Add dates
Things to do in

Cusco

Our most recommended things to do in Cusco

Machu Picchu: Ruins & Machu Picchu Mountain Official Tickets

1. Machu Picchu: Ruins & Machu Picchu Mountain Official Tickets

Explore the magical Lost City of the Incas high up in the Andes. This official ticket will allow you to walk among the ruins of Machu Picchu and hike through Machu Picchu Mountain at your own pace.  Be one of the 800 people allowed to enter the Machu Picchu Mountain per day, divided into 2 groups. The first group can access the Mountain from 07:00 am to 08:00 am and the second group from 09:00 am to 10:00 am.  The ascent time depends on the physical condition of the individual and can range from 2-3 hours. From the top of Machu Picchu Mountain, you will be able to enjoy impressive views of the surrounding peaks, valleys, and winding Urubamba River.

Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

2. Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Tour with Meals

Your professional tour guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Cusco between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM. After a 2-hour drive, you will arrive in Cusipata where you will stop for breakfast and buy water and snacks for the trek. Following breakfast, you'll travel one more hour to the hike starting point, at 4,850 meters. From there you will start your 3.5-kilometer trek to Rainbow Mountain over both flat and uphill terrain. During your hike, you will enjoy amazing views and encounters with wild alpacas, llamas, and vicuñas. Once you reach the top at 5,010 meters, you can make use of some free time to take a break, and if the weather is good, you will be able to enjoy views over Rainbow Mountain. You'll go downhill to the starting spot for another hour. Then, take transportation back to Cusipata where a local lunch will be waiting for you. Once you finish your buffet lunch you will travel back to Cusco, where you will arrive between 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM at Plaza de Armas.

From Cusco: Full-Day Group Tour of Machu Picchu

3. 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.

Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

4. Cusco: Full-Day Tour to Rainbow Mountain

Witness Rainbow Mountain in all its glory, take some photos and explore the area on a day trip from Cusco with a guide. Set out on an adventure in the early morning with a hotel pickup. Head up the mountain, cross small villages, immerse yourself in the local culture, and have lunch after your hike. Begin your full-day tour in Cusco city, where you will be picked up between 4:15 AM and 4:45 AM. You will then drive in a comfortable van for 3 hours to the town of Cusipata, where you will have breakfast in a local family house. Following breakfast, head to the starting point of your hike. There are approximately 3 kilometers of flat land uphill, leading to the majestic "Mountain of Colors". The hike will take about 1.5 hours, depending on your level of fitness. Along the way, enjoy panoramic views of the valleys, wild llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, as well as of the Andes and the nearby glaciers.  Once here, if the weather is good, get the first views of Rainbow Mountain. At the top, take a well-deserved break, which will also be your chance to catch your breath and enjoy the stunning views. After taking beautiful photos, begin your descent, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch upon your return. You will then take private transportation back to Cusco, where you will arrive at approximately 5:00 PM.

Cusco: Palccoyo Mountain Day Trip with Breakfast and Lunch

5. Cusco: Palccoyo Mountain Day Trip with Breakfast and Lunch

This tourist destination is unique in its kind since you will be able to appreciate not only 1 but several MOUNTAINS OF COLORS, apart from that you will be able to visit the FOREST OF STONES and be impressed. Start the activity with the pick-up at your hotel (between 4:30 -5:30 am.) We will travel for approximately 1 hour and a half to Cusipata where you will have breakfast, and then continue to Combapata, we will continue the trip uphill for almost 2 hours On the left bank of the Salka River, passing through the community of Palccoyo, we will finally arrive at the starting point of the walk to Wallata Q'asa located at 4790 meters above sea level. You will start the walk that will take approximately half an hour making the first stop at the first viewpoint where you will appreciate the first mountain of colors, a previous break to continue to the second viewpoint where you will appreciate the second mountain of colors and the impressive Stone Forest located at 4960 meters above sea level. altitude. After this you will have the opportunity to return through the stone forest or go directly to the transport, all this journey between the outward and return is a little more than 2 kilometers. You will return to Cusipata where you will have lunch, and then return to Cusco arriving approximately between 5:00 and 5:30 pm.

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Classic 4-Day Trek

6. Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Classic 4-Day Trek

Hike the unforgettable Inca Trail, and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Participate in one of the world’s oldest pilgrimages on this 4-day program that is consistently ranked among the 10 best hikes on the planet. Pass through a number of different ecological zones home to a wide diversity of flora and fauna. Spot a variety of orchids and bromeliads, as well as hummingbirds, foxes, and deer. Strike lucky and you may even catch a glimpse of the magnificent South American Bear. Explore archaeological sites and farming terraces that were left behind by the Incas and remained undiscovered for over 400 years. Finish the hike in Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most spectacular historical sites on earth. Day 1: Training day! Cusco – Km 82 – LLactapata – Ayapata (14km, 6hrs).- Depart from your hotel around 4:30 am and drive to Km 82 to start the 6-hour hiking on the first day of the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. The first campsite is located at 3300m (10826ft); we spend the night in comfortable tents. Day 2: The Challenge! Ayapata – Warmiwañuska – Chaquicocha (16km, 10 hrs).- The most challenging and longest day of the 4 day Machu Picchu Trek, passing two mountains in 10hrs of hiking: The first mountain is Dead Woman’s Pass, the highest point of the Inca Trail with 4215m (13829ft). The second mountain is Runqurakay Pass, with 4000m (13123ft). Day 3: The easy day! Chaquiccocha – Phuyupatamarca – Wiñaywayna (10km, 6hrs). The most beautiful and relaxing day, hiking is only 6-hours passing through different ecological zones. Today, you will also visit several beautiful archaeological sites, including Wiñaywayna, located at 2600m (8530ft); we camp only 2 hours from Machu Picchu. Day 4: Discover Machu Picchu! Wiñaywayna – Machu Picchu – Cusco (6km, 2 hrs), Wake up early and hike for 2 hours to Machu Picchu through the Sungate from where we will have a unique view of Machu Picchu. After exploring Machu Picchu, you will board the Panoramic trains to return. Drop off back at your hotel around 7:30 pm.

Machu Picchu: Standard Admission Ticket

7. Machu Picchu: Standard Admission Ticket

Explore the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu at your own pace with a standard entrance ticket to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reserve your entrance ticket to enter the site. You can independently organize transportation and tour guide for the visit.  Discover landmark attractions at your own pace, such as the Temple of the Sun, the terraced fields of the agricultural sector, and the Intihuatana stone, and take the famous picture from the observatory with the lost citadel behind.  For entering the Lost Citadel of Machu Picchu, it is mandatory that you are accompanied by an accredited guide. You are able to hire the tour guide directly at the entrance of the ruins.

From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

8. From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

Get back to nature in the dramatic landscapes of the Andes Mountains and experience the amazing scenery of the Sacred Valley by Quad Bike. Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Cusco, and then journey through typical villages to reach the colonial town of Maras. Admire the pretty church and rustic buildings of the pretty town center and watch the locals going about their everyday lives farming the surroundings. Visit the archaeological site of Moray to see the incredible terraced holes that form an amphitheater-like depression on the surface of the land. Learn how the holes were used by the Incas in ancient times to acclimatize seeds from the Andes Mountains. Next, visit the salt ponds that the locals continue to work to obtain salt at the mines, just as their ancestors did in the days of the Inca Empire.

Cusco: Humantay Lake with Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

9. Cusco: Humantay Lake with Breakfast and Buffet Lunch

Your professional tour guide will pick you up at your homestay, hostel or hotel in Cusco between 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM. After a 2-hour drive, you will arrive in Mollepata where we will stop for breakfast and pick up water and snacks for the trek. After breakfast travel one more hour to Soraypampa. Once you arrive at this high mountain plateau you will be able to see the beautiful mountains Apu Salkantay 20400 feet (6230 meters) above sea level and Humantay 17225 feet (5250 meters) above sea level. After a short time preparing your day pack you will start the 2-hour trek to Humantay Lake. The way up to Humantay Lake is steep however your group is small and your guide will let you take your time to enjoy the trek.  Enjoy the views of Humantay Lake and enjoy an optional small climb above the lake to the right or left where you can enjoy a panoramic view.  Next, you will have the easy part of your trek. Go downhill to Soraypampa for another hour. Then you will take your private transportation back to Mollepata where a local lunch will be waiting for you. Once you finish your buffet lunch you will go back to Cusco arriving between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM at the drop-off near Plaza de Armas.

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

10. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Cusco

What top attractions are a must-see in Cusco?

What are the best day trips and excursions from Cusco?

The best day trips and excursions from Cusco are:

Machu Picchu

Other Sightseeing Options in Cusco

Want to discover all there is to do in Cusco? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Cusco

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,534 reviews

Long day long drive early start 100% worth it! Well organised, hike is easy just need to go slow but you can also rent a horse if needed. Views from the top are amazing, all the surrounding is beautiful not just the rainbow mountain itself. Breakfast and lunch buffet were delicious. All well organised and smooth, also when you hike you'll be free to go at your own pace, the guide simply stays with the back of the group. One word of advise: at the breakfast place and when you'll start the hike it's much colder than in Cusco, make sure you layer up for it

An all round excellent adventurous fun trip!! Our tour guide Saul was fab with plenty on experience and knowledge throughout the 4 days! The hotels and food for fabulous & the organisation of everything including all the activities was great. Would definitely recommend booking the tour, we are so glad we went! Worth every penny :) The hike on day 2 is pretty long with lots of up hills so that may be something you want to bear in mind. Take comfortable shoes and breathe able clothes as it gets very hot. Pack light too!!

Nice day out, it's a bit of a drive out but the scenery is lovely. Being dry season rapids weren't that difficult, but you still get to do a few fun grade II/III. You'll also have the chance to jump off from a high rock half way through, and guides 'rotate' people so anyone has a chance to stay at the front. The sauna after the trip felt great and lunch was a lovely homemade meal.

We were picked up in front of our hostel. Nice and involved guide. Nice breakfast and lunch. Guide pays attention to you and gives a lot of explanations.

Amazing! Just be prepared for a long, dusty climb, but totally worth it. Coca tea sold at several places along the way helped a lot.