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

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

Explore Cusco's Sacred Valley and see Incan Ruins, salt mines, local markets, 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 park of Pisaq, after which you will visit the nearby town to explore the craft market. Return to Cusco and be dropped off in the town center after the tour is over.

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

2. 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.

Cusco: Chinchero, Moray, and Salt Mines Tour

3. 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.

Chocolate Workshop: from Bean to Bar

4. Chocolate Workshop: from Bean to Bar

Learn how to make your very own chocolate during this interactive tour of the chocolate workshop and museum. Learn of the chocolate making process from bean to bar and everything in-between. Understand the history behind the famous cacao beans, and why Cusco makes some of the finest chocolate around the world. Learn how to make chocolate from the professional guides, and then enjoy making your own in no time! When you make your chocolate, you will learn of the 4 processes involved which includes: roasting the cacao beans, removing cacao husk, grinding the cacao nibs on a metate with a mano (the same way the Aztecs did), and refining the cacao paste in a melangeur. You will create delicious hot chocolates and your own chocolate bar, with your choice of ingredients. You can take home all of your handmade chocolates unless, of course, you have already eaten them!

From Cusco: 2-Day Lake Titicaca Tour

5. From Cusco: 2-Day Lake Titicaca Tour

Embark on an adventurous 2-day tour of the Lake Titicaca area. Discover some of the highlights located in and around Puno, Uros, Taquile, and Cusco, stopping with plenty of time to absorb the local flair and experience the main attractions. Spend the night in Puno and savor the tasty local cuisine along the way. Day 1: Cusco to Puno with stops Pick up from your hotel is at 630 AM to go to the tourist bus station in Puno. During the trip, enjoy a series of exciting stops at different centers and tourist attractions. Start with a 35-minute tour of the Andahuaylillas Sistine Chapel of America Temple and prepare to be amazed. Later, explore the Raqchi Archaeological Complex, before reaching Sicuani, where you can sit down to enjoy a buffet lunch at the restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful Paso la Raya, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Explore the Pucará Lithic Museum. Arrival at your hotel in Puno in Puno they will be waiting for you to take you to the hotel. Day 2: Puno, Uros, Taquile, Cusco Your second day will start early with a 715 AM hotel pickup and a transfer to the Port of Puno. Board your boat and head to the Uros, where you will participate in a cultural demonstration that will allow you to discover the Uros way of life. Visit the Taquile Islands and get to know the local culture Take a beautiful walk and full of incredible photo opportunities. Pause for lunch in the afternoon at a local restaurant where there will be a local menu of fried trout and quinoa soup where you can see the life of the taquiles. Then, return to Puno in the afternoon, usually around 4 PM. Then you will return to the hotel where you can wait in the waiting room and go out for dinner on your own. At 915 PM, your transfer will arrive to take you to the bus station, boarding at 10 PM. Arrive at the Cusco terminal at 5 AM in the morning, and end of the tour. Here you can find taxis to your hotel.

Cusco: 2-Day Humantay Lake and Machu Picchu Tour

6. Cusco: 2-Day Humantay Lake and Machu Picchu Tour

Day 1: Cusco, Humantay Lake, and Aguas Calientes Pickup will be between 4:30AM and 5:00AM from your Cusco accommodation. From there you will drive for 2 hours to Mollepata for breakfast, then 1 more hour to the starting point of Soraypampa. Once there you will begin your trek to the Humantay Lake, where after you have spent some time exploring, you will descend to Soraypampa before traveling onward to Mollepata. Once having arrived there you will enjoy a delicious lunch as cooked for your chef. Following lunch, continue by van for 3.5 hours to Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo you will take the train to Aguas Calientes, where once you arrive your transfer will be waiting for you at the train station to take you to your hotel. You will later have free time to explore the town, before retiring for the evening. Day 2: Machu Picchu and Cusco You will wake up early in the morning to take the bus to Machu Picchu. Following an approximately 30-minute ride, you will reach the site's gates. Once you have arrived to Machu Picchu, you will meet with your tour guide to begin your tour. Your guide will explain and educate you all about the function, history, and construction of the area, and once you are done enjoying this famous and sacred site, you will travel back to Aguas Calientes by bus. You will then have time to visit and explore Aguas Calientes Town, and can potentially also explore some neighboring hot springs. There are also plenty of restaurants, hotels, and bars, where you can relax for the afternoon before boarding your respective train. In the early evening you will take the train back to Ollantaytambo, before being transferred back to Cusco.

Cusco: Chocolate Making Workshop

7. Cusco: Chocolate Making Workshop

Indulge in a chocolate-making workshop at the ChocoMuseo. Discover the origin of chocolate and its history, learn about the chocolate-making process, and leave with your very own cocoa creation. Get ready to play chocolatier as you're handed your chef's hat and apron on arrival at the workshop. Learn the fascinating journey a cocoa bean takes, from how it's grown and harvested, to how it gets turned into chocolate. Roast and grind cocoa beans and choose between milk or white chocolate and a number of delicious toppings to create your very own irresistible treat. You'll also have the opportunity to prepare and try a cocoa tea or hot chocolate.

Cusco: Folkloric Andean Show & 3-Course Dinner at Tunupa

8. Cusco: Folkloric Andean Show & 3-Course Dinner at Tunupa

Enjoy a night full of amazing, traditional food, music, and dance. Delight your taste buds with the scrumptious offering of 2 starters, 2 mains, and 1 dessert. The entertaining show of music and dance, all performed with Andean instruments, will give you an insight into Andean-Peruvian Culture.  Located in the heart of the majestic Inca city of Cusco, the restaurant offers you an impressive view of the main square and its surroundings. The restaurant's expert chefs will ensure your culinary experience is first-class as they serve up a delicious offering of Peruvian cuisine. A vegetarian option is available. The musical show will begin while the customers are seated and getting comfortable. The show consists of 10 songs and 6 dances, mostly presenting an Andean-Peruvian cultural experience with some classical music references, but always with Andean instruments. 

Cusco: 2-Day Maras, Moray Salt Mines and Machu Picchu Tour

9. Cusco: 2-Day Maras, Moray Salt Mines and Machu Picchu Tour

Day 1: Cusco – Moray Salt Mines – Aguas Calientes You will be picked up from your hotel between 8:00-8:15AM before heading to Moray. The drive will last around 1 hour and 20 minutes, and is scenically breathtaking. You will drive through the snow capped peaks of the Andes, the lush yellow wheat fields, and traditional Andean villages. You will eventually arrive in the fascinating terraces of Moray, which is made up of three amphitheater-like terraces constructed by the Incas. These terraces, which are carved deep into the earth in a bowl shape, are thought to have been used as an agricultural laboratory to determine the optimal conditions for growing crops. After exploring Moray, you will head to the salt mines of Maras, which are just 2 miles away. Dating back to colonial times, Maras was considered a salt-producing center. Carved into the mountain side are over 3,000 salt pools, which are filled daily by a little stream of water. Once the water evaporates, it leaves behind a glistening patchwork of salt. The salt mines are a great spot to take pictures and capture the amazing beauty of both the Andes and the spectacular Salineras. Following the salt mines, your next destination is Urubamba, where you will arrive at approximately 1:00PM to enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants. From Urubamba, it is just 30 minutes to get to Ollantaytambo Train Station. Your train will depart at 3:37PM to Aguas Calientes, which will be an approximately 1.5-hour journey. During the train ride, you can take time to appreciate the beauty of the surrounding valleys and Andes mountains. The train will arrive in Aguas Calientes, which is a small town located at the base of Machu Picchu, where your transfer will be waiting you at the train station to take you to your selected hotel in Aguas Calientes. Day 2: Machu Picchu - Cusco Today is the most important day, as you will be visiting Machu Picchu. Because it’s so special, we encourage you to wake up early in the morning to enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you head to the bus station to try to catch one of the first buses at 5:30AM (they are all on a first come first serve basis). The bus will take about 25 minutes to get to Machu Picchu, and as soon as you arrive to the complex, you will be taken to the best spot to overlook all the ruins and receive panoramic views of the landscape and the sunrise over the mountains. There will be a rendezvous to observe the sunrise (if weather allows), in order to attain spectacular views of the Lost City of the Incas. You will then have a 2-hour guided tour around Machu Picchu, with plenty of free time afterwards to explore on your own. If you have tickets to climb the amazing mountain of Huaynapicchu, your guide will direct you to where this hike begins. Please make sure this is arranged at least a month in advance of your visit, as tickets do sell out. Once you are done exploring all Machu Picchu has to offer, you will take a bus down to Aguas Calientes for lunch, after which you will take an afternoon train back to Ollantaytambo. From there you will take a private bus back to Cusco, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Machu Picchu: Private Full-Day Tour with Afternoon Entrance

10. Machu Picchu: Private Full-Day Tour with Afternoon Entrance

A private car and professional driver will pick you up from your hotel in the morning in Cusco or the Sacred Valley. On the 1.5-hour drive you will be mesmerized by the change in scenery. While descending in altitude, you will be surrounded by mountainous terrain and traditional Peruvian agricultural landscapes. The driver will drop you off at the Ollantaytambo train station where you will board the train to Aguas Calientes. Marvel at the lush surroundings that make up the area near Machu Picchu. Arriving in Aguas Calientes, the small village located at the base of the famous Inca site, a member of staff will be waiting to lead you to the bus station. After boarding the bus for the short ride up to the sacred citadel, a private guide will meet you to begin your adventure. You will take a journey through the streets of the ancient city with your private guide. After the guided tour, take time to explore the complex at your own pace, snap some photos, and hang out with the resident llamas. When you are ready, you will board the bus once more and make your way back down to Aguas Calientes. After arriving, have lunch or stroll through the markets before boarding the train back to Ollantaytambo. Once in Ollantaytambo, your private car and driver will transport you back to your hotel in Cusco.

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What people are saying about Cusco

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 35 reviews

Elvis is the BEST! Willka Travel handled the booking & immediately sent me confirmation via WhatsApp of all pickup details. PROS: Lots of sites for a good price, Elvis was an awesome knowledgeable host who spoke good English and managed our schedule, early arrival to most sites. We got to Pisaq first and had the entire place to ourselves until we left. We had plenty of time to explore all sites and Elvis made sure to stop at great spots to take pictures. CONS: Food was ok, spent a little too much time at the 2 souvenir places. Now what you need to know - if you get car sick easily, be sure to prepare because some of the roads are very winding with sharp turns. Have good sunscreen for Salt Mines and maybe purchase your Boleta Touristo in advance for the 4 sites, even though you can pay on site. I would definitely recommend this tour AFTER you have had time to acclimate.

We loved the tour. Carlos is an amazing guide. We were in our first trip since our arrival in Cusco and we got very good insights not only on the sights we were visiting, but also on the Peruvian culture, economy and Inka legacy. Very appreciated. I read some reviews when I was researching, where some people complained that the time is too short at the sights.. We did not feel that at all. It was the right amount that allowed to walk around, take pictures and understand the history of the place. Great experience! Thank you!

A long day, but you get to see the best archeological sites of the Incas, our guide Ali was great she was very knowledgeable of everything, always made sure we were okay, happy to answer any questions and explained everything well that was easy to understand! it's a great full day if you don't have the time to see places individually

Guido was amazing! It was obvious how much he loved his job and sharing his chocolate knowledge. We really enjoyed the interactive component to the workshop!

Loved the small trips during the long bus ride, made it easier to tolerate the ride. Great guides and activities!