Half-Day Cusco City Exploration: Discover the Heart of the Inca Empire

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

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Location

Cusco, Peru

Duration

Half-Day

Difficulty

2/10

Availability

Year Round

Tour type

Adventure

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
Price
FromUSD 70
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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.

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.

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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.

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Payment Terms & Cancellation Policy

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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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Discounts

Special Discounts

 

  • Adult (12+ Years): Standard rates apply for travelers over 12 years old.
  • 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.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

Dive into our in-depth guide on what’s included and not included for all package options on the Half-Day Cusco City Tour. With these carefully put-together lists, you’ll know exactly what to anticipate when booking the journey of a lifetime.

Standard Inclusions

Our Standard package offers a range of amenities and services for a comfortable and enjoyable trip experience. All package options include the following:

Not Included

The following items are not included in our trek packages. Please consider these additional costs when preparing for your trek. Note that some exclusions may be included in the Deluxe package, as mentioned in the Additional Inclusions section:

Additional Inclusions (Deluxe Package)

Upgrade to our Deluxe package for an enhanced and luxurious trekking experience. The Deluxe package includes these premium amenities and services, which can also be added individually to the Standard package:

What to Pack

When embarking on the Half-Day Cusco City Tour, it’s crucial to pack the right items for a successful and enjoyable experience.

Packing List

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

Got questions? We’ve got answers! Dive into our FAQ section for detailed responses to common queries. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, our team is just a click away to assist you.

How do I make a payment for the tour?

You can securely check out using PayPal or Credit Card on our website.

Do I need to carry cash during the tour?

While the main expenses are covered, it’s advisable to carry some cash in Peruvian soles for entrance fees (unless you’ve opted for the Deluxe package), personal expenses, snacks, or tips.

What happens if it rains during the tour?

Cusco’s weather can be unpredictable. We advise all participants to carry a light rain jacket or poncho. The tour will proceed as scheduled unless there are extreme weather conditions, in which case we will inform participants of any changes.

Are there restroom facilities available during the tour?

Restroom facilities are available at some of the key attraction sites. However, it’s a good idea to use the restroom at your hotel before departure, and always carry some toilet paper with you as it might not be available at all locations.

How early should I book the tour?

To ensure availability, especially during peak seasons, we recommend booking at least a month in advance. However, last-minute bookings can sometimes be accommodated based on availability.

What happens if I am late for the tour?

If you are running late, please contact us immediately. We may be able to make accommodations but cannot guarantee it.

Where does the tour start and end?

The tour starts and ends in Cusco. We provide pickups and drop-offs at your hotel in Cusco.

Is the tour suitable for children or elderly participants?

The tour is designed to be enjoyable for participants of all ages. However, it does involve some walking. If you’re traveling with young children or elderly family members, please let us know in advance so we can make necessary accommodations.

In case of a medical emergency, how is it handled?

All our guides are equipped with a basic first aid kit for minor injuries. For more serious emergencies, we have protocols in place to ensure the safety and well-being of our participants.

Can I extend my tour to a full day or combine it with another tour?

Yes, we offer a range of tour options and can customize packages based on your interests. Please contact our team to discuss potential combinations or extensions.

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