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From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

1. From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

Travel from Cusco to learn about the majestic Inca city: Machu Picchu and the ancient civilization living there. Discover the secrets that are hidden in it. Go back in time as you explore the streets of these ruins located in the Peruvian Andes.  Begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Cusco for transfer to the train station. Get on board and enjoy the comforts offered by the train during the journey to Machu Picchu. Choose from the option of a standard train or a Vistadome train that offers panoramic views. Enjoy the dynamic landscapes of the Peruvian Andes. Arrive in Aguas Calientes and take a bus to the entrance of the citadel of Machu Picchu. Learn about the history of this wonderful place. Depending on the option you select, enjoy a guided visit of Circuit 5. Visit Qolqas, the Agricultural Zone, the waterway, dry pit, Temple of the Sun, Inka House, water sources, set three covers, Pisonay Square, and the archaeological reserve. Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes and get recommendations for lunch. Board the train back to the Ollantaytambo or Poroy station where transportation will be waiting to take you to your hotel in Cusco.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Guided Full-Day Trip

2. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Guided Full-Day Trip

Discover the best of Machu Picchu on a full-day tour from Cusco with a local guide. Take a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, then enjoy some free time to explore it on your own. Afterward, visit the town of Aguas Calientes to savor lunch and get time to visit the thermal baths there. Begin your full-day tour with pickup at your hotel in Cusco. Then, travel to Ollantaytambo before taking the bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Once there, enjoy a guided tour of the main points of interest. See the Main Square, the urban sector, the circular tower, the sundial, the Temple of the Three Windows, and the Inca cemetery. After your guided tour, take some time to explore the site further independently. Later on, board the bus from Machu Picchu to the town of Aguas Calientes. There, enjoy time to appreciate the town, eat lunch, and visit the thermal-medicinal baths. In the evening, board the return train to Ollantaytambo and head back to your hotel in Cusco.

From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac and Ollantaytambo

3. From Cusco: Sacred Valley Tour with Pisac and Ollantaytambo

The first stop on this full-day tour from Cusco is the Mirador of Taray for spectacular views of the Andes and the Sacred Valley. Continue to the town of Pisac, the site of a popular market.. Visit the archaeological site and see the agricultural terraces, Inca cemeteries and royal buildings. Continue to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a restaurant. Head to Ollantaytambo, built to guard the entrance to Machu Picchu, and to protect the Incas from possible invasions. Visit the picturesque village of Chinchero on the way back to Cusco, and see the remains of the royal estate of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. See also how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region.

From Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail Guided Trek to Machu Picchu

4. From Cusco: 4-Day Inca Trail Guided Trek to Machu Picchu

Walk the world-famous Inca Trail on this guided trek over 4 days and 3 nights. Follow an ancient footpath through the Sun Gate and into Machu Picchu, passing magical cloud forests on the way. Enjoy scenic camping, tasty meals and the expertise of local guides and porters. Day 1 Start with pickup from your hotel in Cusco, Urubamba, or Ollantaytambo on the first morning. Enjoy a hearty breakfast and meet your team of guides and porters before an 82km drive to the trail’s starting point. Hike in 2 hour intervals, with regular stops to eat and take a break. The first night’s campsite will be at Ayapata with an elevation of 3300 meters. Relax here with a hot drink, dinner and a well-deserved rest. Day 2 Wake up early for the trek’s longest day which will include the trail’s highest point, Dead Woman’s Pass, at 4215 meters. Stop here to enjoy the spectacular views before you descend into the Pacaymayu Valley in time for lunch. Next, climb to the Inca site of Runcu Raccay where you can admire two huge waterfalls across the valley before another descent to the remote site of Sayacmarca. After a quick tour, take a short walk to the second campsite, where you can watch the sun set over the Vilcabamba mountains before dinner. Day 3 Start early again for the trail’s most beautiful day. Walk along gradual inclines as you approach the Cloud Forest and Salkantay, the second highest peak in the Sacred Valley. Then, begin the climb to the final peak, Phuyupatamarka, where you’ll get your first views over Machu Picchu. From here, it’s a 3-hour walk down a flight of steps to Wiñay Wayna, where you’ll camp in close proximity to Machu Picchu. Share a relaxed final evening with your guides and porters, and get an early night before your final day of exploring. Day 4 Get up at the crack of dawn to catch a stunning sunrise over the ruins of Machu Picchu. Trek down to the Sun Gate and make your way into the Lost City of the Incas, where your private tour of the ruins will begin. After the tour, head down to Augas Calientes by bus. Take a few hours here to explore the city, or optionally to climb Huayna Picchu, before catching the train to Ollantaytambo or Poroy. From here, a driver will transfer you back to your hotel by bus.

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

5. 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 enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Continue 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. After 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: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

6. From Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac Tour

Explore Cusco's Sacred Valley and see Incan Ruins, salt mines, and textile production. Make stops in Moray, Chinchero, Ollantaytambo, and Pisac on this full-day tour by van. Be picked up from your hotel in Cusco in the morning before heading to an archaeological zone and textile center located in Chinchero. See how locals dye alpaca wool with natural plants of the region. Visit the archaeological site in Chinchero and see its terraces before moving 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. Travel to Urubamba and enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. Stop at the ruins of Ollantaytambo and marvel at the remarkable Incan architecture built during the Incan Empire's heyday. See an amazing rock formation that represents the Incan god of Wiracocha. Arrive at the last tour stop, the archaeological site of Pisac, after which you will visit the nearby town. Return to Cusco and be dropped off in the town center after the tour is over.

Cusco: Full-Day Trip to Machu Picchu with Hotel Transfers

7. Cusco: Full-Day Trip to Machu Picchu with Hotel Transfers

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 free time to discover it on your own. Start your journey with pickup from hotels and hostels in the center of Cusco and head to Ollantaytambo to board the train. Enjoy a 2-hour train ride to the city of Machu Picchu. 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. 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. Later in the afternoon, take the bus back to Aguas Calientes, where you will catch the train back to Ollantaytambo to finally take your last bus trip to Cusco.

Machu Picchu: Inca Trail 2-Day Overnight Guided Tour

8. Machu Picchu: Inca Trail 2-Day Overnight Guided Tour

The world-renowned Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in the south of Peru. Go trekking on the famous Inca Trail with indigenous guides. Walk through the beautiful rainforest. Rest overnight in a hotel and experience a guided tour of Machu Picchu on day 2. Enjoy breakfast, dinner, and lunch. Start your tour in Cusco as you are picked up early in the morning and taken to Ollantaytambo train station. Board the train and enjoy the view of snowy mountains, and farmlands, as it follows the Urubamba River. Alight from the train and refresh yourself with some snacks. Arrive at KM104, also known as the short Inca trail. Amaze yourself at the water fountains and temples of Wiñay Wayna ruins, on a steep hill, and stare at the Urubamba River. Continue to the Sun Gate, a viewpoint on the side of Macchu Picchu Mountain.  Gaze in wonder at a picturesque view of Machu Picchu from this looking point. Take some photos and descend by bus to Machu Picchu town. Eat dinner and sleep comfortably in a hotel bed. Wake up early and have breakfast. Take the bus to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu. Explore this ancient site in your own time and snap memorable photos. Return to Machu Picchu town and take a train to Ollantaytambo that afternoon. You will Be picked up here and enjoy a drive back to Cusco.

From Cusco: Classic Salkantay Trek with Return by Train

9. From Cusco: Classic Salkantay Trek with Return by Train

Make the most of your time in Peru with a 4 or 5-day hike along the famous Salkantay Trek. Take in panoramic views of Humantay Mountain, enjoy an optional visit to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs, and watch the sunrise at Macchu Picchu. Campsite accommodation and transfers are included. Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Challacancha - Laguna Humantay - Soraypampa After getting picked up from your accommodation in Cusco, drive through the towns of Izcuchaca and Limatambo before arriving at Mollepata, where you can buy a light breakfast and water. Continue to Challacancha, where the 3-hour walk to Soraypampa begins. Stop for lunch and then walk around 1-2 hours to the Humantay Lagoon. Return to Soraypampa and overnight at camp with tent and dinner. Day 2: Soraypampa - Soyrococha - Salkantay - Huayracmachay - Chaullay Wake up with the first light of the day at 5:30 AM and have a quick breakfast. Start your walk to the highest point of the trail: the Salkantay Pass (4650 meters/15255 feet), where you can appreciate the imposing snowy peaks of the Salkantay, Humantay, Tucarhuay, and Pumasillo mountains. The downward hike is snake-shaped, leading to the Huayracmachay camp, where you will stop for lunch. At the end of this exceptional hike, arrive at Chaullay Village (2900 meters/9514 feet) for a break from a long day of hiking. Enjoy dinner at the camp before heading to your tent for the night. Day 3: Chaullay - Playa Sahuayaco - Lucmabamba - Santa Teresa (optional Cocalmayo) After breakfast, hike to the small town of La Playa through the Santa Teresa Valley where you will stop for lunch. After lunch, board a bus to the camp in Santa Teresa, where you can enjoy an optional visit to the Cocalmayo Hot Springs, which have medicinal and therapeutic waters. Enjoy dinner at the camp before heading to your tent for the night. If you choose the 4-day option, you will be taken by bus to Hydroelectric right after your lunch. From there, start a walk on the train tracks through the native jungle to Aguas Calientes, about a 3-hour trek. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, enjoy free time before dinner to rest or walk through the town. Day 4 for 5-day option: Santa Teresa - Hydroelectric - Aguas Calientes After breakfast, start the 3-hour walk to the Hydroelectric through the valley floor. Upon arrival, recharge with lunch. You can add on a zip line adventure after breakfast; in this case, after the activity, you will be taken to the beginning of the trail to Aguas Calientes at Hydroelectric. From Hydroelectric, hike on the train tracks through the jungle to Aguas Calientes, about a 3-hour trek. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, you will have free time before dinner to rest or walk through the town. Day 4 for 4-day option / Day 5 for 5-day option: Aguas Calientes - Machu Picchu - Cusco Get up early to start the trek to Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. After a steep 1.5-hour walk, be rewarded with views of the sunrise from the Inca citadel before the crowds arrive (you can replace the hike with a bus ride for an additional cost if required). Enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and the surrounding sites. Enjoy free time to take photos and look around the citadel. If you choose one of the add-on hikes to the mountains, you will split ways with the group to go by yourself to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain. Leave Machu Picchu and return to Aguas Calientes (walking or by bus, depending on what you choose). Once in Aguas Calientes, board your train to Ollantaytambo, and take a minivan from there to Cusco. Arrive back in Cusco around 9:30 - 10:00 PM. The drop-off will be in Plaza San Francisco in the historic center, near the Plaza de Armas.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Day Trip by Vistadome Train

10. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Day Trip by Vistadome Train

Start your journey enjoying comfortable seats and our excellent service. Delight yourself in the incredible landscape that surrounds the road to Machu Picchu between snow-capped peaks, imposing mountains, meandering river and the change of vegetation until you enter the magical humid forest that houses the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu. Itinerary: 5:30 AM The tour begins with the pick up from your hotel in Cusco, we will take you in our private transport to the train station located in the town of Ollantaytambo, where you will board the train that will take you to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) , the duration of the train journey is 1 hour and 45 minutes. Throughout the way you will be able to appreciate beautiful landscapes with extensive fields of crops, cattle, mountains and snow-capped peaks. The Vistadome train: Offers a different way of traveling to the citadel. The cars have panoramic windows located on the walls and ceilings of the carriages, which allow you to have a connection with the outside. Likewise, on the return trip you will be able to enjoy a fashion show on board that will show you an exclusive collection of baby alpaca garments with the latest trends which you can purchase if you wish. The Vistadome train brings the landscapes of the route to Machu Picchu closer in a unique way, making passengers feel part of the nature that surrounds them. The Vistadome Observatory train: You will enjoy 360º panoramic views from the train, where you will be seated in comfortable padded armchairs with a folding table for your comfort, you will be able to move and move to the car with a balcony accompanied by a music and dance show on board. Once you arrive at the Aguas Calientes train station, our guide will be waiting for you to take you to the bus station, then we will travel for 30 minutes until we reach the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, open your arms and feel the magic of this thousand-year-old place. Enjoy the impressive view from the Inca citadel, walk with your guide through the main altars, streets. Take the classic photo from the highest part, surely it is a moment that you have been looking forward to, get to know the history and architecture of this wonderful place in a better way. After the visit to Machu Picchu, you will return to Aguas Calientes to have lunch and explore the town of Aguas Calientes, which has many restaurants and craft shops. At the time indicated on the ticket, we will take the train back to Ollantaytambo where our driver will wait for you with a sign and your name written on it, he will take you to your hotel in Cusco. Approximate arrival time 19:30 PM.

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Tour was hassle free and good ,the drivers were very polite Not too much crowded , we got seats in top floor easily The next bus also comes very frequently in 15mins

Our to our tour was great. Our guide Mija was very knowledgable and he made the day interesting and fun. I definitely recommend this tour to others.

It is a superb view. I went in early January, but it was OK with light clothes. It is a well-maintained tourist destination.

Everything about this trip and the organization was amazing. 100% recommend it.

very through, fun, and, educational. one of the best tour experiences I've had