- Availability: Available now
- Group size: 2-10
- Tour Type: Historical and informative
- Max. Elevation: 3400 meters above sea level
CUSCO CITY NIGHT TOUR
80 USD Per person
CUSCO CITY NIGHT TOUR
Cusco is a place blessed not only with Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley of the Incas or the Rainbow Mountain, but also with a lot of folklore, delicious food and drink, as well as beautiful and interesting historical places. We have planned the best Cusco city night tour, which will enchant all your senses. Explore the typical and very interesting San Pedro market. Find out curious and relevant information about the Plaza of Armas in Cusco, its cathedral basilica and its ancestral history. Taste two flagship drinks of Peru and the most consumed dish in the country. In addition to stargazing through the eyes of the Incas in the planetarium of Cusco.
Cusco City Night Tour Trip Overview
- Tour localization:Cusco city and its outskirts.
- Tour type: Half day tour.
- Good for: Everybody, done in small groups or privately.
- Difficulty: Not hiking, but a lot of walking around the places of explanation.
- Highlights: San Pedro market, Plaza de Armas, Pisco Sour and Maracuya Sour cocktail, Stargazing at Cusco planetarium and Pollo a la brasa with Inca Kola in a local restaurant.
- Inclusions: All entry tickets are included; you don´t need to pay anything extra.
- Language:This tour is done only in English; If you need a Spanish tour, it must be booked privately and done at the initial booking.
- Season:All year around
San Pedro Market
We will pick you up from your accommodation at 2:30 pm. and we will walk about 10 minutes to the local market in the city of Cusco. As we approach the San Pedro market, you will see street vendors in traditional clothing selling sandwiches, medicinal herbs and other products strange to you, but highly demanded by the locals. Once inside, prepare your senses. There are a host of stalls inside, selling everything from local food to souvenirs to freshly squeezed juices from a dizzying array of fruits.
Haggling can be a lot of fun, as can trying unique Peruvian fruits, local food, and a host of things unique to the Peruvian Andes. Your guide can help you with any purchase you want to make.
Plaza de Armas & Pisco Sour
We return to the streets and walk to the main square of Cusco, where the central topics of learning will be, the Cusco cathedral basilica dedicated to the virgin of the assumption and built between the years 1560 and 1654 with a curious mixture of baroque, gothic and Renaissance styles. We will also talk about Tupac Amaru ll, an Inca descendant who carried out, the first great indigenous revolution in Latin America between 1780 and 1782 and whose body was tortured and dismembered in the central part of the main square.
After we had learned some interesting facts, we headed to a local cafe and tried the famous Peruvian cocktail: Pisco sour! Pisco sours are made with a grape brandy called Pisco and then whipped with lemon juice, syrup, and egg white. We will also try the Maracuya sour, an alternative similar to the Pisco sour and that is quickly gaining many followers. There are also many delicious non-alcoholic options.
Stargazing at Cusco Planetarium
After a delicious Pisco Sour, we will be driven for 15 minutes outside of Cusco. From the mountains you can see the stars better. The planetarium of Cusco is located very close to the Inca religious sanctuary of Sacsayhuaman.
Specialized guides of the planetarium, show you the night sky, just as the Incas looked at it 500 years ago. Observe the southern hemisphere through powerful telescopes, housed in a typical Andean adobe house.
First we visit the interpretation center and then we visit the main dome, which educate us about Inca constellations and their application in their practical life and also prepare us to look at the southern constellations.
Then, through powerful telescopes, you will see stars, planets, nebulae, constellations and much more – a real treat.
Important Note: Tours are subject to weather conditions; the constellations to observe depend on the time of year of the visit.
Pollo a la Brasa and Inca Kola at a local restaurant
After having seen the stars through the eyes of the Incas, we return to the center of Cusco to taste two classics of Peruvian food.
The Pollo a la Brasa is a chicken or several chickens crossed by a set of rods that rotate inside an oven and that are marinated with unique Peruvian seasonings and that is eaten with French fries, salad and a variety of sauces such as: mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and spicy relish (the sauces are added according to your personal taste); all this accompanied with the most consumed and typical soft drink of Peru, the Inca Kola.
Dare to experience this incredible and unique night tour in Cusco; enjoy delicious food, drink, interesting facts and of course the stars that we will see in the planetarium.
Included on the Cusco City Night Tour
Professional local English speaker Guides: All our super leaders grew up in Cusco region and studied tourism for five years at Cusco’s university; they are friendly, funny charming, knowledgeable, professional and will care your safety in this Cusco City Tour by night.
Permits: As soon as we get your details and deposit, we will purchase your permits for stargazing at Cusco planetarium. The tour includes a visit to the San Pedro market, the main square of Cusco, a Pisco Sour or Maracuya Sour, a Pollo a la Brasa, 1 Inca Kola and a visit to the Cusco planetarium.
Briefing: You should come to our office at least one day prior to your tour to pay the balance; and provide exact information about your accommodation and receive some details for the tour.
Transportation: Incas Path will be providing all transportation for this night tour. You will be picked up from your hotel at 14:30 pm.
First Aid: Every guide has got training in first aid from a clinic and firemen. We elaborate mandatory training sessions every February on our tours; which every Incas Path tour guide must attend. Your tour leader is going to have always a first-aid kit for basic medical problems.
Not Included on the Cusco City Night Tour
- Gratuities for our staff: Incas Path ensures all staff are fairly paid; and therefore gratuities are optional and at your own discretion
- Travel Insurance: Highly recommended for all tourist
- Daypack: We suggest you to use a daypack that not exceed 25L to carry passport, water, sunhat, sunglasses, sun cream, bug spray, rain jacket and a warm jacket
- Water bottle
- Flight tickets
- Hotel in Cusco
We would love to tour the Cusco City with you and your loved ones and take care of immortalizing your visit to the land of the Incas.
Our day tours can leave any day of the week, twelve months a year.
Group Price (2022):
- $80 per person
Private Tours are based on Group Size (2022):
- Priced per person
- Two people: $80 per person
- Three people: $75 per person
- Four people: $70 per person
- Five people: $65 per person
- Six people: $63 per person
- Seven people: $60 per person
- Eight, or more, people: $58 per person
Important Note II: We sometimes offer to combine private tours (with your permission) into small groups with a discount. Let us know if you would like to others joining you.
- – $ 0 discount per person
Student discounts apply to anyone who has a valid International Student Card (ISIC), at the beginning of the hike; or who is 17 years old or younger. For those who use an international student card or for children under 17; we need to see a copy of their card or passport at the time of booking to receive the discount of Machu Picchu.
Please send everything to [email protected]
We suggest you to carry lightweight backpack; that the is key to feeling good during this Cusco City Night Tour.
- Good daypack (the smaller, the better).
- Comfortable shoes.
- Down jacket, it gets cold in the planetarium, due is located on an open mountain.
Inside Your Daypacks:
Daypacks can be any size for walking, but we always recommend the smaller, the better. Some items are listed below
- Rain jacket.
- Hand sanitizer.
- Extra Money for Souvenirs, Drinks & Tips.
- Personal medication.
Arriving to Cusco
The airport in Cusco at the present time is only for domestic flights, so all international travelers by plane must disembark in Lima and go through Customs. Even if your flight to Cusco is the same day by the same airline carrier, you must grab your bags in Lima and then check them back in.
The best way to arrive to Cusco is by air and there are several options in airlines. LATAM tends to be the most expensive, but has the most options and flights.
Expect delays or flight cancellations; due to the high altitude of Cusco, it tends to be difficult to land and any weather inconvenience will stop air traffic.
Bus travel is always available and while the trip can be long, especially from Lima, the buses company such as: Oltursa, Cruz del Sur, etc., are very well maintained and comfortable; this option is strongly encouraged if coming from a city closer to Cusco, like Puno or Arequipa.
As soon as people book their trip to Peru, specifically Cusco, they start wondering about altitude sickness. The air at high altitudes contains less oxygen than at sea level and forces your body to work harder to get the oxygen it needs. Over several days at high altitude, your body adjusts to the lower amount of oxygen in the air; that is why we advise you to arrive in Cusco three-day prior your trek begin or taking a tour of easy physical demand.
With altitude sickness, you may first feel like you have the flu or a hangover. You may have a headache, tiredness, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble sleeping, trouble breathing during exercise. If any of these effects become severe, please contact our representatives and we will help you get to a physician.
Most of the time, these symptoms will be mild. We always recommend easing into activity slowly, allowing your body to adjust, drink plenty of fluids such as water, electrolytes or coca tea: coca tea has been used since ancient times to help prevent altitude sickness, leaves from the coca plant contain alkaloids like the globulin alkaloid which helps creating red cells in your body that captures the oxygen faster, so helping your body avoid the effects of altitude sickness.
Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol it will cause you to urinate more often and become dehydrated, avoid smoking due it will make more difficult for your body to get oxygen and also avoid sleeping pills because it may cause shallow breathing at night, making it more difficult for your body to absorb oxygen while you sleep.
Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicines, such as acetazolamide better known as the brand Diamox and dexamethasone, to help prevent altitude sickness; start medication two days prior you get to a high altitude and continue to take it while you are at high altitude.
Of course weather is unpredictable. Typically, the dry season in Cusco is from April through October, but this does not stop rain from falling in June or the sun from coming out in December, just be prepared; no matter what month you are doing the trek or tour, please make sure that you have rain gear that includes a waterproof jacket, pants, poncho and waterproof gloves.
To protect your journey investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance; acquiring travel insurance before you leave home, is strongly encouraged and very easy.
The body’s immune system helps protect against pathogens that cause infection; most of the time, it’s an efficient system, it either keeps microorganisms out or tracks them down and gets rid of them.
However, some pathogens can overwhelm the immune system; when this happens, it can cause serious illness.
The pathogens most likely to cause problems are the ones the body doesn’t recognize: vaccination is a way to “teach” the immune system how to recognize and eliminate an organism; that way, your body is prepared if you’re ever exposed.
Vaccinations are an important form of primary prevention; that means they can protect people from getting sick, vaccinations have allowed us to control diseases that once threatened many lives, such as: measles, polio tetanus, and whooping cough.
You may require some additional vaccinations before traveling to Peru; it is advised you consult to your physician specially if you are taking any trip to the jungle