The Best Tours in Cusco, Peru – Cultural & Outdoor Excursions

Are you ready to experience the best tours in Cusco, Peru? Discover the treasures of Cusco on a series of cultural and outdoor tours as you indulge in scenic train rides, private culinary adventures, a rainbow-colored mountainside (yes, really), cultural exchanges with native Andeans, and – of course – breathtaking hikes. Get a lifetime of memories in the span of one vacation. Let's see which of these spectacular activities you cherish the most…

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43 Things to Do in Cusco

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days/1Night, Peru
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 2 Days/1NightCusco

This 2-day, 1-night tour offers travelers an excellent introduction to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. You’ll take the train to and from Cusco, hike along a section of the Inca Trail towards the Wiñay Wayna archeological site, and explore Machu Picchu. What more could you ask for?

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Hiking
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Ruins
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days/3 Nights, Peru
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days/3 NightsCusco

This 4-day, 3-night tour provides travelers with a comprehensive experience on the Inca Trail. You’ll hike for several days, passing Inca archeological sites and enjoying stunning views before arriving at your final destination—the sacred city of Machu Picchu.

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Hiking
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Inca Rope Bridge Qeswachaka Full Day Tour, Peru
Inca Rope Bridge Qeswachaka Full Day TourCusco

Take this tour to see one of the only Inca bridges that still exists. It’s made of straw and stretches 92 feet across a canyon, and offers stunning views of the surroundings, including the Apurímac River. If you’re feeling brave, walk across and get one of the most incredible views of the Inca landscape.

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Cultural
Suspension Bridges

11 hrs

From $90
Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain 1 Day, Peru
Palccoyo Rainbow Mountain 1 DayCusco

This tour allows you to experience beautiful views of the Palccoyo “Rainbow” Mountain. The colorful stripes on the mountain are layers of sediment exposed by erosion. How bright the colors appear depends on the weather — the colors can be more dull on cloudy or rainy days, but no matter what the conditions on the day of your tour there’s still plenty to see on this one-day trek.

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Hiking
Photography

10 hrs

From $92
Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Full-Day Tour, Peru
Vinicunca Rainbow Mountain Full-Day TourCusco

On this tour, you'll get to see one of the Andes' most breathtaking sights. In the native language of Quechua, Vinicunca means “seven color mountain.” It is also commonly referred to as “Rainbow Mountain” because of its striped pattern of red, green, and lavender. These colors come from different types of sediment and are due in part to the high altitude.

Hiking

11 hrs

From $61
Hiram Bingham Deluxe Train Cusco to Machu Picchu, Peru
Hiram Bingham Deluxe Train Cusco to Machu PicchuCusco

Your service will start out with a brunch. A little while later the service continues with lunch. Your meals include non-premium beverages, including a tempting wine list — you might start your trip with a refreshing glass of orange juice and a glass of sparkling wine.

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Guided Tours
Train
Chicha Restaurant by Gaston Acurio, Peru
Chicha Restaurant by Gaston AcurioCusco

Gaston Acurio is widely credited with putting Peruvian food on the map. His cooking style elevates Andean cooking styles to haute cuisine. He opened his first restaurant in Lima in 1994, and since then has opened restaurants all over the world and has published several books on Peruvian cooking.

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Culinary
Hiram Bingham Luxury Train Excursion to Machu Picchu, Peru
Hiram Bingham Luxury Train Excursion to Machu PicchuCusco

On this luxury train ride to Machu Picchu you’ll get to speed through the pastoral beauty of the Sacred Valley. First you’ll take a 4-hour train ride, and then a 30-minute bus ride up the side of the mountain. On they train voyage you’ll get to eat, drink, and enjoy live music.

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Cultural
Guided Tours
Ruins
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Titicaca Deluxe Train - Cusco to Puno, Peru
Titicaca Deluxe Train - Cusco to PunoCusco

During this full-day tour you’ll ride a luxury train from Cusco to Puno, one of the most spectacular routes in all of Peru. This is one of the highest passenger trains in the world.

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Cultural
Leisure
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Voyager #63 Train & Bus Cusco to Aguas Calientes, Peru
Voyager #63 Train & Bus Cusco to Aguas CalientesCusco

Private bus to Ollantaytambo. The bus departs from the Costa del Sol Hotel in Cusco towards the private parking lot of Inca Rail in Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival to the private parking lot of Inca Rail in Ollantaytambo, a member of our team will guide you to the train station to board the train where you will enjoy a healthy on-board menu. In this way you’ll spend more time in the Citadel.

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Sacred Valley Excursion, Peru
Sacred Valley ExcursionCusco

On this tour you’ll spend a day exploring the great variety of attractions the Sacred Valley of the Inca has to offer. In the marketplace at Pisac you’ll have the opportunity to buy crafts made by Peruvian artisans. Then you’ll visit the valley itself, and hike through an Inca ruin in one of the nearby mountains.

Archeology
Guided Tours
Ruins

10 hrs

From $96
Salkantay Peak Program 5 Days/ 4 Nights, Peru
Salkantay Peak Program 5 Days/ 4 NightsCusco

This tour offers an alternative option to treks on the Inca Trail. Over the course of 5 days and 4 nights, you’ll hike across beautiful mountainous environments as you make your way towards the crown jewel of Peruvian archeology—Machu Picchu.

Archeology
Guided Tours
Hiking
Multi-Day
Ruins
Amaru Community, Llama Farm, and Pisaq Market, Peru
Amaru Community, Llama Farm, and Pisaq MarketCusco

The Amaru Community is a unique and small Andean village. Locals welcome visitors with beautiful native music and flower decorations at the entrance of their houses. The region is known for their gracious offerings to Mother Earth, or 'Pachamama,' as symbolic displays of gratitude for daily life, food abundance, harmony, peace and the opportunity to meet brothers from different cultures. Citizens of Amaru are as talented as they are hospitable, and are known for being masters in the art of weaving in the unique and authentic tradition of their ancestors.

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Textiles
Full-Day Horseback Riding Sacsayhuaman, Peru
Full-Day Horseback Riding SacsayhuamanCusco

See the ruins that surround Cusco on this full-day horseback riding tour. Your tour begins with a visit to Qenqo Ranch, which is where you’ll meet your horse.

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Ruins
Full Day Mountain Bike Moray Maras, Peru
Full Day Mountain Bike Moray MarasCusco

This tour takes you on a mountain bike ride to some of the top archeological destinations in Peru’s southern highlands.

Biking
Ruins
Rafting Urubamba River - Pinipampa section, Peru
Rafting Urubamba River - Pinipampa sectionCusco

Urubamba River has dramatic scenery. As you raft down the river, the surrounding mountain slopes will make you feel tiny and in awe of the valley. The Inca considered this river to be sacred, and boating down the river is an exciting introduction to the landscape.

Rafting
Birdwatching at the Huacarpay Lagoon, Peru
Birdwatching at the Huacarpay LagoonCusco

This tour starts very early in the morning, to ensure you’ll catch the birds at their most active. It’s worth getting up to see these stunning creatures in their natural environment, alongside an expert guide who can fill you in on the most interesting facts about Cusco’s native birds.

Bird Watching
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 7 Days, 6 Nights, Peru
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 7 Days, 6 NightsCusco

This luxurious 7-day trek to Machu Picchu allows you to have an unforgettable trekking experience in between stays in luxurious lodges that include perks like massages and Jacuzzis. Guides carry the bulk of your supplies and handle all of the meal preparations — while you hike, all you need to to focus on is the views and adjusting the tremendous altitude. Dinners include wine pairings and the cooks are ready to cater to your special requests.

Hiking
Multi-Day
Vistadome Train & Bus Cusco to Aguas Calientes, Peru
Vistadome Train & Bus Cusco to Aguas CalientesCusco

Take a comfortable, one-way train ride from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. This train has large windows, so you’ll have an incredible view the entire way. Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you’ll take a short bus ride to reach the ruins of Machu Picchu.

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Expedition Train #33 Bimodal - Cusco to Aguas Calientes, Peru
Expedition Train #33 Bimodal - Cusco to Aguas CalientesCusco

Between January 2 and April 30, 2018, PeruRail will operate the Bimodal Service , a service that combines bus and train travel, departing and returning to Cusco City. Passengers using the Expedition bimodal service board a private bus at Wanchaq Station, 5 minutes away from Cusco’s historic center, and arrive to Ollantaytambo Station.

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