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Cusco Peru Travel

Cusco Peru Travel

Friendly and hospitable, the city of Cusco is a cosmopolitan city that has managed to wisely combine the impetus of modernity with its mystical millenary past, which has led it to offer the foreign visitor an energy aura rarely seen. It was the capital of the Tahuantinsuyo, a Sacred city, and the center of government of the four extensive regions of the vast Inca empire that came to cover a great part of South America. It holds the titles of "Archaeological Capital of America" ​​and "Cultural Heritage of Humanity", in addition to being the "Historical Capital of Peru". 


Cusco Peru is a territory of meetings that served as a support for the development of important cultures such as the Inca. But, in addition, it is a kind of geographical hinge, a gate between the mountainous mountain range, the amazonian forest and the extensive Andean high plateau. Hence its ecological diversity and the contrast of its landscapes. Its great mountains are combined with high plateaus, undulating pampas, deep valleys and Amazonian plains. 


Although it has all the services to fully meet the demands of the huge flow of tourists who visit it, we recommend getting everything you need in advance. If you plan to come to Cusco Peru, Machu Picchu is the most important tourist attraction for travelers, and it's very important to book in advance so you don´t lose to opportunity to know the Inca city.


Cusco continues to be an important regional center. But, not only is it great for its archaeological monuments, but for the great wealth of its land and its people. Cusco Peru Travel tours involve the most important tourist attractions of the city such as Rainbow Mountain, Humantay Lake, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tours.

Cusco Peru Tour Overview

Sustainable Tourism: Inca Trail Machu is very keen and happy to promote and practice sustainable tourism by being eco-friendly and supporting local communities.

Physical Activity: 2-Moderate to Difficult - Some points are high

Style Type: Trekking/Hiking, Natural, Cultural

Service Level: All Inclusive & Quality service

Age Requirement: 2+ Please note: All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Permits: It is included in the entrance fee to Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Sacred Valley, and Humantay Lake.

Inca Trail Machu Staff: Professional Tour Guide and an Inca Trail Machu representative who visits you at your hotel to brief you about the tour.

Meals: 1x breakfast, 3x lunch.

Accommodation: Hotel in Machu Picchu (1 Night).

Transportation: Tourist transportation, 1x train round trip.


Cusco Peru Itinerary 

Day 01: City Tour

Day 02: Sacred Valley of the Incas & Train to Machu Picchu 

Day 03: Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Day 04: Rainbow Mountain

Day 05: Humantay Lake


Highlights of Cusco Peru Travel

  • Follow in the footsteps of the Incas and discover the impressive buildings
  • Don't miss out on Machu Picchu
  • Marvel at the beautiful colonial buildings
  • Let this impressive monument have an effect on you
  • Choose one of the paths to reach Machu Picchu
  • Get to know the culture of the Incas
  • Exploring the Sacred Valley of Peru should definitely be on every adventurer's bucket list.
  • View up the most beautiful landscapes to offer Humantay Lake.
  • Walkup to 5200 m in the high mountain of Ausangate
  • Appreciate the beautiful views of Rainbow Mountain and take a selfie in the natural mountain colors.

Day 01: City Tour
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When you arrive in Cusco, one of our representatives will wait for you to take you to your hotel. Arriving at the hotel, after check-in, you will have the morning free to rest a little after the flight and drink a coca tea to prevent altitude sickness. 

Before starting the trip, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cusco between 1:00 and 1:30 p.m. Our first stop will be in the cathedral of the city, where we can appreciate paintings of the famous school of Cuzco, precious pieces of gold and silver.  

Continuing with our tour, we will continue to one of the most popular places in Cusco, the Qoricancha or Temple of the Sun, which was the religious center of Cusco during the time of the Inca Empire. We will see some of the original temples that have survived even though they have been integrated with architecture during the colonial period. 

Later, we will go to the upper part of Cusco with views of the city and visit the archaeological complex of Sacsayhuaman, remains of an Inca sacred site and fortress. It is the place where the Inti Raymi takes place every year.  

Then, we will continue towards Qenqo, where we will be able to explore a semi-closed cave with figures carved on the stone. After the guided tour, we headed to Puca Pucara, the Red Fortress, it is believed that it served to control the entrance to the city of Cusco. Our last visit will be to the Inca baths of Tambomachay, with its different channels and small fountains. 

We will return to the city of Cusco at 6:30 pm.

Day 02: Sacred Valley Tour
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The tour starts picking you up from your hotel at 7:30 a.m. approximately to tour the Sacred Valley. First, we will visit Pisac town famous for its crafts, where we will also visit its archaeological center. At noon we will have lunch in Urubamba and then continue to Ollantaytambo. The very original village, surrounded by towering cliffs, has hardly changed since the Inca period. You stroll through the streets, visit the rock fortress and then take the train to Aguas Calientes. Transfer to the hotel in Machupicchu town.

Day 03: Machu Picchu Day Tour
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The highlight of every Cusco Peru trip awaits you very early in the morning: Off to Machu Picchu! You set off early to experience the mystical atmosphere of the still foggy Inca city. If you want, you can take the opportunity for an optional ascent to the Huayna Picchu (U$ 80 per person, limited offer, physical condition and a head for heights required, please book when registering). From the top you have a breathtaking view of the entire complex and the steep mountain peaks. After exploring the lost city of the Incas, you'll take the train back to Ollantaytambo and on to Cusco.


Important Note: Please note that due to legal regulations, the access time in Machu Picchu is limited to 4 hours. This serves to better coordinate the flow of visitors and to protect the Inca city.

Day 04: Rainbow Mountain Tour
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Rainbow Mountain tour starts from your hotel between 04:30 to 05:00, our guide and representative will pick you up early and transfer you to meet the group. Once picked up all travelers from hotels, we drove to the Cusipata, where we have breakfast, then continue by car to the headrail of Quesiuno (4,326 m / 14,189 ft). Hike from this point to Rainbow Mountain, the route is up and down, but usually, you will need to climb up.


Fantastic landscapes await hikers on Rainbow Mountain. But beware, trekking in Peru is not easy. The high altitudes can often make walking very difficult. The Rainbow Mountain climbs up to 5,200m - there are many climbs and you are at extreme altitudes of over 4,000m the entire time. A good fit is important.

Incredible landscapes are waiting to be discovered and photographed by you. You can see the reward for the effort at every turn. This trek is highly recommended for trekkers who are not afraid of a physical challenge.

Once take the selfie and pictures, walk down and drive to Cusipata, have lunch in the local restaurante and driving 3 hrs to Cusco

Day 05: Humantay Lake Trek
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This day begins with the pick up of your hotel between 4:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., we will board our mobility to travel to the north west of the city of Cusco, to the town of Mollepata. This trip shows the exuberant valley of the Apurímac River. 

In this small and picturesque town we will have a well-deserved breakfast to fill us with energy, then we will continue our trip to the starting point of the walk the town of Soraypampa which is at an altitude of 3,900 m.s.n.m. After a short break, we will start our journey to Lake Humantay located at an altitude of 4,180 meters above sea level or 13,779 feet, after the ascent of 1 hour 20 minutes we will be able to appreciate the wonderful landscape, after the explanation of our guide and take our photos of memory we will have a time to enjoy the place and return to our camp to have our lunch with beautiful panoramic views of the snowy peaks and later they will be transferred to the city of Cusco.

What is included in Cusco Peru tour?
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  • The pre-trek briefing (Our guide will visit your hotel a day before the trek for your briefing),
  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel,
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Machu Picchu (01 night)
  • Professional bilingual tour guide during the Cusco and Machu Picchu tours,
  • Meals: 03 x Breakfast, 02x Lunch, Buffet lunch in the Sacred Valley,
  • Entrance fee to Machu Picchu citadel
  • Entrance ticket to Rainbow Mountain and Humantay Lake
  • Train around the trip to Machu Picchu 
  • A shuttle bus up and down to Machu Picchu
  • Tourist transportation during all the tours


Not Included:
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  • Meals did not detail during this tour,
  • Entrance fee to the Cathedral (U$ 12),
  • Tourist tickets to the Sacred Valley and City tour (U$ 41)
  • Accommodation in Cusco (3 nights),
  • Entrance fee to the Huayna Picchu (U$ 80)
  • Traveler's insurance 
  • Tips to local staff 

Packing List
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According to the season in which you want to visit Cusco, you must take with you clothes and articles that make your visit pleasant. We suggest that you consider the following items in your list: 


  • A pair of long pants. 
  • Boots for walking, shoes or tennis shoes. 
  • Light shirts. 
  • Long sleeve shirts. 
  • Sweaters and a jacket. 
  • Hat (also for the cold) 
  • Waterproof and / or umbrella. 
  • Camera (there are places to download and print your digital photos) 
  • Insect repellent. 
  • Medicine and / or articles for personal use. 


If you are missing something do not worry you will find everything in Cusco

Cusco Peru: Tourist Ticket
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This ticket is not included on the tour, you must purchase a tourist ticket. A full tourist ticket costs S/130 (U$ 41) or S/70 (U$22) for students with a valid ISIC card. The full tourist ticket is valid for 10 days and allows entry to the Inca sites such as Sacsayhuam, Quenqo, Pukapukara, Tambomachay (City Tour), 4 museums in Cusco, Inca Pachacutec monument's, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Chinchero, Moray (Sacred Valley of the Incas) and the Centro Qosqo (It's a theater where you can appreciate the tipical dance of the Cusco - 125 dances) This is a better option if you plan on also combining the City Tour, Sacred Valley and visit and explore the Cusco city. 


Doubts and Frequent Questions about Cusco Peru Travel
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Could altitude sickness affect me? 

The city of Cusco is at 3300 s.n.m 25% of tourists usually have some problem related to altitude, but young people usually have fewer problems, usually a headache, or small dizziness; the body takes about 2 days to acclimatize, while this happens we recommend you drink a lot of coca tea with sugar, sleep with your feet up you can put pillows to raise them, this helps the blood go to your brain because the pain of head is due to lack of oxygen.


It is also advisable to eat little because if you eat a lot the blood will go to the stomach and you will feel dizzy. In our hotel we have an oxygen tank, we advise you to breathe this oxygen for about 10 minutes, stop and then breathe again this oxygen for about 10 more minutes, the hotel staff will assist you to show you how to do it. 


How far is Cusco from Lima?  

It is fairly close, the flight lasts about 55 minutes; There are many good airlines local companies such as Lan Peru, Avianca, Star Peru, and Peruvian airlines. 


Cusco when to visit?

We recommend visiting Cusco during the dry season from April to November because it is easier to make your excursions and enjoy sunny days.  


Cusco Peru Safety

Cusco is normally a quiet and relaxing city, but sometimes we also have some security problems, assaults with weapons are very rare, but if there are pickpockets who love cameras, mobile phones, tablets and wallets, 99% of the time they take something and they run. If you take some basic forecasts you can enjoy your days in the city of Cusco without problems. 

Tips: Do not carry a large amount of money with you, just what is necessary. Do not display your expensive electronic devices in public places. Do not walk alone through lonely streets. 


What would happen if I get sick in Cusco? 

Cusco is a tourist city, there are many clinics with bilingual staff, they also work with international medical insurance, we recommend buying health insurance in your country before coming to Peru. 


Cusco where to eat?

We know that you come from far with many dreams to spend a few days in Peru, so we recommend you be careful with food, as many around 10% of tourists get sick with stomach "traveler's diarrhea" or parasites . Both problems are easy to avoid. 


Where to buy Cusco tourist ticket? 

These are the places where you can buy the Tourist Ticket: 

  • Main office COSITUC: Tourist Galleries, Avenida Sol No. 103 (Monday to Friday 8 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm). 
  • OFEC branch offices: Calle Garcilaso s / n (Monday to Saturday 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday 8 am to 8 pm).



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