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Cusco Walking Tour

The City Tour - improved!
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The City Tour - improved!
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  • 4-5 HoursStarting point: Plazoleta Espinar, in Cusco’s city centre
  • Group Size: 1 - 10
  • All year roundBook at least 48h in advance
  • Sustainability Score: 21

Get to know Cusco on foot! This walking tour (downhill only) offers a great introduction to the Inca capital. Combining a visit to the city itself with the discovery of the most important archaeological sites around it, this experience offers you a very complete insight into Cusco. 

To start this tour, please meet up with your local English-speaking guide at the Plazoleta Espinar, in the center of Cusco at 8.30 am. In his company, you will first discover two of the most impressive ruins situated above the city: Q’enqo and Sacsayhuaman (the latter a.k.a. “Sexy Woman”). You will be amazed by the views. Then you will descend into the bohemian neighborhood of San Blas, full of restaurants and charming shops, where you will enjoy a break in a local cafe. Then it is time to visit the famous Qoricancha (Sun Temple). It’s incredible to see how the Incas built this city.

Learn some basic words in Quechua, try them out on the street, and ask anything you want to know about Cuzco. If you like, you can share lunch with your guide as well before ending this tour at around 1 pm at the Sun Temple.

As you probably know, Cusco is also the main hub for anyone wanting to head on to the famous Machu Picchu. So now that you have discovered the city, let us take you on one of our tours to this ancient site that you for sure don’t want to miss out on! In case you prefer staying a few more days to acclimatize before heading on to somewhere else, you are more than welcome to participate in our other Cusco day tours.

Why is this experience RESPONSible?

When many others jump onto a shared bus excursion in the afternoon, you enjoy a more tranquil morning visiting the highlights of the city. It’s a great way to explore Cusco.

Our tour on foot has less impact on the environment and is led by a local guide. The café we visit is a social project worth supporting. You will also get to visit different small shops or ateliers in San Blas according to your preferences. 

The entrance fee you pay to visit Saqsayhuaman and Qenco is partly used for conservation projects. 

Also, read below why we developed this tour 🙂

Read here how the Sustainability Score was elaborated

Details

Price Includes

  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Transportation up to Qenqo
  • Drink & snack

Price Excludes

  • General Entrance Ticket (BTG). The full version costs 130 soles p.p. (valid in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and valid for 10 days)(You can easily buy this ticket upon entering a site, with cash. Your guide will assist. Or buy in advance if you're already in Cusco.)
  • Entrance ticket for the Qoricancha (Sun temple), 15 soles p.p.
  • Personal expenses (in case you’d like to buy something along the way or have an extra drink/snack in Xapiri)
  • Lunch
  • Tips
  • Read more about what's generally not included in our Terms and Conditions (click here).

What to Bring

Frequently Asked Questions

About the tour itself

Will I be picked up from my hotel?

No, but the meeting point (Plazoleta Espinar) can easily be found. This reference point in Cusco is known to all taxi drivers (if you come from far).

Is this a private tour?

It is not, but you can always request a private tour with us, too.

Is this tour physically demanding?

Not really. We will for sure walk more than you would on a conventional walking tour, but all of it is downhill. Also, the walk is worth it, as we pass through parts of the city where other walking tours don´t go, when we make our way from Saqsaywaman to the center. 

Do I have to pay any entrance fees?

Yes, you will have to buy the tourist ticket, which costs 130 soles (70 for students) and is valid for 16 attractions in total (you could visit the rest of them on the following days, or maybe you will already buy such a ticket in advance in Cusco). You will also buy the ticket fo Qoricancha (sun temple) for 15 soles. 

What kind of weather should we expect during this route?

From April to November, it is dry season around Cuzco. It can get very warm in the sun but you might want to bring a thin jacket for the shade. Don´t forget suncream and a hat as well. 

Should you visit between December and March, it will be rainy season. And as you might expect, it is more likely to rain during this season! So put on your rain jacket or poncho!

General questions

For questions about booking a tour, prices, preparation for your trip, health and safety or other themes, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you can’t find your question & answer, email us and we’ll add it!

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The entire team of RESPONSible Travel Peru in 2019

The RESPONS Team

When RESPONS opened offices in Cusco in 2012, we soon found out that the standard city tours weren’t going to work out for our customers. All the agencies followed the same timetable, causing huge lines and frustrations in every place they’d arrive. And all is done with transportation, causing traffic jams and making you spend more time in a car than actually getting to know the city. Many times, the tours would end after sunset, visiting the last ruins in the dark. 

So, we quickly developed a City Tour of our own; changing the order of visiting the places and only taking travelers up to the highest attraction. Our travelers tend to be moderately to very active, so a bit of walking is never a problem. It’s all downhill, but there are some uneven paths so good shoes are advised. And walking down from the impressive site of Sacsayhuaman into the city just opens up a whole new perspective to actually experience the city as you should with a city tour: feeling the history, seeing the daily life, learning also about lesser-known stories in streets beyond the busy tourist center. 

Ever since, our Walking Tour has been a great success amongst our travelers and we are proud to open it up to all of you now!

¡Hasta pronto!

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Laura Palantone

Couple Traveller

We absolutely loved the City Tour with Eloy and are very excited about the Coffee Tour!

Elloy was a fantastic guide!! I was SO impressed by all of his knowledge about the history, geology, and culture of Cusco and loved the way he used images to help explain things. He seemed to tailor the tour to our interests, and we really appreciated that!

October 16, 2022