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From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

1. From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

Travel from Cusco to learn about the majestic Inca city: Machu Picchu and the ancient civilization living there. Discover the secrets that are hidden in it. Go back in time as you explore the streets of these ruins located in the Peruvian Andes.  Begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco for transfer to the train station. Get on board and enjoy the comforts offered by the train during the journey to Machu Picchu. Choose from the option of a standard train or a Vistadome train that offers panoramic views. Enjoy the dynamic landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. Arrive in Aguas Calientes and take a bus to the entrance of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of this wonderful place. Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and get recommendations for lunch. Board the train back to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station where transportation will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Private Day Trip with All Tickets

2. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Private Day Trip with All Tickets

Make the most of your time in Cusco with a full-day private tour of the best of Machu Picchu. Enjoy pickup from your hotel in Cusco, travel through the Andes by train, and learn about the origins of Machu Picchu on a guided walking tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, travel to Ollantaytambo for your train ride to Aguas Calientes. Take in panoramic views of the Andes mountains and surrounding jungle from the window of your train. Next, board the bus for a quick 25-minute journey to Machu Picchu and avoid the long trek. Enjoy a guided walking tour of this historic citadel and learn about its most important landmarks, including the Main Square, Temple of the Three Windows, the sacred Sun Clock, and the cemetery. After your tour, enjoy some free time in Aguas Calientes to explore the city or grab lunch before hopping on the train back to Ollantaytambo, from where you will be dropped off back at your hotel in Cusco at the end of the day.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley and Moray Salt Mines

3. From Cusco: Sacred Valley and Moray Salt Mines

Meet with your group at Plaza de Armas in the historical center of Cusco. Travel first to Chinchero, a small rustic town with a long tradition of textile weaving. See various textiles woven with traditional Incan techniques.  Next, you will visit Moray and see the agricultural terraces built along the hillsides. These terraces were built by the Incas to grow an abundance of crops on less-than-ideal mountain terrain. Right next to this area, at Moras, there are over 5000 salt ponds which were used by the Incas for salt extraction. This helped preserve their foods for long periods. After learning about Incan agricultural techniques, make your way to Urubamba, the capital of the Sacred Valley, for some lunch. After lunch, make your way to two historical towns, Ollantaytambo and Pisaq. At Ollantaytambo, you will climb over 200 steps to reach the top of the ancient terraced fortress that overlooks the town. This was an important defensive location during Incan times. At Pisaq, you can discover the local market selling all sorts of souvenirs and local crafts, before returning to Cusco.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

4. From Cusco: Sacred Valley, Pisac, Moray, & Salt Mines Tour

During this Sacred Valley day tour, go to the must-visit sites of Cusco and have a chance to try traditional Incan beer. Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco's city center and head to your first stop, Mirador Taray.  Take in the spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley to prepare for your day of discovery.  Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site and see its terraces, Incan cemeteries, and royal buildings.  Afterward, move on to Moray to learn about the history of the Incas and wonder at their mysterious circular terraces. Head to the nearby village of Maras and learn about its history as a center for salt production at the Maras Salt Mines. Admire the unique quilt work of over 3,000 salt ponds spilling into the Sacred Valley. From here, go to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Continue with a drive along the Urubamba River towards the town of Ollantaytambo to visit the ruins. Marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. In addition to the ruins, see an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. After your time at the ruins, choose to return to Cusco with your guide or to stay in Ollantaytambo so you can continue your personal travels to Machu Picchu.

Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

5. Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

Your tour will start with your group pick-up. From there you will drive for about an hour to Chinchero, making a short stop in this town to visit one of the last traditional families. You will also learn about ancient textiles and the weaving process. After driving 30 minutes more, you will arrive to Moray, the ancient Inka agriculture laboratory located in a rare topographical depression in which the Inkas developed into unique circular terraces. You will learn how this entire area was also watered by a well-engineered irrigation system. After enjoying Moray, you will continue for another hour to the Salineras Salt Mines of Maray, your last destination on your tour. The salt mine is actually a vast collection of terraces born from a water stream high on a mountain. Over many centuries this salt spring has been channeled to 1,000 small pools. People wait for the sunny days to evaporate the water which leaves the pure salt behind, a technique of which has been used since pre-Inka times. You will finally drive approximately 1.5 hours back to Cusco, where your group will be dropped off near the Main Plaza de Armas.

Cusco: Open Bus City Sightseeing Tour

6. Cusco: Open Bus City Sightseeing Tour

Discover the main sights and learn about the history of the city of Cusco while you acclimatize on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a carefully curated itinerary that gives you the best introduction to the city and its traditions. This tour takes you to the main highlights of Cusco and its surroundings. Feel free to sit back and relax in the open-top sightseeing bus and ride the entire route in 2.5 hours. Start the tour by driving through the historic center of Cusco. Sit back and enjoy the views while a bilingual guide explains the importance of each landmark within the city. Later drive through some of the main archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Q'enqo, and Puca Pucara. Get a panoramic view from the top deck of the bus. On the way back to Cusco, stop at a shamanic center. Witness a traditional Inca ceremony that pays homage to the Pachamama (Inca mother earth), the mountains, and the natural world. Stop at an alpaca wool weaving center where one of the workers will explain the differences between the various types of wool. Learn to recognize authentic alpaca wool when shopping for gifts. Before ending the tour, visit the large white statue of Christ that stands on the hill overlooking the city of Cusco. From here, enjoy fantastic views of the entire city. Then proceed back to the bus station in Cusco.

Cusco: Archaeological Park Morning Tour

7. Cusco: Archaeological Park Morning Tour

Start your morning tour at 8:45 AM when you are picked up from your hotel by your guide. Travel to Sacsayhuaman where you will observe towers and temples where Incas revered the sun god and the water. Then visit Qenqo, which has underground galleries that form a labyrinth used for sacrifices to the Sun God. Continue your tour with a visit to Puca Pucara, an Incan surveillance center composed of terraces, staircases and large walls. The last stop on your tour is Tambomchay, an Incan resting place where you will find aqueducts, waterfalls and several water gutters. From there you will travel back to the main square of Cusco at averaging 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM to finish your morning tour.

Cusco: Historical Guided City Tour with 4 Inca Ruins

8. Cusco: Historical Guided City Tour with 4 Inca Ruins

Delve into Peru’s ancient history with a guided tour from Cusco, with hotel pickup included. Enjoy live commentary as you visit the Cusco Cathedral, Sacsayhuaman, the Sacred Valley of Peru, and Tambomachay. Learn about how people lived in the Inca Empire. Start the tour with a pickup around 1:00 PM from your hotel in Cusco. Head to your first stop, the Cusco Cathedral, a 16th-century colonial relic that took over 100 years to complete. From there, visit the most important temple in the Inca Empire, the Coricancha — also known as the Temple of the Sun. Continue with archeological discoveries as you visit the towers, walls, and tunnels of Sacsayhuaman. Move onward to the Sacred Valley of Peru with stops at the Temple Qenqo followed by Puca Pucara — a large military fortress with a fascinating arrangement of large stones. Finally, get further insight into the lives of the Inca at the enchanting Tambomachay, situated 3700 meters above sea level with a fascinating series of water features thought to have been built in worship of water. Return to the city of Cusco to be dropped off near the main square of Cusco at approximately 6:45 PM.

Cusco: Open-Top Bus City Tour

9. Cusco: Open-Top Bus City Tour

Discover the best of Cusco on a 2.5-hour guided tour in the comfort of an open-top bus and in the company of a professional guide. After boarding the bus, your first stop will be at the San Cristobal Temple and Colcampata Inca wall, where you can admire panoramic views of the main square, Plaza De Armas. Next, enjoy a panoramic overview of the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo and Puca Pucara.  Later, stop at the white statue of Christ which towers over the city. From here, admire breathtaking views of Cusco and the surrounding area before begging the drive back to the city center.

Cusco: South Valley of the Incas Day-Tour

10. Cusco: South Valley of the Incas Day-Tour

After being picked up from your hotel between 8:40AM and 9:00AM, you will proceed to the Tipon Archeological Complex to begin your Incan adventure. The complex is located 24 kilometers southeast of Cusco, and is one of the lesser visited sites in the Cusco area. It is an ancient Incan site and thought to be a royal garden commissioned by Wiracocha, and is one of the most elaborate examples of agricultural terracing created by the Incas. These tall terraces run up the narrow valley and are irrigated by an aqueduct from Pachatusan, with a mountain located above the site. In addition to the terracing, there are also some other structures at Tipon including baths, a temple complex, canals, and aqueducts. Following Tipon, you will head to Pikillacta. Pikillacta is the only pre-Inca site in the Cusco area. This adobe complex was built around 700 to 900 A.D. by the Huari people. In the area, there is a small Inca site just a short walk from Pikillacta which is known as Rumicolca, and was a travel checkpoint for the Incas. After this complex, you will progress towards Andahuaylillas. Here you will discover the “Sistine Chapel of Peru”, a church that is home to golden altars, paintings, and many colored ceilings. The chapel is simple and unassuming on the outside, but on the inside you’ll find masterpiece after masterpiece as you browse the fascinating walls. On your return to Cusco you will also pass Saylla, where you will be able to enjoy the delicious and famous pork chicharrones. Your tour will then conclude with your return to Cusco at around 2:30PM.

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based on 204 reviews

Elvis is the BEST! Willka Travel handled the booking & immediately sent me confirmation via WhatsApp of all pickup details. PROS: Lots of sites for a good price, Elvis was an awesome knowledgeable host who spoke good English and managed our schedule, early arrival to most sites. We got to Pisaq first and had the entire place to ourselves until we left. We had plenty of time to explore all sites and Elvis made sure to stop at great spots to take pictures. CONS: Food was ok, spent a little too much time at the 2 souvenir places. Now what you need to know - if you get car sick easily, be sure to prepare because some of the roads are very winding with sharp turns. Have good sunscreen for Salt Mines and maybe purchase your Boleta Touristo in advance for the 4 sites, even though you can pay on site. I would definitely recommend this tour AFTER you have had time to acclimate.

Amazing tour. Guide was knowledgeable and spoke both English and Spanish throughout the tour. Saw a few Incan sites and visited an Altomisayoc who performed a 15 minute ceremony honoring Pachamama. That alone made the whole experience. Highly recommend.

Tudo muito organizado! Nosso guia Uriel era maravilhoso, contando cada detalhe, ajudando nas subidas difíceis, respeitando o ritmo de cada um e ainda tirando fotos.

The tour was very good. Our guide Pole was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information. We visited all cites around Cusco and also Sun Temple in the Cusco.

Our guide was very fine, tour is good organizated. Thank you.