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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 Lost Citadel Official Ticket

    3. Machu Picchu Lost Citadel Official Ticket

    Explore the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu at your own pace with a standard entrance ticket to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover landmark attractions at your own pace, such as the Temple of the Sun, the terraced fields of the agricultural sector, the Intihuatana stone, and take the famous picture from the observatory with the lost citadel behind. This is the best option for those who would like to organize your own transportation and tour guide for the visit.  Very important: for entering the Lost Citadel of Machu Picchu, it is mandatory that you are accompanied by an accredited guide. You are able to hire the tour guide directly at the entrance of the ruins. Please make sure to carefully read all provided details sent by the local partner and those written in the Know Before You Go section of the tour.

    The tour was perfectly organized. We met our great guide Linder the night before. Linder was very fun and knowledgeable. Thanks so much.

  • Cusco: Full-Day Trip to Machu Picchu with Optional Hiking

    4. Cusco: Full-Day Trip to Machu Picchu with Optional Hiking

    Experience a tour ideal for those who have little time, but do not want to miss Machu Picchu, one of the most magical places in the world. Get a guided tour of the archeological site and you choose optional hikes to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Start your journey with a pick up at 4:00 AM from hotels and hostels in the center of Cusco and head to Ollantaytambo to board the train to the city of Machu Picchu. The 2-hour train ride is without a guide. Upon arrival, the guide with the names of each traveler will be waiting. Follow your guide to the bus station to board the bus to the citadel. The trip will last approximately 25 minutes.  Begin a 2-hour guided tour of the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu. After your tour, you will have free time to explore the site yourself. There are areas available that are not included in the tour, such as the Inca bridge, and you can alwa...

  • Machu Picchu Ruins + Machu Picchu Mountain Official Tickets

    5. 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: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

    6. From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

    Get back to nature in the dramatic landscapes of the Andes Mountains and experience the amazing scenery of the Sacred Valley by Quad Bike. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, and then journey through typical villages to reach the colonial town of Maras. Admire the pretty church and rustic buildings of the pretty town center and watch the locals going about their everyday lives farming the surroundings. Visit the archaeological site of Moray to see the incredible terraced holes that form an amphitheater-like depression on the surface of the land. Learn how the holes were used by the Incas in ancient times to acclimatize seeds from the Andes Mountains. Next, visit the salt ponds that the locals continue to work to obtain salt at the mines, just as their ancestors did in the days of the Inca Empire.

    It was well organized and the guides explained throughly the operation of the quads. Safety first. Beautiful scenery.

  • Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Tour with Tickets

    7. Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Tour with Tickets

    On this 1-day excursion you’ll visit Peru’s most important archaeological and cultural treasure. The day begins with pick-up at your hotel, and transfer to the train station in Ollantaytambo. An early 5:05 AM departure means you’ll have ample time to explore Machu Picchu. Take in the beauty of the valleys on the train journey to Aguas Calientes. From this point, there’s just a 30-minute bus trip to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Explore the Inca complex with a knowledgeable guide. See the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the mausoleum and more. You’ll have free time to take photos and walk around on your own. Visit the Plaza de Armas in town and see what handicrafts are on offer. Return to Ollantaytambo by train, and then you’ll be taken back to Cusco.

    Very good experience. They picked us up on time. Kathy our guide was very helpful and Machupicchu spectacular !!!

  • From Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour with Lunch

    8. From Cusco: Full-Day Sacred Valley Tour with Lunch

    The first stop on this full-day tour from Cusco is the Mirador of Taray for spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley. Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market.. Visit the archaeological site and see the agricultural terraces, Inca cemeteries and royal buildings. Continue to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a restaurant. Head to Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to Machu Picchu, and to protect the Incas from possible invasions. Visit the picturesque village of Chinchero on the way back to Cusco, and see the remains of the royal estate of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. See also how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region.

    Julio was great. He took care of us the whole trip. He was knowledgeable and let us take breaks during the hikes to catch our breath.

  • From Cusco: Machu Picchu 2-day Budget Tour by Car

    9. From Cusco: Machu Picchu 2-day Budget Tour by Car

    Journey to the iconic Machu Picchu on a 2-day tour specially designed to be an affordable alternative that takes you over scenic mountains, past indigenous villages, and through lush jungles hikes. Make your trip more comfortable by upgrading to options that include hotels in Aguas Calientes and additional bus and train add-ons. DAY 1: Cusco - Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes Pickup at 7:00 AM from hotels and hostels in central Cusco. Head through the Sacred Valley and appreciate different villages and climatic changes in the Andes. Arrive at Santa Teresa around 1:30 PM where a typical lunch will be served. Then, continue the tour until arriving at Hydroelectric around 3:00 PM. From here, start a walk on the train tracks through a native jungle to Aguas Calientes, about a 3 hours trek. You can choose add-on a train to Aguas Calientes at the checkout if yo...

    Excelente tour, no tuve que preocuparme de nada ya que la operadora se encargo de cualquier cosa todo el trayecto. Siempre estaban pendientes de lo que hacia y me explicaron el tramo el dia anterior. Excelente servicio.

  • Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Weavers Half-Day Tour

    10. Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Weavers Half-Day Tour

    Travel through the historic Urubamba Valley on an unparalleled half-day tour from Cusco and pass the snow-capped peaks of the Peruvian Andes. Meander through lush yellow fields of wheat and sleepy little villages en route to Moray. Upon arrival, learn about the ingenuity of the Incas in their mysterious circular terraces. Continue to the nearby village of Maras to explore its history as a center for salt production. Take in the spectacular nature and admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. Finish the day back in Cusco in time to explore more of the magnificent city.

    The experience was great and the guide was very sweet and informative of the history and facts of each site.

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What people are saying about Cusco

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The ATV to the Circular terraces was awesome!!! And the circular terraces itself was amazing!!! Edgar did a great job explaining the history of the terraces. He also was very patient and kind, staying with me as I huffed and puffed going back up. The same was true of our other guide, whom I missed getting his name. He stayed with me as well during the uphill climb from the salineras. Both of them also took awesome videos of us, making the videos look like it was taken by a drone. Thank you guys for an awesome experience!!!

Jose Luis was an amazing guide. He was very knowledgeable and very helpful. He was a pleasure to talk to about everything including politics in Peru. The pisco tasting was so much fun. And to get to make my own pisco sour drink made me appreciate the hard work of the bartenders.

Door to door service. It was a great way to see Machu Picchu. There is a lot of travel but it is well organized. Great guide and drivers.

It was well organized and the guides explained throughly the operation of the quads. Safety first. Beautiful scenery.

Very good experience. They picked us up on time. Kathy our guide was very helpful and Machupicchu spectacular !!!