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10 Best Tours in Cusco.– If you have ever wondered what are the most popular tours in Cusco? Of course, Machu Picchu is the first attraction of Peru. However, Cusco also offers other incredible impressive experiences such as the tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the City Tour or the Inca Trail.

10 Best Tours in Cusco

1) Machu Picchu tour of 1 day

This 1-day tour to Machu Picchu is a quick trip to the Inca City. It starts at approximately 4 am in Cusco and at 7 pm in the same place after visiting the Wonder of the World.

If you want to make the ascent to the Huayna Picchu mountain, an extra cost must be added. What it does include is the Machu Picchu entrance, the tour guide, and all transportation (by train and bus).

The tour can be a bit tiring so older adults should choose a 2-day tour. It is recommended to visit Machu Picchu between April and October when the weather is warmer.

10 Best Tours in Cusco, Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
  • Machu Picchu Full Day duration : 1 day (approximately 18 hours).
  • Approximate price of the tour: $250 – $300 (according to the tourism agency).
  • Includes: Transportation, train ticket, bus ticket, Machu Picchu entrance, tour guide, lunch (optional).
  • Restrictions: The entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain is only for people over 12 years old.

2) Tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas

The impressive Sacred Valley of the Incas it includes several towns of Cusco such as Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, Chinchero, etc.

The 1-day tour to the Sacred Valley of the Incas begins in the city of Cusco, then visits the archaeological sites of Pisac, Ollantaytambo, and Chinchero before returning to Cuzco.

There are other 2-day tours that connect the Sacred Valley of the Incas with Machu Picchu. This tour includes a hotel night in Aguas Calientes.

10 Best Tours in Cusco, Machu Picchu
Pisac
  • Tour duration: 12 hours.
  • Approximate tour price: $70 – $80
  • Includes Cusco Tourist Ticket (to all archaeological sites), transportation, tour guide, and lunch in Urubamba).
  • Restrictions: Tour without restrictions. You can visit it any month of the year

3) Tour the city of Cusco

The tour in the city of Cusco is the best way to get to know the city ‘Navel of the World’.

Cusco is considered the ‘Archaeological Capital of America’. In 1983 it was declared ‘Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO.

The City Tour covers the main temples and buildings of the city: Cathedral, Coricancha, Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Tambomachay, Puca Pucara and more.

The tour lasts half a day. There are scheduled in the mornings (from 7 am to 12 pm) or in the afternoons (from 2 pm to 7 pm).

10 Best Tours in Cusco, Machu Picchu
Cusco main square
  • Tour duration: 5 hours.
  • Approximate tour price: $65 – $75.
  • Includes Cusco Partial Tourist Ticket (Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, Coricancha), transportation, and professional tour guide.
  • Restrictions: Tour without restrictions.

4) Tour to the South Valley of the city of Cusco

The South Valley of Cusco is little known by tourists. It is an area where you can find Inca and pre-Inca archaeological sites.

The tour to the South Valley Cusco covers Inca archaeological complexes such as Tipón, and Pikillacta as well as the colonial temple of Andahuailillas.

The tour to the South Valley of Cusco lasts half a day. It starts in Cusco at approximately 8:30 am and ends at the same place at 2:30 pm.

The archaeological site of Tipón is a masterpiece of Inca hydraulics. Pikillacta is one of the best preserved pre-Inca archaeological complexes in Peru.

  • Tour duration: 6 hours.
  • Approximate tour price: $50 – $60.
  • Includes: Entrance ticket to Tipón, Pikillacta and the colonial temple of Andahuailillas . Also professional guide and transportation.
  • Restrictions: No restrictions.

5) Tour to Moray and the salt mines of Maras

The archaeological site of Moray and the salt mines of Maras are 2 of the most emblematic archaeological attractions of the Sacred Valley.

Maras is a town that houses hundreds of wells with natural salt formed thousands of years ago. The archaeological site of Moray is a group of circular Inca platforms that are preserved to this day.

The tour to Maras and Moray lasts half a day. It starts in the city of Cusco at approximately 9 am and ends at 3:30 pm.

There are adventure tours to Maras and Moray. It is an ATV ride to these tourist attractions.

  • Duration of the walk: 7 hours.
  • Approximate price per person: $45 – $55.
  • Included in the experience: Transportation, tour guide, and tickets to Maras and Moray.
  • Restrictions: The tour to Maras and Moray by ATV applies to people over 8 years old.

6) Tour to the Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca

The Rainbow Mountain (also called Vinicunca) is one of the new and most popular tourist attractions in Cusco, visited by hundreds of people every day.

It is located at 5,200 meters above sea level (masl). The colors in the soil are due to the minerals that formed there thousands of years ago.

The Vinicunca tour lasts 1 day (starts at 4 am and ends at approximately 6 pm). Includes transportation, entrance fees, lunch, and tour guide.

A part of the tour includes a walk of 3 hours on average. This tour can be done on horseback for an additional cost of approximately $30.

10 Best Tours in Cusco, Machu Picchu
Vinicunca
  • Tour duration: 13 hours.
  • Approximate tour price: $45 – $55.
  • Includes Transportation, lunch, entrance to Vinicunca and tour guide.
  • Restrictions: It is recommended to do the tour with children over 8 years old. The dry season (April to October) is the best time to do the tour.

7) Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

The Inca Trail has two options, the Inca Trail 4 Days and the Short Inca Trail for 2 Days to the Inca City of Machu Picchu. In total, it covers 39.6 kilometers through high Andean and subtropical geographies.

If you want to do this trek you must make your reservation several months in advance, write to us on our contact page to find out the availability of spaces for the Inca trail. You cannot do this hike on your own.

The tour must be booked online 5 or 6 months in advance. Otherwise, availability will not be found.

All tours include permission for the Inca Trail, entrance to Machu Picchu, transportation from Cusco, cooks, porters, return by train, bus, and tour guide.

10 Best Tours in Cusco, Machu Picchu
10 Best Tours in Cusco, Machu Picchu
  • Duration of the Inca Trail: 4 days. or 2 days
  • Approximate tour price: $600 – $700.
  • Included in the Inca Trail tour: Pick up from the tourist, transportation from Cusco, permission to hike, tour guide, cook service, porter service, camps, entrance to Machu Picchu, return by train and bus.
  • Restrictions: It is recommended to be over 8 years old to do the Inca Trail.

8) Tour to Choquequirao

Choquequirao is one of the Inca archaeological complexes most similar to Machu Picchu. That is why it is known as the ‘Sacred Sister of Machu Picchu’.

Making the trek to Choquequirao is not easy. You need to travel by car to the town of Cachora (163 kilometers from Cusco). From there you walk for 26 kilometers to the Inca archaeological site.

The Choquequirao Trek 5 days includes transportation, tour guide, entrance, muleteer, camp and food. This hike can also be done on your own.

There are Choquequirao Trek 9-day and Choquequirao Trek  4-day. There is also an 8-day tour that connects Choquequirao with Machu Picchu.

10 Best Tours in Cusco, Machu Picchu
10 Best Tours in Cusco, Machu Picchu
  • Duration of the trek to Choquequirao : 3 or 4 days.
  • Approximate tour price : $400 – $500.
  • Includes : Transportation, tour guide, muleteer, entrance to Choquequirao, food, camping equipment.
  • Restrictions: This tour is recommended only for people over 12 years old.

9) Hike to Salkantay

The snowy Salkantay is one of the largest in Cusco. It is located at 6,264 meters above sea level. One of the hiking routes that lead to Machu Picchu is carried out on its slopes.

The trek to Salkantay Trek 5 days and 4 nights until reaching Machu Picchu through the town of Aguas Calientes. The tour has a pass through the ‘Abra Salkantay’ (4,650 masl) at the foot of the snow-capped mountain.

The Salkantay trek includes transportation, tour guide, camping equipment, pack horses, food, entrance to Machu Picchu, return by train and bus.

If the visitor wishes, they can enter the Huayna Picchu mountain by adding an extra cost to the price of the tour.

10 Best Tours in Cusco, Machu Picchu
10 Best Tours in Cusco, Machu Picchu
  • Duration of the Salkantay trek : 3 or 4 days.
  • Approximate price of the Salkantay trek: $400 – $500.
  • Includes: Transportation, tour guide, muleteer, entrance to Choquequirao, food, camping equipment.
  • Salkantay trek restrictions: This tour is recommended only for people over 12 years old.

10) Inca Jungle Adventure

The Inca Jungle is a popular adventure tour to Machu Picchu . The tour combines various sports until reaching the Inca City after 4 days.

Among the sports that are done during the Inca Jungle are cycling, hiking, canoeing (optional), and zip line (optional).

The third day the tour includes an afternoon of relaxation in the thermal baths of Cocalmayo in the town of Santa Teresa.

The tour also includes entrance fees to Machu Picchu, 3 nights of hotel accommodation, food, tour guide service, bus and train transportation.

10 Best Tours in Cusco, Machu Picchu
10 Best Tours in Cusco, Machu Picchu
  • Duration of the Inca Jungle: 4 days.
  • Approximate price of Inca Jungle: $300 – $400.
  • Included in the Inca Jungle tour: Transportation, bicycles, safety equipment, lodging, food, tour guide, Machu Picchu entrance, train ride, and bus ride.
  • Inca Jungle Restrictions: It is recommended for people over 12 years old.
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