On a walk through the streets of Cusco, the great walls and palaces built by the Incas exhibit the colossal architecture of the capital city of Tahuantinsuyo. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived, they used the Inca stone structures as foundations for the churches, convents, and stately homes they built. This symbiosis forms part of the unique character of the city, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
Ruins Around Cusco
Our classic tours await you, you will discover the magic and history that our country can offer you, from knowing our city of Cusco, to the lost city of the Incas Machu Picchu, in addition to knowing the Sacred Valley. And let’s not forget that we will be able to share beautiful moments with the local people.
The archaeological complex is located at the top of the mountain, Machu Picchu (in Quechua means ancient mountain or important mountain) which gives the name to the citadel and the impressive landscape that we have all seen. In front of it, the incredible mountain of Wayna Picchu appears (“young mountain”) in whose top and slopes some archaeological remains are located. Both peaks are bordered by the mighty Urubamba River that runs eastward, 400 meters below the citadel.
The archaeological complex of Machupicchu is located in the department of Cusco, in the province of Urubamba and in the district of Machupicchu. It is nestled on the eastern slopes of the Vilcanota mountain range, a mountain range restricted by the Apurimac and Urubamba rivers. At 13º7′ south latitude and 72035′ west longitude of the Greenwich meridian, Machupicchu is at an altitude of 2,350 meters above sea level (main plaza).
The Sacred Valley Peru is between the towns of Pisac and Ollantaytambo, parallel to the river Vilcanota. You can access it from the city of Cusco. It is composed of many rivers flowing down gullies and valleys, has numerous archaeological monuments and indigenous peoples.
Machu Picchu can be reached by crossing the different Inca trails (treks to Machu Picchu) or by using the Hiram Bingham road (this road climbs the hill of Machu Picchu from Puente Ruinas train station, located at the bottom of the canyon). It is important to mention that this road is not integrated into the national road network of Peru and is born in the town of Aguas Calientes, which in turn can only be accessed by rail (from the Poroy train station in Cusco or from the train station in Ollantaytambo, in the province of Urubamba).
Known as Las Salineras de Maras in Spanish, these Peruvian salt mines have been operational since pre-Inca times. These Inca salt mines in Peru are better described as salt evaporation ponds, or salt pans, since “mining” conjures up inaccurate connotations for the process thereof.
This tour is known for combining beautiful natural landscapes, Inca architecture in Tipon, pre – Inca Wari architecture in Pikillacta and a beautiful chapel, known as the “Sistine Chapel of America” We pick you up from your Hotel between 9:00am and 9:30am to start visiting theses incredible places.
The ancient capital of the Inca Empire is home to a wide variety of tourist attractions, including Machu Picchu. However, the Inca Citadel is not the only archaeological site that enjoyed great importance in Inca times. There is also the Raqchi Archaeological Complex, which, although not very well known, is a set of high quality buildings. The immense Temple of Wiracocha stands out there. Get to know the history behind such peculiar constructions in this archeological zone little known by tourists.
The Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba Valley in the Andes is the place of birth of the Incas civilisation. Due to its special geographical qualities, the valley boasts exceptional fertility and good climate even when other regions of modern Peru are suffering from longstanding droughts. Researchers believe that this easy supply of agricultural provisions enabled the Incas to free part of the population from farming, and in the 11th century they began occupation of nearby territories and established the Great Inca Empire Tawantinsuyu (In Quechua Tawantin Suyu, Tawantinsuyu is a descriptive term indicating a union of provinces).
The full day in Cusco will show you all the history of the city of Cusco from the attractions located within the city of Cusco such as the Cathedral and the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha) and the places around Cusco such as Sasayhuaman, Qenqo, Pucapucara and Tambomachay. Full day Cusco is just one denomination if the Cusco city tour only takes half a day and usually starts at half a day. Our travel agency in Cusco invites you to book this tour and get to know the city of Cusco on the first day of your visit.