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  • Cusco tours activities Sacsayhuaman

For the Incas, Cusco was the belly button of the world. A visit to this region tumbles you back into the cosmic realm of ancient Andean culture – knocked down and fused with Mountains dotted with villages, the Amazon jungle, high-altitude peaks and ruins linked by trails to the continent’s biggest draw, Machu Picchu – a vacation in Peru is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

  • Overview

    Cusco is the city for everyone. We offer a package that is suitable for the needs of every traveler. We have some 25 years’ experience of organizing adventure and cultural trips, guided and luxury tours and also popular and off-the-beaten-path excursions, group and private tours to Cusco.

    The destinations that we provided are not like anything else in the world including, Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, the rainforest, mountains of the Andes, historic sites and visits to a great diversity of cultures.

  • Our awesome Cusco Tours

    From well-known tourist destinations to exclusive and off-the-beaten-path trips, from cultural to adventure tours, from walking to culinary tours and from day to multi-day tours – Cusco vacation packages promise the finest travel experience.Cusco is situated between the Andes, the rain forest and a part of the beautiful Amazon Jungle. In this region, you’ll see the snow-topped mountains, mighty rivers, valleys, canyons, lakes, lagoons, and emerald lush jungles – ideal spots for sight-seeing and adventure tours alike.Cusco is a perfect destination for those who love history and culture. The Incas are known for their brilliant architects and engineers who built great buildings and fortresses still well-preserved, inviting you to explore them.

    Enchanting daily Cusco tours

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    Yuncaypata mountain biking (1/2 day)
    Lares downhill MTB (1 day)

    Exciting Cusco Adventure Tours

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    Cusco, Inca Trail & Amazon jungle (9 days)
    Machu Picchu Inca Trail (5 days)

    From Cusco to Machu Picchu

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    Hiking MTB and rafting to Machu Picchu 5 days
    Cusco, City Tour, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu (4 days)

    Cusco Vacation Packages Off the Beaten Track

    Being based in Cusco, River Explorers have access to many other tours on this wonderful region. Some are best explored with special tour arrangements. Cusco has so many incredible places to explore in locations totally away from tourist crowds. If you are in search of unique and out-of-the-way experiences, don’t look any further! We have awesome packages that venture well off the beaten track!

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    Yavero River rafting: Amazon & Machu Picchu 11 days

    Through The Lost Inca City of Paititi (11 days)
    Yavero is our well-kept secret gem. In terms of biodiversity, weather, scenery, native culture and whitewater, this rafting expedition stands alone in the world of river-based adventure experiences.
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    Off the beaten path Cusco to Machu Picchu

    Hiking MTB and rafting to Machu Picchu 5 days
    This active package is ideal for travelers who search for an adventure-boosting holiday, away from tourist crowds. We will introduce you to Cusco’s adventurous side – from hiking into the Andes to jungle & rain-forest biking & rafting.
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    Lares Mountain Biking, Andes to Amazon

    MTB from the mountains to the jungle (3 days)
    Within the boundaries of the Cusco Andes lies a magnificent trail for biking outdoors. Eye-filling snow capped mountains, charming villages and jungle forests provides visitors a setting unequaled for mountain biking trips. Ride a 149 km - 93 miles from the high sierra to the rain forest.
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  • Amazing Destinations

    The capital of Cusco is a great gateway for your Peru expedition. Beyond the outskirts of this beautiful city lies the Sacred Valley with perfectly located ruins such as Pisaq, Ollantaytambo, Moray, Huchuy Qosqo, and Chinchero. These places are the most notable destinations in Peru. Deep into Valleys, rest the rainforest, the dream Canyons, and the Andes, protected and pristine. Great parts of these areas are still untouched by tourism, and sometimes accessible only by the river.

    Check out the map below for all the gems that the Cusco region has to offer.


    Cusco City

    While most travelers are likely to use the city as a launching point for Machu Picchu, Cusco is well-worth a visit in itself. Take some time to explore this amazing city and the layers of history will peal of in front of your eyes. Take a city tour, horse bike riding or walking tour in Cusco and wander inside local markets, narrow cobblestone streets hugged by old colonial buildings and past ancient stone walls pieced together by the hands of Inca stone masters.

    The mail square bustling Plaza de Armas is bordered by the Cusco Cathedral, restaurants that dish up delicious authentic food, and numerous cafes. Among many great things about the city, you’ll see places such as Sacsayhuaman – the most iconic Inca center peace in Cusco, as well as Qoricancha, the Sun Temple. There are many other attractions that will captivate you with their uniqueness, so make sure to explore the city before you ramble into the Peruvian wilderness.

    The Astonishing Sacred Valley

    The Sacred Valley

    The Sacred Valley of the Incas is simply timeless. The site is simultaneously working hard to protect its heritage whilst promoting its native culture, roots, customs, and history. Since the beginning of the Inca empire, the valley has been a key region in terms of agricultural methods that are still in use today. Nowadays, the Sacred Valley of the Incas is home to Andean villages.

    You can book a one-day trip to explore El Valle Sagrado (the Sacred Valley) top attractions. However, there is so much to take in! To appreciate the grandeur and sophistication of the Inca civilization, you should plan at least a two-day visit.

    The Astonishing Sacred Valley

    The Green Rainforest Tours

    The Cusco region covers the stretches of the Amazon Rainforest with the some of the best jungle tours and experiences and widest range of biodiversity in the world. In addition, you can enjoy some of the greatest bird-watching opportunities available. Check our Cusco vacation packages for Jungle explorations and pick one that best suits your needs and preferences. Many of these exquisite tours are sold by our travel company exclusively.

    Extraordinary Machu Picchu

    The Highlight of Cusco Vacation Packages: Machu Picchu

    Machu Picchu is undeniably South America’s and Peru’s premier tourist attraction. A few visitors to the country will fail to make their way to the hilltop’s ruins of the ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Almost everyone has seen pictures of the enigmatic ruins nestling on their perch on top of a mountain, surrounded by swirling wisps of clouds.

    However, not everyone is so familiar with not-to-be-missed sights within the complex. Booking some of our Cusco tours is a great opportunity to visit the ruins within Machu Picchu. Moreover, for a comprehensive Machu Picchu experience, our Cusco vacation packages include the hikes to Huayna Picchu and Montaña Machu Picchu.

    These tours are in high demand, though. Booking in advance is recommended in order to secure your spaces to enter Machu Picchu.

  • Private

    Do you want privacy?

    Cusco private tours are all-inclusive. This means that we include absolutely everything from your accommodation, airport pickup, your own transport and guide, as well as entrance fees, meals, stop-overs where and when you want.

    We Love School groups

    School groups

    Our travel experts can offer personalized and flexible group trips based on your needs and preferences, including discounts for school students. In addition, we strive to make the whole booking process simple, fast and reliable. We offer perfect, custom-made trips. Just let us know what you want and what kind of trip you have in mind and we’ll make it happen.

    Families are awesome

    Cusco Vacation Packages for Family groups

    In case you doubt if you can travel to Cusco with kids, we’re happy to ensure you that Cusco is a great choice for a family trip.

    Traveling with the kids can be challenging and we totally understand if you are hesitant and worried about visiting Cusco with kids. However, we had taken families with kids for many years and can confidently suggest going for it. Cusco is a beautiful destination for a family holiday and we are sure you and your kids will love it! Let us organize the details of your family stay in Cusco while you relax and enjoy an unforgettable family vacation.

    For lovers

    Cusco Tours for Couples

    Romantic dinners, charming hotels, wine, history, mountains; discover the exclusivity and diversity of Cusco’s region with just the two of you. Our destinations are connected by beautiful rural roads, taking you from iconic Cusco to the tip of the Andes and onwards. Our couple tours combine a little of everything that this region is famous for, wrapping up the experience with the Impressive visit to Machu Picchu.

    Tailor made tours

    Taylor-made Cusco Tours

    Choose our trips or let us personalize your itinerary. Arranging a vacation package especially for a group, family or a school group can be overwhelming even for the most experienced traveler. It’s quite easy to find yourself going in circles, trying to make everyone happy and stressing over what to prioritize on the trip.

    This is where we step in. River Explorers are here to help you craft the perfect tour to suit your needs – minus the hassle and frustration! We’ll cater to the needs of your group no matter how big or how small it is. From pre and post tour accommodation, transfers and transport, our team knows how to get right under the skin of an authentic Incan experience. We encourage true experiential travel and we would be delighted to customize your tour so you get the most out of your trip. Rest assured that we will create your unique itinerary with efficiency and most importantly, affordability, in mind.

  • Transport in Cusco

  • Frequently asked questions

    Find below brief information about the questions our visitors ask most frequently. If you still don’t find the answer you’re looking for, please send us an email to contact@riverexplorers.com

    Will I be affected by altitude sickness?

    Will I be affected by altitude sickness?

    What some may not know about Cusco is that this city is incredibly high in altitude (3399 meters in elevation). This kind of altitude can seriously mess up with your physical state. However, there is no way to predict altitude sickness; you may not even get it. Physical fitness, age, and gender have no bearing on whether you will get altitude sickness or not. Even if you do, our tours, hotels, and transportation are equipped with oxygen balloons in case of emergency. We recommend adjusting to the altitude of at least 2 to 3 days prior to any hike or active Cusco tours.

    What is the accommodation like?

    Traveling with us is a little bit different. We only work with hotels that have high reviews score on TripAdvisor and Booking.com. We try to provide travelers with an authentic experience. The most common hotel category in our Cusco tours includes 3-star hotels.

    What is included

    Camping with us is a fun and enjoyable experience. In secluded areas away from tourist crowds, we use the best available accommodations that sometimes includes guest housing. Our camping gear includes all the necessary equipment for a comfortable stay. We provide everything from 5 cm – 2 inches sleeping pads to minus 20 degrees sleeping bags with kitchen and dinners tents included.

    Is there a discount for school groups?

    Yes, there is. Depending on the number of visitors in your group, you can get a 10 to 20 percent discount.

    Are the tour packages more expensive for couples?

    Absolutely not, we keep the price the same for couples and for group tours alike. However, for the hotel category upgrade, extra fees apply.

    Should I get travel insurance?

    We highly recommend getting travel insurance before your trip departure. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of travel insurance. As we all know, “life happens,” especially to travelers! Whatever the circumstances, it is important that you are prepared in case you need to unexpectedly change your travel plans.

    What is internet access like in Cusco?

    The Internet can be accessed at the hotels and internet cafes across the Cusco region but is quite limited in rural and remote areas.

    Are transfers included?

    Hotel pickup before and drop off after the tours are included in all our activities. Transfer to and from the airport, bus or train stations not described in our tour itineraries are not included but can easily be arranged.