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Daily Excursions in and around Cusco

Daily Excursions in and around Cusco

Be fascinated on a half-day tour of Cusco’s surrounding archeological sites with and experienced guide, including the famous Inca sites of Sacsayhuaman, Qenqo, Puca Pucara and Tambomachay, as well as the Temple of the Sun (also known as Korikancha). Before your tour ends, visit Cusco’s Plaza de Armas and tour Cusco to see its stunning architecture.

Your Cusco archeology tour starts with pickup at your hotel in a comfortable coach. With your guide, head to Sacsayhuaman, perched on a hill on the northern outskirts of Cusco. In addition to a wonderful view over Cusco, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sacsayhuaman boasts massive stones placed tightly together, creating a fortress-like structure. As you walk around with your guide, learn about the site´s history and defensive purpose. Marvel at the way the Incans built the site so soundly, and admire the different shapes and sizes of the stones, some of which have designs of the condor, puma and snake, symbols of the three Incan worlds. Head to Qenqo, where you’ll see the ancient temple of Puma and its sacrificial altar, and then continue to Puca Pucara, a site that was once used for defense of the Inca Empire. Next visit the archaeological site of Tambomachay, where a series of aqueducts, canals and waterfalls may have been a spa resort of wealthy Incans, followed by a stop at the Temple of the Sun (Korikancha), one of the Inca’s most important temples, on top of which sits the Convent of Santo Domingo. When your tour of Cusco’s surrounding sites is over, head back to the city, where you’ll visit its main square – the beautiful Plaza de Armas. Here you’ll see two striking churches – Cusco Cathedral (also known as the Cathedral of Santo Domingo) and the Iglesia de La Compañía de Jesus (the Church of the Society of Jesus).Tour Cusco Cathedral with your guide, learning about its rich history and admiring its exquisite late-Gothic and Baroque architecture. See some of its renowned art, including , the oldest surviving painting in Cusco. You’ll then be returned to your Cusco hotel.

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Duration 3,5 hours

Transport by air-conditioned coach
Professional guide
Entrance fees
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Food and drinks
Gratuities (optional)


The Urubamba Valley, better known as El Valle Sagrado de los Incas (the Sacred Valley of the Incas), is a relaxed and incomparably beautiful stretch of small villages and ancient ruins spread across rugged mountain slopes northwest of Cusco. The magnificent Inca ruins found from Pisac to Ollantaytambo and beyond are testaments to the region´s immense ceremonial importance. The Incas built several of the empire´s greatest estates, temples, and royal palaces between the sacred centers of Cusco and Machu Picchu, positioned like great bookends at the south and north ends of the valley.

This full day tour takes you to all the most famous and popular parts of the Sacred Valley starting off in the famous town of Pisac. This is a fully guided tour with an English speaking guide who will explain to you all about the different towns and ruins scattered around in the Sacred Valley.

Full days/half days
We do half day, whole day and several day tours. Our biking tours vary: from easy routes for those inexperienced in mountain biking and only seeking a good time outdoors and a bit of exercise, to highly demanding treks for those with more experience. Our routes go through bridle paths, farmlands, remote hamlets, rugged landscapes, rarely visited ruins, etc.
We provide good bikes with front suspension and disc brakes, helmet and gloves, support transportations, first aid kit, a guide and a specialized bilingual technician (two, if there are more than eight bikers), in addition to water, snacks, box lunches or picnics, depending on the route.
Our most classic route goes by the ruins of Moray and the salt terraces of Maras.

One days/ Half days
We offer short and long cross country hiking through the magic territory of the Sacred Valley, among scenic lakes, little known but marvelously engineered Inca constructions, Inca trails, straight and in terraced, some more physically demanding than others, depending on individual hiker’s experience.
Our hikes include the necessary transportation to pick up and leave hikers from starting and finishing points, first aid kit, a bilingual guide (two, if there are more than eight hikers), snacks, box lunch or picnic, depending on the route.
These treks are ideal for people who enjoy hiking and nature and who don’t have the time to do a multi-day trekking or who don’t enjoy sleeping in tents.

Option 1: Native Forests – Heights of Yanahuara
Uphill hike through a narrow valley with cultivated lands and forests of queñua and other native trees filled with the birds and flowers of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Depending on the group’s physical shape, we will be able to get to some impressive Andean lakes. Physically demanding.
Total time from Cusco 7 hrs
Total time from the Sacred Valley 6 hrs
Hiking time 5 hrs
Degree of difficulty Moderate – High
Altitude range 2,900 – 3,500 m
Includes Box lunch

Option 2: Hike the first part of the traditional Inca Trail (Cachicata – Machuquente)
This hike is mostly over flat terrain along the Vilcanota river, through an Inca trail across forests filled with birds and flowers. Enjoy the splendid surroundings of Inca terraces and a spectacular view of the snowy peaks of the Urubamba Cordillera as the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is approached.
Total time from Cusco 7 - 8 hrs
Total time from the Sacred Valley 6 - 7 hrs
Total time 5 hrs
Hiking time 4 hrs
Degree of difficulty Moderate
Altitude range 2,750 m
Includes Box Lunch

Option 3: La quebrada de los loros: Chinchero – Urquillo trek
A visit to the picturesque village of Chinchero followed by a hike down a spectacular stone-paved Inca trail to a wooded gully and onto the Sacred Valley. Breathtaking views of the Apu Sawasiray on the route. Not recommended for those with knee problems.
Total time from Cusco 5 - 6 hrs
Total time from the Sacred Valley 4 - 5 hrs
Hiking time 3 hrs
Degree of difficulty Moderate
Altitude range 3,700 - 2,900 m
Includes Snacks

Opcion 4: Maras-Moray Sacred Valley Trek
Our hike begins from the ancient Andean terraces of Moray, an Inca center for agricultural experimentation; we continue along moderate slopes, mostly downhill, towards the village of Maras and the salt pans, ending at the Sacred Valley. This route has some of the best views of the Urubamba Cordillera.
Total time from Cusco 6 - 7 hrs
Total time from the Sacred Valley 5 – 6 hrs
Hiking time 4 - 5 hrs
Degree of difficulty Moderate
Altitude range 3,600 – 2,800 m
Includes -Box lunch (for 1 to 2 people)
-Picnic (over 3 people)
-Admission Fees to Moray and Maras Salt

Opcion 5: Sacred Valley easy: Yanahuara to Ollantaytambo trek
A mostly flat trek along the river Vilcanota and through Inca terraces and little known archaeological sites will take us to the Inca city of Ollantaytambo. Recommend for those with little hiking experience.
Total time from Cusco 5 - 6 hrs
Total time from the Sacred Valley 4 – 5 hrs
Hiking time 3 hrs
Degree of difficulty Moderate – Low
Altitude range 2,850 m
Includes Snacks

Opcion 6: Little Cusco – Huchuy Qosqo Trek
A truly spectacular day hike around Cusco. Starting from Chinchero, the lake at Piuray (30 min from Cusco in private transport), a high altitude hike along an Inca trail with long uphill and downhill slopes, Inca walls at the sides of the trail passing through a mountain pass until we reach Huchuy Qosqo, one of the most important and least visited archaeological Inca sites with spectacular views to the Sacred Valley.
Total time from Cusco 8 - 9 hrs
Total time from the Sacred Valley 8 – 9 hrs
Hiking time 7 - 8 hrs
Degree of difficulty High
Altitude range 3,700 – 4,200 – 2,900 m
Includes Box lunch

Opcion 7: Inca Walls of Yucay Trek
A gentle uphill hike along impressive Inca irrigation channels, followed by cultivated fields and terraces that date back to Inca times and used to this day by the village of Yucay.

Total time from Cusco 4 hrs
Total time from the Sacred Valley 3 hrs
Hiking time 1 ½ - 2 hrs
Degree of difficulty Moderate – Low
Altitude range 2, 900 m
Includes Snacks

Opcion 8: Yanacocha Lake Trek
Uphill hike across cultivated lands and forests of queñoa and other native trees filled with the birds and flowers of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, up to beautiful Lake Yanacocha in the heights of the village of Huayoccari.
Total time from Cusco 5 - 6 hrs
Total time from the Sacred Valley 4 – 5 hrs
Hiking time 3 - 4 hrs
Degree of difficulty Moderate – High
Altitude range 2,900 – 3,200 m
Includes Snacks