Free walking tour Cusco

If you want each once of your step in Cusco’s Historic Centre to become a fantastic and unforgettable experience, join our ultimate free walking tour, rated the best in Cusco by thousands of travellers because we focus on history and culture. No Pisco sours.

We are a local company deeply connected with Cusco’s traditions. We respect our Andean roots and strive to provide you with the best walking tour, offering accurate, useful, and timely information about the attractions in downtown Cusco, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

Join us in exploring the must-see attractions of the “Imperial City” with the Pioneers of free tours in Cusco. An on-foot adventure we started in 2012, driven by the dream of showcasing our heritage in a completely unique way.

Since then, we have guided over half a million tourists, treating each one of them as if they were our first walkers. Come with us, learn about Cusco’s history, and meet other walkers.

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Operation of this tour:
Book now! — we are operating all free tours in Cusco in English and Spanish — separate groups. We accept last-minute reservations. If you book your free tour beforehand, that is even much better. We have morning, midday, and afternoon schedules. 


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Meeting point

Find us at Calle Heladeros 225 in front of Chicha Restaurant. Use the Regocijo (Kusipata) square as your main reference point.

Look for our yellow vests. Make sure they have the InkanMilkyWay logo on it. Don’t be confused by other yellow uniforms.

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Plazoleta Regocijo and the City Hall (exterior visit)

This is the perfect spot to start your tour of Cusco’s Historic Centre. Since Inca times, festivities have been held here, which is why it was called Kusipata, meaning “Patio of Joy/Festivity” in the Quechua language.

During the colonial period, it was renamed Regocijo, maintaining its festive atmosphere. On one side of the square, you’ll find the City hall Palace, an impressive building dating back to the 16th century.

Inca Garcilaso de la Vega House — exterior visit

Just a few steps from plazoleta Regocijo, you’ll find the colonial house with white walls and blue balconies that, in the 16th century, was the home of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, considered the first mestizo writer of the New World.

Born in Cusco in 1539, he was the illegitimate son of Sebastián de la Vega (a Spanish captain) and Isabel Chimpu Ocllo (an Inca princess, granddaughter of the tenth Inca emperor, Túpac Yupanqui). His masterpiece, the Royal Commentaries, recounts the history and customs of the Incas. Today, the house is home to the Regional Historical Museum.

Plaza San Francisco

From joy to faith. From the house of the first mestizo writer to Cusco’s botanical garden, a haven for Andean flora. Different visions and perspectives in the Regocijo and San Francisco squares.

In this square, you’ll find the colonial San Francisco Church—dating back to 1572 and showcasing Romanesque and Plateresque styles—and the Native Flora Botanical Garden. Here, you can appreciate native trees like the molle, queuña, and kantu, among other high-altitude species.

The Saint Claire Arch

In one corner of San Francisco Square, a republican arch was erected in the 19th century. Due to its architecture and historical significance, this is one stop you won’t forget on your free walking tour of the “Imperial City.”

The arch symbolizes the Peru-Bolivian Confederation (1836-1839), and its construction was ordered by Marshal Andrés de Santa Cruz. During the stop, our guide will share more details about this binational project that did not endure over time.

San Pedro Market (interior visit)

Aromas, flavours, and colours in a popular market designed by Gustave Eiffel. Inaugurated in 1925, the San Pedro Market boasts over 200 stalls selling agricultural products, bread, sweets, crafts, prepared food, and more.

However, it’s the food stalls that attract the most interest from tourists, offering hearty breakfasts and lunches at affordable prices. One of the most popular dishes is the humble and tasty is arroz con huevo (steamed rice with fried eggs).

Tupac Amaru II

At the Plaza Mayor or plaza de Armas of Cusco, you will find the granite cross that commemorates the rebellion of José Gabriel Condorcanqui, better known as Tupac Amaru II. After causing unrest in colonial Peru, he was executed by dismemberment.

Born in Surimana (province of Canas, Cusco), Tupac Amaru II rose up in arms on November 4, 1780. At this site of memory, you will learn about the details of an independence movement that shook Spanish America.

Plaza de Armas (Main Square)

Here, our guide will explain this urban space which, since the dawn of the Inca Empire was the centre of the capital of Tawantinsuyo (the Quechua name for the Inca Empire, which literally means “the country of the four provinces”).

At this place known as Huacaypata or Aucaypata by the descendants of Manco Capac—the founder of the Inca Empire—our guide will take you back to pre-Hispanic Cusco, describing what this square was like before the arrival of the Spanish conquerors/invaders in 1534.

La calle del Sol — The Sun God street

Inti K’ijllu (Sun Street in Quechua) was the name of this street back in the Inca period. Today, it is officially known as Loreto; however, beyond the name change, this street, flanked by sturdy stone walls, preserves its architecture, monumentality, and essence of the Inca Empire.

Walking along this walking path that connects the Belén Portal of the Plaza de Armas with Maruri Street allows you to imagine what the city of Cusco was like before 1534 and, in a way, relive the passage of the Inca and his retinue during the Festival of the Sun or Inti Raymi.

Palace of Pachaquteq (interior visit)

Scholars of the Inca civilization agree that Pachacutec was the ruler who expanded and consolidated the empire of the “Sons of the Sun” between the years 1438 and 1478 A.D.

Pachacutec, the ninth emperor, was born and lived in this palace known as Kusicancha in Quechua. By entering this archaeological complex, you will gain a better understanding of the layout of an Inca palace, its functions, its inhabitants, and other details.

If you join our free tour from Monday to Friday at either 10:00 or 13:00, you can visit and explore this site.

Tour ending place

This tour concludes inside a store near the Church of Santo Domingo, after approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes of exploring the ancient Inca and Spanish streets of Cusco.

Our ending point is just 5 minutes away on foot from from the Plaza de Armas. Please note that you are not obligated to make any purchases at this place.

Schedule and Language

10:00EnglishEvery day2.5 h
13:00EnglishFrom Monday to Saturday2.5 h
15:30EnglishFrom Monday to Saturday2.5 h
10:00SpanishEvery day2.5 h
15:30SpanishFrom Monday to Saturday2.5 h
We don’t operate on December 25 and January 1. The duration is approx.

Meeting Point

Find us at Calle Heladeros 225 in front of Chicha Restaurant at plazoleta Regocijo (Kusipata) — Look for the InkanMilkyWay logo on the bright Yellow Vest.


It’s a free tour, it is 100% free to book — once the tour is done, leave an awesome donation.

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Operability and itinerary

  • The itinerary of our free tour is subject to variation without prior notice, due to weather conditions, strikes, the guide’s decision and any other event that does not allow the normal operation of the tour.
  • Our Guides always do their best to make the itinrary very interesting.


  • We always wait about 10 minutes after the meet-up time because there are tourists who arrive late.
  • Do always arrive on time at the meeting place.
  • If you arrive late, neither your Guide nor the company will pick you up, you can normally call you Guide on WhatsApp but we don’t assure you that he will answer you, keep in mind that your Guide is guiding.


  • About 15 walkers per group; however, sometimes there may be much less walkers or much more.
  • Many walkers book and don’t show up, or they don’t book but show up, we can never ensure an exact number of walkers.
  • We require a minimum of two walkers to run the walk, which we have to 99%, if there is only one walker, we will reschedule you.
  • Kids: You can bring them to the free tour; however, sometimes kids get bored quickly, even though the Guides do their best. Remember that you can also book a private walking tour.

Type: Group tours — no private walks.

Size: 15 walkers approx.

Accessibility: Not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Included: Professional and licensed Guide.

No Included:

  • Tips
  • Personalized service

What do I bring?

  • Sweaters
  • Good walking shoes
  • Caps or hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain ponchos
  • * Do always bring some clothing for cold/rainy weather

How do I book?

  • Fill out the form
  • Put your data correctly
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  • * Groups of larger than 10 walkers, contact us first
  • * No tour agencies are allowed to book


Cancellation: Reply the confirmation e-mail we sent you and cancel.


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