Private Walking Tour of Cusco
For the Incas, Cusco was the “navel of the world” and the capital of their entire empire. Nowadays, it is probably Peru’s most attractive and storied city, and its fascinating blend of ancient and colonial history mixed with a dynamic, contemporary culture leaves most visitors smitten.
A guide will pick you up from your hotel at a pre-arranged time and you’ll set off on a fully private walking tour of Peru’s treasured city. Examine the exhibits of the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, which will help you understand Peruvian culture, before soaking up the laid-back atmosphere of the bohemian San Blas neighborhood – a gathering spot for Cusco’s artistic community. During your guided city tour, you’ll also enter the Church of San Blas, whose simple adobe shell hides an intricate, cedar wood pulpit, created by Quechua carver Juan Tomas Tuyro Tupaq more than four centuries ago.
Afterwards, follow your guide down Hatun Rumiyoc passageway where you can inspect the impressively put-together walls, whose mortarless stones slot together perfectly. From here, follow your guide to Qorikancha, also known as the Temple of the Sun, the main religious center of the Inca sun cult. The temple was destroyed by the Spanish who built an elaborate colonial convent on the site, but the original foundations remain, and are some of the best Inca stonework in the city. Next, enjoy a spot of shopping at the local San Pedro market. After that, you’ll have a free afternoon to explore Cusco at your leisure, before retiring to your stylish and family-friendly hotel.