Duration: Half day
Departures: Daily, all year
We start our tour taking you up the hills of Cusco to the Cristo Blanco (the “White Jesus” of Cusco) from where you will have a stunning panoramic view over the City and the amazing landscape. On our way down to the city centre we pass the archaeological remains of Saqsayhuaman, an impressive walled Inca complex made of large polished dry stone walls. It is a great example of the mastery the Incas had for stonework and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983.
Our first destination in the centre will be the barrier San Blas, a charming and lively quarter in the historic city that is home to an important parish church and many artisans, workshops and craft shops. We will walk through its narrow and steep streets with old houses built by the Spanish over important Inca foundations and stop at the famous Stone of the Twelve Angles for some pictures. Then we continue to the Inca Museum, also known as the Archaeological Museum of Cusco, which contains artifacts that trace Peruvian history from pre-Inca civilizations and Inca culture to the impact of the Conquest and colonial times on these native cultures. After a comrehensive tour in the museum we continue our walk to the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s main square in the heart of the city with its beautiful fountain and the impressive Cathedral.Our last stop will be the local market San Pedro, a huge market that operates every day of the week with a variety of items being sold, such as beautiful pastries, fresh juices, delicious cheese, huge breads bigger than your head, tropical fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, fresh Coca leaves and also “weird” products likes snakes in bottles, animal snouts and heads and soups served with a jawbone in it. You can take as much time as you want here to roam around the numerous small stands, get inspired by the very special flair of this place and buy souvenirs like traditional jewelry, textiles and ceramics.
Bus from custo to Cristo Blanco
Professional tour guide (spanish and english)
Entrance to Inca Museum
Other services not mentioned in the program