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Best Machu Picchu tours from Cusco

Travel round-trip from Cusco to the stunning world wonder of Machu Picchu with one of our deluxe tour packages.

Overview

The best Machu Picchu tours from Cusco include a variety of options. You can do a quick trip to the world wonder, or you can enjoy a five-day multi-adventure tour. Trek to mountain-shrouded valleys, mythical ancient ruins, stay with local Peruvians and camp under the stars.

Our tours

Some come by bus from Cusco and then catch the windy railways to Aguas Calientes. Others will prefer something more intrepid, made possible by the challenging steps of the Inca Trail, which were laid through the Sacred Valley centuries ago or a multi- active tour package biking on the Andes, walking along ruins or rafting throg6the Urubamba River, Zip lining or just combining everything.

What way will you choose to get to the Lost City from Cusco?

Ruins of Moray

Best tours

Are you and avid adventurer or explorer? so stop here because this is the tour for you! This adventure start in Cusco and traverses the Sacred Valley, the Andes Mountains all the way down to the rain forest. We will take you into the land on the lost Inca city of Paititi, while paddling for 8  days into the wilds of the Amazon rainforest.

This package is designed for you, looking for adventure but with a touch of comfortability. The tour features mountain biking, river rafting and hiking through unique historic remains and lovely Andean villages.  Furthermore, you will visit Machu Picchu and hike Huayna Picchu  plus you will sleep in nice comfortable hotels

Hiking

Machu Picchu and Cusco offer some of the leading hiking packages, with treks designed to meet your needs. You can take it easy with short hikes in the Sacred Valley, do a 2 day/1 night hike or the classic 4-day hike on the Inca Trail.

Choose the hike that best suits your needs but be sure to book your Inca Trail hike months in advance to secure your spot. If you want to avoid the crowds on the classic Inca Trail there are excellent alternatives that also lead to Machu Picchu.

Soaring snow-capped mountains, outstanding Andean views, green tropical valleys and lush jungle forest will accompany you during this 72 kilometers hike to Machu Picchu.

 
 

The Salkantay Trek is one of Machu Picchu’s most popular and greatest hiking adventures. Choose this explosive hike If you are an advance hiker in an excellent physical condition.

 
 

Lares 4 day/3 night trek it is a short hike with only two nights camping and one night in an Aguas Calientes. Choose this hike if you like hiking but still looking for comfortability.

 
 

Inca trails

The Inca Trail Qhapaq Ñan in quechua) was a system of different number of trails that linked the different regions along the Inca Empire. 

This Inca trail is for you who need more time to acclimatize and want to explore more all the Inca ruins along the way, plus you will see Machu Picchu twice!

 
 

This is the classic trail that follows exactly the same course as the 5-day hike but goes a bit faster. If you are in a good trekking condition and have not much time, choose this tour.

 
 

This is the shortest Inca trail to Machu Picchu but still will give that little taste of the trail. You will sleep in a hotel and the last day you will have Machu Picchu for yourself.

 
 

Multi-active

Are you interested in more than just hiking, perhaps something more exhilarating? With our team you can book the ultimate action adventure in Cusco and Machu Picchu. Book with us for fun-filled activities and all-inclusive travel deals. We guarantee your perfect active adventure traveling to Machu Picchu from Cusco.

Explore Cusco’s national parks the Megantoni and the Machu Picchu. It includes Lares 2-day hike, 3000-meter downhill MTB to the rain forest, river rafting and the Inca Trail hike.

 
 

Join one of the most popular tours to Machu Picchu. Downhill mountain bike, rainforest river rafting and Zipline. End your adventure with a guided tour around Machu Picchu.

 
 

Lares 4 day/3 night trek it is a short hike with only two nights camping and one night in an Aguas Calientes. Choose this hike if you like hiking but still looking for comfortability.

 
 

Cultural

Do you wish to travel comfortably and relax peacefully? Our cultural tours provide deeply enjoyable experiences through meaningful connections to cultural vestiges of the past and greater understanding of local history. The ancient history of Cusco is still seen in its people and in the impressive archeological sites spread throughout the city, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Explore Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu in the comfort of a bus, first class train and nice hotels. 

This tour include visits to the most important destinations of Cusco and Machu Picchu regions.

Transportation

Train to Machu Picchu

Cusco and Machu Picchu are known for their impressive untamed and natural beauty. Travel from Cusco to Machu Picchu will be by private vehicle depending on your excursion itinerary. Each drive is an adventure in itself because of the spectacular views. During the course of our trips, we use 4X4’s, vans, buses and trains. With the multi-adventure packages, you will also bike, walk or raft.

Meals

Depending on your tour itinerary, you may dine in carefully chosen local restaurants or eat along the camping trail. We are proud to say that the only complaint we hear about our food is that there is too much of it! Many visitors comment that the food they eat on our Machu Picchu tours is some of the best they find while in Peru.

The following is a sample menu:

Breakfast

Porridge, toast, butter, jam, pancakes, fruit salad, yogurt with hot chocolate, coffee and a variety of teas.

Happy Hour

Every afternoon around 5pm we serve hot chocolate, tea, popcorn, biscuits, bread and jam, etc.

Snack

Every day you are provided with a snack to eat while trekking Such as like a power bar + fruit or biscuits + fruit.

Dinner

Soup + a main course ranging from Lomo Saltado, Causa Rellena, trout, Spaghetti Bolognese etc. served with rice and garlic bread.

Lunch

Taste pur mini buffet with chicken, eggs, jam, cheese, breads and variety of fresh vegetables.

Our Destinations

Our expert knowledge and selection of the finest destinations make our Machu Picchu tour packages the absolute best choice.

From natural wonders to captivating ruins, trekking the Andes to the jungle from lakes to rivers, you will be spellbound by our destinations

Sacred Valley mountain range Cusco Peru

Cusco

Cusco is not only one of the most magical places in Peru but also the world. Travelers love the nearby proximity to the mysterious Machu Picchu, and the thriving culture, food and people of our city. With so much to see, Cusco offer a variety of tours for all ages.

Street of Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo

Ollantaytambo is known as one of the best small towns in Peru. This charming and unique village boasts picturesque cobblestone streets with ancient Inca canals that still flow today. For such a geographically small town, Ollantaytambo possesses both pre and post Inca ruins, superb hiking trails and other treasures scattered among the mighty snow-capped mountains.

Visit salt pans of Salineras

Maras and Moray

Maras and Moray, nestled in the rolling hills of Sacred Valley, are two of the most popular archeological attractions near Cusco. They are conveniently located near the tourist capital of Peru and the gateway to Machu Picchu. A visit to the mystifying terraces of Moray or the historic salt mines of Maras makes for the perfect day trip in Cusco. You can hike, bike or go by car to these must-see destinations.

Great scenery hiking

Inca Trail

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the greatest experiences on the planet, and not one to be missed. Only here will you pass 700-year-old archeological treasures while hiking among some of the most beautiful mountains and dense forests. At the end of the hike, you will be rewarded with the breathtaking view of Machu Picchu which sits just below you as you step through the Sun Gate.

Salkantay peak

Salcantay

Salcantay trek is one of the highest rated hikes in all of South America with its stunning views of glacier lakes and tropical forests. Although challenging at over 4,500 meters above sea level, the views alone make the hike worthwhile.

Macaw couple

Amazon Jungle

If you are not already aware, part of the Cusco and Machu Picchu regions include a vast Amazon jungle area including national parks and areas unknown to locals even. Our tours include mountain biking, rafting, and hiking the jungle and finally exploring Machu Picchu.

Girl enjoying Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Our expert guides and respected tour company have been to Machu Picchu hundreds of times; there is nowhere else like it in the world. Despite all our visits, this place still takes our breath away.

Accommodations

Camping

We provide quality camping locations that are spacious, isolated, and equipped with 5-inch mattresses, sleeping bags, linens, and pillows. We also arrange dinner tents, chairs, and toilets etc.

Camping

Our hotels are strategically located, comfortable, spacious, and researched on reputable sites such as TripAdvisor and Booking.com. We include 3 stars hotel with a chance to upgrade to 4 or 5!

Basic rooms

This tour packages are only available for the more adventurous among tourists. Accommodation includes small rooms that are clean and safe with both shared and private bathrooms.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

There is no low season to visit Cusco or Machu Picchu, it all entirely depends on what works best for you, however hiking the Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance. Most cultural tours are open the entire year although we recommend visiting April to November for the best weather.

If your main reason to visit is to see Machu Picchu, then the time of year does not matter as it is an incredible year-round experience.

The weather changes regularly in Machu Picchu. Typically, during the dry season (April-November) the early mornings are foggy, and often chilly. In the late mornings, the clouds clear up and the sun comes out, so it can get quite hot. However, please keep in mind that sometimes there is still rain in June and sunshine in December.

The wet season is from mid-November to mid-April, with February being the rainiest month. The Inca Trail is closed in February, although Machu Picchu is still open.

Cusco, in the Peruvian Andes and the Sacred Valley, has a rainy season which starts in late November and finishes at the end of March. Although the rains are infrequent and generally quick, they can at times be very heavy.

The temperature in the rainy season is typically warmer because it is summer on the Southern Hemisphere.

Between April and November, the temperatures are generally lower particularly from June-August but there is little rain. Some warm clothing is typically needed.

Most of this adventure takes place at altitudes ranging from 8,000 to 12,500 ft. (2,400 to 4,800 m.) above sea level. Since our adventure begins in Cusco and continues to the lower Sacred Valley (9,200 ft. or 2,800 m.) then on to Machu Picchu (8,000 ft. or 2,400 m.), you will have a chance to become somewhat acclimated before you reach the higher elevation of Cusco (11,200 ft. or 3,400 m.). However, our tours are designed to minimize the risk of altitude sickness.

Most of our cultural trips accommodate all fitness levels, however our hiking adventure tours can be physically strenuous. They are not recommended for anyone with difficulty hiking in high altitudes. Activities on this journey include challenging terrain like uneven surfaces, steep inclines and irregular stairs and cobblestone streets.

Rafting on the Urubamba River (Class 2) is considered to be gentle for the average person. Bear in mind that most of the trip is at altitudes between 8,000 – 11,000 feet above sea level. Our experts have created the itinerary with the highest altitude (Cusco) towards the end of our adventure to allow our guests to acclimate. This trip requires a high amount of stamina to participate in most activities.

Are you traveling with your family? We have programs designed specifically for families with children.

While we welcome children ages 8 and up to travel to Cusco and Machu Picchu with our tour trips, we recommend that children be at least 12 years old for the Peru trip. This is based on several factors including flight times, jet lag, duration of vacation, high altitudes, long daily programming, potential for extreme temperatures in the summer and the amount of physical activity. (e.g., walking on uneven surfaces, up and down stairs, and cobblestone sidewalks)

Yes, we accommodate all types of nutritional needs. Please let us know in advance about your special dietary needs.

If you want to accompany your kids with you, you can absolutely take them with you to visit Machu Picchu. There’s no specific age to enter Machu Picchu. You just have to pay an entry fee if your kid is 7 or above 7 years of age.

We take care of all transportation from the beginning of your trip to the end. This includes transfers to and from airports, bus terminals and train stations.