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Half-Day Cusco City Tour

A concise tour to explore Cusco’s historic landmarks and vibrant culture.

Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

Half-Day

Difficulty

2/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Sightseeing

Overview

Half-Day Cusco City Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through the very essence of Incan heritage with our “Half-Day Cusco City Tour.” Traverse the golden passageways of the renowned Qoricancha and stand amidst the stone giants at Sacsayhuaman. This tour has been crafted meticulously to provide an immersive experience of Cusco’s most iconic and treasured landmarks.

Delve into the legends echoing through the mystical caves of Q’enqo and find solace in Tambomachay’s serene waters, a testament to the Inca’s bond with nature. With the guidance of our seasoned team, the “Half-Day Cusco City Tour” ensures that you relive the vibrant stories and cultural marvels of a bygone civilization that once flourished in the Andean heights.

Departure & Return Location Your Hotel in Cusco
Departure Times Morning: 8:00 AM | Afternoon: 1:00 PM
Estimated Return Times Morning: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Afternoon: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Guide Languages Available Guides fluent in English and Spanish
Key Attractions Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun), Sacsayhuaman, Mysteries of Q’enqo, Tranquil Tambomachay

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  • Standard Large GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max
  • Standard Small GroupGroup Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max
  • Private GroupGroup Size: Customizable
  • Deluxe Private GroupGroup Size: Customizable
  • Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 person
  • Deluxe Solo TravelerGroup Size: 1 person

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Tour Itinerary

Explore our expertly designed itinerary below, crafted to showcase breathtaking views and provide unique adventures every step of the way.

Cusco – Qoricancha – Sacsayhuaman – Pucapucara – Tambomachay – Cusco

Your adventure begins right from your hotel doorstep. We prioritize your comfort, and as we pick you up, our excitement to share Cusco’s wonders with you becomes palpable. The iconic Qoricancha, or the Temple of the Sun, is our first stop. Picture this: a temple so revered that its walls once shimmered with gold, dedicated to the powerful sun and moon gods. As we explore its corridors, you’ll feel the weight of history and the reverence of ceremonies long past.

Next, we’ll lead you to the architectural marvel that is Sacsayhuaman. This vast fortress, constructed with precision from colossal stone blocks, stands as a testament to Incan ingenuity. We’ve spent years gathering stories and secrets about this site, and as we walk its grounds, you’ll be transported back to a time of grand celebrations and sacred rituals.

The mysterious caves of Q’enqo await us afterward. There’s an aura here, a whisper of ancient rites and ceremonies dedicated to honoring the departed. As we delve deeper, the tales of mummification and sacred rituals come alive, giving you a glimpse into the spiritual practices of the Inca.

Our exploration then takes a serene turn at Tambomachay. The gentle flow of water and the tranquil surroundings here speak of purification rituals and the Incan reverence for nature’s elements. We’ve uncovered legends about emperors bathing in these waters, and as we share them, you’ll feel connected to the spiritual essence of this land.

As the sun begins its descent, we’ll journey back to the heart of Cusco. As we drop you off at your hotel, we hope that you’ll carry with you not just memories, but a deep appreciation for the rich tapestry of Incan culture and history.

Tour Highlights

Half-Day Cusco City Tour Highlights

  • Qoricancha (Temple of the Sun): Marvel at the once-golden temple, a centerpiece of Incan worship, where the sun and moon gods were revered.
  • Sacsayhuaman: Stand in awe of this architectural wonder, constructed with colossal stone blocks, and immerse yourself in tales of grand Incan celebrations and ceremonies.
  • Mysteries of Q’enqo: Explore the ancient caves and learn about the rituals of mummification and ceremonies dedicated to honoring the departed.
  • Tranquil Tambomachay: Experience serenity at this site of flowing waters, and hear legends of emperors and purification rituals, showcasing the Incan reverence for nature’s elements.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Detailing Every Aspect of Your Travel Experience: What’s Included and What’s Not

Standard Inclusions

All package options include the following:

  • Professional guides fluent in English and Spanish.
  • An additional guide for larger groups (more than 12 participants).
  • Convenient hotel pick-up and drop-off to ensure a hassle-free experience.
  • Round-trip private transportation.
  • Comprehensive insights and historical background at each site.
  • Basic first aid kit for emergency situations.

Exclusions:

Not included in our standard tour packages. Consider additional costs. Deluxe packages may cover some exclusions, as specified in the Additional Inclusions section.

  • Entrance fees to all sites (70 soles / approx. $25 USD, payable on-site in Peruvian soles).
  • Meals and refreshments.
  • Travel/health/emergency insurance.
  • Tips (optional and at your discretion).

Additional Inclusions

Deluxe Packages Only

Elevate your travel experience with our bespoke Deluxe Package, meticulously designed to offer an array of premium amenities and services.

Deluxe Packages Include:

  • Private Transportation: Transportation exclusively for your group.
  • Expert Guide: Professional guide for personalized exploration.
  • Customizable Itinerary: Tailor your day to fit your interests, giving you the freedom to focus on the sites that intrigue you the most.
  • VIP Support: Priority assistance and personalized service throughout your tour.
  • Fair Compensation: Ethical and fair remuneration ensured for all our dedicated team members
  • Entrance Fees: Covered fees for key attractions, ensuring a seamless experience.

Prices

Discover our diverse tour offerings, catering to various interests and providing unforgettable experiences for every traveler.

Standard Large Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 16ppl Max

USD

70

Per Person

Join a diverse group of travelers for an economical shared experience.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Standard Small Group

Group Size: 2 Min – 8ppl Max

USD

100

Per Person

Enjoy a more intimate setting, ideal for closer interactions and bonding.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
No Private Service

Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

150

Per Person

Curate your journey with exclusivity tailored to your group’s preferences.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Deluxe Private Group

Group Size: Customizable

USD

230

Per Person

Indulge in luxury, enhancing every aspect of your tour for a memorable experience.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

150

Per Person

Embrace the freedom of a solo adventure, with options to mingle or stay independent.

All standard inclusions
No Additional Inclusions
Private Service or Join a Group

Deluxe Solo Traveler

Group Size: 1 person

USD

240

Per Person

Elevate your solo journey with added luxury and attentive service.

All standard inclusions
Additional Inclusions
Private Service

Special Discounts

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • Student (-25 Years with Student Card): Save USD 20 with a valid Student Card for those younger than 25 years old.
  • Child (3 – 11 Years): Save USD 30 for children between 3 and 11 years old.
  • Infant (0 – 2 Years): Infants younger than 2 years old are free (must ride on the adult’s lap; for a separate seat, add them as a child).
  • Group Discount: Automatically applied during online booking.
    • Save USD 10/person for groups of 5-7 people.
    • Save USD 15/person for groups of 8-10 people.
    • Save USD 20/person for groups of 11+ people.

*Please note that the applicable age is considered at the time of completion of the trip.

Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

Kindly take a moment to read our Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy before booking. Happy adventuring!

Payment Terms

Beginning Your Adventure – Booking Confirmation and Deposit

Your journey starts with a commitment: a 30% deposit of the total tour cost. This initial investment is pivotal in activating the extensive preparatory process, ensuring every aspect of your tour is curated to perfection.

Final Payment: The Last Step Before Your Journey Begins

The remaining 70% of the tour cost is due no later than 48 hours before the commencement of your tour. This timely payment is critical to finalize all logistical arrangements, guaranteeing a hassle-free start to your adventure.

Expansive Payment Options for Ease and Flexibility

In line with our commitment to your convenience, Huaynas Expeditions accepts a variety of payment methods, including bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal. Please be aware that additional fees may apply depending on the payment method selected. Detailed payment procedures and potential fees can be found on our dedicated payment page.

Implications of Late Payments – Protecting Your Reservation

Adherence to the payment schedule is crucial. Late payments can unfortunately lead to the cancellation of your reservation, with the deposit being retained as a non-refundable fee. We urge you to maintain timely payments to safeguard your tour plans.

Policy for Last-Minute Adventurers

For those inspired to join this tour on short notice, namely less than 15 days before departure, full payment is required at the time of booking. This ensures that we can expedite all necessary preparations for your inclusion.

Cancellation Policy

Flexible Cancellation Options for Clients

We understand that circumstances can change, sometimes unexpectedly. If you find the need to cancel your booking, you have the flexibility to do so up to 30 days before the tour start date. In this case, you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee, acknowledging the efforts and resources already invested in planning your tour. Any additional balance paid will also be refunded, ensuring a fair and transparent process.

Understanding Cancellations Within 30 Days

We wish to draw your attention to our policy for cancellations made within 30 days of the tour departure. Given the advanced stage of preparations and commitments made at this juncture, we are unable to offer refunds. This policy is in place to balance the significant logistical arrangements and reservations made on your behalf.

Navigating Through Force Majeure

In the event of extraordinary and uncontrollable circumstances, such as natural disasters or significant political unrest, Huaynas Expeditions adopts a flexible approach. We prioritize your safety and satisfaction, offering to reschedule your trip or provide a credit for future travel, subject to availability.

Strong Advocacy for Comprehensive Travel Insurance

We cannot overstate the importance of securing comprehensive travel insurance. Such insurance plays a critical role in safeguarding your investment against unforeseen cancellations, emergencies, and other unexpected scenarios. It is a proactive measure to ensure peace of mind throughout your journey. Huaynas Expeditions is not responsible for any expenses arising from incidents not covered by your insurance policy.

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What to Pack

Your Essential Packing Guide for a Hassle-Free Adventure

Packing List

Prepare for an unforgettable journey with our essential packing guide. Here’s what you need to bring:

  • Personal identification (passport, ID card).
  • Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing (consider layers for varying temperatures).
  • Light rain jacket or poncho (weather can be unpredictable).
  • Hat or cap for sun protection.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera or smartphone for photos.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Personal snacks (granola bars, fruit, etc.).
  • Reusable canteen with water.
  • Cash for any extra expenses or tips.

Note:

This list is a general guideline. Adjustments may be necessary based on personal preferences and the season of travel. Always check the weather forecast before your trip and feel free to reach out to us for any specific advice or requirements.

Packing Tips

Pack Wisely with Our Essential Packing Tips

  • Pack Light: Since it’s a half-day tour, you won’t need to bring too much. Stick to essentials to avoid being burdened.
  • Be Prepared for Weather Changes: Cusco’s weather can be unpredictable. Packing a light rain jacket and an extra warm layer is always a good idea.
  • Secure Valuables: Use a money belt or hidden pouch for essential documents and money.
  • Respect Local Culture: When visiting religious or sacred sites, ensure you’re dressed modestly. It’s a good idea to carry a scarf or shawl.
  • Eco-Friendly Choices: Opt for a reusable water bottle and avoid single-use plastics. Consider the environment when making choices on the go.
  • Organize in Advance: Before your tour, lay out everything you plan to take. This gives you a chance to review your list and make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Local Expertise

As a Cusco-based travel agency, our knowledgeable local guides and travel experts have an in-depth understanding of Peru's history, culture, and hidden gems, ensuring an authentic and immersive experience.

Experienced Team

Our dedicated team shares a deep love for Peru and its diverse offerings, ensuring you receive a memorable and uniquely crafted travel experience.

Personalized Itineraries

We understand that every traveler has unique interests and preferences. That's why we work closely with you to create customized itineraries tailored to suit your travel goals and desires.

Top Support

Our devoted team is available 24/7 to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have, ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable travel experience.

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