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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.

Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu: Entrance Ticket

2. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu: Entrance Ticket

Discover the landmarks of Machu Picchu Lost Citadel and be one of the 400 people allowed to climb the Huayna Picchu per day. Explore the attraction at your own pace, such as the Temple of the Sun, the terraced fields of the agricultural sector, the Intihuatana stone, and take the famous picture from the observatory with the lost citadel behind. The climb of Huayna Picchu is available in 2 groups: 7:00 am or 10:00 am. Be sure to get there on time for your given time slot for your hike up the mountain. Take in the stunning views at Huayna Picchu, be amazed as you see this infamous, historical city in real life.

Salkantay Trek 5-Day Hike to Machu Picchu

3. 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: Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain Early Morning Hike

4. 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.

Cusco: Full-Day Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain All-Inclusive Tour

5. Cusco: Full-Day Palcoyo Rainbow Mountain All-Inclusive Tour

Experience Peru's famous rainbow mountains on this day trip from Cusco. Get picked up from your hotel in downtown Cusco and begin the 3.5-hour journey to Palccoyo, admiring rural mountainous villages on the way. Upon arrival, enjoy a hearty breakfast before beginning your trek. After breakfast, begin your 2-hour trek in the company of an expert local guide. Stroll around the breathtaking rainbow and rocky mountains and get the opportunity to interact with local people who live with the llamas and alpacas.  Having worked up an appetite from all your walking, take the bus to the nearest town to enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before beginning the journey back to Cusco. Get dropped off near the Plaza de Armas, just in time for dinner or a stroll around the city center.

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake 2-Day Tour

6. From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake 2-Day Tour

Day 1 – Humantay Lake Have a morning pick-up from your hotel in Cusco and continue on a 2-hour ride enjoying the beautiful landscapes until reaching Soraypampa. Enjoy breakfast prior to the trailhead. Begin your adventure along a photogenic path called the “Camino Real,” as you gain altitude. Continue for another hour and a half, ascending 360mts/1,200 feet in just 2 miles up a steep path. After conquering the last hill, you'll gaze down on a turquoise lake below, which is surrounded by steep peaks and an impressive glacier. The hike is dominated by Salkantay Peak, one of Peru’s most sacred mountains, towering more than 6,000mts/20,600 feet with a sheer and snowy face. The equally impressive Humantay Peak, rising 5,900mts/19,412 feet, is also within view. Once on the shores, enjoy, relax, and take pictures. When ready to hike back, descend to Soraypampa for lunch. After lunch, it’s time to take the transportation back to Cusco downtown arriving in the late afternoon. Day 2 – Rainbow Mountain Today, you'll visit the trendy Rainbow Mountain, famous for becoming viral on social media. Located in the southeast of Cusco in the middle of the Andean mountain ranges. After a morning pick-up from your hotel, venture on a 3-hour drive passing valleys, rivers, mountains, and some smaller communities. Reach Hanchipacha, to enjoy breakfast, then head to the starting point which is already at 4900 meters above sea level. From here you will hike uphill for about 45 minutes to the highest point of the excursion at 5000 meters. Pass the unique formations of the rainbow mountain range and enjoy the breathtaking views at the snow-capped Ausangate, the second-highest in Peru. Once on top of the viewpoint, you'll have the Vilcanota Mountain range in front of you. Have all the time to rest and take pictures. After the exploration, back to Cusipata and enjoy a rewarding lunch. Take the bus to return to Cusco arriving in the late afternoon.

From Cusco: Rainbow Mountain Full Day Trek with Meals

7. 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).

From Cusco: Short or Classic Inca Trail Tour

8. From Cusco: Short or Classic Inca Trail Tour

Hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, considered to be one of the best walks in the world and perfect for visitors to Peru who are in search of a good adventure. Follow the ancient path that was traced by the Incas used to connect different cities and temples of the Inca Empire. Classic Option (4 Days, 3 Nights) Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Cusco very early in the morning and take a bus to the town of Chilca. Begin your hike along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. After approximately 3 hours of walking arrive at a beautiful Inca building known as Llactapata in the base of the mountains, where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, continue walking towards the first campsite at 3,000 meters, called Wayllabamba. Enjoy dinner at the camp.  Day 2: Wake up in the early morning. After breakfast, begin the toughest and the most amazing part of the trail, walking towards the highest point of the Inca Trail. Take in the panoramic views and observe different types of microclimates at 4,250 meters. After a 5 hour walk, reach the first pass, called Warmiwañusca or Dead Woman's Pass. Then, continue your walk down to Pacaymayo to each lunch and spend the night at the campsite. Day 3: After breakfast, hike towards the second pass of the Inca Trail, at 3,950 meters above sea level. On the way, enjoy the archaeological complex of Runkurakay, Sayacmarca. Stop for lunch at Phuyupatamarca (also known as the Cloud-Level Town). Descend down to one of the most beautiful Inca sites along the trail, Wiñay Huayna (which means Forever Young). Stay overnight nearby and enjoy a small party with the trekking crew at camp.  Day 4: After breakfast, get up early to watch the sunrise at Inti Punku. After 1.5-hours of walking through the cloud forest, reach the Gate of the Sun, for the most impressive panoramic view of Machu Picchu. Arrive at the citadel for a 2-hour guided tour around the magnificent complex, and then take a bus down to Aguas Calientes. From there, catch a train back, where your adventure will end. Short Option (2 days, 1 night) Day 1: First, depart from Cusco to the train station in Ollantaytambo. Board the train that will take you to the starting point of the hike. Walk for approximately 3 hours until you reach the archaeological complex of Wiñay Wayna.  After lunch, explore the houses and terraces, then visit the Inti Punku, the Inca Gate of the Sun. Admire your first views of Machu Picchu, then take the bus to Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the night in a 3-star hotel. Day 2: After breakfast, get picked up by your guide at the hotel. Visit Machu Picchu and spend a full day exploring the site. After this incredible visit, return to the town of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes) and take the train bound for the Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival, hop into a car and transfer back to the main square in Cusco where your tour concludes.

Peru: Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Full Day Tour

9. Peru: Rainbow Mountain and Red Valley Full Day Tour

Be stunned by all the colors of the rainbow as you take in the sights of some of the Andes' prime real estate, the much-celebrated Rainbow Mountain and its counterpart, the Red Valley. After a very early pickup and breakfast at Cusipata, continue to Phullawasipata (4,626 m./15,177 ft.) the trail head where the hike starts. Along with sightings of locals, see groups of Alpacas, Llamas and sometimes wild Vicuñas, and small lagoons created by the thawing glaciers. Arrive at the summit of Vinicunca (5,020 m./16,469 ft.) and grab a photo opp of breathtaking scenery. Then take the Red Valley route, so-named for the red color of the mountain soil. Enjoy the peace and quiet found here. Hike downhill through the red landscape to Phulawasipata for a well-earned lunch. Then be taken back to Cusco main square again in the late afternoon for the colorful journey's conclusion.

From Cusco: 7 Lakes of Ausangate Full Day Tour

10. From Cusco: 7 Lakes of Ausangate Full Day Tour

View the lakes of mountain Ausangate on this full day hike, where you can visit the 7 turquoise-green lakes. Walk through part of the Vilcanota mountain range. Enjoy dining on a nice breakfast and lunch in the Andes. Experience majestic landscapes. snowy peaks, and go to the Pacchanta hot springs. Meet some locals from native communities, and see their ornaments and colorful textiles. Journey through the natural habitat of llamas and alpacas. Get away from busy roads and experience an authentic place free of crowds as you meet locals and take in the natural beauty of the mountains.

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What people are saying about Cusco

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4.6 / 5

based on 656 reviews

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!!

This only for the entry ticket this is not including bus/train tickets to get there. Other than that this is a perfect way to buy tickets without any hassle!

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.

Very hard but top-notch supervision for an unforgettable experience Hardly anyone It's magic To do

It was a great tour, the accommodation was better as I thought