Discover yourself in Cusco & Machu Picchu!
This adventure is one of the best alternative treks in Cusco, it captures the majestic energy of Machu Picchu through ancient paths designed by the Incas and will make you feel alive and full of adrenaline
Choquequirao. Similar in structure to Machu Picchu, but much less accessible, it is called also Machu Picchu's sister city. This tour and hike to Choquequirao has a moderate-high difficulty, including camps, transportation.
San Pedro Market - Qorikancha - Traditional streets of Cusco - Visit Palacio del Inka Hotel – 4 Bustos
Price per person USD 139 minimum 2 persons.
Private services. Approximate activity time: 2-3 hours • Dates: Monday to Sunday. Qorikancha is closed on Sunday mornings.
Traditional Cusco Embroidery
Transfer to Urcos • Traditional Cusco embroidery experience. • Transfer back to Cusco or continue our way to the Sacred Valley. 2-3 hours. Private
Price USD 191 per person, base 2 persons
Price USD 158 per person, base 3 persons
Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu
General Information & Main Attractions
Tips to avoid altitude sickness
Go lower and acclimatise. Head straight to the lower altitude of the Sacred Valley or Machu Picchu.
After a few days you can then make your way back up to Cusco and will feel a lot better.
Drink coca tea & lots of water
Avoid alcohol & drugs
CUSCO, ancient capital of the Inca Empire, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983
Area - 385.1 km2 (148.7 sq mi)
Population - 450,095 inhabitants
Altitude - 3400 meters above see level / 11,200 ft
Weather - Wet, rainy season from December to March. Dry season from April to November with average temperature is 11 ° C.
In the forest area, higher than 25 ° C.
Cusco can be visited at any time of year, and offers quality tourism services.
How to get there
By air, regular flights to Cusco City from Lima (1 hour) and from Arequipa (30 minutes).
Lima-Arequipa-Cusco: 1,650 Km (26 hours by car)
Lima-Nazca-Puquio-Abancay-Cusco: 1,131 Km ( 20 - 26 approximately hours by car)
Puno-Cusco: 389 (7 hours by car)
By train, train Puno-Cusco: 384 Km (10 hours)
Cusco - the most visited tourist destination of Peru, due to its wealth of tourist attractions in the city and surroundings. Cusco is an example of the fusion of Incan and Spanish architecture; for that reason, it has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Cusco offers beautiful landscapes of the Sacred Valley, villages inhabited by descendants of the Incas, who keep alive their cultural identity; large snow-capped mountains and extraordinary scenarios for sports and adventure.
The heart of the historic center of the imperial city Cusco is the Plaza de Armas, bordered by the magnificent cathedral, and just a few meters from the twelve-angled stone and a few blocks from the San Blas neighborhood.
The culinary scene is also unique: from exclusive restaurants to the enormous corn cobs with cheese sold on street corners. It is no surprise that many tourists come… and decide to stay.
In 2015 Cusco was recognized as the “Best Place to Visit” and the “Most affordable Destination” in Central and South America by the renowned portal US News & World Report, which reach more than 214 million people. It also received the distinction as “Favorite destination of travelers visiting Latin America” in the annual survey made by Travel and Leisure; thus establishing itself as a benchmark within the travel and the most sophisticated traveler sector.
San Pedro Market
This is an unmissable attraction for visitors to Cusco.
Not far from Cusco’s main square, opposite a train station, is San Pedro market, the city’s main food market. Designed in 1925 by Gustave Eiffel, it is the oldest market in the city.
Traditions, colors, flavors and aromas are fused in this market, where it is possible to buy traditional fresh products from throughout the region, including meats, cheeses, bread, coffee, chocolate, fruit, vegetables, flowers, as well as handcrafts.
Times: 6:00-17:00 *Referential times
Museums in Cusco
The Imperial City offers visitors a journey into the past. And in the city’s museums this sensation is intensified.
The Inka Museum/Admiral’s Palace safeguards a valuable collection of pottery and mummies; the House of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, son of a Spanish captain and a Cusco princess, conserves objects from Inca culture as well as the writer’s works; the art museums (the Pre-Columbian Art, Folk Art and Contemporary Art museums) showcase spectacular works; and the fascinating Machu Picchu Museum displays 360 objects discovered during the expeditions led by Hiram Bingham.
Another unmissable attraction is the Inkariy Museum, which takes visitors on a journey beginning 4000 years before the Inca empire, a journey designed for the enjoyment and education of adults and children.
So much to appreciate. So many museums.
Most visitors are keen to get to Machu Picchu, either by trekking for 4 days along the Inca Trail, or by 4 hours on the train, but Cusco itself has a lot to offer the visitor and most travelers usually end up seduced with this vibrant city and stay longer than first planned.
Altitude 3 335 meters above sea level
The Urubamba valley is still considered sacred by local people and its air of mysticism can be felt wherever one goes. Rural farming and weaving communities have retained unchanged their ancestral customs and traditions.
The Sacred Valley’s beautiful scenery will take your breath away, and its varied geography will invite you to enjoy adventure sports: trekking, climbing, horseback riding… Here you can practice most outdoor pursuits. But if your passion is culture, traveling through the valley will take you to incredible Inca archaeological sites, filled with history.
Also, the valley’s accommodation will surprise you. Options range from comfortable guesthouses to 5-star hotels. And the valley’s gastronomy will not disappoint. Try it for yourself!
The Sacred Valley is a place that must be experienced. Afterwards, you will carry it in your heart wherever you go.
In Cusco, on the road to the Sacred Valley, is Awana Kancha, a beautiful textile and South American camelid exhibition center which, in addition to displaying the beauty and benefits of vicuñas, alpacas, llamas and guanacos, presents the products obtained from them through a combination of traditional and modern techniques. This is a true living museum, involving and benefiting several camelid breeding communities in the area.
How to get to Awanacancha?
Overland: 35 min approximately
This otherwise modest village is proud to offer the world an invaluable treasure, in the form of the famous Maras salt. These saltpans create an impressive spectacle: hundreds of pure white pools, around which it is possible to walk. And local people offer every imaginable product made from this precious salt, even chocolates!
Maras is also home to the Moray Archaeological Complex, where circular agricultural terraces, or “muyus” were excavated from the earth to create different microclimates, as part of what is said to have been an Inca agricultural research station.
How to get to Maras-Moray?
Cusco-Maras and Moray
Overland: 1 h 30 min approximately
Andahuaylillas - Home to “The Sistine Chapel of the Americas”
This small, quiet village 45 km from Cusco is home to a church with a simple exterior and unimaginably ornate interior: The Church of Saint Peter the Apostle. As soon as they cross the threshold, visitors are overwhelmed by an explosion of gold, woodcarvings, paintings and baroque decoration. This church forms part of the Andean Baroque Route, which also includes the Chapel of the Purified Virgin in Canincunca, and the Church of Saint John the Baptist in Huaro.
Anothern essential attraction in Andahuaylillas is its beautiful main square, surrounded by coral and palm trees
Altitude: 2 445 meters above sea level
At the top of a mountain, enormous and imposing stone blocks joined without using mortar were combined to create one of the most important religious, political and cultural centers of the Inca empire: Machu Picchu.
Revealed to the world in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, this Inca city is divided into two large sectors: the agricultural sector, with an extensive network of terraces; and the urban sector, with fine structures including the Sun Temple.
The intensely green terraces and the imposing mountains surrounding the site combine to create a stunning landscape which surpasses visitors’ expectations.
Machu Picchu is a World Heritage Site and the pride of Peru.
How to get to Machu Picchu?
Lima-CuscoBy air: 1 h 15 min approximately
Cusco-OllantaytamboOverland: 1 h 30 min approximately
Ollantaytambo-Machu PicchuTrain: 2 h approximately
Train to Machu Picchu
Perurail. Between January 2 and April 30, 2022 PeruRail operate the Bimodal Service (Bus + Train), a service that combines bus and train travel, departing and returning to Cusco City.
During this period:
Passengers using the PeruRail Vistadome and PeruRail Expedition bimodal services board a private bus at Wanchaq Station, 5 minutes away from Cusco’s historic center, and arrive to Ollantaytambo Station. From here, passengers board the train and head to their final destination: Machu Picchu Station. The return journey is the same in reverse.
Passengers using the Belmond Hiram Bingham bimodal service board a private bus at Wanchaq Station, 5 minutes away from Cusco’s historic center, and arrive to Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado. From the hotel, join the Belmond Hiram Bingham train for the journey to Machu Picchu Station. On the return leg, passengers are dropped off at their accommodation in Cusco’s city center. The Belmond Hiram Bingham train operates daily except for the last Sunday of every month.
Regular services departing from and arriving into Ollantaytambo or Urubamba Stations will not be affected.