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From Cusco: Machu Picchu Private Day Trip with All Tickets

1. 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: Machu Picchu Private Day Trip on Panoramic Train

2. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Private Day Trip on Panoramic Train

Meet our chauffeur at your Cusco Hotel for a scenic road transfer to the train station. Board the train, then sit back and relax as you enjoy the 2-hour journey across the Sacred Valley. During the trip you will admire the spectacular views over the mountain scenery and pass by some important towns such as Ollantaytambo. The views get even better if you go for the Panoramic Vistadome train, which features wider windows on the ceiling and more comfortable seats. It also includes an Andean ingredients-based snack and drink as well as souvenirs you can buy on board. Arrive in Aguas Calientes town and set off with your guide to embark on a 30 min bus ride uphill to Machu Picchu main entrance. Shortly after check in, begin your private tour and discover the Citadel’s magnificent arquitecture by visiting the most remarkable landmark attractions such as the Temple of the Sun, The Temple of the Moon. See the impressive terraced fields of the agricultural sector and take the famous picture from the observatory with the lost citadel and the Huayna Picchu Mountain behind you. After finishing the guided part, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Then take the bus back to Aguas Calientes. If time is propitious, you can explore the town and have some lunch with excellent recommendations from your guide, before heading back to the station. In the late afternoon head back to the train station for your return journey to Cusco. End your experience the best on board, with a glance of the Andean culture though music and entertainment which will assure you much fun. On your arrival at the train station, a private chauffeur will transfer back to your accommodation in Cusco.

Cusco: Planetarium and Night Tour with Dinner and Pisco Sour

3. Cusco: Planetarium and Night Tour with Dinner and Pisco Sour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, and then explore the city after dark in a small group of no more than 8 people on a late afternoon and evening tour. Stroll to San Pedro Market to discover a hidden gem where the locals shop, and learn about the variety of native fruits and vegetables on sale. Taste some of the local produce as you explore, and get an insight into the traditional medicinal herbs and their uses. Next, visit the main square to enjoy an authentic pisco sour and learn about pisco production as you savor the national drink. Continue to Planetarium Cusco to watch a presentation from the astronomers about the night sky in Peru, and check out the constellations of the southern hemisphere through the powerful telescopes. End with a traditional dinner of typical food and take a walking tour of the historical center to see the landmarks illuminated for the night.

From Cusco or Sacred Valley: Private Machu Picchu Day Tour

4. From Cusco or Sacred Valley: Private Machu Picchu Day Tour

Explore Machu Picchu on a private guided tour from Cusco or the Sacred Valley. Get in touch with the Peruvian soul and discover this magical place with a knowledgeable guide who'll teach you about the fascinating history of this site. Finally, the day prior, we'll include you in a Whatsapp group with your guide and driver, to ensure you have a point of contact throughout your experience. On the day of your tour, your driver will pick you up at the time coordinated as per the prior communication and bring you safely and comfortably to the train station. From here, you'll check in and enjoy your ride on the train to the Machu Picchu village, Aguas Calientes. Outside of the train station, your guide will wait and accompany you to the bus stop, from which, you'll head to the Machu Picchu entrance. Now, it's time to say "hello" to the most beautiful and interesting place in Peru, Machu Picchu.  Thanks to the privacy, you have full flexibility on breaks and where you'd like to go. Most travelers prefer to first head to the left terrace from where postcard-like pictures can be shot by your guide (who loves to take pictures). From here it's time to head on and explore the fascinating ruins and their characteristics. Let the guide take you back in time, learn about the architecture as well as the history, the kind of details groups won't experience due to time restrictions as they rush through the archeological site. After leaving Machu Picchu (safety guards make it impossible to remain alone in Machu Picchu and walk around freely - the routes are defined), you'll take the bus back to the Machu Picchu village, Aguas Calientes, to have lunch before taking the train. Back at the train station, our driver will await you to bring you safely back to your accommodation in Cusco, filled with memories that will remain for a lifetime.

Cusco: Private Full-Day to Humantay Lake with Meals

5. Cusco: Private Full-Day to Humantay Lake with Meals

Start your adventure early at 5:00 AM with hotel pickup. Take a scenic trip of around 3 hours to the village of Mollepata for a delicious breakfast, and recover energy to go to Soraypampa. From this point, start your walk and rely on your guide to take you safely from point to point. If you wish, you can rent horses offered by the inhabitants of the area. During the ascent, take the opportunity to observe the diverse flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Spot some native birds of the area and get great views of the Andean landscape. Enjoy your small lunchbox and replenish your energy. Once you reach your goal, feel delighted with the spectacular views of the Humantay Lagoon and its turquoise waters. Don't miss the chance to take spectacular photographs. Thank the Pachamama and the Apus in a small ritual with coca. After having relaxed, descend to Soraypampa where your transport will be waiting for you to take you to Mollepata. Finally, head back to the city of Cusco.

Cusco: 5-Day Salkantay Ultimate Trek to Machu Picchu

6. Cusco: 5-Day Salkantay Ultimate Trek to Machu Picchu

Begin your walk towards Soraypampa with panoramic views of the majestic Salkantay and Humantay mountains. By mid day its time for a classic Peruvian lunch. After lunch, your trail continues upwards toward Humantay Lake. Then arrive at camp where your tents will be ready for you, as well as dinner. The next day, the natural surroundings will change drastically from barren alpine to snowy peaks and tropical areas. After a nutritious breakfast, you will start the most difficult part of the trek. But, the views from the end point are literally breathtaking – not only Salkantay but also the surrounding peaks and valleys below. After a night's sleep, you wake early in the morning to start your trek through the high jungles. After about 5 hours you will arrive to Playa Sahuayaco near the town of Collpabamba, traversing an altitude known as the “eyebrow of the Amazon,” where waterfalls, fruit-bearing trees, and diverse flora and fauna manifest in absolute abundance. In the afternoon,you arrive to the town of Lucmabamba, your last camp site and also the beginning of the Inca Trail to Llactapata. In the morning begin to gradually hike upwards for about 2 hours to the archeological site of Llactapata, an impressive center with connections to Machu Picchu and Sayacmarka. You will have plenty of time to explore this beautiful Inca site before descending to the Hydro-Electrica (hydro station) which takes roughly 1.5 hours. On your last day, begin early and catch one of the first buses up to Machu Picchu. It is important to start early to avoid the main crowds and also see the citadel during the first rays of morning light. Your guide will start the day with a tour of the most important locations, altars and constructions around Machu Picchu. During this walk they will also share with you what they know about the history of this place and the people who lived here. Following the tour you will have free time to explore the site on your own.

From Cusco: Train Ride and Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

7. From Cusco: Train Ride and Guided Tour of Machu Picchu

Join a local guide and travel from Cusco to the infamous Machu Picchu on this private day trip. Marvel at a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley and visit the most remarkable attractions at the ancient Inca site. After being picked up from your hotel, board the train and sit back and relax as you enjoy a 2-hour journey across the Sacred Valley. Admire the spectacular views over the mountain and pass by towns like Ollantaytambo. If you opt for the Vistadome Panoramic train, you also get to taste an Andean snack and drink. Next, arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes and set off with your guide on a bus ride uphill to Machu Picchu. Shortly after check in, begin your private tour and discover the citadel’s magnificent architecture and attractions like the Temple of the Sun and The Temple of the Moon. Then, you will be given free time to explore the site on your own before taking the bus back to Aguas Calientes. In the late afternoon, ride the train for your return journey to Cusco. If you chose the Vistadome Panoramic train option, end your experience by immersing yourself in Andean culture though music and entertainment on board.

Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu: 2-Day Private Tour

8. Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu: 2-Day Private Tour

Day 1: Cusco–Aguas Calientes After hotel pick-up in Cusco at around 8:00AM, you will drive to Chinchero to start the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu Tour. Your first visit will be to the main square, filled with its well-preserved Inca walls and altars. Following this, you will visit a textile center for a brief introduction and learning experience of the art of Andean textiles. Local weavers will guide you through a step-by-step process of the ancient science of Andean weaving as it has been done since long before the Inca. As you continue on your way to our next site, wyou will pass through lush agricultural fields and small rural communities. Weather permitting, spectacular views of snow-capped peaks line the horizon far into the distance. Your next stop will be Moray, with its spectacular terraces of concentric rings, which has been proven to be an experimental center for understanding the various climates and temperatures of different crops or agricultural plants, perhaps even used for domestication of different crops. After exploring Moray, you will descend lower in elevation to the salt mines of Maras, an important production center dating back to pre-Inca times. Here there are over 3,000 salt pools carved into the mountain side, filled daily by water seeping from the Earth, referred to by the locals as the "tears of mother earth". In the afternoon, your train will depart from the town of Ollantaytambo to the train station in Machu Picchu. You will have the option of visiting some local hot springs before retiring to your hotel. Day 2: Machu Picchu–Cusco You will rise at first light for breakfast, before you head to the bus station to take the first buses up to the majestic mountain of Machu Picchu, also known as the “the Crystal City”. We recommend arriving early enough to catch sunrise before receiving a guided tour which last about 2.5 hours, followed by free time to explore the site on your own. If booked in advance, it will be arranged for you to climb Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu Mountain. You will agree on a time to meet in the afternoon in Aguas Calientes where you can board the train back to Ollantaytambo followed by a private bus or van back to Cusco. Once back in Cusco you will be returned to your hotel of origin, marking the end of your tour.

Machu Picchu: Private Full-Day Tour with Afternoon Entrance

9. Machu Picchu: Private Full-Day Tour with Afternoon Entrance

A private car and professional driver will pick you up from your hotel in the morning in Cusco or the Sacred Valley. On the 1.5-hour drive you will be mesmerized by the change in scenery. While descending in altitude, you will be surrounded by mountainous terrain and traditional Peruvian agricultural landscapes. The driver will drop you off at the Ollantaytambo train station where you will board the train to Aguas Calientes. Marvel at the lush surroundings that make up the area near Machu Picchu. Arriving in Aguas Calientes, the small village located at the base of the famous Inca site, a member of staff will be waiting to lead you to the bus station. After boarding the bus for the short ride up to the sacred citadel, a private guide will meet you to begin your adventure. You will take a journey through the streets of the ancient city with your private guide. After the guided tour, take time to explore the complex at your own pace, snap some photos, and hang out with the resident llamas. When you are ready, you will board the bus once more and make your way back down to Aguas Calientes. After arriving, have lunch or stroll through the markets before boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. Once in Ollantaytambo, your private car and driver will transport you back to your hotel in Cusco.

Cusco: Full-Day Private Hike to Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain

10. Cusco: Full-Day Private Hike to Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain

The adventure begins with your transfer from your hotel to the starting point of the hike to the impressive colored mountain range of Palcoyo. Like the 7-color mountain of Vinicunca, Palcoyo acquires this coloration due to minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, among others, accumulated over millions of years and that nowadays offer a visual spectacle. Unlike Vinicunca, getting to the top of the Palcoyo mountain range is of a moderate level and very accessible since it is a walk without significant slopes, reaching a maximum elevation of 4,900 meters above sea level. Upon arrival, enjoy the beautiful view of the mountain range and take some minutes to calmly appreciate the surroundings thanks to the little flow of visitors in the area in comparison with the Vinicunca Mountain. This experience is carried by following the established routes and regulations for its conservation, collaborating with the sustainability of this natural wonder.

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4.6 / 5

based on 176 reviews

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.

Joel was an amazing guide!!! He was so friendly, knowledge, and helped my entire family through the citadel's steps. The tour was so informative, and I was so impressed with Joel. This would be a no brainer to book again if we come back to Peru and Machu Picchu. Do not overlook this and Joel!

Excellent service, very kind people who worked very hard to get me to Machu Picchu at the last minute. They accommodated me consistently and did everything they could to make my trip as great as possible. I would highly recommend.

We had a great trip to Lake Humantay! Freddy was a great guide and taught us a lot along the way. Highly recommended!

Unbelievable scenery! Expert guides with well groomed horses. A major highlight of our trip to Peru!