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CUSCO WALKING TOUR PLUS HALF DAY

The Walking Tour Cusco Tour explores the main squares, museums, the local market (San Pedro), the Qoricancha (the Temple of the Sun) and the main Cathedral.

Trip Overview

Destination

Qoricancha, Cusco

Altitude

3450 m | 11,319 ft

Type

Sightseeing, Historical

Duration

1/2 Day

Difficulty

Easy

Weather

Rain, Sun

This is a half-day tour. The city of Cusco is rich in Inca and colonial history and still celebrates the roots of each culture. The people of Cusco have mixed the Inca and Spanish traditions, religion, food and culture in a fascinating way.

The local art of Cusco, both past and present, is beautiful to behold and the current art is surprisingly modern and avant-garde. The local market in San Pedro is a feast for the eyes and includes everything from meat, flowers, fruits, vegetables, prepared foods, juices and local crafts. A true cultural experience, this tour will provide you with a deeper understanding of Cusco’s history and current customs.

Meeting point: your hotel or the Plaza Regocijo
Tour departure: 8:30am
End Tour: approximately 12:30 or 1pm
Daily departures: with 2+ people

This half-day tour is a wonderful introduction to the city of Cusco, where you can explore the main sites and areas of interest. This is a gentle walking tour, suitable for all fitness levels, and is a good way to acclimatize to the high altitude of Cusco, especially if you have also booked a hike.

The tour begins in the Plaza de Armas where we explore the beautiful main Spanish Cathedral which contains approximately 300 paintings. From here we walk to the incredible San Pedro Market, which sells all kinds of products, meat and poultry, as well as handicrafts. This is where the locals go to buy their groceries.

Then we continue to the Qoricancha (the Temple of the Sun) which was the most important religious center of the Inca era. Today it is also known as the Convent of Santo Domingo. We finish the tour in the Qoricancha or in the Plaza de Armas (at your choice) where it will be the perfect time for lunch.

What Includes?

  • Professional English speaking tour guide.
  • Entrance to Qoricancha (Santo Domingo Complex).
  • Entrance to main Cathedral in the Plaza de Armas.
  • Bottle of water and snacks.

Not included

  • Lunch (Your choice)
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips for your guide

Prices may vary according to your needs and preferences, contact us through the following options of your preference or send us a reservation to answer your questions. We will be happy to help you with your trip.

  • Daypack
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Camera
  • ISIC card if you are a student
  • Rainwear and warm jacket in case of inclement weather
  • Good shoes for walking on pavement and dirt roads
  • Cash for souvenirs, tips, extra snacks.
  • Cusco often experiences all the seasons in one day, so it is a good idea to wear a hat and warm gloves, as well as a hat for the sun when it rises in the morning so that you are prepared for all the time.

More details

For Explorape, the best time or month to visit Cusco is June, around the 24th of June, the main reason is that Cusco is on a holiday, so you can enjoy shows in the streets like: typical dances, folkloric parades, etc. This is without any additional cost.

You also have the option to see Inti Raymi, one of the most important festivities of the Incas.

But, you will see many tourists, and if you don’t like them much, you can visit Cusco in its low season, which is from November to April, although it rains in Cusco at this time, but something that is spectacular is that the mountains are green.

There is no difficulty in this tour.

The Cusco city tour ticket included in this tour is for one day and includes the sites seen on this tour only. If you plan to stay in Cusco for several days and/or plan to do several tours, you can change to the 10 day tourist ticket when you book your tour. The 10 day tour ticket includes the following sites:

  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Q’enko
  • Puca Pucara
  • Tambomachay
  • Ruins of Pisac
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Ruins
    Chinchero
  • Tipon
  • Pikillacta
  • Moray
  • Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo (Cusco Center of Native Art)
  • Pachacuteq Inca Monument/Museum (Monumento Pachacuteq)
  • Qoricancha Site Museum
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo Municipal de Arte Contemporáneo)
  • Museum of Popular Art
    Regional History Museum

Please note that this ticket does not include

  • Qoricancha aka the Santo Domingo Complex (10 soles entrance fee)
  • Main cathedral (25 soles entrance)
  • Maras (10 soles entrance)
  • Andahuaylillas (10 soles entrance fee)
  • Salineras  – Salt Mines of Maras (10 soles entry)

If you wish to volunteer or donate, we can put you in touch with various communities in Cusco, who need help in various aspects, our main contact is:
Cristo Rey Tikari School: Located in Ocongate distric, close to Ausangate Mountain. They need some basic things like: clothes, toys, books, pens, pencils, brushes, etc.

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Why Explorape?

As a local company from Cusco, we want to use local hands for all the services we provide. And thus help people who have fewer opportunities to improve their income.

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  • Local Guides

    We work with local guides, most of whom are rural people who have migrated to the city and some of them are from Casa del Maestro.

  • Reliable

    We are a local company with a vision of helping local communities.

  • We help local non-profit organizations

    We support Casa del Maestro, an organization that helps young people from the countryside to study and have a place to stay in the city.

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