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Plaza de Armas (Huacaypata) Tours

There was once a time when Cusco was the center of the powerful Incan Empire. From the coastal deserts of southern Peru to the frigid peaks of the Andes, every decision within the empire traced back to the city of Cusco. It was the beating heart at the very center of one of the greatest civilizations in history, and at the center of Cusco was the massive square which was known as Huacaypata. 

When the Spanish besieged the city, however, many of the buildings around Huacaypata were viciously razed to the ground. Western structures were erected in their place to solidify the imperial dominance, and the name of the square was also changed to reflect the Spanish heritage. 

In modern times, even though tourism has replaced the era of conquest, the Plaza de Armas continues to exist as the pulsing center of the city. Though Peruvians claim that the massive square was historically twice the size, the sense of awe felt when visiting the Plaza is palpable nevertheless. Within the square, visitors marvel at El Triunfo cathedral which stretches up towards the sky, vendors haggle and hawk their wares, and numerous fountains provide a calming contrast to the energy that rises from the city. The church of La Compañía provides the Plaza with a dose of colonial architecture, and the image of the Plaza while illuminated at night is one of the most enchanting vistas in Peru. 

When visiting the Plaza de Armas, be sure to wander the pedestrian alleyways which connect the Plaza with the city. In the alleyway of Loreto, you can stroll past walls of enormous stone which were set in place by the Inca. Or, climb the stairs which are opposite the Plaza for a bird’s –eye view of the activity. While some visitors claim that the Plaza de Armas is too touristy to retain its charm, there is still something to be said for standing in the square which once was the center of an empire.

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Private Cusco City Tour Including Main Archaeological Sites, Cusco, null
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Private Cusco City Tour Including Main Archaeological Sites

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Enjoy a 6-hour, private, guided tour of Cusco, considered the historical capital of America. Not only will you visit the city's main attractions, but you will ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00
Machu Picchu by Train Full-Day Tour, Cusco, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Machu Picchu by Train Full-Day Tour

Spend the day at Machu Picchu, one of Peru’s grandest sites, on this day trip from Cusco. Travel by bus and train, with fantastic views along the way, before ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $373.75
Cusco by Night: Planetarium Cusco, Dinner, and Pisco Sour, Cusco, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Cusco by Night: Planetarium Cusco, Dinner, and Pisco Sour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

This tour will take you to a local market and then out in the town of Cusco at night. We will meet up at your hotel and take you first for a tour of a local ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.00
6-Day Private Tour from Lima: Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, Lima, Nightlife
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6-Day Private Tour from Lima: Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover the highlights of Peru on a 6-day private tour from Lima. Visit the Sacred Valley of the Incas, including the Maras Salt Terraces and the amazing ...  Read more

Location: Lima, Peru
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $1,248.75
Half-Day Private Lima City Tour, Lima, Multi-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Half-Day Private Lima City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience the best of Lima, "The City of the Kings" on our private city tour. We will take you to the most spectacular places, beautiful parks, ...  Read more

Location: Lima District, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.29
Cusco Half-Day City Tour, Cusco, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Cusco Half-Day City Tour

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Visit its historical attractions, some of which are part of the city's UNESCO World Heritage site, and learn about Inca culture as you visit Sacsayhuaman, Puca ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.00
Half-Day Cusco City Guided Biking Tour, Cusco, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Half-Day Cusco City Guided Biking Tour

Join this guided biking tour in the city of Cusco. Enjoy a close encounter on bikes with the local people, history, legends and traditions of the capital city ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.00
Inti Raymi Sun Festival Full day, Cusco, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Inti Raymi Sun Festival Full day

The Inti Raymi or Festival of the Sun was an Inca ceremony that took place on an annual basis in Cusco, the capital of Tawantinsuyo, between the end of the ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $240.00
Full Day Trip to Lake of Humantay from Cusco, Cusco, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Full Day Trip to Lake of Humantay from Cusco

This route is ideal for nature lovers who do not have many days but found spectacular landscapes with exotic flora and fauna along this adventurous hike ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.50
Magical Andes, Cusco, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Magical Andes

The best of Peru in only 10 days : Lima;  Cusco , the ancient Inca capital; the lost citadel of Machu Picchu;  the mythical Sacred Valley  ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 10 days (approx.)

From USD $2,150.00

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