
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$468.75
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$156.25 savings
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