The city of Cusco on foot

Half day

Customizable tour? Yes

The archaeological capital and hub of Peru’s tourist industry is located in the southern Andes, in a fertile valley at an altitude of 3,400 meters [11,154 feet], a one-hour flight from the international airport in Lima.

Cusco’s population currently stands at around 300,000 and is mostly composed of mixed-race descendants of Spanish and indigenous descent, and the descendants of the Incas, many of whom continue to speak their native Quechua.

Cusco has been inhabited since pre-Inca times by a succession of cultures. The Quechua-speaking Inca ethnic group came to prominence in the early 15th century, and began its imperial expansionist phase under the great Inca leader Pachacutec, around 1438. As the Inca empire expanded, their capital was enlarged to reflect their growing might. Great temples and palaces were erected, and the vestiges of these magnificent edifices can be seen to this day, as they form the basis for the splendid colonial-era structures built by the Spanish from the third decade of the 16th century onwards.

The tour is on foot, but we use transportation if necessary.
English-speaking guide
Cusco Visitor’s Ticket (required for entering the attractions included in the itinerary)
Not included
Any drinks purchased during the tour.
What to bring
Rain jacket
Warm clothes
Comfortable walking boots or shoes
Cap and sunglasses
Rates and Group Sizes

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  • Price for 2 travelers USD 65 (per person)
  • Price for 3 – 4 travelers USD 55 (per person)
  • Price for 5 – 6 travelers USD 50 (per person)
  • Price for 7 – 10 travelers USD 41 (per person)

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Tour plan

Day 1

Explore historic Cusco and its major attractions during a half-day excursion.

Your tour will begin with the Inca Temple of the Sun, or Qorikancha, where our expert guide will explain the history of this major Inca religious site. From here, we will continue to the imposing colonial-era cathedral, which was built between 1560 and 1654 on the site of the palace of the Inca Wiracocha. It is a magnificent example of European art made by the indigenous population. Its main altar is completely covered in silver, and the church contains many fine paintings from the Cusco School of religious art.

We will walk-through streets lined with Inca walls on our way to the San Blas neighborhood, famous today, as it was in Inca times, for its skilled craftsmen, to visit the magnificent carved cedar pulpit of the San Blas church. Its narrow cobblestone streets keep intact the colonial atmosphere with vestiges of the splendid palaces of the Inca period, walk along Hatun Rumiyoc street, where the famous Stone of the 12 angles belonging to the palace of the Inca Sinchi Roca is located.

visiting time: 4 hours


  • Cusco 3,400 meters / 11,159 feet.


What is the best thing to do in cases of altitude sickness?

Our guides are trained to assist travelers in the event of acute mountain sickness. They can provide an emergency oxygen bottle and first aid kit; however, travelers should carry their own personal medication, such as treatment for headaches or stomach ailments.

Will I be met at the airport?

Yes, if your itinerary includes transfers or you have asked us to pick you up, our staff will be at the airport to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. We can also provide airport transfers at the end of your itinerary.

How can I prepare for high altitude?

The best way to deal with high altitude is by allowing the body time to adapt. We recommend at least one day at altitude with minimal activity, to allow the organism to begin to adjust. During your first days at altitude, your metabolism will be working hard to produce more red blood cells and carry the limited oxygen available around your body more efficiently. Be sure to eat lightly during your first few days at altitude, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.

Do I need a visa to enter Peru?

Travelers with a US, UK, Canadian, Australian or New Zealand passport do not need a visa to enter Peru for tourism or business for up to 90 days. For those traveling on another passport, information on visa requirements for Peru is available at

Should I travel with cash or cards?

Cash is easy to exchange for local currency, and at popular tourism destinations US dollars are readily accepted. If you plan to use cards, inform your bank before departure that you will be using your cards overseas. Current exchange rates can be checked at

Are ATMs available?

ATMs are available at most of the destinations included in our itineraries, providing both US dollars and local Peruvian currency. The most secure ATMs are those located in banks, hotels, restaurants or stores.

What about payment, do I need to make a deposit?

After we have confirmed your booking you will need to pay a deposit, the amount of which will depend on the tour you book and the size of your party. The remaining balance must be paid at our office in Cusco at least 2 days prior to the scheduled departure date, before 19:30. Payment should be made in US dollars or local currency. When we confirm your booking, we will send you more details about how to complete payment.

If I cancel my trip, can I get a refund?

Refund are available up to a certain date, after which only a percentage of the amount paid can be refunded. Please ask us for our booking conditions at time of booking.

Is my passport valid?

We recommend that visitors to Peru travel on a passport valid for at least six months after the scheduled end of their trip.

Do I need vaccinations?

No vaccinations are mandatory for entering Peru. However, most international travelers choose to vaccinate themselves against hepatitis A, typhoid fever and tetanus. If you are planning to travel to the Amazon basin, you should consider malaria prophylaxis and yellow fever vaccination. Check with your physician or local clinic before traveling.

Who will guide me?

At Andean Adventures Peru, we work with experienced local guides, all of whom have graduated in tourism after a 5-year course at a Peruvian university. All our guides speak English and Spanish and are knowledgeable, patient and informative. Guides in other major languages are also available upon request.

What kind of weather should I expect?

Weather in Peru varies according to the geographic region you are traveling in, and also altitude. In the Andean highlands (Cusco, Arequipa and Lake Titicaca), where UV levels are high, daytime temperatures peak at between 15 to 21 Celsius (60 and 70 Fahrenheit), while nighttime temperatures range from 1.1 to 5.5 Celsius (30 to 42 Fahrenheit). During the dry season (from April to October), the weather tends to be clear and sunny. The rainiest months are January and February. In the Amazon basin the hottest and most humid months occur during the wet season (from December to April), with the rainiest months being January and February, although of course it can rain at any time in tropical and subtropical forests. Peru’s desert coast is warm all year round, although Lima and the surrounding coastal belt are usually overcast outside the summer months (January to March). There is almost no rainfall in Lima, but humidity is high. Machu Picchu is situated at around 2400 meters (7875 feet) above sea level in an area of subtropical cloud forest. Daytime temperatures range from 26 to 29 Celsius (80 to 85 Fahrenheit). There is the chance of rain at any time of year. The driest months are May to September.


USD 41

Half day

Customizable tour? Yes

All elements of these itineraries can be tailored to your interests and travel style.

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