Cusco Bus & minivan tours

Our most recommended Cusco Bus & minivan tours

Cusco: Open Bus City Sightseeing Tour

1. Cusco: Open Bus City Sightseeing Tour

Discover the main sights and learn about the history of the city of Cusco while you acclimatize on this sightseeing tour. Enjoy a carefully curated itinerary that gives you the best introduction to the city and its traditions. This tour takes you to the main highlights of Cusco and its surroundings. Feel free to sit back and relax in the open-top sightseeing bus and ride the entire route in 2.5 hours. Start the tour by driving through the historic center of Cusco. Sit back and enjoy the views while a bilingual guide explains the importance of each landmark within the city. Later drive through some of the main archaeological sites such as Sacsayhuaman, Q'enqo, and Puca Pucara. Get a panoramic view from the top deck of the bus. On the way back to Cusco, stop at a shamanic center. Witness a traditional Inca ceremony that pays homage to the Pachamama (Inca mother earth), the mountains, and the natural world. Stop at an alpaca wool weaving center where one of the workers will explain the differences between the various types of wool. Learn to recognize authentic alpaca wool when shopping for gifts. Before ending the tour, visit the large white statue of Christ that stands on the hill overlooking the city of Cusco. From here, enjoy fantastic views of the entire city. Then proceed back to the bus station in Cusco.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Private Day Trip on Panoramic Train

2. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Private Day Trip on Panoramic Train

Meet our chauffeur at your Cusco Hotel for a scenic road transfer to the train station. Board the train, then sit back and relax as you enjoy the 2-hour journey across the Sacred Valley. During the trip you will admire the spectacular views over the mountain scenery and pass by some important towns such as Ollantaytambo. The views get even better if you go for the Panoramic Vistadome train, which features wider windows on the ceiling and more comfortable seats. It also includes an Andean ingredients-based snack and drink as well as souvenirs you can buy on board. Arrive in Aguas Calientes town and set off with your guide to embark on a 30 min bus ride uphill to Machu Picchu main entrance. Shortly after check in, begin your private tour and discover the Citadel’s magnificent arquitecture by visiting the most remarkable landmark attractions such as the Temple of the Sun, The Temple of the Moon. See the impressive terraced fields of the agricultural sector and take the famous picture from the observatory with the lost citadel and the Huayna Picchu Mountain behind you. After finishing the guided part, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Then take the bus back to Aguas Calientes. If time is propitious, you can explore the town and have some lunch with excellent recommendations from your guide, before heading back to the station. In the late afternoon head back to the train station for your return journey to Cusco. End your experience the best on board, with a glance of the Andean culture though music and entertainment which will assure you much fun. On your arrival at the train station, a private chauffeur will transfer back to your accommodation in Cusco.

Cusco: City and Nearby Ruins 5-Hour Guided Tour

3. Cusco: City and Nearby Ruins 5-Hour Guided Tour

Your 5-hour tour begins in the early afternoon with a pick-up at your accommodation in downtown Cusco. Begin by visiting the Coricancha Sun Temple, a wonderful ceremonial construction built during the heyday of the Incas. Your next stop is the Plaza de Armas, Cusco’s main square. Admire the spectacular interiors of the Cathedral as your guide explains how it was built on top of Inca buildings.  Then enjoy a drive to the northern outskirts of Cusco to the spectacular Inca complex at Sacsayhuaman. Pass through the openings of the huge Inca walls, built with massive rocks weighing up to 180 tons fitted with absolute perfection. Continue to another important Inca site, known as Qenqo (zigzag). This very unusual place has subterranean passages hidden in its perfectly carved stone interior. It is likely that the Incas probably mummified their dead here. Visit the Inca baths at Tambomachay and the military lookout point of Puka Pukara. Be driven back to downtown Cusco where your tour ends.

Cusco: Open-Top Bus City Tour

4. Cusco: Open-Top Bus City Tour

Discover the best of Cusco on a 2.5-hour guided tour in the comfort of an open-top bus and in the company of a professional guide. After boarding the bus, your will pass the San Cristobal Temple and Colcampata Inca wall, where you can admire panoramic views of the main square, Plaza De Armas. Next, enjoy a panoramic overview of the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman, Q’enqo and Puca Pucara.  Later, stop at the white statue of Christ which towers over the city. From here, admire breathtaking views of Cusco and the surrounding area before begging the drive back to the city center.

Cusco: South Valley of the Incas Day-Tour

5. Cusco: South Valley of the Incas Day-Tour

After being picked up from your hotel between 8:40AM and 9:00AM, you will proceed to the Tipon Archeological Complex to begin your Incan adventure. The complex is located 24 kilometers southeast of Cusco, and is one of the lesser visited sites in the Cusco area. It is an ancient Incan site and thought to be a royal garden commissioned by Wiracocha, and is one of the most elaborate examples of agricultural terracing created by the Incas. These tall terraces run up the narrow valley and are irrigated by an aqueduct from Pachatusan, with a mountain located above the site. In addition to the terracing, there are also some other structures at Tipon including baths, a temple complex, canals, and aqueducts. Following Tipon, you will head to Pikillacta. Pikillacta is the only pre-Inca site in the Cusco area. This adobe complex was built around 700 to 900 A.D. by the Huari people. In the area, there is a small Inca site just a short walk from Pikillacta which is known as Rumicolca, and was a travel checkpoint for the Incas. After this complex, you will progress towards Andahuaylillas. Here you will discover the “Sistine Chapel of Peru”, a church that is home to golden altars, paintings, and many colored ceilings. The chapel is simple and unassuming on the outside, but on the inside you’ll find masterpiece after masterpiece as you browse the fascinating walls. On your return to Cusco you will also pass Saylla, where you will be able to enjoy the delicious and famous pork chicharrones. Your tour will then conclude with your return to Cusco at around 2:30PM.

Cusco: Panoramic Bus Tour with Shamanism and Wool Weaving

6. Cusco: Panoramic Bus Tour with Shamanism and Wool Weaving

We will start the tour by driving around the historic center of Cusco. You can sit back and enjoy the sights while our guide would explain the prominence of each land mark with in the city. We will be driving through some of the prominent archaeological sites namely, Sacsayhuaman, Q´enqo and Puca Pucara. Although we won’t be stopping in these sites, you will be getting a panoramic view from the upper deck of the bus. On the way back to Cusco, we will stop at a shamanic center. Who will demonstrate one of the Incan rituals of thanking the mother earth, mountains and nature for our life using coca leaves. We will then stop at an Alpaca wool weaving center where one of the workers would explain you the different between different type softwoods. You will learn how to recognize an original alpaca wool, after visiting this place. Before winding up the tour, we will visit the white statue of Christ that is perched up the hill over looking the city of Cusco. From here you will get jaw dropping views of Cusco. We will then drive back to our open top bus station as we would end our Cusco sightseeing bus tour.

Cusco: Private Tour to Tipon, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas

7. Cusco: Private Tour to Tipon, Pikillacta & Andahuaylillas

Start your breathtaking adventure with a convenient pick up service from your accommodation. Once aboard, you will head to Tipon, an amazing Inca archeological complex in which water flows through large stone canals. Whilst here, marvel at the ancient hydraulic engineering knowledge of the Incas. Discover the many uses they had for it, as well as a wonderful system of terraces upon which the land delivers fruits, still to this day. Continue on your journey to Pikillacta, a mystical place that has some of Cusco’s most sophisticated terraces for you to admire. To end your day of discovery, take a scenic trip toward Andahuaylillas where you will visit one of the most beautiful churches in Cusco. Built in the 16th-century and still standing strong, this church features an impressive organ for you to admire, decorated with angels and cherubs. After your church visit, take the pleasant drive back to Cusco where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

From Cusco: Private Machu Picchu Tour & Panoramic Train Ride

8. From Cusco: Private Machu Picchu Tour & Panoramic Train Ride

Make the most of your time in Cusco with a full day private tour of the best of Machu Picchu. Enjoy pick up from your Cusco hotel, travel through the Andes by train with panoramic views and enjoy the scenic beauties of the journey to Machu Picchu, learn about the origins of Machu Picchu on a guided walking tour. After being picked up from your hotel, travel to Ollantaytambo for your train ride to Aguas Calientes. Enjoy panoramic views of the Andes Mountains and the surrounding jungle from the dome view train cars, with panoramic windows. Then board the bus for a quick 25-minute ride to Machu Picchu and avoid the long hike. Enjoy a guided walking tour of this historic citadel and learn about its most important landmarks, such as the Main Plaza, the Temple of the Three Windows, the sacred Sundial and the cemetery. After the visit, enjoy free time in Aguas Calientes to explore the city or have lunch before taking the train back to Ollantaytambo, from where you will be dropped off at your Cusco hotel at the end of the day.

Cusco: Private Chinchero Ruins, Maras & Moray Tour

9. Cusco: Private Chinchero Ruins, Maras & Moray Tour

Start your day by meeting your friendly driver/guide at your hotel. From here, you will take a scenic drive before enjoying a panoramic visit to a beautiful landscape where the finest salt in the world is extracted, the Maras salt mines. Continue on your tour by heading to Moray, a fascinating archaeological site located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. There, you will visit and be amazed at its huge concentric terraces, which the Incas used as a botanical laboratory. Afterwards, you will head to Chinchero to enjoy a traditional lunch. After lunch, continue to the PARWA Center, a picturesque place where you can appreciate beautiful textiles and even buy some to take a little bit of Cusco back home with you. Afterwards, you will visit the church of Chinchero, which was built by the Spanish in 1607 and amazingly remains standing to this day. This experience finishes with a visit to the imposing Chinchero ruins, where you will find an important Inca center in which terraces and aqueducts were built.

From Cusco: South Valley Villages and Archaeology Tour

10. From Cusco: South Valley Villages and Archaeology Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, and then head to the beautiful Valle Sur with an English-speaking guide. Arrive at the archaeological site of Tipón, thought to have been a royal garden commissioned by the Inca god Viracocha. Learn more about the agricultural terraces created by the Incas and irrigated by an aqueduct on the sacred Pachatusan mountain. Take a closer look at other structures, such as the baths and temple complex to build a better understanding of the Inca civilization. Continue to the pre-Inca site of Pikillacta to explore the adobe complex built by the indigenous Huari people in around 700 to 900 AD. Marvel at the elaborate art of the Sistine Chapel of Peru in Andahuaylillas, including paintings from Escuela Cuzqueña. Return to Cusco via Saylla, where you can enjoy some delicious pork chicharrones or roasted guinea pig.

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4.5 / 5

based on 1,487 reviews

Very good guide. We visit all the sites. The explanation in each of the places exceeded expectations. A guide was prepared and interested in disseminating information on the culture and current affairs of each place. The Andahuailillas museum makes no sense to visit it. Admission is paid to see two objects in ten minutes. The cathedral is impressive.

A very nice visit to Cusco, surprising. We didn't expect anything and we had very nice views of the city, in addition to taking a typical shooter and a coke ceremony. Our guide AJ was very professional, spoke very good English. Frankly a very nice discovery, very pleasant.

Amazing tour. Guide was knowledgeable and spoke both English and Spanish throughout the tour. Saw a few Incan sites and visited an Altomisayoc who performed a 15 minute ceremony honoring Pachamama. That alone made the whole experience. Highly recommend.

Excellent tour, highly recommended, the first thing to do when you arrive in Cusco, very complete and a wonderful guide, with great knowledge, congratulations !!!

We have seen a lot. It's a good start to get an overview of the city. 2-3 stops give you an even deeper insight