Top attractions in Cusco Region
Our most recommended things to do in Cusco Region
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...
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.
3. Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Official Ticket, Bus, & Guide
Meet your driver at your hotel or the train statin in Aguas Calientes. Embark on the beautiful 30-minute drive to Machu Picchu, where you’ll show your passport and pass through security. Walk 20 minutes to the upper part of Machu Picchu, following your guide to the perfect lookout location. Your guide will lead you through the legendary site on a 2-hour tour, on which you'll delve into the history of the Lost Citadel and Machu Picchu. Relish in panoramic vistas of the ruins and the surrounding mountains. Get lost in the maze-like stone constructions. Return to Aguas Calientes.
Face shield and mask mandatory on bus ride. Forget sunblock, expect rain, wear a hat and rain poncho.
4. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Full-Day Tour
Join a small-group tour and go on an unforgettable guided journey to Machu Picchu. Receive a guided tour of the awe-inspiring citadel from an official guide and benefit from a tour package that includes hotel pickup from Cusco, train tickets, and bus shuttles. After being picked up from your hotel, be driven to Cusco's train station and embark on a 2-hour scenic train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes. Admire the breathtaking beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas set against the stunning Andean landscape. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, hop on a small bus and travel past the town of Urubamba and up to the ruins of the so-called “Lost City of the Incas”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Get dropped off at the main entrance to Machu Picchu where you will be met by your expert guide who will lead you around the sacred hilltop site and ...
Muy bien organizado, los horarios son muy puntuales y permiten que uno tenga suficiente tiempo durante los traslados. Muy buena experiencia!
5. 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.
6. From Cusco: Indigenous Potato Farm Cultural Experience
After pickup from your hotel in central Cusco, head straight into the wondrous landscapes and views of the Sacred Valley. After pausing for the vistas in the town of Pisaq, you’ll continue to the sustainable farm and village. Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted warmly by the villagers, who will give you a tour of the communal farm that they tend. Next on the agenda is a visit to the Kinsaqocha lagoon, where you’ll have an unmatched panorama of the Andes and the valleys below. Marvel at the tranquil vastness beneath you as you search the trees for local birds and wildlife. Afterwards, you’ll participate in a workshop about local medicinal plants and artisanal crafts unique to the region. To cap things off, you’ll enjoy a hearty local meal, including stews made with the diverse selection of local potatoes. Afterwards, you’ll head back to your hotel in Cusco.
7. 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...
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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What people are saying about Cusco Region
Everything was very well organized. Pick-up from the hotel lobby. 1h40 journey by minibus, then 1h30 by train. Then you will arrive in Aguas Calientes where your lovely guide will be waiting for you. You will then go by bus to Machu Pichu. You will take a 2h30 / 3h guided tour of the citadel, or you will be amazed. At the end of the visit, you will descend to the station, where you will have approximately 1 hour of free time. Ideal for a bite to eat or a drink. Then you will board the train for the return trip. The only downside is not being next door on the train. You will be dropped off at your hotel around 8 p.m. A magical day.
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
This was a wonderful experience. Well organized and on time. Rainbow mountain is a must see.