Cusco Day Tours

Cusco City Tour & Sacred Valley Tour

 

Peru Treks is a specialist Inca Trail tour operator and we only operate treks using our own guides and equipment. We don't operate day tours ourselves but our office staff are always happy to arrange a day tour for you with other specialist operators in Cusco. We don't accept advanced internet bookings but day tours can easily be booked just one day in advance by visiting our office.

 

There are many companies offering half-day Cusco city tours and full day Sacred Valley tours and no doubt your hotel will also try to sell you a day tour. On the whole the quality of the tours range from "just ok" to "fairly good". Obviously our office staff will put you in touch with a company that consistently receives the best reviews and is most reliable but the guides are frequently rotated so we can never guarantee the standard of the guide. We are happy to give you the address of the office of the company offering the day tours so you can book direct or, for a commission of a few dollars, we can confirm the arrangements in our office.

 

Useful Information: to gain entry to most of the places of interest that you will visit as part of a day tour you will need to buy a Cusco Tourist Ticket (Boleto Turistico) - see info below. The Sacred Valley tour is a circuit of around 200km so buying a tour is much easier than trying to arrange it yourself using public transport and still works out very economical. However due to distance and the limited time available most day tours do not have time to visit the ruins at Pisac deciding to spend more time at the traditional market instead. If you want to visit the ruins at Pisac then make sure you request this at the time of booking and ensure it is written on your receipt (visiting the ruins at Pisac can add another 2 hours to the tour so you will have less time at the market in Pisac and other places of interest). The Sacred Valley tour is relatively cheap and often offered at close to cost price. In order for companies to make extra money they will often stop at a relatively expensive restaurant for a buffet lunch (optional). This lunch is often cheaper if bought as part of an all-inclusive package. You are under no obligation to eat at the restaurant so your could just walk next door to a cheaper one or buy food and snacks at Pisac market to eat later. Some guides will take you to exclusive markets and gift shops. Frequently the prices of souvenirs are inflated to include for the commissions. Special prices negotiated by the guide are often not for your own interest.  Again you are under no obligation to purchase any items. All tours allow you plenty of time on your own at all places of interest so you can buy any souvenirs wherever you prefer. It's often more fun this way although a basic knowledge of Spanish may help you negotiate a better price!

 

Summary: Day tours can be arranged in Cusco just one day in advance. Day tours are not operated by Peru Treks but by other companies. In our opinion the quality of the day tours can be a bit "hit and miss" as often it depends on which guide is leading the group however the tours are relatively cheap and offer excellent value even if its just for the transport services alone. The Inca Trail trek is operated by Peru Treks and therefore we have direct control of the quality and know the guide will be great. We can help you book day tours in our office (no hard sell) or we can point you in the right direction and you just book it yourself.

 

 

Typical services and prices given below (subject to change depending on the actual company offering this service on the date that you require).

 

 

Cusco City Tour (half day)

 

(approximate duration 4 hours)

 

Group Service (up to 30 people)

Departures 13:30pm (Mon - Sat)

Price: US$15 per person

Description of excursion: Afternoon guided tour of the city of Cusco and nearby Inca ruins. Includes a visit to the Plaza de Armas (main square), the Cathedral, Koricancha (Inca Temple of the Sun) and nearby important Inca ruins at Sacsayhuaman, Q'enko, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay.

Includes: Hotel pick-up, Transport, English-speaking guide.

Does not include: Entrance fees (see information about the Cusco Tourist Ticket below)

Reservations: One day in advance is fine.

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Sacred Valley Tour (Full day)

 

Group Service (up to 30 people)

Departures: 08:30 (Tues, Thurs & Sun)

Price: US$20 per person

Description of excursion: Full day tour of the Sacred Valley of the Incas including a visit to Pisac traditional market, Ollantaytambo village and Inca ruins, Chinchero plaza, church and Inca ruins. We will also make a stop at Urubamba for lunch.

Includes: Hotel pick-up, Transport, English-speaking guide.

Does not include: Entrance fees (see information about the Cusco Tourist Ticket below), lunch at Urubamba. We will stop at a restaurant with pretty garden that serves a buffet lunch at a cost of about US$7 per person. However if you require a more basic meal then there are other local restaurants nearby that offer a set meal for just a couple of dollars.

Reservations: One day in advance is fine.

 

 

 

Cusco Tourist Ticket

 

Officially known as the Boleto Turistico Unico (BTU) this visitors ticket costs 130 Peruvian Soles (approx US$41) and 70 Peruvian Soles for students with an ISIC card (approx US$22). The ticket is valid for 10 days and can be bought at the OFEC office at Avenida Sol 103 office 102 (Mon-Fri 8am-6.30pm , Sat 8am-2pm) or at any of the sites included on the ticket below. Official website www.boletoturisticocusco.com

 

The tourist ticket allows entrance to 16 sites which are:

 

In the city of Cusco

 

  • Museum of Regional History (Museo de Historia Regional)
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (Museo Palacio Municipal de Arte Contemporaneo)
  • Qoricancha Museum (Museo de Sitio del Qoricancha) - but not Qoricancha itself
  • Museum of Popular Art (Museo de Arte Popular)
  • Native Music and Dance Centre (Centro Qosqo de Arte Nativo)
  • Pachacutec Monument (Monumento Pachacutec)

 

Just outside of the City (and usually visited as part of a half day city tour)

 

  • Sacsayhuaman
  • Q'enko
  • Tambomachay
  • Puca Pucara

 

In the Sacred Valley & around Chinchero (usually visited as part of a full day Sacred Valley tour except Moray)

 

  • Pisac
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Chinchero
  • Moray

 

To the south of Cusco (and rarely visited)

 

  • Pikillacta (near Urcos and the only major pre-Inca ruin in the Cusco area)
  • Tipon (mainly Inca terracing).

 

 

 

Entrance tickets to the following sites are not included in the Boleto Turistico and must be purchased separately

 

  • Cathedral (S/.25) or free with Religious Sites Ticket - see below
  • La Compania  (S/.10)
  • Koricancha / Qoricancha /Temple of the Sun (S/.10)
  • Inka Museum (S/.10),
  • Museo de Arte Precolombino (S/.20)
  • La Merced (S/.6)
  • Museo de Arte Religioso del Arzobispado (S/.15) or free with Religious Sites Ticket - see below
  • San Blas Church (S/.10) or free with Religious Sites Ticket - see below
  • San Cristobal Church (S/.5)
  • Museo y Convento de San Francisco (S/.5)

 

 

 

Religious Sites Ticket - El Boleto del Circuito Religioso

 

The Religious Sites Ticket costs S/.50 and is valid for 10 days.

The ticket allows entrance to 5 sites in Cusco which are:

 

  • Cathedral (S/.25 without ticket)
  • La Compania  (S/.10 without ticket)
  • San Blas Church (S/.15 without ticket)
  • Museo de Arte Religioso del Arzobispado (S/.15 without ticket)
  • San Cristobal Church (S/.10 without ticket)

 

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Office Address: Avenida Pardo 540 (in the corner of the small park), Cusco, Peru

Telephone: 00 51 84 222722 (from overseas), 084 222722 (from within Peru), 222722 (from Cusco)