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Cusco Ruins & Markets
- 5 hours
Total price tool tip
- *Approx package price
This Cusco tour thinks ahead and starts with a market visit to stock up on essential supplies for the day ahead. Smart move! Move on to explore Incan fortresses and temples used for rituals and ceremonies.
* Mingle with locals at San Pedro market.
* Practice your language skills and bargain for snacks.
* Visit Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay.
* Enjoy breathtaking views over Cusco.
What's included in this trip
Carbon Offset:Voucher exchange details
Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the trip.
Confirmation of booking
Please contact Cusco Urban Adventures to confirm your trip 24 hours prior to departure.
Latin Americans can be very conscious of appearance so try to be casual but conservative in your dress. Outside of beach areas halter tops and very short shorts should not be worn.
Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusive.
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour
Start the morning with a visit to the San Pedro market, which at an altitude of 3,400m is one of the highest in the world. Learn about the market’s history as you explore rows of local produce, colorful fabrics, flower vendors, shaman stalls and loud juice makers in the company of an English speaking guide. There is the opportunity to try out a few local words and purchase snacks for later in the day. Be ready for some entertaining local interaction.
Leave the unforgettable smells and flavors of the market behind as we depart by private transport to explore the Inca ruins just outside of Cusco.
First explore the impressive fortress of Sacsayhuaman. At an altitude of 3700 m and just 3 km from Cuzco, the fortress boasts walls up to 400 m long made out of boulders weighing from 128 - 200 tonnes. Every year the Inty Raymi, celebration of the sun, is celebrated on these ruins overlooking Cuzco.
The next stop is Q’enqo, a few minutes away. Q’enqo was once a major Inca ceremonial and ritual place.
Continue on to Puca Pucara or “red fortress”. This military construction was a part of the defense system of the Inca Empire. The name red fortress comes from the color of the rocks at sunrise.
The final stop on this Cusco day tour is to Tambomachay, also known as the "Bath of the Inca" in Spanish. It consists of a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls that run through terraced rocks. Learn the many theories of the site’s purpose before returning to Cusco.