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

1. Cusco: Moray, Maras Salt Mines & Chinchero Weavers Half-Day

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.

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

2. 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 to enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Your adventure in the valley continues 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. Following 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.

From Cusco: 2-Night Lake Titicaca Excursion

3. From Cusco: 2-Night Lake Titicaca Excursion

Day 1 Meet your driver at the bus terminal in Cusco in the evening and board your overnight bus to Puno. Day 2 After a night on the road, arrive in Puno in the morning. Transfer to your hostel where you can leave your bags for the day. Next, take the boat out to the Uros Islands for a guided tour of the famous floating reed islands. Enjoy a cruise through the highest navigable lake in the world to reach the remote island of Taquile. Upon arrival at Taquile, enjoy a guided tour of the island which takes in some of the best viewpoints available before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, begin the journey back to Puno.  In Puno, enjoy some free to explore the city or go for dinner at one of the many restaurants before boarding your overnight bus back to Cusco. Day 3 Get dropped off at your hotel or hostel in Cusco in the morning.

Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

4. 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: 2-Day Lake Titicaca Tour

5. Cusco: 2-Day Lake Titicaca Tour

Embark on an adventure-filled 2-day tour of the Lake Titicaca area. Discover some of the highlights located in and around Puno, Uros, Taquile, and Cusco, stopping with plenty of time to soak up the local flair and experience the key attractions. Stay overnight in Puno and savor some tasty local cuisine along the way. Day 1: Cusco to Puno with stops Get picked up from your hotel and head to the tourist bus station for Puno. During the trip, enjoy a suite of exciting stops at different tourist centers and attractions. Begin with a 35-minute tour of the Temple of Andahuaylillas Sistine Chapel of America and prepare to be amazed. Later, explore the Archaeological Complex of Raqchi, before arriving at Sicuani where you can sit for a buffet lunch in the restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the pretty Paso la Raya, hemmed in by snow-capped mountains. Explore the Pucara Lithic Museum. Check in to your hotel in Puno. Day 2: Puno, Uros, Taquile, Cusco Your second day will start early with hotel pickup and transfer to the Port of Puno. Board your boat and head to Uros where you will participate in a cultural demonstration that will allow you to discover the Uros way of life. Visit the Taquile Islands and get to know the local culture. Take a lovely 1-hour walk packed with amazing photo opportunities. Break for lunch in the afternoon at a restaurant in town, where you can sample local favorites like quinoa soup or fresh fried fish from the lake. Return to the main port of Taquile and then to your hotel in Puno in the late afternoon to have dinner on your own. Get picked up and driven to the bus station in Puno. The bus will leave for Cusco at 10:00 PM and arrive at 5:00 AM the next morning. You can then take a taxi back to your hotel.

From Cuzco: Full-Day Ausangate Trek

6. From Cuzco: Full-Day Ausangate Trek

Get picked up by your professional guide from your Cuzco accommodation from 4–4:30 am. Make the 3-hour drive to Pacchanta all bundled up with extra warm sweater, jacket, hat and gloves as morning temperatures in the area range from 5–9°C. Stop for breakfast and any last minute things you forgot to buy in Cuzco like water and snacks. From Pacchanta, take in your first views of the magnificent Apu Ausangate Mountains, rising 6,384 meters above sea level. Take some time to prepare your day pack and then begin the 1.5-hour trek to the first of the Ausangate Lakes. Hike at a comfortable pace along the steep terrain with a small-group and attentive guide who will look out for your safety. Then trek back to Pacchanta where a fortifying local lunch awaits you. Once you've refueled, hop in the nearby hot springs and relax as you take in incredible views of the surrounding highlands. Arrive back in Cuzco between 6 and 7 pm. 

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.

From Cusco: Puno and Uros Islands 2-Day Trip

8. From Cusco: Puno and Uros Islands 2-Day Trip

Travel to Puno on this 2-day trip from Cusco. Experience historic and scenic sights including Andahuaylillas, the Temple of the Wiracocha God, and La Raya. Ride to Uros Islands on a speedboat and a tour of the island of Taquile on day 2. Day 1: Cusco to Puno Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Cusco and transfer to the bus station for the tourist bus to Puno. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey with plenty of stops at attractions along the scenic route. Stop at Andahuaylillas to visit its beautiful chapel. Pause in Racchi to encounter the Temple of the Wiracocha God, then enjoy a lunch stop in beautiful La Raya. Continue your journey with a visit to the Pucará Site Museum. Arrive in Puno in the late afternoon. Enjoy a transfer from the bus station to your hotel accommodation, with the evening free to explore the city at your leisure. Day 2: Puno and the Floating Islands to Cusco Begin your day with pickup and transport to the pier for a speedboat journey to the Uros islands. Take a tour of these famous floating islands made of reeds. Enjoy a cruise on the highest navigable lake in the world to the remote island of Taquile. Take a guided tour of the island and its scenic viewpoints, before pausing for lunch in a local restaurant. After eating, begin your journey back to Puno. Take advantage of some free time to explore the city at your leisure. Enjoy some dinner in one of the city's many restaurants (own expense), before hopping on the night bus for the journey back to Cusco.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley 2-Day Guided Trip

9. From Cusco: Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley 2-Day Guided Trip

Day 1: Cusco - Hydroelectric - Machu Picchu Pueblo Start your trip early in the morning with the pick up from your hotel in Cusco 6:00 am to 6:45 am is the hotel pick up according to the area where it is located. Then, travel above the peaks begin to cross the Sacred Valley of the Incas. We will make a stop in Ollantaytambo where you can have breakfast and go to the bathroom. Appreciate the passing towns and observe different types of climates until you reach the tropical zone of the jungle. Enjoy an included lunch, then we will arrive at the Hydroelectric Plant. Next, the 3-hour walk along the Amazon Trail begins to reach Machu Picchu Pueblo. listen to a brief explanation. Upon arrival in Machu Picchu town, the staff will take you to your accommodation. At night, receive instructions from your guide about the visit to Machu Picchu the next day and go out to dinner and get to know this great place. Day 2: Guided Tour in Machu Picchu - Return by train. According to the explanation of the guide the night before, you will get up early and you can have breakfast of your choice. You have to be at the entrance gate of Machu Picchu at 9 am where you will enter together with the group and the guide and you will have time for the photos and videos you want to record. Then we will take a walk to the town of Aguas Calientes to have lunch. and wait for the train to leave. 6:00 p.m., then you will travel to Ollantaytambo where they will wait for you and call you by your name, then you will travel 2 more hours until you arrive in Cusco at 9:00 p.m. They will leave you at Plaza de Rejocijo.

Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

10. Lima: 9-Day Peru Express with Ica, Cusco, and Puno

Day 1: Arrival in Lima, City Tour Your tour will begin as you are picked up from the airport, after which you will begin a city tour. That evening you will stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 2: Paracas, Ica, and Huacachina with Buggies and Sandboarding Visit the Ballestas Islands, Candelabrum, before a wine and Pisco demonstration in Ica city. Later that day, take part in riding buggies and sandboarding in Huacachina. That evening you will once again stay at the Miramar Hotel or similar in Lima. Day 3: Arrival to Cusco On your third day you will arrive to Cusco, where you will have a free day for acclimatizing. That evening you will lodge in the Cusco Jungle Hotel or similar. Day 4: Chinchero, Maras, and Moray in the Sacred Valley of the Incas Begin with a visit to the Chinchero textile center, before moving onward to the archaeological sites in Chinchero and Moray. Following that, you will tour the salt mines in Maras before lodging at the Golden Sunrise Hotel or similar in Aguas Calientes. Day 5: Machu Picchu Inca Citadel On day 5 you will explore the breathtaking Machu Picchu, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Following a full day at this sacred site, you will overnight at the Cusco Jungle Hotel or similar. Day 6: Humanatay Lake On your sixth day you will trek to Humantay Lake, which is close to the snowy Salkantay mountain. That evening you will once again lodge in the Cusco Jungle Hotel or similar. Day 7: Rainbow Mountain Trek to Rainbow Mountain, which is very close to the highest mountain of Cusco: the Ausangate Mountain. Following your day of hiking, you will return once more to the Cusco Jungle Hotel or similar to overnight. Day 8: Route of the Sun On day 8 you will take a touristic bus between Cusco and Puno. Throughout this journey you will visit the Andahuaylillas Chapel, Raqchi Archaeological Complex, La Raya Pass, and the Lithic Museum of Pukara. That evening you will stay at the Royal Inn or similar. Day 9: Titicaca Lake and the Uros and Taquile Islands On your final day you will take a speed boat tour of Lake Titicaca, before exploring the Uros and Taquile Islands. In the afternoon, you will transfer to the airport where your tour will conclude.

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We had a great guide that was super knowledgable. Our only complaint is that we felt rushed through the sites. This was a lot of locations to view in one day, I feel like the tour could have be done in 2 days to give you time to really be able to see all the sites and spend time walking around it. Some places we spent less than 30 minutes touring.

It was an amazing tour! Our guide Elizabeth made it really fun, entertaining and educational. She’s a real professional with the pictures (what everyone wants nowadays). The buffet lunch was quite good. The time flew really fast. Thanks for an amazing experience

Informative visit with a guide who was very clear, and patiently waited for the older members of the group, making sure nobody was left out

Excelent guid and nice tour. We stoped at Ollantaytambo nice experience befor seeing Machu Picchu.

This is a great trip that includes all the main sights in the sacred valley!