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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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.

  • Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Tour with Tickets

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

  • Machu Picchu: Full-Day Tour from Cusco with Optional Lunch

    8. Machu Picchu: Full-Day Tour from Cusco with Optional Lunch

    Start with pickup from your hotel in Cusco and travel to Ollantaytambo Station to board the train to Aguas Calientes. This is the nearest town to Machu Picchu. Enjoy a scenic train journey through dramatic Andean landscapes. The train has ample seats with large windows allowing for grand views of the surrounding jungle and mountains.  Board a coach for a 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu. The city of Machu Pichu is believed to have been built in the 1450s by the Inca emperor Pachacuti as a holiday retreat. Within a century the city would be abandoned following the Spanish conquest. The Spaniards never found it, so it was spared the destruction they brought on other Inca sites. Instead, it was slowly swallowed up by the jungle and hidden from harm. Take a guided tour of the site which explains the origins behind this awe-inspiring citadel and its most prominent landmarks such as the monume...

    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.

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

    9. 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.

  • From Cusco: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 2-Day Tour

    10. From Cusco: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 2-Day Tour

    Explore the ancient civilization of the Incas on a 2-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Day 1: Start the day with a breathtaking ride through the mountains between Cusco and Pisac, and see the Inca temples on an in-depth tour on arrival. Bargain for colorful textiles in the traditional market, and then experience the “Breadbasket of the Incas” on a scenic drive to Urubamba. Arrive in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, explore the pink granite palace at Ollantaytambo, and climb the great stairs of the Temple of the Sun. Feast on local produce at a nearby venue, before ending the day with a train ride to Aguas Calientes, where you can bathe in the hot spring baths and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Day 2: Catch the first shuttle to Machu Picchu to experience the first rays of the sun as they pass through the ruins of ...

    Both guides were very informative and attentive. The pick-up taxi driver was 20 minutes early, rushing us, and then we had to wait another 20 minutes for some unknown reason, which was altogether an unpleasant beginning. Accommodations were good, food was good, site visits were great. Final driver was prompt and efficient. In general, I would recommend this trip and will certainly consider booking with GYG again.

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What people are saying about Cusco

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 465 reviews

Amazing!!! I was left speechless with the beauty of the Wonder of the World! It started with an on time pick up. The trip to the train station was great. The train ride with the panoramic views was perfect. The guides were great from start to finish and Edgar was amazing in explaining the history of this amazing place and setting us up for some great pictures

The trip was excellent, the company was incredible because I decided to travel alone and on the tour I met some nice friends. Simply spectacular. Highly recommended

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.

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

Versatile excursion, interesting and friendly guide; We recommend