Pretty much every Cusco travel agency offers half-day city tours that take in the cathedral and other major sights (as little as $15–$20 per person). Agencies also promote tours of the Inca ruins circuit on the outskirts of town. WOWCusco! (www.hop-on-hop-off-cusco.weebly.com; tel. 084/682-720) is a hop-on, hop-off tour of the city on a bus that runs from Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 5pm. It visits mostly archeological sites outside of the city, such as Sacsayhuamán, Kenko, and the Cristo Blanco lookout point, stopping and ending at Plaza San Francisco, for $25 per person.
The Magic of Inca Stones: A Walking Tour
Dominating the ancient streets of Cusco are dramatic Inca walls, constructed of mammoth granite blocks so exquisitely carved that they fit together without mortar, like jigsaw-puzzle pieces. The Spaniards razed many Inca constructions but built others right on top of the original foundations. (Even hell-bent on destruction, they recognized the value of good engineering.) In many cases, colonial architecture has not stood up nearly as well as the Incas’ bold structures, which were designed to withstand the immensity of seismic shifts common in this part of Peru.
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