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  • From Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Apu Taqllo Mountain with Lunch

    1. From Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Apu Taqllo Mountain with Lunch

    Join an expert guide to be led through the highlands in the southeast Andes. Hike and see the unique colored lines of the Apu Taqllo mountain. Pass by the beautiful lagoons of Langui and Pomacanchi. Start your day with an early-morning pickup. Take a 3-hour scenic road trip until Sicuani. Continue the ride, passing through the gorgeous Pomacanchi and Langui lagoons, to get to the small town of Layo. Begin a 2-hour hike up to reach an altitude of 4790 meters. Follow your guide on the trail, learning about the lands and the unique history and folklore of its inhabitants. Finally, reach Pallay Punchu del Apu T’akllo, as the locals call it. Be rewarded with colored mountains with sharp points. These geological formations resemble an Andean poncho with hues such as red, brown, and magenta Take time to enjoy the view of the mountain. Click photos of the incredible landscape. Enjoy a view o...

  • From Cusco: Private Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour

    2. From Cusco: Private Half-Day Maras and Moray Tour

    Immerse yourself in the Inca culture on this half-day trip to 2 important Inca sites. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning and head to the archaeological sites of Moray. Experience the site's unusual Inca ruins, consisting of several circular terraces. Learn more about the terraces function and their complex irrigation system before heading to the colonial village of Maras. In Maras, enjoy a visit to the nearby salt evaporation ponds at the Salineras Salt Mine and marvel at the vastness of the complex, which consists of over 3000 evaporation pools, and is still in use today. Get dropped off back at your hotel in Cusco in the afternoon.

  • Machu Picchu Ruins + Machu Picchu Mountain Official Tickets

    3. Machu Picchu Ruins + Machu Picchu Mountain Official Tickets

    Explore the magical Lost City of the Incas high up in the Andes. This official ticket will allow you to walk among the ruins of Machu Picchu and hike through Machu Picchu Mountain at your own pace.  Be one of the 800 people allowed to enter the Machu Picchu Mountain per day, divided into 2 groups. The first group can access the Mountain from 07:00 am to 08:00 am and the second group from 09:00 am to 10:00 am.  The ascent time depends on the physical condition of the individual and can range from 2-3 hours. From the top of Machu Picchu Mountain, you will be able to enjoy impressive views of the surrounding peaks, valleys, and winding Urubamba River.

    Great tour of the Macchu Pichu complex, one of the wonders of the world. Note that the main mountain and the smaller mountain in the complex (Huayna Picchu) are closed owing to Covid. It is still a superb 2.5- 3 hour tour. If you are staying in Aguas Calientes, you can buy a round-trip bus ticket to get to the site, which is a long walk otherwise.

  • From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Full Day Trek with Meals

    4. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Full Day Trek with Meals

    Depart Cusco and get back to nature on a vigorous approximately 6-kilometer hike in the Andes. Experience the majestic beauty of the Rainbow Mountains as you trek in the foothills of Mount Ausangate. Keep a look out for native wildlife, such as the mighty condor - the largest bird in the world - pumas and different types of camelids. Learn more about the extraordinary geology and the flora and fauna of Peru from your knowledgeable guide. Soak up the stunning views before you return to Cusco for a refreshing cold chicha drink (a fermented or non-fermented beverage usually derived from maize).

    A lot of fun! Our guide was awesome! The breakfast and lunch were really good (especially lunch) and was a great start and finish to the long day. The ride was actually only 2 hours which was nice BUT it is VERY bumpy so sleeping is kind of tough. We took horses up to the mountain (one way 60 soles or round trip 80 soles) and then walked the last 10 min which was steep. Once you get up there it is well worth it! Up top, there are llamas and alpacas you can take photos with (they are free but you are encouraged to tip 1-2 soles) and food. I HIGHLY recommend you get the fried alpaca and potatoes! We walked the way back which was easy and quick. I recommend you book this trip if you are on the fence about it!

  • Cusco: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, & Chinchero Sacred Valley Tour

    5. Cusco: Pisac, Ollantaytambo, & Chinchero Sacred Valley Tour

    Your pickup will be from your hotel in Cusco at 8:10AM, at which point you will travel to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. You will begin by visiting the impressive Pisac, which is known as the Inca astronomical observatory. Following that you will enjoy a buffet lunch in Urubamba, where you can enjoy typical Peruvian dishes. Your second point will be the fortress of Ollantaytambo, where you will observe the Temple of the Sun and its impressive monoliths. You'll then continue to the archaeological park of Chinchero, which is an important agrigola site. Whilst at Chinchero you can observe stairs, Inca walls, and the platforms where the locals used to post their llamas and alpacas. You can also observe Andean women who still wear Inca costumes, before you return to Cusco at approximately 7:30PM. Your tour will eventually end near the main square of Cusco.

  • 4-Day Inca Jungle Adventure with Mountain Biking and Rafting

    6. 4-Day Inca Jungle Adventure with Mountain Biking and Rafting

    Experience the thrill of adventure, the breathtaking natural beauty of the Inca Trail, and the marvel of Machu Picchu on a 4-day tour from Cusco. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Cusco – Santa Maria (Bike and Rafting) Travel by bus to the high mountain pass of Malaga, where you’ll start your descent on a mountain bike to the town Huamanmarca. The bus will take you to the town of Santa Maria, where you’ll have a short break before beginning a rafting adventure on class III and IV rapids. Overnight at a home stay in Santa Maria. Day 2: Santa Maria – Santa Teresa (Trekking) Begin your trek with an ascent, stopping along the way to learn about the local flora and fauna. Enjoy a rest stop to resupply with water and taste regional tropical fruit. Cross a section of the Inca Trail that historically connected Machu Picchu with the city of Vilcabamba...

    Overall, my husband and myself had a fantastic experience. We were lucky to be the only ones at our group, so we had a guide just for us! This made it very personalised, specially made easier the hike, as we could take the photos we wanted and stop when needed, although for my husband, he would say that the guide was walking too fast. All the activities (cycling, rafting and the zip line) were very well organised, felt very safe and we really enjoyed them. Watch out for the mosquitos! We were eaten despite the repellent. The thermal baths are not included but definitely recommended. The places we stayed overnight were very comfy, clean, had hot showers and the food was also good. If you are a big eater, there are also opportunities to buy snacks and water. Our guide Jaime was brilliant, giving us tips, information, always looking after us, making sure that we were fine and that everything was running smoothly. It is a great four day journey to Machu Picchu!

  • From Cusco: Budget Inca Jungle Trek with Return by Car

    7. From Cusco: Budget Inca Jungle Trek with Return by Car

    DAY 1: Cusco - Abra Málaga - Huamanmarca - Santa María or Santa Teresa (overnight depending on option chosen) Pickup from your accommodation in Cusco between 6:00 - 6:30 AM. Transfer to the highest point, Abra Malaga, at an altitude of 4316 m, from where you will descend by bike for 3 hours, passing streams and vegetation until you reach Huamanmarca. Then, you will be transferred to the town of Santa María, to have a typical lunch and free time to explore coca and coffee plants with your guide. You can choose to add on a rafting adventure available at an additional cost (Level II, III and IV). If you choose the 3-day option, you will continue the route until you reach the thermal baths of Cocalmayo in Santa Teresa, which are medicinal and therapeutic waters. After relaxing, continue in a 40-minute walk to the town of Santa Teresa where you will overnight in a family lo...

  • From Cusco: 2-Day 1-Night Humantay Lake Trek & Machu Picchu

    8. From Cusco: 2-Day 1-Night Humantay Lake Trek & Machu Picchu

    You will be picked up from your hotel between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM. Then, travel approximately 2-hours to Mollepata village, located in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. After breakfast in Mollepata, continue your journey towards Soraypampa, where you will begin your trek to Humantay Lake. After walking for 1.5-hours, see the wonderful Humantay Lake, considered as a sacred mountain in Incan mythology. For this part of your trek, you can rent a horse to get to the lake. After, return to Mollepata where you will have lunch. Once you have finished lunch, travel back to Poroy. On arrival, your private transportation will be waiting for you to continue to Ollantaytambo, where you will board a train to Aguas Calientes. After the 2-hour train journey, you will stay overnight in a selected hotel. The second day is the most important day, as you will be visiting Machu Picchu. Wake up early t...

  • From Cusco: Q'eswachaka Bridge & 4 Lagoons Full-Day Tour

    9. From Cusco: Q'eswachaka Bridge & 4 Lagoons Full-Day Tour

    Start the tour with pickup from your hotel between 4:30 AM and 5 AM, then, set off in a private van for 2 hours towards the city of Combapata. Stop here for a continental breakfast before continuing traveling for 1 more hour. During the drive, admire views of the beautiful landscapes and the Salcca River - the sacred river of the Incas. Next, continue your trip to Yanaoca, which is 1 of the 8 districts in the Canas de Cusco province. Take a look at the Q'eswachaka Bridge - an old suspension bridge that crosses between the steep rocky cliffs and spans the Apurimac River. Marvel at the construction, the last remaining Inca rope bridge made from ropes made of grass. Leave the vehicle and descend a steep path to a viewpoint to take photos, before carefully crossing the bridge. Prepare for the adrenaline rush of your life as you walk along the swinging bridge. Try not to look down into the c...

  • Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

    10. Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

    Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas and hike along the same paths they used to trek through the mountains centuries ago. Get back to nature and experience amazing views of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Andes. Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Markhuq’asa - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake (L, D) Depart Cusco and journey to Markhuq’asa for the start of your trek to Soraypampa, 3,850 meters above sea level. Stop for lunch at the base camp and then go on a round-trip hike to Humantay Lake. Then return to base-camp to spend the night. Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Collpapampa (B, L, D) Hike to the highest point of the trail at Salkantay Pass and get spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains before a 2-hour downhill hike to the camp for lunch. Then, enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle on a hike through the “cloud fore...

    The first two days were absolutely incredible. The hikes were challenging and the weather certainly played into that challenge. Day 3 was beautiful going through the rainforest but there was not enough hiking. We hiked about 4 hrs that day and could have continued hiking from where they picked us up by van. The base camp that night was a concrete building with tents set up inside. .. Not what I had in mind for this trip. Not to mention the party that raged far into the night. Our entire group tried to sleep early and could not due to the heavy base. Day 4 most of us went to the optional zip line course, Vertical Zipline, which I highly recommend. Again though the hike to Aguas Calientes was much too short and could have been longer. Our tour was a mix of multiple companies and I think that made it difficult to get organized and give consistent information. Multiple people had issues come up but were resolved. Overall, it was a great experience though and I would recommend it.

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What people are saying about Cusco

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 656 reviews

A lot of fun! Our guide was awesome! The breakfast and lunch were really good (especially lunch) and was a great start and finish to the long day. The ride was actually only 2 hours which was nice BUT it is VERY bumpy so sleeping is kind of tough. We took horses up to the mountain (one way 60 soles or round trip 80 soles) and then walked the last 10 min which was steep. Once you get up there it is well worth it! Up top, there are llamas and alpacas you can take photos with (they are free but you are encouraged to tip 1-2 soles) and food. I HIGHLY recommend you get the fried alpaca and potatoes! We walked the way back which was easy and quick. I recommend you book this trip if you are on the fence about it!

Our guides were amazing. Merlín and Wilson did an amazing job. Merlín was very patient and helpful during the hike and Wilson made sure we got every place safely. It was an amazing experience. The city Mollepata where we stopped for breakfast and lunch was beautiful. Señorita Julisa is an amazing cook and makes amazing food. She was so sweet and helpful.

We had a really good time there, Roland our guide knows a lot about this place and its history ! Waqra Pukara is an amazing site, very beautiful and full of knowledge. I would definitely recommend to do it !

An amazing experience with incredible guides! Highly recommended

Everything was amazing!!! Our guide Daivys was excellent!!