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  • From Cusco: Moray and Salt Mines Quad Bike Tour

    1. 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.

    It was well organized and the guides explained throughly the operation of the quads. Safety first. Beautiful scenery.

  • Cusco: Humantay Lake All-inclusive Full-day Tour

    2. Cusco: Humantay Lake All-inclusive Full-day Tour

    Benefit from pick-up at your Cusco hotel between 03:30 AM and 04:00 AM, and then journey to Mollepata village in the lush valley of the Apurimac River. After breakfast in Mollepata, continue towards Soraypampa 3,900 meters above sea level. Trek for approximately 1.5 hours to Humantay Lake, 4,200 meters (13,779 feet) above sea level and get wonderful views of the turquoise waters at the base of Humantay Glacier. Immerse yourself in a landscape sacred to the Incas, and get the chance to rent a horse to ride to the lake. Explore the turquoise glacial waters of Humantay Lake , leisure for photography exploring the surrounding area before going back to Mollepata for a buffet lunch. Then, journey back to Cusco at 06:00 PM.

    it was a shocking experience. we did not expect to encounter such a magical landscape. nevertheless it was a rather tedious journey.

  • 4-Day Inca Jungle Adventure with Mountain Biking and Rafting

    3. 4-Day Inca Jungle Adventure with Mountain Biking and Rafting

    Experience the thrill of adventure, the breathtaking natural beauty of the Inca Trail, and the marvel of Machu Picchu on a 4-day tour from Cusco. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Cusco – Santa Maria (Bike and Rafting) Travel by bus to the high mountain pass of Malaga, where you’ll start your descent on a mountain bike to the town Huamanmarca. The bus will take you to the town of Santa Maria, where you’ll have a short break before beginning a rafting adventure on class III and IV rapids. Overnight at a home stay in Santa Maria. Day 2: Santa Maria – Santa Teresa (Trekking) Begin your trek with an ascent, stopping along the way to learn about the local flora and fauna. Enjoy a rest stop to resupply with water and taste regional tropical fruit. Cross a section of the Inca Trail that historically connected Machu Picchu with the city of Vilcabamba...

    Overall, my husband and myself had a fantastic experience. We were lucky to be the only ones at our group, so we had a guide just for us! This made it very personalised, specially made easier the hike, as we could take the photos we wanted and stop when needed, although for my husband, he would say that the guide was walking too fast. All the activities (cycling, rafting and the zip line) were very well organised, felt very safe and we really enjoyed them. Watch out for the mosquitos! We were eaten despite the repellent. The thermal baths are not included but definitely recommended. The places we stayed overnight were very comfy, clean, had hot showers and the food was also good. If you are a big eater, there are also opportunities to buy snacks and water. Our guide Jaime was brilliant, giving us tips, information, always looking after us, making sure that we were fine and that everything was running smoothly. It is a great four day journey to Machu Picchu!

  • Cusco: Half-Day City Tour

    4. Cusco: Half-Day City Tour

    Start your tour with pickup from your Cusco hotel. On this half-day trip you’ll stop at Qenqo Temple, a natural rock formation that became a ceremonial center. See Puca Pucara, a site of military ruins, and the remains of guard posts, staircases, streets, houses and courtyards. Carry on to Sacsayhuaman, which chroniclers believe was a solar shrine built by the last dynasties of the Incas. This temple was built with large blocks of limestone to protect the city from the attacks of invaders from the East or Antis. Finally, visit Tambomachay, located 9 kilometers outside of the city, known as the baths of the Incas because of the shape of its water source. This site could also have been a temple dedicated to the cult of water and purification. With afternoon departures, you’ll also have the chance to visit the UNESCO-listed Basilica Cathedral and the temple of Coricancha. The temple’s per...

    José is an excellent guide for English speakers. Buy tickets to archeological sights in advance. it's easier than buying them on site.

  • Machu Picchu: 2-Hour Small Group Guided Tour

    5. Machu Picchu: 2-Hour Small Group Guided Tour

    Book an expert guide and explore the "Lost City of the Incas" on a small-group tour with a maximum of 10 people. Set off on a 2-hour guided tour of Machu Picchu and be amazed by the fascinating history of this ancient place. Wake early to catch the first shuttle to Machu Picchu and experience the first rays of the sun as they sweep through the "Lost City of the Incas." Follow your guide to a perfect lookout location for the best views of the ruins and panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains. Get lost in the maze-like stone constructions, or follow in the footsteps of the ancients on a climb up the magical peak of Huayna Picchu. Benefit from personalized attention and assistance to find your way around the legendary site before returning to Aguas Calientes at the end of the day.

    Diana was an extraordinary guide. Friendly and explained everything with great quality

  • Cusco: Private Full-Day Tour to Machu Picchu by Train

    6. Cusco: Private Full-Day Tour to Machu Picchu by Train

    Start your day with a pickup from your accommodation in Cusco to take you to the train station. Upon arrival at the train station, you will board the train to start on this extraordinary train ride to Machu Picchu and enjoy beautiful views. If you have chosen the first class train, you will enjoy an exquisite gourmet menu, prepared using Andean organic ingredients like trout, quinoa, and aguaymanto accompanied by a selection of wines. This train also features a luxurious Observatory-Lounge carriage offering live music, a bar, and panoramic windows to admire the most incredible scenery. Approximately four hours after departure from Cusco, you will arrive at the train station in Aguas Calientes (the town located at the bottom of Machu Picchu) from where you will take a bus to Machu Picchu. The ride will last around 30 mins. Meet your tour guide at the main entrance and enter the site for...

    This was a "bucket list" trip for us and it was amazing! Our personal guide, Alex, just made the trip extraordinary - he was super informative on all facts / history of Machu Picchu and took such perfect care of us, from the hotel pickup to getting us to Ollentaytambo in the Sacred Valley, to catching the INCREDIBLE luxury first class train ride to Aguas Calientes along the rushing Urubamba River, to taking the bus up the VERY steep, winding road to Machu Picchu, to touring the site for over 2 hours (very few tourists re/ COVID so NOW is the time to go of you want to have MP all to yourself!), then having the most delicious lunch next door at the luxury Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, then back down the mountain to the awaiting train and from Ollentaytambo back to Cusco with a private vehicle / safe driver. THANK YOU ALEX!!! We will never forget the magic of this experience!!! Chris and Elissa, CANADA

  • Cusco: Private Full-Day to Humantay Lake with Meals

    7. Cusco: Private Full-Day to Humantay Lake with Meals

    Start your adventure early at 5:00 AM with hotel pickup. Take a scenic trip of around 3 hours to the village of Mollepata for a delicious breakfast, and recover energy to go to Soraypampa. From this point, start your walk and rely on your guide to take you safely from point to point. If you wish, you can rent horses offered by the inhabitants of the area. During the ascent, take the opportunity to observe the diverse flora and fauna that inhabit the area. Spot some native birds of the area and get great views of the Andean landscape. Enjoy your small lunchbox and replenish your energy. Once you reach your goal, feel delighted with the spectacular views of the Humantay Lagoon and its turquoise waters. Don't miss the chance to take spectacular photographs. Thank the Pachamama and the Apus in a small ritual with coca. After having relaxed, descend to Soraypampa where your transport will b...

    Our guides were amazing. Merlín and Wilson did an amazing job. Merlín was very patient and helpful during the hike and Wilson made sure we got every place safely. It was an amazing experience. The city Mollepata where we stopped for breakfast and lunch was beautiful. Señorita Julisa is an amazing cook and makes amazing food. She was so sweet and helpful.

  • Cusco: Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Early Morning Trek

    8. Cusco: Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Early Morning Trek

    Beat the crowds and arrive first at Rainbow Mountain, one of the most popular one-day hikes in the Cusco region. Get away from the city, traffic, and pollution to enjoy the amazing natural and cultural landscapes. You will be picked up from your hotel around 5 AM and drive for 3.5 hours to the trailhead, where we will enjoy a healthy breakfast. Cusipata is a native community with few inhabitants dedicated mostly to agriculture. Move on to the Community of LLaqta, and start your 2-hour hike up to Rainbow Mountain. On the way, see llamas, alpacas, and a beautiful mountain range. Take time to enjoy the landscape and take lots of pictures, before you slowly descend again to LLaqta community. Drive back to Cusipata to enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by a local chef using local products. After a full day of relaxation and hiking in the remote mountains, head back to Cusco arriving at app...

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based on 84 reviews

This was a "bucket list" trip for us and it was amazing! Our personal guide, Alex, just made the trip extraordinary - he was super informative on all facts / history of Machu Picchu and took such perfect care of us, from the hotel pickup to getting us to Ollentaytambo in the Sacred Valley, to catching the INCREDIBLE luxury first class train ride to Aguas Calientes along the rushing Urubamba River, to taking the bus up the VERY steep, winding road to Machu Picchu, to touring the site for over 2 hours (very few tourists re/ COVID so NOW is the time to go of you want to have MP all to yourself!), then having the most delicious lunch next door at the luxury Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, then back down the mountain to the awaiting train and from Ollentaytambo back to Cusco with a private vehicle / safe driver. THANK YOU ALEX!!! We will never forget the magic of this experience!!! Chris and Elissa, CANADA

Our guides were amazing. Merlín and Wilson did an amazing job. Merlín was very patient and helpful during the hike and Wilson made sure we got every place safely. It was an amazing experience. The city Mollepata where we stopped for breakfast and lunch was beautiful. Señorita Julisa is an amazing cook and makes amazing food. She was so sweet and helpful.

it was a shocking experience. we did not expect to encounter such a magical landscape. nevertheless it was a rather tedious journey.

It was well organized and the guides explained throughly the operation of the quads. Safety first. Beautiful scenery.

The hike was harder than we anticipated but the view made it all worth it.