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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. 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.

Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

2. Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Incas and hike along the same paths they used to trek through the mountains centuries ago. Get back to nature and experience amazing views of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Andes. Day 1: Cusco - Mollepata - Markhuq’asa - Soraypampa - Humantay Lake (L, D) Depart Cusco and journey to Markhuq’asa for the start of your trek to Soraypampa, 3,850 meters above sea level. Stop for lunch at the base camp and then go on a round-trip hike to Humantay Lake. Then return to base-camp to spend the night. Day 2: Soraypampa - Salkantay Pass - Collpapampa (B, L, D) Hike to the highest point of the trail at Salkantay Pass and get spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains before a 2-hour downhill hike to the camp for lunch. Then, enter the upper part of the Amazon jungle on a hike through the “cloud forest.” Look for native wildlife on the way to the village of Collpapampa, where you will spend the night. Day 3: Collpapampa - La Playa - Santa Teresa (B, L, D) After breakfast, take an easy hike to La Playa through the Santa Teresa valley and marvel at the waterfalls and wild orchids. Encounter coffee, banana and avocado plantations, and get the chance to sample the local coffee at an organic coffee farm. After a typical lunch in La Playa, take a 40-minute car ride towards Santa Teresa where attractions include hot thermal springs and abundant birdlife. Here you will spend the night.  Day 4: Santa Teresa - Hidroelectrica - Aguas Calientes (B, L, D) On this day, in Santa Teresa, you can choose to visit the zipline, canopy, or hot springs. Then, you will head to Hidroelectrica, passing trough waterfalls coming from the glaciers and fields of cocoa and coffee. After a nourishing lunch, begin a 2-hour walk to Machu Picchu Pueblo, known as Aguas Calientes. Once in Aguas Calientes, you can go to your hotel to shower and relax before dinner. After dinner, get some rest before the early morning climb up to Machu Picchu the following morning. Day 5: Machu Picchu (B) Explore Machu Picchu in the early morning before the crowds arrive. You can choose to hike uphill to the ruins or take the bus for an additional charge. Benefit from a 2-hour guided tour on arrival and learn more about the temples, palaces, priest houses, and more. You will have some free time to explore at leisure and you can use it to climb to Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu mountain (if booked in advance). Alternatively, you can trek to the Sun Gate at the main entrance of the Inka Trail. Take the train to Ollantaytambo at approximately 6:30 PM and then catch the bus back to Cusco for drop-off at your hotel or hostel on arrival.

Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Trekking Tour

3. Cusco: Full-Day Rainbow Mountain & Red Valley Trekking Tour

Following an early morning pickup between 4 AM and 4:30 AM from your accommodation in Cusco, head in direction of Quiquijana and savor a delicious breakfast buffet in a local restaurant. Then, continue the journey until you'll reach the control point in Llaqta and finally arrive in Phulawasipata where your trekking adventure awaits. Before starting the trek, your guide will give you some recommendations to start your adventure towards the Rainbow Mountain. Walk for approximately 1.5 hours until you reach the Rainbow Mountain at 5,036 meters above sea level. Take in panoramic views from the top of the mountain from where you'll be able to see the Ausangate Mountain, Peru's fifth highest mountain. Enjoy 20-minute of leisure time to take pictures of the fascinating scenery. Then, continue for a 30-minute trek to the Red Valley. Once again, admire the views of the Red Valley located at 5,038 meters above sea level. After 15 minutes, you'll return to the parking lot where your driver awaits you. On the way back, stop for a break in Quiquijana where you'll taste delicious buffet lunch. Then, head back to Cusco where you'll be dropped off at the Plaza Regocijo, 2 blocks from Plaza de Armas.

Cusco: Machu Picchu Inca Trail 4-Day Trek

4. Cusco: Machu Picchu Inca Trail 4-Day Trek

Take on one of the most spectacular sections of the vast Inca trail network on a 4-day trek over 45 kilometer (28 miles) of mountain trails. The adventure ends at the famous Inca citadel, Machu Picchu. Day 1: Cusco to WayllabambaThe journey begins with hotel pickup in Cusco. Make a quick stop in Ollantaytambo to buy any last-minute supplies before heading to Kilometer 82, the official starting point of the Inca trail to Macchu Picchu. Hike for 3 hours through farmland along the Urubamba river to reach the Llactapata archeological site where lunch will be served by the chef and porter. After lunch, hike another 3 hours to reach the campsite in Wayllabamba where you will have dinner and enjoy the mountain scenery. Accommodation: Wayllabamba Maximum altitude: 3,000 m (9,850 ft) Temperature during day: 10ºC - 23ºC (50ºF - 74ºF) Hiking distance: approx. 12 km (7.5 mi) Day 2: Wayllabamba to Pacaymayo The day starts with breakfast at camp followed by an uphill climb of approximately 7 km (4.3 mi). This is considered the hardest part of the trail, but the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys at the end make it worth the climb. After enjoying the vistas, hike 3 km (2 mi) downhill to the second campsite where the porter will be waiting with lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing and enjoying the mountain scenery. Accommodation: Pacamayo Maximum altitude: 4,200 m (13,779 ft) Temperature during day: 3ºC - 20ºC (37ºF - 68ºF) Hiking distance: approx. 10 km (6.2 mi) Day 3: Pacaymayo - Wiñayhuayna Start the day with remarkable views from the Inca lookout of Runcurakay. Learn the historic significance of this site while admiring the mountain passes below. Next, descend 1.5 hours of stairs to Sayacmarca, perched high on the ridge. Lunch will be near the archeological site of Puyupatamarca, known as the "City Above the Clouds." Keep descending into a rainforest filled with orchids, bromeliads, and ferns. The day ends in Wiñayhuayna, the Quechua term for "forever young." Day 4: Wiñayhuayna - Sun Gate - Machu Picchu - Cusco The adventure ends with a 2-hour hike to the Machu Picchu archeological site. Upon arrival, pass through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) and marvel at the panoramic views of Machu Picchu. After a guided tour and some time to snap some pictures, travel 1.5 hours to Ollantaytambo by train and then 1.5 hours to Cusco by bus (both tickets available as add-ons). Maximum altitude: 2,900 m (9,514 ft) Temperature during day: 10ºC - 27ºC (50ºF - 80ºF) Hiking distance: approx. 6 km (3.7 mi)

Cusco: 2-Day Humantay Lake and Machu Picchu Tour

5. 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.

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Full Day Trek with Meals

6. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Full Day Trek with Meals

Depart Cusco and get back to nature on a vigorous approximately 6-kilometer hike in the Andes. Experience the majestic beauty of the Rainbow Mountains as you trek in the foothills of Mount Ausangate. Keep a look out for native wildlife, such as the mighty condor - the largest bird in the world - pumas and different types of camelids. Learn more about the extraordinary geology and the flora and fauna of Peru from your knowledgeable guide. Soak up the stunning views before you return to Cusco for a refreshing cold chicha drink (a fermented or non-fermented beverage usually derived from maize).

Cusco: Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Early Morning Hike

7. Cusco: Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Early Morning Hike

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.

From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

8. From Cusco: 2-Day Trip to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu

DAY 1: We will start this great adventure with the pick up from your hotel at 8:00 am to go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Pisac, Colonial Inca, discover one of the Inca archaeological sites, on top of the mountain with impressive stone walls, agricultural terraces, irrigation systems and the largest cemetery of the Inca Empire. Time to shop at the craft market, where artisans sell their ceramics, textiles, jewelry, Andean instruments, alpaca products, and souvenirs. We will continue our trip of approximately 1 hour through the Sacred Valley to Urubamba where we will have time to have lunch in one of the local restaurants that offers several traditional dishes, made with fresh products. In the afternoon, visit the archaeological complex of Ollantaytambo, where you can appreciate the technique with which the Incas worked the stone, the last Inca citadel standing. The city is built on ancient Inca buildings. Explore the archaeological site of the city that has temples, terraces, warehouses and a large Inca monolith. Next, we will depart by train from the Ollantaytambo station, we will arrive at the Aguas Calientes station, where our staff will assist you to stay in one of the hotels in Aguas Calientes. (Select between a tour with or without accommodation). DAY 2: In the morning the guide will pick you up at the hotel to board the transport that will ascend an intricate path giving us a spectacular view of the Urubamba River that shapes the famous canyon. The Lost City of the Incas, Machu Picchu, will welcome you with its incredible terraces, stairways, ceremonial precincts and urban areas where energy emanates from all over the place. After a guided tour, you will have the opportunity to have lunch in one of the restaurants in the area. At the coordinated time, we will return by train and we will be transferred to the hotel in Cusco, ending with a great experience.

From Aguas Calientes: Machu Picchu Guided Tour

9. 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.

From Cusco: Waqra Pukara Trek with Lunch

10. From Cusco: Waqra Pukara Trek with Lunch

Grab your trekking gear and venture to Waqra Pukara, enjoying excellent views and pristine landscapes as you go. Take pictures of the giant stone formations of the ceremonial center and explore this pre-Inca site know as the "forest of stone." The day begins with pickup from your accommodation between 3:30-4:00 AM. Travel for 2 hours to the Pitumarca District where the group will stop for breakfast. Return to the van for a 30-minute drive to the starting point. After a 10-minute briefing with the guide, begin the trek to Waqra Pukara.  Trek over flat roads with intermittent hills for approximately 2 hours, passing beautiful landscapes dotted with cochas (Andean Lagoons), then descend to reach the Waqra Pukara Viewpoint. Take stunning photos of the Waqra Pukara Archaeological Complex then descend about 40 minutes to reach the ceremonial center. Admire the gigantic stone formations around the site and view the Apurimac River Valley below. Take 1.5 hours to visit the Waqra Pukara ceremonial center and take a group photo before returning to the starting point along the same trail.  Meet the driver for the 2-hour return transfer and arrive at the main square in the City of Cusco between 6:00-7:00 PM.

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What people are saying about Cusco Region

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 183 reviews

Although i'm sure we could have paid less, it was well worth go. Our guide, Herbert Vidal, was very knowledgeable and explained more the more we asked. We didn't worry about anything, just enjoyed the Inca monumentos and ruins. The trips were confortable and the only lateness was on the train to Machupichu. We Will recomend this trip to our friends. The one thing that could be better would be us chosing the time of the train to and from Machupichu

We were very privileged to experience Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca). Freddy was our amazing guide on this journey. The hike itself was doable and offered amazing views, but the altitude of 5000+ meters really knocked us. I highly recommend this hike and Freddy but warn that it should be done after you have acclimated in Cusco for 3-4 days in addition to taking altitude medication.

trexprience is as amazing company and we had a perfect experience. Alex was the best tour guide we could have asked for! We were very happy with the experience

Exit at the top! Magical place, with a guide, Darwin, great. Incredible landscapes. This outing is definitely worth it! Go for it!

Everything went great and without any problems. From collection to return transport.