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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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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.
  • Half-day guided sightseeing tour of Cusco
  • Visit the San Pedro market, Temple of the Sun, and Convent of Santo Domingo
  • Learn about the history and heritage of the Inca people
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from select hotels included
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Live guide
Entrance tickets to Cathedral & Korikancha Temple
Hotel pickup & drop-off. Note: Some hotels are in areas where the access by vehicle is not allow..

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
This activity includes roundtrip transfer from your hotel, apartment or home. Some locations are in areas where the access by vehicle is not permitted. Send your details in order to arrange your pickup and drop-off in a nearby place.

Departure Time

2:00 PM
Depart from your Cusco hotel and begin your tour at the ambient San Cristobal main square; absorb panoramic views of the architecturally rich city before visiting the vibrant San Pedro Market. Browse artisan treasures and vibrant stalls, perhaps purchasing a special souvenir to take home.

Next, venture to the sacred Temple of the Sun (Korikancha); it is reputed that when conquerors arrived in Cusco, the temple was covered in solid gold. Admire the architectural precision of the interior before touring the consecrated confines of the Convent of Santo Domingo while listening to captivating commentary from your guide.

See, too, the Artisan’s Quarters of San Blas, a picturesque area over which an impressive church reigns supreme. Admire the intricate woodwork within before marveling at the renowned angular stones of Hatun Rumiyoc as you follow your guide to one of the city’s most impressive monuments, its Cathedral. Gaze up at the filigreed ceiling and admire the impressive altarpiece, perusing the classic colonial paintings that adorn the Cathedral’s walls.

When your tour concludes, return to your Cusco hotel with newfound cultural knowledge.
Stop At:  
Centro Historico De Cusco
Your sightseeing tour begins at the Artisans’ Quarters of San Blas to visit its church and its particularly impressive carved woodwork. On your way to the Cathedral, you'll stop by the Hatun Rumiyoc street where the famous twelve angular stone is. In the Cathedral, you'll have the opportunity to see its beautiful woodwork and colonial paintings before heading back to your Cusco hotel.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cusco Cathedral
The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin, also known as Cusco Cathedral, is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cusco. The cathedral is located on the Plaza de Armas. The entire building was built between 1560-1654.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Originally named Intikancha or Intiwasi, it was dedicated to Inti, and is located at the old Inca capital of Cusco. Mostly destroyed after the 16th century war with the Spanish conquistadors, much of its stonework forms the foundation of the Santo Domingo church and convent.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mercado Central de San Pedro
The old market of San Pedro, in the middle of the city of Cusco, is an incredible place to meet with locals, see the groceries, potatoes, incas corns, oropesa breads, cheesses, and some handicrafts. This spot is the place to feel the flavors and scents. It´s an intimate experience with the culture, gastronomy and history.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
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This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

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    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cusco Imperial City Sightseeing Half Day ?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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    What is the policy on sanitization during Cusco Imperial City Sightseeing Half Day ?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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    What is the social distancing policy during Cusco Imperial City Sightseeing Half Day ?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cusco Imperial City Sightseeing Half Day ?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
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    109 Reviews

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    Cusco walking tour
    , Jan 2022
    We had a blast on the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about Cusco and its history. I highly recommend booking.
    Great experienced guide who gave us a wonderful experience.
    , Oct 2021
    Touring the churches, the streets and the safe travel experience. It was a nice small experience and historical.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Must See Tour of Cusco with Wonderful Guide!
    , Jul 2021
    I'm so happy I made this booking! The tour company Viajes Pacificos was extremely organized and helped relieve any of my doubts about traveling solo. When I arrived to my hotel, a representative met me at my hotel to inform me where to meet my guide later that day. I was immediately put at ease! At the tour start time, Gabriel met me at my hotel as previously promised and we began our tour. I learned so much in such a short amount of time! Additionally, Gabriel was happy to take pictures of me in each of the locations which isn't always a guarantee when traveling alone. He gave great insight and I didn't feel rushed. The tour was by van and on foot. I am super grateful for the employees at Viajes Pacificos. I couldn't have explored the places I wanted to see in Cusco without them!
    Great way to see all Cusco stops in one afternoon.
    Jessica B
    , Nov 2019
    We wanted a way to see the main sights of Cusco in one afternoon, with a little more history than if we were to just look at everything ourselves. This tour did all of that, plus organized the day so it was easy and efficient to see everything without having to order cars, follow maps, etc. Our guide was very kind and educated, and our driver was good and safe!
    Cusco city tour
    , Oct 2019
    Tour guide was very proficient with the history of the city. We visited churches, archeological sites, markets, and other interesting places with Inkan history. He has a vast knowledge to share. We really enjoyed his sharing the culture, traditions and history of the places we visited.
    Great Way to See Everything at Once
    Dana V
    , Sep 2019
    Cusco is a pretty small city, and this tour was a great way to see everything in one go. Our tour guide was super friendly and knowledgeable, giving us information we never would have gotten if we toured the attractions on our own. We really loved the market and the church, and lucked into walking by the 12-angle stone while no one else was around. Definitely a good way to spend the afternoon.
    Nice tour, however our guide was not...
    Bertrand T
    , Sep 2018
    Nice tour, however our guide was not particularly in a good shape that day. But very eloquent and instructed. We had the impression that he expedite the end of the tour.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    I had just landed and was on my own...
    , Jul 2018
    I had just landed and was on my own and this Cusco tour with Viajes Pacifico was a perfect way to start out my trip and get the lay of the land. The guides explanation of Cusco's history was wonderful and the sites even more so! Beautiful place and fabulous tour guide!!!!!
    Most of this tour was spent bumping...
    Mark R
    , Jul 2018
    Most of this tour was spent bumping around in Cusco traffic. We went to another hotel on the other side of town presumably to pick up other passengers - they were presumably no shows but there was no explanation. After a brief tour of the markets we navigated back to the same hotel to pick up a couple who by now were presumably an hour late in a 3 hour tour - again no explanations or apologies or introductions. More traffic - a few stops and ended up back within 50 meters of our hotel to start the walking component. At no stage did the guide outline the itinerary or explain what was going on. While he gave quite interesting commentary when we did stop at various sights it was as if he was reciting by rote and at speed presumably to make up for lost time -he gave the impression he was clearly bored. Some of the views expressed on the inter-mixture of Catholicism and local beliefs were very interesting but somewhat dogmatic. Overall one of the worst of many city tours we have done world wide. Avoid.
    Tour was good and the guide was very...
    , Apr 2018
    Tour was good and the guide was very knowledgeable.

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