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Cuzco City Tour, Peru

A half-day tour of the city and nearby Inca ruins begins at Koricancha, which was the Inca’s sumptuous Temple of Sun before becoming the Spaniard’s Santo Domingo church. The Inca stonework here is perhaps the finest to be seen anywhere and it has remained standing for centuries whilst the Spanish construction has succumbed to earthquakes.

Next visit the cavernous Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas which was built between 1560 and 1664 out of slabs of red granite taken from the Inca site of Sacsayhuaman. Visit this ruined ceremonial centre itself by driving out into the hills surrounding the city. This site is believed to be the ‘head’ of the original puma layout of Cuzco and is a breathtaking display of Inca building skills, consisting as it does of zigzag terraces and ramparts 300 metres in length.

You also drive to see three other nearby sites. Firstly, Tambo Machay, which is an Inca fountain and ritual bathing centre. Secondly Qenqo, which is a great stone carved with steps and pictures and a sacrificial table.

Finally you will stop of at Puca Pucara, which is known for a large rock that looks very red, the name literally meaning "Red Rock". The order in which the ruins are visited will depend on local conditions as the guides will endeavour to visit each set of ruins at their quietest.

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These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.