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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: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

    7. Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

    Your professional tour guide will pick you from your accommodation in Cusco between 4:00AM and 4:30AM. After a 2-hour drive, you will arrive in Cusipata where you will stop for breakfast and buy water and snacks for the trek. Following breakfast, you'll travel one more hour to the hike starting point, at 4,850 meters. From there you will start your 3.5-kilomter trek to Rainbow Mountain over both flat and uphill terrain. During your hike you will enjoy amazing views and encounters with wild alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. Once you reach the top at 5,010 meters, you can make use of some free time to take a break, and if the weather is good, you will be able to enjoy views over Rainbow Mountain. You will then have the option to explore the Red Valley lookout, before beginning the easy part of your trek. You'll go downhill to the starting spot for another hour, where you will take transporta...

    This was a wonderful experience. Well organized and on time. Rainbow mountain is a must see.

  • Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Tour with Tickets

    8. 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 !!!

  • Cusco: Humantay Lake All-inclusive Full-day Tour

    9. Cusco: Humantay Lake All-inclusive Full-day Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your Cusco hotel between 03:30 AM and 04:00 AM, and then journey to Mollepata village in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. After breakfast in Mollepata, continue towards Soraypampa 3,900 meters above sea level. Trek for approximately 1.5 hours to Humantay Lake, 4,200 meters (13,779 feet) above sea level and get wonderful views of the turquoise waters at the base of Humantay Glacier. Immerse yourself in a landscape sacred to the Incas, and get the chance to rent a horse to ride to the lake. Explore the turquoise glacial waters of Humantay Lake , leisure for photography exploring the surrounding area before going back to Mollepata for a buffet lunch. Then, journey back to Cusco at 06:00 PM.

    it was a shocking experience. we did not expect to encounter such a magical landscape. nevertheless it was a rather tedious journey.

  • From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Full Day Trek with Meals

    10. 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!

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What people are saying about Cusco

This was a fun class to take! When I got to the chocolate museum there were these adorable little puppies running around that everyone got to play with. There were a group of us that took the class and it was very interactive learning about cocoa beans and turning them into chocolate. We drank some cocoa tea, make chocolate paste, and then got to create chocolate bars from different molds of our choosing. Our instructor was a very fun and friendly timen

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 kind and professional. They have been really helpful when I forgot something on the van after the excursion. highly recommended

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

This was a wonderful experience. Well organized and on time. Rainbow mountain is a must see.