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Our most recommended Cusco Region Sightseeing Walking Tours

Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

1. 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: Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain (arrive before crowds)

2. Cusco: Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain (arrive before crowds)

Enjoy a hike to discover the colorful landscapes and alpacas of Palyccoyo Rainbow Mountain. Unlike its more crowded and touristy neighbor, Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain, a hike on Palyccoyo Rainbow Mountain allows for a more calm and serene setting while also offering beautiful views. Begin the day with 3:45 AM pickup from your accommodations in Cusco. The early start is worth it to beat the crowds. On the way, enjoy breakfast at a restaurant in the area, picked for its quality food and service. After our arrival, you'll be briefed by your guide and receive a hiking stick if desired. Start your hike and admire the colorful landscapes while meeting the alpacas that roam the mountains. Even enjoy the opportunity to take one for a walk. Get ready to leave for lunch just as the tourist crowds are arriving. Enjoy lunch at the same restaurant where you ate breakfast and arrive back at Cusco at around 4 PM. Relax with drop off either right at the airport or at your accommodations.

Puerto Maldonado: Sandoval Lake Full-Day Trip with Canoeing

3. Puerto Maldonado: Sandoval Lake Full-Day Trip with Canoeing

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Maldonado and heads to the Madre de Dios river where your boat for the day awaits. Board the boat and set sail along the vibrant river towards the National Reserve of Tambopata, a vast landscape of savannas and rainforests that is rich in colorful wildlife. Arrive at the reserve and enjoy a 30-minute walk through the luscious landscape until you reach Sandoval Lake. Throughout the walk, admire views of the colossal jungle trees that surround you and watch out for native wildlife including monkeys and parrots. At the lake, hop into a canoe head out onto the calm waters, which beautifully reflect the trees that line the shore. Keep a look out for the abundance of animals and birds that call Sandoval their home, and in particular the lake's giant otters.  Enjoy a quick stop for lunch and some rest time, then hop back in your canoe as you go in search of black caimans and yet more fascinating wildlife. Admire a stunning sunset in the late afternoon, then slowly begin the journey back through the jungle and towards the riverboat waiting to return you to Puerto Maldonado.

From Cusco: Full-Day Guided Tour with Train to Machu Picchu

4. From Cusco: Full-Day Guided Tour with Train to Machu Picchu

You will leave Cusco at 3:30 in the morning. You will travel 2 hours by bus to the town of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley where you will board the train at approximately 06:15 hrs to Aguas Calientes. Throughout the journey you will see beautiful landscapes, the train trip is quite an experience. Following the course of the river through the Sacred Valley you will arrive at Aguas Calientes and will go directly to Machu Picchu for your guided tour. The guided tour lasts about 2 hours and during the tour you will learn more about the Inca culture and visit all the most important areas of the citadel. After the visit, you will have free time to explore the site on your own. In the afternoon you will take the bus back to Aguas Calientes where you will board the train back to Ollantaytambo (approx. 2 hours) and then continue by bus to Cusco (another 2 hours) in the train Expedition class. You will leave to Cusco around 4:55 PM and will arrive around 9:00 PM.

Cusco: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour and Hike

5. Cusco: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Tour and Hike

The tour starts from your hotel in Cusco at 4:00 am approx, depending on your hotel location the pickup time will be quite different. Once the group is ready the great adventure will start in the direction of Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain. You travel by car for 2 hours approx in our tourist transport until arriving in the community of Cusipata. Here, you enjoy a delicious breakfast before continuing with the tour. Continuing the Rainbow Mountain Tour, The car leaves the main road to take the dirt road for 45 minutes more. During the trip, you can observe beautiful landscapes, canyons, and beautiful glaciers as The Ausangate Glacier (The biggest of Cusco region). Once you arrive at the final stop for the van, the group start hiking for 1.5 hours approximately. The time is an average and It depends on sure of your speed but no worries you will hike at your rhythm. After having a nice hike to the Rainbow Mountain Cusco, You finally arrive at the destination: The Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain (5.020m / 16.466 ft.). Once the group is together again, you have all the information about this beautiful attraction provided by our very knowledgeable tour guide. After that, you have free time to enjoy the beauty of the mountain on your own, take pictures, enjoy a snack, or just relax. After enjoying the Rainbow Mountain which is one of the best Day Trips From Cusco, The Group starts the walk back to the parking and then to the community of Cusipata. Here, you have a delicious lunch and then return to the imperial city of Cusco. Finally, at the end of the Rainbow Mountain Tour, you return to Cusco where our transportation will take you to the city center (04:30 pm approx) or if it is in private service, to your respective hotel. End of services Emergency numbers: +51 979300796 / +51 983784029

From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Buffet Lunch

6. From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Buffet Lunch

Relax after pickup on a 1-hour trip to the city of Pisac in the Sacred Valley, making some stops along the way at scenic viewpoints. Take a break in a busy, local market, selling handmade crafts and clothes. Enjoy a freshly cooked lunch and explore nearby archeological sites.  Wander through the colonial town of Pisac town and purchase unique, handmade souvenirs and gifts. After visiting the market the bus will bring you to the hills above the town of Pisac to visit the famous archaeological sites. Journey through the Sacred Valley and stop for a buffet lunch in the town of Urubamba Continue along the valley to Ollantaytambo, founded by the Inca Ollantay on the banks of the Urubamba River. Visit the Sun Temple, constructed of large blocks that have remained intact for centuries. Heading on from Ollantaytambo the bus will return via Urubamba and then head up and out of the valley to the highlands above where you will make a final stop in Chinchero town. View the old painted murals and traditional market which is famous for their handmade textiles and weavings.

From Cusco: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Day Trip

7. From Cusco: Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Day Trip

You will be picked up from the hotel between 4:30 in the morning, then you will travel about 3 hours to Cusipata's place so you can enjoy an American-style breakfast. Head to the starting point of the tour after breakfast. Start on the path that leads to the "mountain of colors", pass the checkpoint and pay an entrance fee to continue. Admire panoramic views of the nearby valleys, Andes, and glaciers along the trail, as well as wildlife: wild llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, as well as Andean condors if you catch a glimpse of them Reach the top and take some time to rest, breathe, and admire the spectacular views. Take beautiful photos and videos, then begin the descent to the base with the group. Enjoy a tourist buffet lunch upon arrival at the restaurant at the end of the trek, before embarking on the journey back to Cusco to be dropped off near the main square, the end point is Calle San Bernardo.

From Cusco: Short or Classic Inca Trail Tour

8. From Cusco: Short or Classic Inca Trail Tour

Hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, considered to be one of the best walks in the world and perfect for visitors to Peru who are in search of a good adventure. Follow the ancient path that was traced by the Incas used to connect different cities and temples of the Inca Empire. Classic Option (4 Days, 3 Nights) Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning and take a bus to the town of Chilca. Begin your hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After approximately 3 hours of walking arrive at a beautiful Inca building known as Llactapata in the base of the mountains, where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, continue walking towards the first campsite at 3,000 meters, called Wayllabamba. Enjoy dinner at the camp.  Day 2: Wake up in the early morning. After breakfast, begin the toughest and the most amazing part of the trail, walking towards the highest point of the Inca Trail. Take in the panoramic views and observe different types of microclimates at 4,250 meters. After a 5 hour walk, reach the first pass, called Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman's Pass. Then, continue your walk down to Pacaymayo to each lunch and spend the night at the campsite. Day 3: After breakfast, hike towards the second pass of the Inca Trail, at 3,950 meters above sea level. On the way, enjoy the archaeological complex of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca. Stop for lunch at Phuyupatamarca (also known as the Cloud-Level Town). Descend down to one of the most beautiful Inca sites along the trail, Wiñay Huayna (which means Forever Young). Stay overnight nearby and enjoy a small party with the trekking crew at camp.  Day 4: After breakfast, get up early to watch the sunrise at Inti Punku. After 1.5-hours of walking through the cloud forest, reach the Gate of the Sun, for the most impressive panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Arrive at the citadel for a 2-hour guided tour around the magnificent complex, and then take a bus down to Aguas Calientes. From there, catch a train back, where your adventure will end. Short Option (2 days, 1 night) Day 1: First, depart from Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Board the train that will take you to the starting point of the hike. Walk for approximately 3 hours until you reach the archaeological complex of Wiñay Wayna.  After lunch, explore the houses and terraces, then visit the Inti Punku, the Inca Gate of the Sun. Admire your first views of Machu Picchu, then take the bus to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in a 3-star hotel. Day 2: After breakfast, get picked up by your guide at the hotel. Visit Machu Picchu and spend a full day exploring the site. After this incredible visit, return to the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) and take the train bound for the Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival, hop into a car and transfer back to the main square in Cusco where your tour concludes.

Cusco: Walking Tour Cusco

9. Cusco: Walking Tour Cusco

Today you will know the wonderful city of Cusco on a walking tour. Start in the Main Square, where the church of Compañía de Jesus and the Cathedral are located. The tour continues to San Blas, passing through the street where the famous 12-angle stone is located, which stands out for its edges and precision. Then arrive in San Blas, originally inhabited by the Inca nobility, today it is known for hosting the most prestigious artisan workshops in the city. Its streets are full of imposing stone constructions. The descent continues towards the Coricancha also known as "The temple of the Sun". Here, homage was paid to the sun ("Inti") during the Inca Empire. The tour continues to Plaza Regocijo, surrounded by colonial houses such as the Casa de Garcilaso de la Vega and to Plaza San Francisco. The tour ends at the San Pedro market, an exquisite display of thousands of products from different areas of Cusco that you can perceive with all your senses. Finally, you will return to your hotel.

From Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Guided Tour

10. From Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Guided Tour

Enjoy Machu Picchu on this amazing 2-hour guided tour and discover why the Lost Citadel of the Incas is considered one of the wonders of the world. Visit the most important places inside the Lost Citadel of the Incas and learn more about the Inca culture and history. Your tour will start in Aguas Calientes, where you will get the next bus to Machu Picchu. Arriving in Machu Picchu with the group, you will meet the expert tour guide who will take you on a journey to this world-famous site. You’ll have the chance to see amazing views and take stunning pictures to keep the best memories from this amazing day. After visiting the most important places and finishing your tour, your tour guide will assist you on how to get back to Aguas Calientes or Cusco.

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4.4 / 5

based on 189 reviews

La base What a once in a lifetime experience. Everything is handled great. Pickup was on time and of we went to “la base” right next to the Rio Madre de Dios river. Once we arrived we had an amazing breakfast and our rooms were ready. At arrival we were lucky enough to spot wild monkeys in the trees of la base, incredible. After breakfast the first trip started and we went to lago sandoval. 1 of the many trips to come. The guides were great and we were greatly impressed by the knowledge about the animals, plants, trees and everything that is found in the river and amazone. This kind of information you can't learn in school, you have to learn through experience of living in the jungle. The food was great, the drinks were cold and the artmosphere was amazing. We felt home and were sad to leave, but we left with a memorie we will never forget!! Charlie, Eddy, Alda, Jair and the whole team, many many thanks! It was an amazing 4 days!! Regards Kirsten and Johan.

I had a wonderful time on this tour. I got to see some amazing parts of Peru and Jenny the tour guide was wonderful. I was the only English speaking person on the tour but Jenny made sure I knew everything about each area. A fabulous trip!

Everything was perfect: small group, few tourists thanks to a very early departure, quality meals and our great Junior guide who is very professional, authentic and attentive. What show !

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.

A great experience. Very competent guides. Accommodation in the middle of the jungle. Real Peruvian cuisine.