Day 1: Arrival + Downtown Cusco City Tour
Arrive in Cusco, historic heartland and former capital of the Incan Empire. Your local guide will welcome you at the airport and will transfer yo...Arrive in Cusco, historic heartland and former capital of the Incan Empire. Your local guide will welcome you at the airport and will transfer you to your hotel. On route he/she will explain you the next few days' activities.
Cusco is the favorite destination of many visitors to Peru. As you wander the streets and side alleys of the city you will witness the perfect tapering Inca stonework that provided the foundations for many of Cusco’s colonial and modern buildings. The city itself is the continent's oldest continuously inhabited city and was the home of the Inca Empire for two centuries before the Spanish built their first capital here.
Today Cusco is a fascinating combination of both cultures. Take the time to acclimatize to the city's 3450-metre high (11,150 ft) altitude.
In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy of a nice tour around the most characteristic places in the center of Cusco. On the way you will see the Stone of Twelve Angles at the Inca Roca Palace, on Hatun Rumilloc Street. You’ll visit the Qoricancha temple, considered the most sacred Inca building. According to archaeologists it housed over 1000 priests and attendants. It was built over an Inca palace dedicated to the worship of the Sun.
Then, you’ll head to the heart of the city, “the Plaza de Armas”, surrounded by colonial arcades and four churches. Here you’ll appreciate the façade of the beautiful “Cathedral” of Cusco, built in the XVI.