- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: City Tour
Off The Beaten Cusco City Tour
Off The Beaten Cusco City Tour
The noble and great city of Cusco is considered the Archaeological Capital of America. The ancient capital of the Incas is a place full of archeological sites, museums, temples and more; magical places like the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, the temple of Coricancha, the archaeological centers of Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, the Main Square, San Pedro market, San Ccristobal viewpoint and the Cathedral of Cusco. Although it is possible to visit these places on your own, the best way is to do the Cusco City Tour is with a travel agency and a tour guide.
Off The Beaten Cusco City Tour, Trip Overview
- Tour localization: Cusco city and its outskirts.
- Tour type: 1 day by bus
- Good for: Everybody, done in small groups or privately
- Difficulty: Not hiking, but a lot of walking around the destinations.
- Highlights: Local Market. Cathedral and Sun temple. Witch and healer town. Local bakehouse and typical guinea pig preparation.
- Language: All our tours are done only in English; If you need a Spanish tour, it must be booked privately and done at the initial booking.
- Season: All year around
Day 1: San Pedro Market – Cathedral – Coricancha – Huasao – Oropesa – Tipon.
To start our Exclusive Cusco City Tour; We’ll pick you up from your accommodation at 7:30 am. We´ll visit the local San Pedro market; here your guide will show and teach you about: bizarre food, endemic fruits, home and nature medicine and many other curious and interesting things. We walk 8 minutes to the main Cusco cathedral. Where will learn about beautiful canvases decorated with gold leaf; their artistic style and symbolism. Then we’ll head by foot for 10 minutes, to the Convent of Santo Domingo; which was built on the Koricancha: an ancient Inca shrine dedicated to the most important Inca deities. Continuing with our Exclusive Cusco City Tour; We´ll be driven for 40 minutes to Huasao; which is a witch and plant healer town. Here will learn about the techniques and procedures; that they use to heal people from sickness and negative energies. Also a fortune teller may tell you about your future; reading it through coca leaves. Then we´ll be transported for 10 minutes to Oropesa; where will visit a typical bakehouse. Oropesa is known as the capital of bread in Peru; so we will taste different types, sizes and flavours of bread. Continuing with our Exclusive Cusco City Tour. We’ll be driven for 5 minutes to a typical restaurant; to have as lunch: baked guinea pig. «If you don’t want to try guinea pig; there is many other options such as: trout, chicken, pork and soups». This is the perfect place to eat guinea pig as locals do. The restaurant is well known by locals; due to its delicious guinea pig preparation. Then we´ll be driven back for 40 minutes to Cusco; where we arrive around 13:30 pm.
** The restaurant we visit is a place where people from Cusco usually go; however cleanliness and care in the preparation of its food is guaranteed.
** Our Off the Beaten Cusco City Tour service, is door to door.
Included on the Beaten Cusco City Tour
Professional local english speaker Guides: All our super leaders grew up in cusco region and studied tourism for five years at cusco’s university; they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety into our Beaten Cusco City Tour.
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit; we will purchase your permits for the inca ruins located into the Cusco City Tour.
Briefing: you should come to our office at least one day prior to your tour to pay the balance; and provide exact information about your accommodation and receive some details for the tour.
Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this Cusco City Tour. You will be picked up from your hotel at 12:30 am. and taken into all the inca sites located in Cusco city and its outskirts.
Details: We profess that it is the attention to small details that separates us from other travel agencies. Each tourist will receive an umbrella for rain that you can also use for protection against the sun; due the solar radiation is very high, in places located near the equator.
First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on our tours; which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.
Not Included on the Cusco City Tour
Gratuities for our staff: Incas Path ensures all staff are fairly paid; and therefore gratuities are optional and at your own discretion
Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all tourist
Daypack: We suggest you to use a daypack that not exceed 25L to carry passport, water, sunhat, sunglasses, suncream, bug spray, rain jacket and a warm jacket
Hotel in Cusco
We would love to tour the Cusco City Tour; with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to the lost city of the Incas.
We can leave any day of the year, as long as we meet at least two people; our train tours can leave any day of the week, twelve months a year.
- $170 per person
Important Note: This sacred valley of the incas tour is only done privately and our prices are based on a group of two to four; you will travel in a private van.
If your group is larger than four, please ask to an Incas Path representative for a special offer.
Important Note ll: We sometimes offer to combine private tours (with your permission) into small groups with a discount. Let us know if you would like to others joining you.
- – $ 10 discount per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC), at the beginning of the hike; or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17; we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of Machu Picchu.
Please send everything to firstname.lastname@example.org
We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack; that the is key to feeling good during this Cusco City Tour.
- Original Passport ,
- STUDENT CARD (if you booked as a student)
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better)
- Comfortable athletic shoes (lightweight with good soles)
Inside Your Daypacks:
Daypacks can be any size for walking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items are listed below
- Rain gear
- Rain jacket
- Music (IPhone)
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips
- Personal medication
Arriving to Cusco
The airport in Cusco at the present time is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.
The best way to arrive to Cusco is by air and there are several options in airlines. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights.
Expect delays or flight cancellations; due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land and any weather inconvenience will stop air traffic.
Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses company such as Oltursa, Cruz del Sur, etc, are very well maintained and comfortable; this option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno or Arequipa.
Even though this is an overnight tour by train to Machu Picchu, your luggage allowance is still limited due to restrictions on the train; all bags brought to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) need to be carry on size.
Any extra luggage you have with you, can be left safely in Cusco at either your hotel or with us at the Incas Path deposit while you enjoy your tour: We will grab the extra luggage from you the morning of your tour and return once you are back in Cusco.
Make sure your suitcase have some kind of identification on them so they are easy to locate.
As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air; that is why we advice you to arrive in Cusco three days prior your trek begin or taking a tour of easy physical demand.
With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our representatives and we will help you get to a physician.
Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust, drink plenty of fluids such as water, electrolites or coca tea: coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness, leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids like the globulin alkaloid which helps creating red cells in your body that captures the oxygen faster, so helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness.
Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol it will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated, avoid smoking due it will make more difficult for your body to get oxygen and also avoid sleeping pills because it may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.
Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as acetazolamide better know as the brand Diamox and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness; start medication two days prior you get to a high altitude and continue to take it while you are at high altitude.
Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December, just be prepared; no matter what month you are doing the trek or tour, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.
To protect your journey investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance; acquiring travel insurance before you leave home, is strongly encouraged and very easy.
The body’s immune system helps protect against pathogens that cause infection; most of the time, it’s an efficient system, it either keeps microorganisms out or tracks them down and gets rid of them.
However, some pathogens can overwhelm the immune system; when this happens, it can cause serious illness.
The pathogens most likely to cause problems are the ones the body doesn’t recognize: vaccination is a way to “teach” the immune system how to recognize and eliminate an organism; that way, your body is prepared if you’re ever exposed.
Vaccinations are an important form of primary prevention; that means they can protect people from getting sick, vaccinations have allowed us to control diseases that once threatened many lives, such as: measles, poliotetanus, and whooping cough.
You may require some additional vaccinations before traveling to Peru; it is adviced you consult to your physician specially if your are taking any trip to the jungle