Located 3,400 meters above sea level in the Peruvian Andes, and with layers upon layers of history (literally), Cusco, also known as Cuzco, is about as captivating as it gets.
It was once the Inca capital and the most powerful city on the continent, although the city has been constantly expanded, built over and reconstructed over the course of its long (and fascinating!) history. Because of this, Cusco features a perfect combination of perfectly preserved colonial architecture, mestizo culture and pre-Columbian history, so it’s easy to see why Cusco is often coined as the one of the “undisputed highlights” of South America, and the “Archaeological Capital of the Americas.”
But what draws many visitors to Cusco is that it essentially serves as a gateway to the Sacred Valley and the Andean countryside which is littered with tiny villages and ruins linked by a trail leading to Machu Picchu. Because of this, there are countless tour companies offering a variety of tours ranging from bike, horseback riding or zipline tours, or day tours to the Sacred Valley, the Inca Amazon Trail, and (obviously) Machu Picchu.
With so many tours in, around and from Cusco, it’s easy to see why so many companies charge an arm and a leg for them. But if you’re looking around for a tour around Cusco itself (and not wanting to break the bank for it) here are a few free walking tours in Cusco that will help shed light on one of the most fascinating cities on the planet.
Please note Strawberry Tours does not operate the tours listed above, however, we are currently looking for people from all over the world who are excited to show their hometown to others.
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