The famed capital of the Inca Empire and starting point for trips to Machu Picchu, Cusco (also spelt Cuzco) is a must see on any trip to Peru. Machu Picchu can be visited by trekking the incredibly popular Inca Trail or for those who aren’t walking enthusiasts the journey can be undertaken by bus and train usually in a two day trip but also possible in just a single long day. The classic Inca Trail is so popular that you usually need to book many months in advance to get one of the limited places but there are several alternative treks that can be undertaken and these are gaining popularity. Treks such as the Salkantay trek are arguably just as scenic and more suited to those on a budget. There are also options such as the Lares Trek or the Multi Activity Inca Jungle Tour, both which end at the famous Inca site and include a guided tour.
Asides from the obvious visit to Machu Picchu, Cusco itself offers lots of fascinating things to do and it worthy of several days on anyone’s itinerary. There is an incredible amount of history from both Incan and Spanish colonial times and a city tour is a great way to get to know a lot in a short time. Just outside the city is the immense Inca fort of Saksaywaman, a significant attraction in itself and there several other significant ruins just a short distance away. A famous photo stop for tourist is the 12 sided cut stone of Hatun Rumiyov located in a narrow street that leads to the popular picturesque San Blas area.
A very popular day trip is a visit to the Sacred Valley where you can visit some wonderful markets and interesting Inca sites all surrounded by wonderful Andean scenery. Cusco, as it is such a popular destination, has an abundance of quality hotels, restaurants and attractions for every budget and the infrastructure is well setup for visiting tourists.
A fantastic day tour (with trekking) to Rainbow Mountain - the so-called 7 Color Mountain in Peru, leaving from Cusco. Located in southern Peru, in the Cusco region, this route will take you through stunning landscapes with glaciers, snowcapped mountains and crystal clear rivers and lakes. Pass by local villages of Quechua descendants and explore the breathtaking surrounding nature. The colours of the Rainbow Mountain will leave you speechless.Learn More
This is our premium tour option to the stunning Rainbow Mountain operated by Alpaca Expeditions, a recommended and popular company in Cusco. While the itinerary is similar to our budget option, in this tour you will also get personal porters, trekking poles, dining equipment, drinking water and entrance fees included in the price. Transport and food will be of a better quality, and groups smaller. This is the ideal option for those who fancy a superior service for this challenging hike.Learn More
The ideal tour for those who wish to experience the city of Cusco and its surroundings but are short on time - perfect if you have an extra day in Cusco before or after your Machu Picchu tour. We will take you to the main parts of the city and then to the historical ruins just outside of it. Discover the amazing capital city of the Inca Empire - all not-to-miss attractions included!Learn More
This day trip will give you the opportunity to visit a few fascinating pueblos (Andean villages) located in the Sacred Valley: Pisac, Calca, Urubamba and more - real Inca stuff! The Sacred Valley is one of the main areas where the Inca civilization flourished due to its favorable position and the numerous rivers that pass through it, that make this valley the perfect place for settling down and produce corn to support the empire. This tour departs daily with a minimum of two people.Learn More
This is a 2-day-trek up to the archaelogical site of Huch'Uy Qosqo. This site is one of the main Inca sites in the Urubamba Valley near Cusco. The site has a great historical importance and means "Little Cusco" in the Quechua language. This not an easy hike but you will be rewarded by the incredible views of the surrounding landscape.Learn More
This is our 4 day mid-range option for the Choquequirao Trek. Choquequirao is an archaeological site and is also known as "The Last Refuge of the Incas”. This trek is the perfect option if you want to explore a less beaten Inca path and at a lower altitude. It is a relatively easy trek and offers great views of canyons and mountains around. You will also have the chance to see the majestic condors flying over your head.Learn More
This is our budget option for the 4-day-trek up to Choquequirao, known as "The Last Refuge of the Incas”! This trek is the perfect option if you want to explore a less beaten Inca path and at a lower altitude. It is a relatively easy trek and offers great views of canyons and mountains around. You will also have the chance to see the majestic condors flying over your head.Learn More
Not-to-miss adventure activity in the Andes nearby Cusco - Lares full day biking! The Lares route is perfect for biking and will make a great and fun day out. You will also get to go through small parts of the Inca Trail as well. Biking through this area will make you experience the real lives of the local Andean communities.Learn More
An incredible 2 day adventure activity in the Andes nearby Cusco - downhill biking in the Lares valley. The Lares route is perfect for biking and will make a great and fun 2-day-tour out. You will also get to go through small parts of the Inca Trail as well as the Sacred Valley. Biking through this area will make you experience the real lives of the local Andean communities. Overnight camping.Learn More