Imagine the majesty of the Inca Empire in Peru back in the days of their glory. Now with guided tours of this area in Peru,
you no longer need to imagine and you can see how the Incas survived and thrived in this beautiful South American location.
Guided tours will take you to Cusco, considered the capital city of the Inca Empire. Cusco is also known as the
“Archeological Capital of the Americas” because this is the only place in South America where such rich cultural remains
are so readily accessible. It’s a beautiful city and a great starting point on your guided adventure.
In Cusco, most guided tours divide the city into three types of major attractions. The first is Cusco city, containing
many ruins, temples, churches, mansions and other archeological sites. The second is Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the
Incas” and one of the most amazing archeological sites you’ll ever see. The third is the Sacred Valley of the Incas—a place
with a lovely climate, fertile fields and amazing views of archeological sites, such as the ancient agricultural terraces,
and the beautiful village of Chinchero, complete with huge Inca Walls in the village’s main square.
Some guided tours of this area will be perfect for adventurers, who, in the Sacred Valley, can enjoy river rafting,
hang-gliding, hiking and mountain biking. Let’s look at what a typical guided tour of the area can offer visitors to this
You’ll arrive at the Cusco Airport where guided tours often meet you and get you to your hotel. You’ll need time to rest
because the altitude is so high that you’ll need time to get used to in order to avoid altitude sickness. Later, you’ll
take a sightseeing tour of the city of Cusco, where you’ll visit the city’s main square, its magnificent cathedral and the
Temple of the Sun. Craftsmen have shops in the area for you to buy some souvenirs of your stay.
If there is time, many guided tours will drive you out of the city of Cusco to see the famous Inca sites of Kenko,
Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and the very impressive Fortress of Sacsayhuaman. This was a fortress strategically constructed
on a hill overlooking the city of Cusco.
Next, many guided tours of the Inca ruins will take you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, along the Vilcanota River.
You’ll become acquainted with peasant customs and have time to bargain with street vendors in a traditional Indian Market.
You’ll also visit the Inca Fortress and Citadel of Ollantaytambo, constructed to guard the entrance to the valley. Visit
the Andean village of Chinchero and see the Inca Wall in the village’s main square. Then it’s back to Cusco for some rest
Perhaps the highlight of guided tours of this area is the trip to Machu Picchu. You’ll begin with a three hour train trip
to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. This is one of the most well known examples of Inca architecture that survives
today. You’ll need to take a thirty minute uphill and winding bus trip before arriving at this amazing Citadel.
Once at the Citadel there will be guided tours of this archeological location, including visits to the main plaza, the
Circular Tower, The Sacred Sun Dial, the royal quarters, the temple of the three windows and several burial grounds. It’s
easy to imagine the Incas living there.
Guided tours of the Inca Empire in Peru are informative, beautiful and offer some of the best archeology you’ll ever see.
It’s a must-see location for every world traveler.