are you looking for the best tours and adventures in cusco? Discover some of the best options that the wonderful imperial city has to offer. You can spend a lot of time in multi-day adventures or also get short half-day tours, it’s a matter of taste, but nobody regrets after a trip to the ancient capital of the Inca empire.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit Cusco yet, you may not know that many of its most famous attractions are located in towns far from the city; this is why Cusco remains the starting point for all popular adventures and is a must see destination for anyone traveling on the southern route of Peru.
On your journey to Cusco you will find majestic Inca buildings, magnificent hiking trails and above all, walks through the wonderful traditional communities and some highlights that can be easily reached in a couple of hours.
The archeological center of Pisac is only 45 minutes away from Cusco, actually Pisac is a district of the Calca province, but there you can find one of the most beautiful Inca constructions in the sacred valley.
Pisac, a small and photogenic traditional and very colorful town, is the entrance door to the archaeological center that has the same name, the Inca constructions are on the top of the mountain.
The visit to Pisac is almost mandatory for those who are very interested in knowing the Inca engineering or living the mystic tourism, like the Ayahuasca retreats, because in that place you can find emblematic places like the serpent’s door “Amaru Punku”, the tambos, the Inca cemetery, agricultural terraces, the Inca bridge, water channels and above all you have a wonderful view of the sacred valley of the Incas.
Pisac is always included in the tours and adventures in Cusco, and gives us the opportunity to visit one of the best Inca buildings in Peru, where there is also a colorful first class market – for locals and tourists from all over the world.
LAKE HUMANTAY AMONG THE BEST TOURS AND ADVENTURES IN CUSCO.
The beautiful Humantay Lake, located at the top of the sacred mountain of Cusco “Salkantay”, has a very beautiful landscape as well as the 69 Lake and the Parón Lake located in Huaraz, in the north of Peru. It is one of the best options you can have when visiting Cusco.
Not only the tour is spectacular, but also the organization of the trip and the ease of travel are extra points that encourage all travelers to take that beautiful experience. A day trip from Cusco, the trip to Humantay will also serve as part of the acclimatization for all visitors planning to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
The tour usually starts very early, with departure at 3 a.m. from Cusco to Mollepata (district where all travelers usually buy their food and everything necessary for the trip). From Mollepata, the last stretch by car starts on a trail until arriving at Soraypampa, and then starting with the hike. The hike itself is only 7 km long and you can find tours starting at $50 per person.
the Rainbow Mountain tour has been on sale since 2015, previously it was almost unknown. Today it is one of the most requested and easily accessible day tours.
During the tour you can see the most unique mountain ranges in the world, a colorful mountain due to the presence of minerals and oxides give that unique and spectacular color for cover photos and blogs.
The Rainbow Mountain Tour is fighting to position itself as the best destination for tourist adventures in Cusco, a natural wonder like this must be cared for and visited responsibly.
This tour starts in the city of Cusco between 3 and 4 in the morning, it is a three hour trip to the entrance, and then you will start walking for about two hours to the top of the beautiful mountain.
Entrance fee is 10 soles, maybe after some time it is increasing, but it is worth visiting.
the preferred destination for all visitors is the majestic Machu Picchu. It is known that the vast majority of visitors – national and foreign – only have the purpose of getting to know the beautiful Inca citadel.
A day trip is one of the best and easiest ways to get there, but without a doubt an adventure along the Inca Trail will be the most magical way to visit Machu Picchu. However, many of the visitors only have a few days to stay and must be adapted to visit as many archaeological sites as possible, which is why this short tour to Machu Picchu was born.
You can make an independent trip to Machu Picchu, but it is not recommended. Tickets and royalty payments will always be the difficulty for many travelers, that’s why it is recommended that the tour be done by a tour company and they will be the ones who organize the whole trip and the pertinent paperwork.
MEET MORAY AND MARAS.
Moray, an impressive Inca construction used for agricultural and experimental purposes; Maras, a high quality working salt mine Both sites form one on the tourist ticket, the other requires a separate entrance, but is worth visiting.
The half-day tours to Moray and Maras are the most accessible and are always done together. You can also travel on your own, but it is better to travel accompanied by a guide for safety or on a full Sacred Valley tour. For those looking for a little more adventure and excitement, taking this tour that includes driving an ATV through the roads that lead to the sites, will be your best option.
In addition, something to keep in mind is that on dates such as August 1st, in several places in Maras and Moray, the well-known offerings to Mother Earth (Pachamama) are celebrated as a way of thanking for all that Mother Earth has to offer.
Entrance to Moray requires the purchase of a partial tourist ticket for Circuit III in Cusco, but it is more advisable to buy a complete ticket.
Being on vacation in the imperial city will present many tours and adventures in Cusco, many of them will be quite economical and others will be very long and somewhat expensive trips like: Salkantay, the Lares trek, trips on the Inca Trail or by train to Machu Picchu, so there will be no lack of private tour offers. but it is worth living those adventures.