Are you looking to get in some hiking but don’t have enough time for a full-blown trek? Are you wanting to sneak in just a little bit more walking to your Peru holiday? If so, this half-day hike just outside of Cusco is perfect for you. Visit the caves of the X-Zone, walk across the scenic countryside to the Temple of the Moon and finish off following an Inca Trail into the artisan district of San Blas. A perfect half day trek, a short hike, good for acclimatization and to have another perspective of Cusco.
Cusco was the capital of the ancient Inca empire, and the area is scattered with ruins and sacred places. The biggest and best preserved of these sites are visited by thousands of people each day on the popular City tours of Cusco – with good reason, they are truly spectacular! However, Majestic Peru visitors like authentic experiences, and realize that these can be found just a little off the beaten track with this unique half day Cusco hike. This is a special Cusco exploration – highlights include caves, the Temple of the Moon and an original Inca trail right back into the city!
Your unique half day Cusco hike will start when your guide picks you up from your hotel and you are transferred to the X-Zone just outside of the city. This area is known for its natural caves and you will be able to explore a few of them before continuing your hike on to the Temple of the Moon. A natural rock outcropping, this temple is in honor of women and fertility. Observe the Inca symbols carved into the stones and if open enter the tunnel which is said to represent the womb and where ancient ceremonies took place.
During this half day trip from Cusco, we will follow original Inca Trail back into the traditional Cusco neighbourhood of San Blas, stopping briefly at the Temple of the Monkey. Once in San Blas we will stop for an empanada in one of the bakeries before visiting one of the small local art galleries. At the end of this short hike we will visit the Temple of San Blas which is said to have one of the most impressive altars of all of the churches in the city. From here your guide will walk you back to your hotel to end your half day tour.
*This tour can be done in the morning of the afternoon however we recommend the morning to avoid the mid-day sun.
We love living in Cusco and exploring the areas around it. There is so much to discover, even after years of living here. Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.